The Honorable John D. Freeland

Stanislaus County Superior Court, Department 23

Biography

The Hon. John D. Freeland is a judge for the Stanislaus County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2008.

He is a registered Democrat.

Judge Freeland received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. He went on to earn his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law.

Prior to his appointment to the Superior Court, Freeland spent his entire legal career in private practice. He had been a shareholder with Curtis and Arata since 1998 and was a sole practitioner from 1996 to 1998. He also served as a junior partner at Williams, Romanski, Polverari, and Skelton from 1988 to 1996. He was an associate at Ericksen, Arbuthnot, Kilduff, Day, and Lindstrom Inc. from 1986 to 1988 and with Roberts and Moore from 1985 to 1986. He also practiced as an associate at the Law Offices of Loraine Wallace briefly in 1985, with the Law Offices of Roger Neathery for one year, and with Halston and Clark for one year.

While on the bench, Judge Freeland has presided in the Civil Department at the City Towers Courthouse in Stanislaus County.

Recent Rulings by Hon. John D. Freeland

  • J MARCHINI & SONS INC VS. DUARTE NURSERY INC

    Feb 24, 2021 |  Stanislaus County

    a) Defendant’s Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings against Plaintiffs Bakersfield Land Co., LLC and Laborde Land Co., LLC – DENIED. b) Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment; or, alternatively, Motion for Summary Adjudication; or alternatively, Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings –SUMMARY JUDGMENT DENIE...

  • CASILLAS, CESAR VS LEHMAN, MICHAEL ALLEN

    Feb 04, 2021 |  Stanislaus County

    Respondent’s Motion for Reconsideration to Strike the Petition for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction – CONTINUED, on the Court’s own motion, to February 19, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 23.
    The Court notes that the motion references a supporting declaration and exhibits but such documents are not conta...

  • BANK OF AMERICA VS. FOSTER, JONATHAN C

    Jan 27, 2021 |  Stanislaus County

    Assignee NDS LLC’s Hearing on Order to Show Cause why Defendant/Judgment Debtor’s Interest in Real Property Should Not Be Sold to Satisfy Judgment – DENIED, without prejudice.
    The hearing date obtained by the Applicant does not comply with the time limits set forth in Code Civ. Proc. §704.770(a), and ...

  • ALVAREZ, MARY

    Jan 20, 2021 |  Stanislaus County

    2027536 – ALVAREZ, MARY vs. SEQUEIRA, LESTER – Defendant’s Motion for Order Compelling Plaintiff’s Compliance with the Court’s Orders Imposing Monetary Sanctions and Request for Further Monetary, Issue, Evidentiary and/or Terminating Sanctions – GRANTED, in part; DENIED, in part, without prejudice.
    Un...

  • CURDY, JOSEPH

    Jan 15, 2021 |  Stanislaus County

    2024825 – CURDY, JOSEPH vs CITY OF OAKDALE – a) Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment or Alternatively, Summary Adjudication; b) Defendant’s Motion to Bifurcate Trial – (a) SUMMARY JUDGMENT GRANTED; (b) Defendant City of Oakdale’s Motion to Bifurcate Trial – DENIED, as MOOT.
    (a) Plaintiff’s request ...

  • HOWEY, JASON

    Jan 15, 2021 |  Stanislaus County

    2026114 – HOWEY, JASON vs BATTERY SYSTEMS INC – Compliance Hearing – GRANTED.
    Compliance has been shown. The Court will sign the proposed Amended Final Order and Judgment.
    CV-19-001779 – HIETT, DEEDEE vs VALLEY CRITTER CARE INC – Plaintiffs’ Motion to Set Aside Default Judgment, Order, Decision, ...

  • DOCTORS MEDICAL CENTER OF MODESTO INC

    Jan 14, 2021 |  Stanislaus County

    2021796 – DOCTORS MEDICAL CENTER OF MODESTO INC vs GARDNER TRUCKING INC – Defendant Gardner Trucking Inc.’s Motion for Summary Judgment or in the Alternative Summary Adjudication – Summary Judgment DENIED; Summary Adjudication GRANTED as to the Second and Fourth Causes of Action; Summary Adjudication DENIE...

  • CARLSON, STACEY

    Jan 14, 2021 |  Stanislaus County

    2017458 – CARLSON, STACEY vs GANT, VERNON – Defendant Vernon F Gant, an Individual and doing business as the Law Office of Gant & Gant’s Motion for Summary Judgment – CONTINUED, on the Court’s own motion, to March 5, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 23.

