The Honorable Katherine A. Bacal

San Diego County Superior Court, Department SD-69

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Biography

The Hon. Katherine A. Bacal is a judge for the Superior Court of San Diego County in California. She was appointed by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2008, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Thomas C. Hendrix.

Bacal earned a B.A. from the University of Redlands in 1985. She then received a J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1991.

She began her legal career as an associate with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in 1991. After working with the firm for nine years, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher closed its San Diego office in 2000. She then joined Baker & McKenzie as an associate, eventually becoming a national partner in 2003. She held this position until her appointment to the bench.

Bacal has served as president of the Lawyers Club of San Diego. She has also been a member of the Louis M. Welsh Chapter of the American Inns of Court.

She is a recipient of the Belva Lockwood Award from the Lawyers Club of San Diego.

She is registered as a Democrat.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Katherine A. Bacal

  • MELSITOV VS COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO

    Sep 18, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendant City of San Diego's demurrer to plaintiff's first amended complaint ("FAC") is OVERRULED.

    Plaintiff asserts three counts of premises liability against the City, alleging that plaintiff "tripped on a broken/risen part of the sidewalk" in San Diego, sustaining signi...

  • EVANS HOTELS LLC VS TELESONIC VOICE AND DATA SOLUTIONS INC

    Sep 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Cross-defendant Unify, Inc.'s unopposed motion to dismiss the first amended cross-complaint is GRANTED. Unify's demurrer is moot.

    Background

    Defendant/cross-complainant Telesonic filed a cross-complaint against Unify, which was amended to include both Unify and Scan...

  • REILLY FINANCIAL ADVISORS LLC VS CARIANI

    Sep 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiff's motion to compel further responses to its requests for production ("RFP") (Set 1) is GRANTED. Plaintiff's request for monetary sanctions is GRANTED in part.

    Discussion

    Plaintiff moves to compel defendants/cross-complainants David Cariani, Matthew Griffit...

  • HARPER VS THE SAN DIEGO REAL ESTATE INSPECTION COMPANY

    Sep 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendant James Clark's demurrer to the second amended complaint ("SAC") is OVERRULED and the motion to strike is DENIED.

    Discussion

    Clark demurs to the sixth and eighth causes of action on grounds the SAC fails to state sufficient facts to constitute a cause of act...

  • CHAVARRIA VS BALANCE AMERICA INC

    Sep 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    The unopposed motion filed by the Law Offices of William W. Green & Associates to be relieved as counsel for plaintiff Juan P. Chavarria is GRANTED. Counsel is ordered to serve notice on the client within five court days of this ruling. Counsel will be relieved as of the date that ...

  • MELSITOV VS COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO

    Sep 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendant James Clark's demurrer to the second amended complaint ("SAC") is OVERRULED and the motion to strike is DENIED.

    Discussion

    Clark demurs to the sixth and eighth causes of action on grounds the SAC fails to state sufficient facts to constitute a cause of act...

  • DAMERON VS. SCRIPPS HEALTH INC

    Sep 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Scripps Health dba Scripps Home Health Care's ("Scripps") motion for summary adjudication is DENIED.

    Preliminary Matters

    Scripp's foundation and speculation objections to paragraphs 7 and 8 of the declaration of Tara Kaiserman and the hearsay objection to paragraphs...

  • EVANS HOTELS LLC VS TELESONIC VOICE AND DATA SOLUTIONS INC

    Sep 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Cross-defendant Unify, Inc.'s unopposed motion to dismiss the first amended cross-complaint is GRANTED. Unify's demurrer is moot.

    Background

    Defendant/cross-complainant Telesonic filed a cross-complaint against Unify, which was amended to include both Unify and Scan...

  • EVANS HOTELS LLC VS TELESONIC VOICE AND DATA SOLUTIONS INC

    Sep 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Cross-defendant Unify, Inc.'s unopposed motion to dismiss the first amended cross-complaint is GRANTED. Unify's demurrer is moot.

    Background

    Defendant/cross-complainant Telesonic filed a cross-complaint against Unify, which was amended to include both Unify and Scan...

  • CHAVARRIA VS BALANCE AMERICA INC

    Sep 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    The unopposed motion filed by the Law Offices of William W. Green & Associates to be relieved as counsel for plaintiff Juan P. Chavarria is GRANTED. Counsel is ordered to serve notice on the client within five court days of this ruling. Counsel will be relieved as of the date that ...

