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

  • DIXON VS KOHROGI

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendants' unopposed motion to transfer venue is GRANTED.

    Discussion

    Timeliness

    A motion to change venue on grounds the action was filed in the wrong court must be filed at the time the defendant responds to the complaint. See CCP § 396b(a). Here, no proof ...

  • RODRIGUEZ VS HERNANDEZ

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiff Victor Rodriguez's motion to appoint a substitute discovery referee is GRANTED. Background

    The Court appointed, by stipulation, the Hon. Robert E. May as discovery referee to hear and determine all discovery motions in this action. ROA # 238. In October of 2020, t...

  • RODRIGUEZ VS HERNANDEZ

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiff Victor Rodriguez's motion to appoint a substitute discovery referee is GRANTED. Background

    The Court appointed, by stipulation, the Hon. Robert E. May as discovery referee to hear and determine all discovery motions in this action. ROA # 238. In October of 2020, t...

  • ROTH VS WINTERNITZ

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendant Poway CA Multi Specialty ASC, LLC's motion to compel responses to interrogatories and requests for production and for monetary sanctions is GRANTED in part and DENIED in part. Defendant's motion to deem requests for admissions admitted and for monetary sanctions is GRANTE...

  • STOFF VS WELLS FARGO BANK NA [E-FILE]

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendant Wells Fargo Bank N.A.'s demurrer to plaintiff's complaint is OVERRULED. Defendant demurs to the first cause of action for violation of the Consumer Credit Reporting Agencies Act ("CCRAA") on grounds it fails to state sufficient facts to constitute a cause of action, insof...

  • ROTH VS WINTERNITZ

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendant Poway CA Multi Specialty ASC, LLC's motion to compel responses to interrogatories and requests for production and for monetary sanctions is GRANTED in part and DENIED in part. Defendant's motion to deem requests for admissions admitted and for monetary sanctions is GRANTE...

  • DIXON VS KOHROGI

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendants' unopposed motion to transfer venue is GRANTED.

    Discussion

    Timeliness

    A motion to change venue on grounds the action was filed in the wrong court must be filed at the time the defendant responds to the complaint. See CCP § 396b(a). Here, no proof ...

  • NUCCO LLC VS NON-NEWTONIAN MANAGEMENT LLC

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Nucco's motion to disqualify NNM's counsel is DENIED without prejudice. Preliminary Matters

    Although Nucco's reply brief was undoubtedly late, there does not seem to be any real prejudice to NNM, especially in light of the tentative. NNM is correct that the Court could have...

  • GUTIERREZ VS FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEMS INC [E-FILE]

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendant's motion to transfer venue is DENIED.

    Discussion

    The general rule is that the superior court in the county where the defendant resides at the commencement of the action is the proper court for trial. CCP § 395(a). The statute itself provides for a number o...

  • GUTIERREZ VS FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEMS INC [E-FILE]

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendant's motion to transfer venue is DENIED.

    Discussion

    The general rule is that the superior court in the county where the defendant resides at the commencement of the action is the proper court for trial. CCP § 395(a). The statute itself provides for a number o...

  • RODRIGUEZ VS HERNANDEZ

    Dec 22, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiff Victor Rodriguez's motion for order to show cause ("OSC") re: contempt against Productora, by and through Alfonso Rodriguez, and to compel payment of outstanding sanctions is GRANTED in part. The Court will set a date for arraignment of Alfonso Rodriguez, on behalf of Pro...

  • RODRIGUEZ VS HERNANDEZ

    Dec 22, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiff Victor Rodriguez's motion for order to show cause ("OSC") re: contempt against Productora, by and through Alfonso Rodriguez, and to compel payment of outstanding sanctions is GRANTED in part. The Court will set a date for arraignment of Alfonso Rodriguez, on behalf of Pro...

  • RODRIGUEZ VS HERNANDEZ

    Dec 22, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiff Victor Rodriguez's motion for order to show cause ("OSC") re: contempt against Productora, by and through Alfonso Rodriguez, and to compel payment of outstanding sanctions is GRANTED in part. The Court will set a date for arraignment of Alfonso Rodriguez, on behalf of Pro...

  • RODRIGUEZ VS HERNANDEZ

    Dec 22, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiff Victor Rodriguez's motion for order to show cause ("OSC") re: contempt against Productora, by and through Alfonso Rodriguez, and to compel payment of outstanding sanctions is GRANTED in part. The Court will set a date for arraignment of Alfonso Rodriguez, on behalf of Pro...

  • BANK OF AMERICA NA VS ADHIKARI

    Dec 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    The unopposed motion to deem requests for admissions admitted, filed by plaintiff Bank of America, N.A., is GRANTED. All matters set forth in plaintiff's request for admissions are deemed admitted. Code Civ. Proc. § 2033.280(b).

    The minute order is the order of the Court. P...

  • NORTH VS OLIMSKI

    Dec 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendant's demurrer to plaintiff's first amended complaint ("FAC") is SUSTAINED without leave to amend.

    Preliminary Matters

    Defendant's unopposed request for judicial notice is granted.

    Plaintiff has known about this motion at least since May (ROA ## 49-51)...