    ...

  • JOHNSON, LAIRD VS JOHNSON, DEBRA

    Jan 06, 2021 |  Stanislaus County

    Defendant’s Motion to Set Aside and Vacate Judgment (Code Civ. Proc. §663a) – DENIED.
    Defendant has not demonstrated an incorrect or erroneous legal basis for the challenged decision.

    ...

  • KIRK, SANDRA ANN VS JELLY BELLY CANDY COMPANY

    Jan 06, 2021 |  Stanislaus County

    Defendant Jelly Belly Candy Co.’s Motion to Tax Costs – GRANTED, in part.
    The Court finds that Defendant has its her burden of demonstrating that certain of the costs claimed are unrecoverable under Code Civ. Proc. §1033.5, or that certain claimed costs are excessive and/or unreasonable, such that the...

  • GILL, RITA VS. WILSON, ELAINE M

    Dec 11, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    Plaintiff Pardeep Sahota’s Motion to Compel Further Responses from Defendant John J. Souza, Jr. to Request for Production of Documents, Set 1; and for Monetary Sanctions – GRANTED.
    Based on the Joint Status Statement, it appears that the parties have now engaged in meaningful meet and confer efforts a...

  • CAREY, MARY VS. BANUELOS JR, FILEMON

    Dec 11, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    Defendant’s Motion for Order Granting a Prior Separate Trial on Liability Issues – GRANTED, in part; DENIED, in part.
    The Court finds that Defendant is entitled to invoke the procedure prescribed by Civ. Code §3295(d), with regard to a separate trial for the presentation of financial evidence and the ...

  • PRASAD, RAJENDRA RAYMOND

    Oct 23, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    2028516 – PRASAD, RAJENDRA RAYMOND vs. REDDING, ROSS B – Plaintiff’s Motion to File Amended Complaint – GRANTED, and unopposed.
    The Court finds that the motion establishes sufficient grounds for the amendment to substitute Plaintiff’s successor-in-interest to pursue his surviving claims in this action...

  • DOCTORS MEDICAL CENTER OF MODESTO INC

    Oct 23, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    2021796 – DOCTORS MEDICAL CENTER OF MODESTO INC vs. GARDNER TRUCKING INC – Defendant Gardner Trucking Inc.’s Motion for Summary Judgment or, in the alternative, Summary Adjudication – CONTINUED, on the Court’s own motion, to January 14, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 23.
    The Court requires more time ...

  • STAMOS, NICHOLAS JAMES

    Oct 22, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    2130576 – STAMOS, NICHOLAS JAMES vs. SAVE MART COMPANIES INC. – Plaintiff Michelle Ann Stamos’ Motion to Continue Action as Plaintiff Decedent’s Successor in Interest, CCP Section 377.32 – GRANTED, and unopposed.
    The Court will sign the proposed order submitted by Plaintiff.
    CV-20-002421 – SINGH,...

  • DOCTORS MEDICAL CENTER OF MODESTO INC VS. GARDNER TRUCKING INC

    Oct 09, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    a) Defendant Gardner Trucking Inc’s Motion for Summary Judgment or in the Alternative Summary Adjudication; b) Defendant Gardner Trucking Inc’s Motion to File Under Seal Exhibits in Support of Defendant Gardner Trucking Inc’s Motion for Summary Judgment or in the Alternative Summary Adjudication; c) Plaint...

  • SEABRIGHT INSURANCE COMPANY VS. DEL MONTE FOODS INC

    Oct 08, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    Plaintiff’s Joint Motion for Preferential Trial Date – GRANTED.
    Plaintiffs have demonstrated that Addison Rafferty is entitled to trial preference based on Code Civ. Proc. §36(b). The Court further finds that the interests of justice are served by granting preference to the remaining Plaintiffs as wel...

  • CURDY, JOSEPH VSA. CITY OF OAKDALE

    Oct 07, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    a) Defendant City of Oakdale’s Motion for Summary Judgment or Alternatively, Summary Adjudication – SUMMARY JUDGMENT GRANTED, and unopposed; b) Defendant City of Oakdale’s Motion to Bifurcate Trial – DENIED, as MOOT, in view of the Court’s ruling granting summary judgment in favor of Defendant.
    Based ...