  • HARPER VS THE SAN DIEGO REAL ESTATE INSPECTION COMPANY

    Sep 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendant James Clark's demurrer to the second amended complaint ("SAC") is OVERRULED and the motion to strike is DENIED.

    Discussion

    Clark demurs to the sixth and eighth causes of action on grounds the SAC fails to state sufficient facts to constitute a cause of act...

  • AH VS FISCHER

    Sep 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    The County of San Diego's demurrer to plaintiff's first amended complaint ("FAC") is OVERRULED. Preliminary Matters

    Plaintiff's unopposed request for judicial notice is granted.

    Discussion

    The County demurs to the FAC on grounds that the action is time-barre...

  • C VS FISCHER

    Sep 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    The County of San Diego's demurrer to plaintiff's first amended complaint ("FAC") is OVERRULED. Preliminary Matters

    Plaintiff's unopposed request for judicial notice is granted.

    Discussion

    The County demurs to the FAC on grounds that the action is time-barre...

  • CA PROUTY LLC VS LUSYS LABORATORIES INC

    Sep 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    CA Prouty LLC's motion for a right to attach order and writ of attachment is GRANTED. Preliminary Matters

    The notice requirements of Code of Civil Procedure section 474.050 were satisfied because the ex parte application papers were deemed the moving papers. ROA # 39.

    ...

  • DAVID DOYEL INDIVIDUALLY AND ON BEHALF OF AGGRIEVED EMPLOYEES PURSUANT TO THE PRIVATE ATTORNEYS GENERAL ACT PAGA VS ALERE HOME MONITORING INC

    Sep 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Alere Home Monitoring, Inc. and Alere San Diego, Inc.'s alternative motion to stay the proceedings is GRANTED. A status conference is set for February 26, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. All other dates are vacated without prejudice.

    Preliminary Matters

    Defendants' unopposed req...

  • M Y VS FISCHER

    Sep 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    The County of San Diego's demurrer to plaintiff's second amended complaint ("SAC") is OVERRULED. Preliminary Matters

    Plaintiff's unopposed request for judicial notice is granted.

    Discussion

    The County demurs to the SAC on grounds that the action is time-barr...

  • RICHARDS VS WRIGHT

    Sep 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Ted B. Wacker's motion to be relieved as counsel for plaintiff Vina Monique Richards is DENIED. While counsel's declaration shows service of the motion papers (ROA # 39), he has not filed a proof of service showing service of the proposed order on the plaintiff. The proof of servic...

  • HENRICHS VS TAYLOR

    Sep 10, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    The demurrer to plaintiff's first amended complaint by Adrienne Lafar; Xavier, LLC; and Xavier Farms, LLC ("defendants") is OVERRULED.

    Preliminary Matters

    Defendants' request for judicial notice is granted. However, notice is taken only as to the existence of the do...

  • SHARP MEMORIAL HOSPITAL VS KAISER FOUNDATION HEALTH PLAN INC

    Sep 10, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiffs' demurrer to defendant Kaiser's cross-complaint is OVERRULED. Preliminary Matters

    Plaintiffs' unopposed request for judicial notice of exhibits A through O, and request for judicial notice of exhibits 1 through 3 in support of the reply are granted. Kaiser's unop...

  • HENRICHS VS TAYLOR

    Sep 10, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    The demurrer to plaintiff's first amended complaint by Adrienne Lafar; Xavier, LLC; and Xavier Farms, LLC ("defendants") is OVERRULED.

    Preliminary Matters

    Defendants' request for judicial notice is granted. However, notice is taken only as to the existence of the do...

  • ARELLANO VS MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEMS INC

    Sep 10, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiff's motion to compel further responses to his request for production of documents (set one) is GRANTED in part.

    RFP No. 41

    Defendant does not oppose this request insofar as it pertains only to people responsible for hiring, training, terminating, etc., of th...

  • CHAIREZ VS PATRON

    Sep 10, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    The unopposed motion filed by attorney Allen Splopuko to be relieved as counsel for plaintiff Miguel Angel Chairez is GRANTED.

    Because the current address is not known, service of the order must be made according to Code of Civil Procedure section 1011(b) and rule 3.252 of ...

  • SHARP MEMORIAL HOSPITAL VS KAISER FOUNDATION HEALTH PLAN INC

    Sep 10, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiffs' demurrer to defendant Kaiser's cross-complaint is OVERRULED. Preliminary Matters

    Plaintiffs' unopposed request for judicial notice of exhibits A through O, and request for judicial notice of exhibits 1 through 3 in support of the reply are granted. Kaiser's unop...

