The Honorable John D. Freeland

Stanislaus County Superior Court, Department 23

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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 & SON INC VS. DUARTE NURSERY INC

    Jun 18, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    Plaintiffs’ Joint Motion to Reopen Discovery – GRANTED.
    Based on review of the moving and opposing papers and evidence, the Court finds that Plaintiffs have made a sufficient showing based on the factors enumerated in Code Civ. Proc. §2024.050 to warrant reopening discovery for a limited purpose. The ...

  • FOGEL, JACQUELINE VS. EVINS, CHARLES, JR.

    Jun 16, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    a) Referee’s Motion for Order (1) Approving and Settling Referee’s Final Report and Accounting; (2) Approving Final Compensation and Reimbursement of Expenses; (3) Approving Referee’s Recommended Distribution of Funds; (4) Exonerating all Bonds; and (5) Retaining Jurisdiction re Referee Appointment – GRANT...

  • HOWEY, JASON VS BATTERY SYSTEMS INC

    Jun 12, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    Plaintiff’s Motion for Final Approval of Class and PAGA Settlement – HEARING REQUIRED.
    Based on the moving papers and supporting evidence, the Court is inclined to GRANT the motion. It appears that proper notice to the settlement class has been given in compliance with the law and as required by the C...

  • ELFAHDI, STEPHAN VS MEETPLAYLIVE

    Jun 11, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    Defendant Steven Sereno’s Motion for Summary Judgment or, in the alternative, Summary Adjudication – GRANTED, and unopposed.
    Having considered the moving papers, the separate statement of undisputed material facts, and the evidence submitted in conjunction with the supporting declaration, and in view ...

  • DOCTORS MEDICAL CENTER OF MODESTO INC VS GARDNER TRUCKING INC

    Jun 10, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    a) Defendant’s Demurrer to Plaintiff Doctors Medical Center of Modesto, Inc.’s Second Amended Complaint for Damages - OVERRULED; b) Defendant’s Motion to Strike Punitive Damages and Attorneys’ Fees from Plaintiff Doctors Medical Center of Modesto, Inc.’s Second Amended Complaint for Damages – DENIED.
    ...

  • WELLS FARGO BANK VS PEREZ, PEDRO

    Jun 10, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    Plaintiff’s Motion to Vacate Dismissal - GRANTED, and unopposed.
    Plaintiff has demonstrated entitlement to the relief requested. The Court will sign the proposed order submitted by Plaintiff.

    ...

  • MAGANA, ADELA VS. PANELIZED STRUCTURES INC

    Jun 04, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    Defendant Alston Construction’s Motion for Leave to File Amended Cross-Complaint – GRANTED, and unopposed.
    The Court finds that Defendant/Cross-Complainant has sufficiently demonstrated grounds for the proposed amendment. The Court has broad discretion in this area and there is a strong policy in favo...

  • VAUGHN, JAMES VS. STANISLAUS COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION

    Jun 04, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    Defendant Krissy Zapien’s Motion for Summary Judgment or, in the alternative, for Summary Adjudication – Summary Judgment DENIED; Summary Adjudication GRANTED, in part and DENIED, in part.
    As to the First Cause of Action for Sexual Harassment, the Court finds that Defendant, as the moving party, met h...

  • HANCE, JOHN VS. SUPER STORE INDUSTRIES

    May 22, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    Plaintiff’s Attorney Steven D Waisbren’s Motion for Quantum Meruit Recovery After Remand from Appellate Court – HEARING REQUIRED.

    ...

  • HANCE, JOHN VS. SUPER STORE INDUSTRIES

    May 21, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    Plaintiffs’ Attorney Steven D. Waisbren’s Motion for Quantum Meruit Recovery After Remand from Appellate Court – GRANTED in the amount of $955,295. The Court concludes that the value of Mr. Waisbren’s referral of the matter to Mr. Miller was $845,000 and that Mr. Waisbren is entitled to an award of $110,29...

  • HOWEY, JASON VS. BATTERY SYSTEMS INC

    May 15, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    Plaintiff’s Motion for Final Approval of Class and Paga Settlement – CONTINUED, on the Court’s own motion, to June 12, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 23.
    On April 16, 2020, Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California, issued an Emergency Order pursuant to which the Stanis...

  • FOGEL, JACQUELINE VS. EVINS, CHARLES, JR.

    May 14, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    Referee’s Motion for Order (1) Approving and Settling Referee’s Final Report and Accounting; (2) Approving Final Compensation and Reimbursement of Expenses; (3) Approving Referee’s Recommended Distribution of Funds; (4) Exonerating all Bonds; and (5) Retaining Jurisdiction re Referee Appointment – CONTINUE...