  • SILVA, JAMES VS. RUDEL, GREG

    Oct 07, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    Defendants Luis Azevedo and Maria Azevedo dba Luis Azevedo Dairy (Erroneously Sued Herein as Azevedo Dairy)’s Motion for Determination that Settlement is in Good Faith – DROPPED pursuant to the moving parties’ request.
    CV-20-002330 – ANHAR, MICHAEL N VS. TURLOCK POLICE DEPARTMENT – Petitioner’s Petiti...

  • SEABRIGHT INSURANCE COMPANY VS. DEL MONTE FOODS INC

    Sep 23, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    a) Defendant/Cross-Complainant R&S Erection Tri-County Inc’s Motion for leave to Amend Cross-Complaint ; b) Defendants Nova Technology Internation LLC and Multi-Fab West LLC’s Motion for Leave to File a Cross-Complaint –
    a) GRANTED, and unopposed.
    The Court finds that Defendants have sufficiently...

  • LYNN, PATRICIA G VS. NAVARRO, EVELYN SOS

    Sep 23, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    Plaintiff’s Attorney’s Motion to be Relieved as Counsel – GRANTED, and unopposed.
    The effective date of the order shall be delayed until counsel submits proof of service of the signed order on the client. (Cal. Rules of Ct., rule. 3.1362(e).)

    ...

  • J MARCHINI & SON INC VS. DUARTE NURSERY INC

    Sep 03, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    a) Defendant Duarte Nursery Inc’s Motion for Summary Judgment against Plaintiffs Bakersfield Land Co LLC and Laborde Land Co LLC, or, Alternatively, Motion for Summary Adjudication; b) Defendant Duarte Nursery Inc’s Motion for Summary Judgment, or in the Alternative, Motion for Summary Adjudication against...

  • LIPKO, JOSEPH JAMES VS. NICASIO, DAREK ALLAN

    Sep 03, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    a) Defendant American Medical Response West and Darek Nicasio’s Motion for Summary Judgment – DROPPED, at the request of the moving parties; b) Plaintiff’s Motion for Sanctions Pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure Section 128.7 – DROPPED, at the request of the moving party.
    CV-20-002861 – MURDOCH, RICH...

  • FOGEL, JACQUELINE

    Aug 26, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    2029574 – FOGEL, JACQUELINE vs. EVINS, CHARLES, JR. – Order to Show Cause Hearing to Reclassify Case as Unlimited Civil – GRANTED.
    The Court reclassifies this case as an unlimited civil case nunc pro tunc as of January 14, 2019. Plaintiff Jacqueline Fogel shall pay the reclassification fee of $140.00 ...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. John D. Freeland

  • J MARCHINI & SONS INC VS. DUARTE NURSERY INC

    Feb 24, 2021 |  Stanislaus County

    a) Defendant’s Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings against Plaintiffs Bakersfield Land Co., LLC and Laborde Land Co., LLC – DENIED. b) Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment; or, alternatively, Motion for Summary Adjudication; or alternatively, Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings –SUMMARY JUDGMENT DENIE...

  • CASILLAS, CESAR VS LEHMAN, MICHAEL ALLEN

    Feb 04, 2021 |  Stanislaus County

    Respondent’s Motion for Reconsideration to Strike the Petition for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction – CONTINUED, on the Court’s own motion, to February 19, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 23.
    The Court notes that the motion references a supporting declaration and exhibits but such documents are not conta...

  • BANK OF AMERICA VS. FOSTER, JONATHAN C

    Jan 27, 2021 |  Stanislaus County

    Assignee NDS LLC’s Hearing on Order to Show Cause why Defendant/Judgment Debtor’s Interest in Real Property Should Not Be Sold to Satisfy Judgment – DENIED, without prejudice.
    The hearing date obtained by the Applicant does not comply with the time limits set forth in Code Civ. Proc. §704.770(a), and ...

  • ALVAREZ, MARY

    Jan 20, 2021 |  Stanislaus County

    2027536 – ALVAREZ, MARY vs. SEQUEIRA, LESTER – Defendant’s Motion for Order Compelling Plaintiff’s Compliance with the Court’s Orders Imposing Monetary Sanctions and Request for Further Monetary, Issue, Evidentiary and/or Terminating Sanctions – GRANTED, in part; DENIED, in part, without prejudice.
    Un...