  • SHARP MEMORIAL HOSPITAL VS KAISER FOUNDATION HEALTH PLAN INC

    Sep 10, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiffs' demurrer to defendant Kaiser's cross-complaint is OVERRULED. Preliminary Matters

    Plaintiffs' unopposed request for judicial notice of exhibits A through O, and request for judicial notice of exhibits 1 through 3 in support of the reply are granted. Kaiser's unop...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Katherine A. Bacal

  • MELSITOV VS COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO

    Sep 18, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendant City of San Diego's demurrer to plaintiff's first amended complaint ("FAC") is OVERRULED.

    Plaintiff asserts three counts of premises liability against the City, alleging that plaintiff "tripped on a broken/risen part of the sidewalk" in San Diego, sustaining signi...

  • EVANS HOTELS LLC VS TELESONIC VOICE AND DATA SOLUTIONS INC

    Sep 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Cross-defendant Unify, Inc.'s unopposed motion to dismiss the first amended cross-complaint is GRANTED. Unify's demurrer is moot.

    Background

    Defendant/cross-complainant Telesonic filed a cross-complaint against Unify, which was amended to include both Unify and Scan...

  • REILLY FINANCIAL ADVISORS LLC VS CARIANI

    Sep 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiff's motion to compel further responses to its requests for production ("RFP") (Set 1) is GRANTED. Plaintiff's request for monetary sanctions is GRANTED in part.

    Discussion

    Plaintiff moves to compel defendants/cross-complainants David Cariani, Matthew Griffit...

  • HARPER VS THE SAN DIEGO REAL ESTATE INSPECTION COMPANY

    Sep 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendant James Clark's demurrer to the second amended complaint ("SAC") is OVERRULED and the motion to strike is DENIED.

    Discussion

    Clark demurs to the sixth and eighth causes of action on grounds the SAC fails to state sufficient facts to constitute a cause of act...

  • CHAVARRIA VS BALANCE AMERICA INC

    Sep 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    The unopposed motion filed by the Law Offices of William W. Green & Associates to be relieved as counsel for plaintiff Juan P. Chavarria is GRANTED. Counsel is ordered to serve notice on the client within five court days of this ruling. Counsel will be relieved as of the date that ...

  • MELSITOV VS COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO

    Sep 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendant James Clark's demurrer to the second amended complaint ("SAC") is OVERRULED and the motion to strike is DENIED.

    Discussion

    Clark demurs to the sixth and eighth causes of action on grounds the SAC fails to state sufficient facts to constitute a cause of act...

  • DAMERON VS. SCRIPPS HEALTH INC

    Sep 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Scripps Health dba Scripps Home Health Care's ("Scripps") motion for summary adjudication is DENIED.

    Preliminary Matters

    Scripp's foundation and speculation objections to paragraphs 7 and 8 of the declaration of Tara Kaiserman and the hearsay objection to paragraphs...

  • EVANS HOTELS LLC VS TELESONIC VOICE AND DATA SOLUTIONS INC

    Sep 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Cross-defendant Unify, Inc.'s unopposed motion to dismiss the first amended cross-complaint is GRANTED. Unify's demurrer is moot.

    Background

    Defendant/cross-complainant Telesonic filed a cross-complaint against Unify, which was amended to include both Unify and Scan...

  • EVANS HOTELS LLC VS TELESONIC VOICE AND DATA SOLUTIONS INC

    Sep 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Cross-defendant Unify, Inc.'s unopposed motion to dismiss the first amended cross-complaint is GRANTED. Unify's demurrer is moot.

    Background

    Defendant/cross-complainant Telesonic filed a cross-complaint against Unify, which was amended to include both Unify and Scan...

  • CHAVARRIA VS BALANCE AMERICA INC

    Sep 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    The unopposed motion filed by the Law Offices of William W. Green & Associates to be relieved as counsel for plaintiff Juan P. Chavarria is GRANTED. Counsel is ordered to serve notice on the client within five court days of this ruling. Counsel will be relieved as of the date that ...

  • HARPER VS THE SAN DIEGO REAL ESTATE INSPECTION COMPANY

    Sep 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendant James Clark's demurrer to the second amended complaint ("SAC") is OVERRULED and the motion to strike is DENIED.

    Discussion

    Clark demurs to the sixth and eighth causes of action on grounds the SAC fails to state sufficient facts to constitute a cause of act...

  • AH VS FISCHER

    Sep 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    The County of San Diego's demurrer to plaintiff's first amended complaint ("FAC") is OVERRULED. Preliminary Matters

    Plaintiff's unopposed request for judicial notice is granted.