  • WELLS FARGO BANK VS. PEREZ, PEDRO

    May 13, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    Plaintiff’s Motion to Vacate Dismissal and of Nonappearance – CONTINUED, on the Court’s own motion, to June 10, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 23.
    On April 16, 2020, Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California, issued an Emergency Order pursuant to which the Stanislaus Co...

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

    May 13, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    a) Defendant’s Demurrer to Plaintiff Doctors Medical Center of Modesto Inc’s Second Amended Complaint for Damages; b) Defendant’s Motion to Strike Punitive Damages and Attorneys’ Fees from Plaintiff Doctors Medical Center of Modesto Inc’s Second Amended Complaint – Both matters are CONTINUED, on the Court’...

  • SEABRIGHT INSURANCE COMPANY VS. DEL MONTE FOODS INC.

    Apr 28, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    Defendant Nova Technology International, LLC’s Motion for Summary Judgment or, in the Alternative, Summary Adjudication – CONTINUED, on the Court’s own motion, to August 25, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 23.
    On April 16, 2020, Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California,...

  • VAUGHN, JAMES VS. STANISLAUS COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION

    Apr 22, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    Defendant Krissy Zapien’s Motion for Summary Judgment or, in the alternative, Summary Adjudication of Plaintiff’s Amended Complaint – CONTINUED, on the Court’s own motion, to June 4, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 23.
    On April 16, 2020, Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ca...

  • MAGANA, ADELA VS PANELIZED STRUCTURES INC

    Apr 14, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    Defendant Alston Construction’s Motion for Leave to File Amended Cross-Complaint – CONTINUED, on the Court’s own motion, to June 4, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 23.
    On March 18, 2020, Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California, issued an Emergency Order pursuant to whi...

  • J MARCHINI & SON INC VS DUARTE NURSERY INC

    Apr 14, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    Plaintiffs’ Joint Motion to Reopen Discovery – CONTINUED, on the Court’s own motion, to May 12, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 23.
    On March 18, 2020, Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California, issued an Emergency Order pursuant to which the Stanislaus County Superior Co...

  • HOWEY, JASON VS BATTERY SYSTEMS INC

    Apr 10, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    Plaintiff’s Motion for Final Approval of Class and PAGA Settlement – CONTINUED, on the Court’s own motion, to May 15, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 23.
    On March 18, 2020, Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California, issued an Emergency Order pursuant to which the Stanisl...

  • J MARCHINI & SON INC VS DUARTE NURSERY INC

    Apr 10, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    a) Defendant Duarte Nursery, Inc.’s Motion for Summary Judgment or, in the alternative, Summary Adjudication against All Plaintiffs in Consolidated Action for Breach of Contract (Disclaimer of Warranties and Limitation of Damages Pursuant to Contract) and for Trespass and Nuisance; b) Defendant Duarte Nurs...

  • FOGEL, JACQUELINE VS EVINS, CHARLES, JR

    Apr 09, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    Referee’s Motion for Order (1) Approving and Settling Referee’s Final Report and Accounting; (2) Approving Final Compensation and Reimbursement of Expenses; (3) Approving Referee’s Recommended Distribution of Funds; (4) Exonerating all Bonds; and (5) Retaining Jurisdiction re Referee Appointment – CONTINUE...

  • WELLS FARGO BANK VS PEREZ, PEDRO

    Apr 08, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    Plaintiff’s Motion to Vacate Dismissal – CONTINUED, on the Court’s own motion, to May 13, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 23.
    On March 18, 2020, Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California, issued an Emergency Order pursuant to which the Stanislaus County Superior Court is...

  • DOCTORS MEDICAL CENTER OF MODESTO INC VS GARDNER TRUCKING INC

    Apr 08, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    a) Defendant’s Demurrer to Plaintiff Doctors Medical Center of Modesto, Inc.’s Second Amended Complaint for Damages; b) Defendant’s Motion to Strike Punitive Damages and Attorneys’ Fees from Plaintiff Doctors Medical Center of Modesto, Inc.’s Second Amended Complaint for Damages.
    Both matters are CONT...