  • CURDY, JOSEPH

    Jan 15, 2021 |  Stanislaus County

    2024825 – CURDY, JOSEPH vs CITY OF OAKDALE – a) Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment or Alternatively, Summary Adjudication; b) Defendant’s Motion to Bifurcate Trial – (a) SUMMARY JUDGMENT GRANTED; (b) Defendant City of Oakdale’s Motion to Bifurcate Trial – DENIED, as MOOT.
    (a) Plaintiff’s request ...

  • HOWEY, JASON

    Jan 15, 2021 |  Stanislaus County

    2026114 – HOWEY, JASON vs BATTERY SYSTEMS INC – Compliance Hearing – GRANTED.
    Compliance has been shown. The Court will sign the proposed Amended Final Order and Judgment.
    CV-19-001779 – HIETT, DEEDEE vs VALLEY CRITTER CARE INC – Plaintiffs’ Motion to Set Aside Default Judgment, Order, Decision, ...

  • DOCTORS MEDICAL CENTER OF MODESTO INC

    Jan 14, 2021 |  Stanislaus County

    2021796 – DOCTORS MEDICAL CENTER OF MODESTO INC vs GARDNER TRUCKING INC – Defendant Gardner Trucking Inc.’s Motion for Summary Judgment or in the Alternative Summary Adjudication – Summary Judgment DENIED; Summary Adjudication GRANTED as to the Second and Fourth Causes of Action; Summary Adjudication DENIE...

  • CARLSON, STACEY

    Jan 14, 2021 |  Stanislaus County

    2017458 – CARLSON, STACEY vs GANT, VERNON – Defendant Vernon F Gant, an Individual and doing business as the Law Office of Gant & Gant’s Motion for Summary Judgment – CONTINUED, on the Court’s own motion, to March 5, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 23.

    ...

  • JOHNSON, LAIRD VS JOHNSON, DEBRA

    Jan 06, 2021 |  Stanislaus County

    Defendant’s Motion to Set Aside and Vacate Judgment (Code Civ. Proc. §663a) – DENIED.
    Defendant has not demonstrated an incorrect or erroneous legal basis for the challenged decision.

    ...

  • KIRK, SANDRA ANN VS JELLY BELLY CANDY COMPANY

    Jan 06, 2021 |  Stanislaus County

    Defendant Jelly Belly Candy Co.’s Motion to Tax Costs – GRANTED, in part.
    The Court finds that Defendant has its her burden of demonstrating that certain of the costs claimed are unrecoverable under Code Civ. Proc. §1033.5, or that certain claimed costs are excessive and/or unreasonable, such that the...

  • GILL, RITA VS. WILSON, ELAINE M

    Dec 11, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    Plaintiff Pardeep Sahota’s Motion to Compel Further Responses from Defendant John J. Souza, Jr. to Request for Production of Documents, Set 1; and for Monetary Sanctions – GRANTED.
    Based on the Joint Status Statement, it appears that the parties have now engaged in meaningful meet and confer efforts a...

  • CAREY, MARY VS. BANUELOS JR, FILEMON

    Dec 11, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    Defendant’s Motion for Order Granting a Prior Separate Trial on Liability Issues – GRANTED, in part; DENIED, in part.
    The Court finds that Defendant is entitled to invoke the procedure prescribed by Civ. Code §3295(d), with regard to a separate trial for the presentation of financial evidence and the ...

  • PRASAD, RAJENDRA RAYMOND

    Oct 23, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    2028516 – PRASAD, RAJENDRA RAYMOND vs. REDDING, ROSS B – Plaintiff’s Motion to File Amended Complaint – GRANTED, and unopposed.
    The Court finds that the motion establishes sufficient grounds for the amendment to substitute Plaintiff’s successor-in-interest to pursue his surviving claims in this action...

  • DOCTORS MEDICAL CENTER OF MODESTO INC

    Oct 23, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    2021796 – DOCTORS MEDICAL CENTER OF MODESTO INC vs. GARDNER TRUCKING INC – Defendant Gardner Trucking Inc.’s Motion for Summary Judgment or, in the alternative, Summary Adjudication – CONTINUED, on the Court’s own motion, to January 14, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 23.
    The Court requires more time ...

