The Honorable Katherine A. Bacal

San Diego County Superior Court, Department SD-69

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

  • DO VS CAPITAL FITNESS GROUP LLC [E-FILED]

    Aug 15, 2019 |  Judge Katherine A. Bacal |  San Diego County, CA

    Assly Sayyar's unopposed motion to be relieved as counsel of record for defendant Capital Fitness Group, LLC ("Capital Fitness") is granted. A corporation cannot represent itself in court. Merco Constr. Engineers, Inc. v. Municipal Court (1978) 21 Cal.3d 724; Ferruzzo v. Superior Court (1980) 104 Cal.App.3...

  • DO VS CAPITAL FITNESS GROUP LLC [E-FILED]

    Aug 15, 2019 |  Judge Katherine A. Bacal |  San Diego County, CA

    Assly Sayyar's unopposed motion to be relieved as counsel of record for defendant Capital Fitness Group, LLC ("Capital Fitness") is granted. A corporation cannot represent itself in court. Merco Constr. Engineers, Inc. v. Municipal Court (1978) 21 Cal.3d 724; Ferruzzo v. Superior Court (1980) 104 Cal.App.3...

  • AMY SMITH VS PAULINE WRIGHT

    Aug 15, 2019 |  Judge Katherine A. Bacal |  San Diego County, CA

    The motion for determination of good faith settlement, filed by defendant Fire Insurance Exchange ("Fire"), is denied without prejudice. Discussion Plaintiff Amy Smith's townhouse allegedly sustained property damage due to a water leak in her neighbor's kitchen drain. On August 13, 2018, plaintiff filed su...

  • DO VS CAPITAL FITNESS GROUP LLC [E-FILED]

    Aug 15, 2019 |  Judge Katherine A. Bacal |  San Diego County, CA

    Assly Sayyar's unopposed motion to be relieved as counsel of record for defendant Capital Fitness Group, LLC ("Capital Fitness") is granted. A corporation cannot represent itself in court. Merco Constr. Engineers, Inc. v. Municipal Court (1978) 21 Cal.3d 724; Ferruzzo v. Superior Court (1980) 104 Cal.App.3...

  • GEORG LINGENBRINK VS. STEPHEN C GAMES

    Aug 15, 2019 |  Judge Katherine A. Bacal |  San Diego County, CA

    On its own motion, the Court continues the motion for summary judgment/adjudication to August 30, 2019 at 1:30 p.m.

    ...

  • LEWIS VS WESTERN DENTAL SERVICES INC

    Aug 15, 2019 |  Judge Katherine A. Bacal |  San Diego County, CA

    Defendant Western Dental Services, Inc.'s unopposed demurrer to the complaint is sustained without leave to amend. Discussion Using a form complaint, plaintiff Britanye Lewis appears to allege a single cause of action for fraud. Defendant demurs on the grounds that (1) the complaint fails to state facts su...

  • SADRIAN MD VS. YAGHOUTI MD

    Aug 15, 2019 |  Judge Katherine A. Bacal |  San Diego County, CA

    The unopposed motion to compel deposition, filed by plaintiff Reza Sadrian M.D., is granted. Defendant Farshad Yaghouti is ordered to submit to a deposition at a mutually agreeable date and time but no later than September 6, 2019 and to produce all documents listed in the Notice to Produce Documents at De...

  • CACH LLC VS. NORTON

    Aug 15, 2019 |  Judge Katherine A. Bacal |  San Diego County, CA

    Defendant/judgment Debtor Arnold Norton's claim of exemption is granted. The Sheriff is directed to return any funds held to the judgment debtor. Defendant seeks an exemption for Social Security payments deposited into his bank account. Social security payments are protected from execution, levy and garnis...

  • NAJERA VS HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA

    Aug 15, 2019 |  Judge Katherine A. Bacal |  San Diego County, CA

    The motion to compel further responses to special interrogatories (set three) Nos. 33 and 34, filed by plaintiffs Jose Najera and Shaheem Navarro, is denied. Defendant's motion for a protective order is moot with respect to the third set of special interrogatories. The Court will consider the remainder of ...