  • TM VS FISCHER

    Dec 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendant County of San Diego's demurrer to plaintiff T.M.'s first amended complaint is OVERRULED as to the Monell cause of action and otherwise SUSTAINED. County has 20 days to answer. Preliminary Matters

    Plaintiff's request for judicial notice is granted in part. The Cour...

  • EVAN MIGNONA VS. CITY OF SAN DIEGO

    Dec 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    The hearing on defendant City of San Diego's motion to require plaintiff to post a bond is GRANTED. Within 30 days of service of this order, plaintiff is to post an undertaking as security for costs in the amount of $30,000.

    Preliminary Matters

    It is not clear wheth...

  • NORTH VS OLIMSKI

    Dec 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendant's demurrer to plaintiff's first amended complaint ("FAC") is SUSTAINED without leave to amend.

    Preliminary Matters

    Defendant's unopposed request for judicial notice is granted.

    Plaintiff has known about this motion at least since May (ROA ## 49-51)...

  • RODRIGUEZ VS HERNANDEZ

    Dec 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    The hearing on plaintiff's motion for OSC re: contempt and motion for terminating, evidentiary, and issue sanctions is CONTINUED to Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. Parties to appear if there is a problem with that date and time.

    ...

  • GASTELUM VS WEST COAST SERVICING INC

    Dec 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiff's motion to allow trial by jury is GRANTED.

    Preliminary Matters

    Plaintiff's foundation and authenticity objections to exhibit 1 are sustained. Plaintiff's objection to exhibit 2 is also sustained, as requests for judicial notice must be made in accordance ...

  • RODRIGUEZ VS HERNANDEZ

    Dec 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    The hearing on plaintiff's motion for OSC re: contempt and motion for terminating, evidentiary, and issue sanctions is CONTINUED to Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. Parties to appear if there is a problem with that date and time.

    ...

  • NUCCO LLC VS NON-NEWTONIAN MANAGEMENT LLC

    Dec 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Nucco's motion for leave to file a cross-complaint is GRANTED.

    Preliminary Matters

    Nucco's objections, asserted in its reply brief, to the entirety of Catharine Brown and John Howard's declarations and exhibits are overruled.

    Discussion

    Nucco initiat...

  • COOPER VS KIA MOTOR AMERICA INC

    Dec 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiff Zabrina Cooper's motion to compel further responses to her requests for production is GRANTED. Both parties' requests for sanctions are DENIED.

    Preliminary Matters

    Plaintiff's deadline to file her motion to compel further responses was February 19, 2020. M...

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Recent Cases by Hon. Katherine A. Bacal

Recent Rulings by Hon. Katherine A. Bacal

  • DIXON VS KOHROGI

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendants' unopposed motion to transfer venue is GRANTED.

    Discussion

    Timeliness

    A motion to change venue on grounds the action was filed in the wrong court must be filed at the time the defendant responds to the complaint. See CCP § 396b(a). Here, no proof ...

  • RODRIGUEZ VS HERNANDEZ

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiff Victor Rodriguez's motion to appoint a substitute discovery referee is GRANTED. Background

    The Court appointed, by stipulation, the Hon. Robert E. May as discovery referee to hear and determine all discovery motions in this action. ROA # 238. In October of 2020, t...

  • RODRIGUEZ VS HERNANDEZ

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiff Victor Rodriguez's motion to appoint a substitute discovery referee is GRANTED. Background

    The Court appointed, by stipulation, the Hon. Robert E. May as discovery referee to hear and determine all discovery motions in this action. ROA # 238. In October of 2020, t...

  • ROTH VS WINTERNITZ

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendant Poway CA Multi Specialty ASC, LLC's motion to compel responses to interrogatories and requests for production and for monetary sanctions is GRANTED in part and DENIED in part. Defendant's motion to deem requests for admissions admitted and for monetary sanctions is GRANTE...

  • STOFF VS WELLS FARGO BANK NA [E-FILE]

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendant Wells Fargo Bank N.A.'s demurrer to plaintiff's complaint is OVERRULED. Defendant demurs to the first cause of action for violation of the Consumer Credit Reporting Agencies Act ("CCRAA") on grounds it fails to state sufficient facts to constitute a cause of action, insof...

  • ROTH VS WINTERNITZ

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendant Poway CA Multi Specialty ASC, LLC's motion to compel responses to interrogatories and requests for production and for monetary sanctions is GRANTED in part and DENIED in part. Defendant's motion to deem requests for admissions admitted and for monetary sanctions is GRANTE...

  • DIXON VS KOHROGI

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendants' unopposed motion to transfer venue is GRANTED.

    Discussion

    Timeliness

    A motion to change venue on grounds the action was filed in the wrong court must be filed at the time the defendant responds to the complaint. See CCP § 396b(a). Here, no proof ...

  • NUCCO LLC VS NON-NEWTONIAN MANAGEMENT LLC

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Nucco's motion to disqualify NNM's counsel is DENIED without prejudice. Preliminary Matters

    Although Nucco's reply brief was undoubtedly late, there does not seem to be any real prejudice to NNM, especially in light of the tentative. NNM is correct that the Court could have...