  • JOHNSON, RANDALL VS. DON’S RV CENTER INC

    Mar 25, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    Plaintiff’s Motion for Summary Adjudication - CONTINUED, on the Court’s own motion, to April 21, 2020 at 8:30 in Department 23.
    On March 18, 2020, Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California, issued an Emergency Order pursuant to which the Stanislaus County Superior Court ...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. John D. Freeland

  • J MARCHINI & SON INC VS. DUARTE NURSERY INC

    Jun 18, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    Plaintiffs’ Joint Motion to Reopen Discovery – GRANTED.
    Based on review of the moving and opposing papers and evidence, the Court finds that Plaintiffs have made a sufficient showing based on the factors enumerated in Code Civ. Proc. §2024.050 to warrant reopening discovery for a limited purpose. The ...

  • FOGEL, JACQUELINE VS. EVINS, CHARLES, JR.

    Jun 16, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    a) Referee’s Motion for Order (1) Approving and Settling Referee’s Final Report and Accounting; (2) Approving Final Compensation and Reimbursement of Expenses; (3) Approving Referee’s Recommended Distribution of Funds; (4) Exonerating all Bonds; and (5) Retaining Jurisdiction re Referee Appointment – GRANT...

  • HOWEY, JASON VS BATTERY SYSTEMS INC

    Jun 12, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    Plaintiff’s Motion for Final Approval of Class and PAGA Settlement – HEARING REQUIRED.
    Based on the moving papers and supporting evidence, the Court is inclined to GRANT the motion. It appears that proper notice to the settlement class has been given in compliance with the law and as required by the C...

  • ELFAHDI, STEPHAN VS MEETPLAYLIVE

    Jun 11, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    Defendant Steven Sereno’s Motion for Summary Judgment or, in the alternative, Summary Adjudication – GRANTED, and unopposed.
    Having considered the moving papers, the separate statement of undisputed material facts, and the evidence submitted in conjunction with the supporting declaration, and in view ...

  • DOCTORS MEDICAL CENTER OF MODESTO INC VS GARDNER TRUCKING INC

    Jun 10, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    a) Defendant’s Demurrer to Plaintiff Doctors Medical Center of Modesto, Inc.’s Second Amended Complaint for Damages - OVERRULED; b) Defendant’s Motion to Strike Punitive Damages and Attorneys’ Fees from Plaintiff Doctors Medical Center of Modesto, Inc.’s Second Amended Complaint for Damages – DENIED.
    ...

  • WELLS FARGO BANK VS PEREZ, PEDRO

    Jun 10, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    Plaintiff’s Motion to Vacate Dismissal - GRANTED, and unopposed.
    Plaintiff has demonstrated entitlement to the relief requested. The Court will sign the proposed order submitted by Plaintiff.

    ...

  • MAGANA, ADELA VS. PANELIZED STRUCTURES INC

    Jun 04, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    Defendant Alston Construction’s Motion for Leave to File Amended Cross-Complaint – GRANTED, and unopposed.
    The Court finds that Defendant/Cross-Complainant has sufficiently demonstrated grounds for the proposed amendment. The Court has broad discretion in this area and there is a strong policy in favo...

  • VAUGHN, JAMES VS. STANISLAUS COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION

    Jun 04, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    Defendant Krissy Zapien’s Motion for Summary Judgment or, in the alternative, for Summary Adjudication – Summary Judgment DENIED; Summary Adjudication GRANTED, in part and DENIED, in part.
    As to the First Cause of Action for Sexual Harassment, the Court finds that Defendant, as the moving party, met h...

  • HANCE, JOHN VS. SUPER STORE INDUSTRIES

    May 22, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    Plaintiff’s Attorney Steven D Waisbren’s Motion for Quantum Meruit Recovery After Remand from Appellate Court – HEARING REQUIRED.

    ...

  • HANCE, JOHN VS. SUPER STORE INDUSTRIES

    May 21, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    Plaintiffs’ Attorney Steven D. Waisbren’s Motion for Quantum Meruit Recovery After Remand from Appellate Court – GRANTED in the amount of $955,295. The Court concludes that the value of Mr. Waisbren’s referral of the matter to Mr. Miller was $845,000 and that Mr. Waisbren is entitled to an award of $110,29...

  • HOWEY, JASON VS. BATTERY SYSTEMS INC

    May 15, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    Plaintiff’s Motion for Final Approval of Class and Paga Settlement – CONTINUED, on the Court’s own motion, to June 12, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 23.
    On April 16, 2020, Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California, issued an Emergency Order pursuant to which the Stanis...

  • FOGEL, JACQUELINE VS. EVINS, CHARLES, JR.

    May 14, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    Referee’s Motion for Order (1) Approving and Settling Referee’s Final Report and Accounting; (2) Approving Final Compensation and Reimbursement of Expenses; (3) Approving Referee’s Recommended Distribution of Funds; (4) Exonerating all Bonds; and (5) Retaining Jurisdiction re Referee Appointment – CONTINUE...