  • NAJERA VS HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA

    Aug 15, 2019 |  Judge Katherine A. Bacal |  San Diego County, CA

    The motion to compel further responses to special interrogatories (set three) Nos. 33 and 34, filed by plaintiffs Jose Najera and Shaheem Navarro, is denied. Defendant's motion for a protective order is moot with respect to the third set of special interrogatories. The Court will consider the remainder of ...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Katherine A. Bacal

  • DO VS CAPITAL FITNESS GROUP LLC [E-FILED]

    Aug 15, 2019 |  Judge Katherine A. Bacal |  San Diego County, CA

    Assly Sayyar's unopposed motion to be relieved as counsel of record for defendant Capital Fitness Group, LLC ("Capital Fitness") is granted. A corporation cannot represent itself in court. Merco Constr. Engineers, Inc. v. Municipal Court (1978) 21 Cal.3d 724; Ferruzzo v. Superior Court (1980) 104 Cal.App.3...

  • DO VS CAPITAL FITNESS GROUP LLC [E-FILED]

    Aug 15, 2019 |  Judge Katherine A. Bacal |  San Diego County, CA

    Assly Sayyar's unopposed motion to be relieved as counsel of record for defendant Capital Fitness Group, LLC ("Capital Fitness") is granted. A corporation cannot represent itself in court. Merco Constr. Engineers, Inc. v. Municipal Court (1978) 21 Cal.3d 724; Ferruzzo v. Superior Court (1980) 104 Cal.App.3...

  • AMY SMITH VS PAULINE WRIGHT

    Aug 15, 2019 |  Judge Katherine A. Bacal |  San Diego County, CA

    The motion for determination of good faith settlement, filed by defendant Fire Insurance Exchange ("Fire"), is denied without prejudice. Discussion Plaintiff Amy Smith's townhouse allegedly sustained property damage due to a water leak in her neighbor's kitchen drain. On August 13, 2018, plaintiff filed su...

  • DO VS CAPITAL FITNESS GROUP LLC [E-FILED]

    Aug 15, 2019 |  Judge Katherine A. Bacal |  San Diego County, CA

    Assly Sayyar's unopposed motion to be relieved as counsel of record for defendant Capital Fitness Group, LLC ("Capital Fitness") is granted. A corporation cannot represent itself in court. Merco Constr. Engineers, Inc. v. Municipal Court (1978) 21 Cal.3d 724; Ferruzzo v. Superior Court (1980) 104 Cal.App.3...

  • GEORG LINGENBRINK VS. STEPHEN C GAMES

    Aug 15, 2019 |  Judge Katherine A. Bacal |  San Diego County, CA

    On its own motion, the Court continues the motion for summary judgment/adjudication to August 30, 2019 at 1:30 p.m.

    ...

  • LEWIS VS WESTERN DENTAL SERVICES INC

    Aug 15, 2019 |  Judge Katherine A. Bacal |  San Diego County, CA

    Defendant Western Dental Services, Inc.'s unopposed demurrer to the complaint is sustained without leave to amend. Discussion Using a form complaint, plaintiff Britanye Lewis appears to allege a single cause of action for fraud. Defendant demurs on the grounds that (1) the complaint fails to state facts su...

  • SADRIAN MD VS. YAGHOUTI MD

    Aug 15, 2019 |  Judge Katherine A. Bacal |  San Diego County, CA

    The unopposed motion to compel deposition, filed by plaintiff Reza Sadrian M.D., is granted. Defendant Farshad Yaghouti is ordered to submit to a deposition at a mutually agreeable date and time but no later than September 6, 2019 and to produce all documents listed in the Notice to Produce Documents at De...

  • CACH LLC VS. NORTON

    Aug 15, 2019 |  Judge Katherine A. Bacal |  San Diego County, CA

    Defendant/judgment Debtor Arnold Norton's claim of exemption is granted. The Sheriff is directed to return any funds held to the judgment debtor. Defendant seeks an exemption for Social Security payments deposited into his bank account. Social security payments are protected from execution, levy and garnis...

  • NAJERA VS HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA

    Aug 15, 2019 |  Judge Katherine A. Bacal |  San Diego County, CA

    The motion to compel further responses to special interrogatories (set three) Nos. 33 and 34, filed by plaintiffs Jose Najera and Shaheem Navarro, is denied. Defendant's motion for a protective order is moot with respect to the third set of special interrogatories. The Court will consider the remainder of ...

  • NAJERA VS HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA

    Aug 15, 2019 |  Judge Katherine A. Bacal |  San Diego County, CA

    The motion to compel further responses to special interrogatories (set three) Nos. 33 and 34, filed by plaintiffs Jose Najera and Shaheem Navarro, is denied. Defendant's motion for a protective order is moot with respect to the third set of special interrogatories. The Court will consider the remainder of ...

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