    Discussion

    The County demurs to the FAC on grounds that the action is time-barre...

  • C VS FISCHER

    Sep 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    The County of San Diego's demurrer to plaintiff's first amended complaint ("FAC") is OVERRULED. Preliminary Matters

    Plaintiff's unopposed request for judicial notice is granted.

    Discussion

    The County demurs to the FAC on grounds that the action is time-barre...

  • CA PROUTY LLC VS LUSYS LABORATORIES INC

    Sep 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    CA Prouty LLC's motion for a right to attach order and writ of attachment is GRANTED. Preliminary Matters

    The notice requirements of Code of Civil Procedure section 474.050 were satisfied because the ex parte application papers were deemed the moving papers. ROA # 39.

    ...

  • DAVID DOYEL INDIVIDUALLY AND ON BEHALF OF AGGRIEVED EMPLOYEES PURSUANT TO THE PRIVATE ATTORNEYS GENERAL ACT PAGA VS ALERE HOME MONITORING INC

    Sep 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Alere Home Monitoring, Inc. and Alere San Diego, Inc.'s alternative motion to stay the proceedings is GRANTED. A status conference is set for February 26, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. All other dates are vacated without prejudice.

    Preliminary Matters

    Defendants' unopposed req...

  • M Y VS FISCHER

    Sep 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    The County of San Diego's demurrer to plaintiff's second amended complaint ("SAC") is OVERRULED. Preliminary Matters

    Plaintiff's unopposed request for judicial notice is granted.

    Discussion

    The County demurs to the SAC on grounds that the action is time-barr...

  • RICHARDS VS WRIGHT

    Sep 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Ted B. Wacker's motion to be relieved as counsel for plaintiff Vina Monique Richards is DENIED. While counsel's declaration shows service of the motion papers (ROA # 39), he has not filed a proof of service showing service of the proposed order on the plaintiff. The proof of servic...

  • HENRICHS VS TAYLOR

    Sep 10, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    The demurrer to plaintiff's first amended complaint by Adrienne Lafar; Xavier, LLC; and Xavier Farms, LLC ("defendants") is OVERRULED.

    Preliminary Matters

    Defendants' request for judicial notice is granted. However, notice is taken only as to the existence of the do...

  • SHARP MEMORIAL HOSPITAL VS KAISER FOUNDATION HEALTH PLAN INC

    Sep 10, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiffs' demurrer to defendant Kaiser's cross-complaint is OVERRULED. Preliminary Matters

    Plaintiffs' unopposed request for judicial notice of exhibits A through O, and request for judicial notice of exhibits 1 through 3 in support of the reply are granted. Kaiser's unop...

  • HENRICHS VS TAYLOR

    Sep 10, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    The demurrer to plaintiff's first amended complaint by Adrienne Lafar; Xavier, LLC; and Xavier Farms, LLC ("defendants") is OVERRULED.

    Preliminary Matters

    Defendants' request for judicial notice is granted. However, notice is taken only as to the existence of the do...

  • ARELLANO VS MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEMS INC

    Sep 10, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiff's motion to compel further responses to his request for production of documents (set one) is GRANTED in part.

    RFP No. 41

    Defendant does not oppose this request insofar as it pertains only to people responsible for hiring, training, terminating, etc., of th...

  • CHAIREZ VS PATRON

    Sep 10, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    The unopposed motion filed by attorney Allen Splopuko to be relieved as counsel for plaintiff Miguel Angel Chairez is GRANTED.

    Because the current address is not known, service of the order must be made according to Code of Civil Procedure section 1011(b) and rule 3.252 of ...

  • SHARP MEMORIAL HOSPITAL VS KAISER FOUNDATION HEALTH PLAN INC

    Sep 10, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiffs' demurrer to defendant Kaiser's cross-complaint is OVERRULED. Preliminary Matters

    Plaintiffs' unopposed request for judicial notice of exhibits A through O, and request for judicial notice of exhibits 1 through 3 in support of the reply are granted. Kaiser's unop...

  • SHARP MEMORIAL HOSPITAL VS KAISER FOUNDATION HEALTH PLAN INC

    Sep 10, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiffs' demurrer to defendant Kaiser's cross-complaint is OVERRULED. Preliminary Matters

    Plaintiffs' unopposed request for judicial notice of exhibits A through O, and request for judicial notice of exhibits 1 through 3 in support of the reply are granted. Kaiser's unop...

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