  • GUTIERREZ VS FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEMS INC [E-FILE]

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendant's motion to transfer venue is DENIED.

    Discussion

    The general rule is that the superior court in the county where the defendant resides at the commencement of the action is the proper court for trial. CCP § 395(a). The statute itself provides for a number o...

  • GUTIERREZ VS FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEMS INC [E-FILE]

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendant's motion to transfer venue is DENIED.

    Discussion

    The general rule is that the superior court in the county where the defendant resides at the commencement of the action is the proper court for trial. CCP § 395(a). The statute itself provides for a number o...

  • RODRIGUEZ VS HERNANDEZ

    Dec 22, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiff Victor Rodriguez's motion for order to show cause ("OSC") re: contempt against Productora, by and through Alfonso Rodriguez, and to compel payment of outstanding sanctions is GRANTED in part. The Court will set a date for arraignment of Alfonso Rodriguez, on behalf of Pro...

  • RODRIGUEZ VS HERNANDEZ

    Dec 22, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiff Victor Rodriguez's motion for order to show cause ("OSC") re: contempt against Productora, by and through Alfonso Rodriguez, and to compel payment of outstanding sanctions is GRANTED in part. The Court will set a date for arraignment of Alfonso Rodriguez, on behalf of Pro...

  • RODRIGUEZ VS HERNANDEZ

    Dec 22, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiff Victor Rodriguez's motion for order to show cause ("OSC") re: contempt against Productora, by and through Alfonso Rodriguez, and to compel payment of outstanding sanctions is GRANTED in part. The Court will set a date for arraignment of Alfonso Rodriguez, on behalf of Pro...

  • RODRIGUEZ VS HERNANDEZ

    Dec 22, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiff Victor Rodriguez's motion for order to show cause ("OSC") re: contempt against Productora, by and through Alfonso Rodriguez, and to compel payment of outstanding sanctions is GRANTED in part. The Court will set a date for arraignment of Alfonso Rodriguez, on behalf of Pro...

  • BANK OF AMERICA NA VS ADHIKARI

    Dec 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    The unopposed motion to deem requests for admissions admitted, filed by plaintiff Bank of America, N.A., is GRANTED. All matters set forth in plaintiff's request for admissions are deemed admitted. Code Civ. Proc. § 2033.280(b).

    The minute order is the order of the Court. P...

  • NORTH VS OLIMSKI

    Dec 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendant's demurrer to plaintiff's first amended complaint ("FAC") is SUSTAINED without leave to amend.

    Preliminary Matters

    Defendant's unopposed request for judicial notice is granted.

    Plaintiff has known about this motion at least since May (ROA ## 49-51)...

  • TM VS FISCHER

    Dec 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendant County of San Diego's demurrer to plaintiff T.M.'s first amended complaint is OVERRULED as to the Monell cause of action and otherwise SUSTAINED. County has 20 days to answer. Preliminary Matters

    Plaintiff's request for judicial notice is granted in part. The Cour...

  • EVAN MIGNONA VS. CITY OF SAN DIEGO

    Dec 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    The hearing on defendant City of San Diego's motion to require plaintiff to post a bond is GRANTED. Within 30 days of service of this order, plaintiff is to post an undertaking as security for costs in the amount of $30,000.

    Preliminary Matters

    It is not clear wheth...

  • NORTH VS OLIMSKI

    Dec 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendant's demurrer to plaintiff's first amended complaint ("FAC") is SUSTAINED without leave to amend.

    Preliminary Matters

    Defendant's unopposed request for judicial notice is granted.

    Plaintiff has known about this motion at least since May (ROA ## 49-51)...

  • RODRIGUEZ VS HERNANDEZ

    Dec 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    The hearing on plaintiff's motion for OSC re: contempt and motion for terminating, evidentiary, and issue sanctions is CONTINUED to Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. Parties to appear if there is a problem with that date and time.

    ...

  • GASTELUM VS WEST COAST SERVICING INC

    Dec 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiff's motion to allow trial by jury is GRANTED.

    Preliminary Matters

    Plaintiff's foundation and authenticity objections to exhibit 1 are sustained. Plaintiff's objection to exhibit 2 is also sustained, as requests for judicial notice must be made in accordance ...

  • RODRIGUEZ VS HERNANDEZ

    Dec 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    The hearing on plaintiff's motion for OSC re: contempt and motion for terminating, evidentiary, and issue sanctions is CONTINUED to Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. Parties to appear if there is a problem with that date and time.

    ...

  • NUCCO LLC VS NON-NEWTONIAN MANAGEMENT LLC

    Dec 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Nucco's motion for leave to file a cross-complaint is GRANTED.

    Preliminary Matters

    Nucco's objections, asserted in its reply brief, to the entirety of Catharine Brown and John Howard's declarations and exhibits are overruled.

    Discussion

    Nucco initiat...

  • COOPER VS KIA MOTOR AMERICA INC

    Dec 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiff Zabrina Cooper's motion to compel further responses to her requests for production is GRANTED. Both parties' requests for sanctions are DENIED.

    Preliminary Matters

    Plaintiff's deadline to file her motion to compel further responses was February 19, 2020. M...

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