  • WELLS FARGO BANK VS. PEREZ, PEDRO

    May 13, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    Plaintiff’s Motion to Vacate Dismissal and of Nonappearance – CONTINUED, on the Court’s own motion, to June 10, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 23.
    On April 16, 2020, Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California, issued an Emergency Order pursuant to which the Stanislaus Co...

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

    May 13, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    a) Defendant’s Demurrer to Plaintiff Doctors Medical Center of Modesto Inc’s Second Amended Complaint for Damages; b) Defendant’s Motion to Strike Punitive Damages and Attorneys’ Fees from Plaintiff Doctors Medical Center of Modesto Inc’s Second Amended Complaint – Both matters are CONTINUED, on the Court’...

  • SEABRIGHT INSURANCE COMPANY VS. DEL MONTE FOODS INC.

    Apr 28, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    Defendant Nova Technology International, LLC’s Motion for Summary Judgment or, in the Alternative, Summary Adjudication – CONTINUED, on the Court’s own motion, to August 25, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 23.
    On April 16, 2020, Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California,...

  • VAUGHN, JAMES VS. STANISLAUS COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION

    Apr 22, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    Defendant Krissy Zapien’s Motion for Summary Judgment or, in the alternative, Summary Adjudication of Plaintiff’s Amended Complaint – CONTINUED, on the Court’s own motion, to June 4, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 23.
    On April 16, 2020, Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ca...

  • MAGANA, ADELA VS PANELIZED STRUCTURES INC

    Apr 14, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    Defendant Alston Construction’s Motion for Leave to File Amended Cross-Complaint – CONTINUED, on the Court’s own motion, to June 4, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 23.
    On March 18, 2020, Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California, issued an Emergency Order pursuant to whi...

  • J MARCHINI & SON INC VS DUARTE NURSERY INC

    Apr 14, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    Plaintiffs’ Joint Motion to Reopen Discovery – CONTINUED, on the Court’s own motion, to May 12, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 23.
    On March 18, 2020, Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California, issued an Emergency Order pursuant to which the Stanislaus County Superior Co...

  • HOWEY, JASON VS BATTERY SYSTEMS INC

    Apr 10, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    Plaintiff’s Motion for Final Approval of Class and PAGA Settlement – CONTINUED, on the Court’s own motion, to May 15, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 23.
    On March 18, 2020, Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California, issued an Emergency Order pursuant to which the Stanisl...

  • J MARCHINI & SON INC VS DUARTE NURSERY INC

    Apr 10, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    a) Defendant Duarte Nursery, Inc.’s Motion for Summary Judgment or, in the alternative, Summary Adjudication against All Plaintiffs in Consolidated Action for Breach of Contract (Disclaimer of Warranties and Limitation of Damages Pursuant to Contract) and for Trespass and Nuisance; b) Defendant Duarte Nurs...

  • FOGEL, JACQUELINE VS EVINS, CHARLES, JR

    Apr 09, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    Referee’s Motion for Order (1) Approving and Settling Referee’s Final Report and Accounting; (2) Approving Final Compensation and Reimbursement of Expenses; (3) Approving Referee’s Recommended Distribution of Funds; (4) Exonerating all Bonds; and (5) Retaining Jurisdiction re Referee Appointment – CONTINUE...

  • WELLS FARGO BANK VS PEREZ, PEDRO

    Apr 08, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    Plaintiff’s Motion to Vacate Dismissal – CONTINUED, on the Court’s own motion, to May 13, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 23.
    On March 18, 2020, Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California, issued an Emergency Order pursuant to which the Stanislaus County Superior Court is...

  • DOCTORS MEDICAL CENTER OF MODESTO INC VS GARDNER TRUCKING INC

    Apr 08, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    a) Defendant’s Demurrer to Plaintiff Doctors Medical Center of Modesto, Inc.’s Second Amended Complaint for Damages; b) Defendant’s Motion to Strike Punitive Damages and Attorneys’ Fees from Plaintiff Doctors Medical Center of Modesto, Inc.’s Second Amended Complaint for Damages.
    Both matters are CONT...

  • JOHNSON, RANDALL VS. DON’S RV CENTER INC

    Mar 25, 2020 |  Stanislaus County

    Plaintiff’s Motion for Summary Adjudication - CONTINUED, on the Court’s own motion, to April 21, 2020 at 8:30 in Department 23.
    On March 18, 2020, Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California, issued an Emergency Order pursuant to which the Stanislaus County Superior Court ...

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