  • STAMOS, NICHOLAS JAMES

    Oct 22, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    2130576 – STAMOS, NICHOLAS JAMES vs. SAVE MART COMPANIES INC. – Plaintiff Michelle Ann Stamos’ Motion to Continue Action as Plaintiff Decedent’s Successor in Interest, CCP Section 377.32 – GRANTED, and unopposed.
    The Court will sign the proposed order submitted by Plaintiff.
    CV-20-002421 – SINGH,...

  • DOCTORS MEDICAL CENTER OF MODESTO INC VS. GARDNER TRUCKING INC

    Oct 09, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    a) Defendant Gardner Trucking Inc’s Motion for Summary Judgment or in the Alternative Summary Adjudication; b) Defendant Gardner Trucking Inc’s Motion to File Under Seal Exhibits in Support of Defendant Gardner Trucking Inc’s Motion for Summary Judgment or in the Alternative Summary Adjudication; c) Plaint...

  • SEABRIGHT INSURANCE COMPANY VS. DEL MONTE FOODS INC

    Oct 08, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    Plaintiff’s Joint Motion for Preferential Trial Date – GRANTED.
    Plaintiffs have demonstrated that Addison Rafferty is entitled to trial preference based on Code Civ. Proc. §36(b). The Court further finds that the interests of justice are served by granting preference to the remaining Plaintiffs as wel...

  • CURDY, JOSEPH VSA. CITY OF OAKDALE

    Oct 07, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    a) Defendant City of Oakdale’s Motion for Summary Judgment or Alternatively, Summary Adjudication – SUMMARY JUDGMENT GRANTED, and unopposed; b) Defendant City of Oakdale’s Motion to Bifurcate Trial – DENIED, as MOOT, in view of the Court’s ruling granting summary judgment in favor of Defendant.
    Based ...

  • SILVA, JAMES VS. RUDEL, GREG

    Oct 07, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    Defendants Luis Azevedo and Maria Azevedo dba Luis Azevedo Dairy (Erroneously Sued Herein as Azevedo Dairy)’s Motion for Determination that Settlement is in Good Faith – DROPPED pursuant to the moving parties’ request.
    CV-20-002330 – ANHAR, MICHAEL N VS. TURLOCK POLICE DEPARTMENT – Petitioner’s Petiti...

  • SEABRIGHT INSURANCE COMPANY VS. DEL MONTE FOODS INC

    Sep 23, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    a) Defendant/Cross-Complainant R&S Erection Tri-County Inc’s Motion for leave to Amend Cross-Complaint ; b) Defendants Nova Technology Internation LLC and Multi-Fab West LLC’s Motion for Leave to File a Cross-Complaint –
    a) GRANTED, and unopposed.
    The Court finds that Defendants have sufficiently...

  • LYNN, PATRICIA G VS. NAVARRO, EVELYN SOS

    Sep 23, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    Plaintiff’s Attorney’s Motion to be Relieved as Counsel – GRANTED, and unopposed.
    The effective date of the order shall be delayed until counsel submits proof of service of the signed order on the client. (Cal. Rules of Ct., rule. 3.1362(e).)

    ...

  • J MARCHINI & SON INC VS. DUARTE NURSERY INC

    Sep 03, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    a) Defendant Duarte Nursery Inc’s Motion for Summary Judgment against Plaintiffs Bakersfield Land Co LLC and Laborde Land Co LLC, or, Alternatively, Motion for Summary Adjudication; b) Defendant Duarte Nursery Inc’s Motion for Summary Judgment, or in the Alternative, Motion for Summary Adjudication against...

  • LIPKO, JOSEPH JAMES VS. NICASIO, DAREK ALLAN

    Sep 03, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    a) Defendant American Medical Response West and Darek Nicasio’s Motion for Summary Judgment – DROPPED, at the request of the moving parties; b) Plaintiff’s Motion for Sanctions Pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure Section 128.7 – DROPPED, at the request of the moving party.
    CV-20-002861 – MURDOCH, RICH...

  • FOGEL, JACQUELINE

    Aug 26, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    2029574 – FOGEL, JACQUELINE vs. EVINS, CHARLES, JR. – Order to Show Cause Hearing to Reclassify Case as Unlimited Civil – GRANTED.
    The Court reclassifies this case as an unlimited civil case nunc pro tunc as of January 14, 2019. Plaintiff Jacqueline Fogel shall pay the reclassification fee of $140.00 ...

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