The Honorable Michael P. Linfield

Los Angeles Superior Court, Department 034

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Biography

The Hon. Michael P. Linfield is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench in 2003 by former governor Gray Davis. He filled the vacancy created by the elevation of the Hon. Madeleine Flier to the Court of Appeal.

Judge Linfield graduated cum laude with his B.A. in philosophy from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1972. After graduating from college, Linfield took a hiatus from his studies to become a volunteer for the United Farm Worker's Union (UFW), a U.S. labor union that got its start in 1962 when it was co-founded by the civil rights activist, Cesar Chavez. Linfield also served as the UFW's chief lobbyist in Sacramento at Chavez' behest. Then, in the early '80s, Linfield became the special liaison to the former governor of California, Jerry Brown, as well as served as the Deputy Mayor for the City of West Hollywood.

Linfield would ultimately resume his studies in 1986 in the pursuit of his law degree. He graduated magna cum laude with his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1989. While at Harvard, Linfield served an internship from 1987 to 1988 for the Chief Justice of the Nicaraguan Supreme Court.

After graduating from law school, Linfield joined the law firm of Alschuler, Grossman, and Pines as an associate in 1989. During his three years with the firm, Linfield practiced complex financial litigation. Then, in 1992, Linfield entered into solo practice, where he specialized in discrimination, employment, and consumer fraud cases. He remained in private practice until his appointment to the Superior Court in 2003.

Linfield served as a judge pro tem, mediator, and arbitrator for the Superior Court. He has also been a panelist for his alma mater, Harvard Law School.

In 1990, Linfield published a book on the subject of civil liberties in times of war.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Michael P. Linfield

  • ANTHONY SAM VS RENEE KWAN ET AL

    Jul 29, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    SUBJECT: Motion for Leave to File First Amended Cross-Complaint

    Moving Party: Defendant and Cross-Complainant Board of Fire and Police Pension Commissioners

    Resp. Party: None

    Board of Fire and Police Pension Commissioners’ motion for leave to file a first amended cross-complaint is ...

  • LA LIVE PROPERTIES, LLC, A DELAWARE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY VS KA WAIKWAN, AN INDIVIDUAL, ET AL.

    Jul 23, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    SUBJECT: Motion to Bifurcate

    Moving Party: Plaintiff LA Live Properties, LLC

    Resp. Party: Defendants/Cross-Complainants Kerry Moy and Ka Wai Kwan

    TENTATIVE RULING:

    Plaintiff’s motion to bifurcate is DENIED.

    BACKGROUND:

    Plaintiff LA Live Properties, LLC’s acti...

  • ILAN BITTON VS TYLER THORNTON, ET AL.

    Jul 14, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    SUBJECT: (1) Motion to be Admitted Pro Hac Vice by Eileen M. Letts

    Moving Party: Tyler Thornton and Sunfire Nutrition, LLC

    Resp. Party: None (2) Motion to be Admitted Pro Hac Vice by Giselle B. May Moving Party: Tyler Thornton and Sunfire Nutrition, LLC Resp. Party: None The motions to be a...

  • VAZGEN MIRZAKHANYAN VS JV & T CAPITAL LLC ET AL

    Jul 13, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    SUBJECT: Motion to Be Relieved as Counsel

    Moving Party: Julie C. Lim, Counsel for Volodya Adanyan

    Resp. Party: None

    The motion to be relieved as counsel is DENIED.

    BACKGROUND:

    On August 2, 2010, Plaintiff Vazgen Mirzakhanyan commenced this action against JV & T Capit...

  • ROUGHAN & ASSOCIATES AT LINC, INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION VS DEBORAH PERLMAN

    Jul 06, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    SUBJECT: (1) Motion for Protective Order

    Moving Party: Defendants Deborah Perlman and Emma Richardson

    Resp. Party: Plaintiff Roughan & Associates at Linc, Inc.

    SUBJECT: (2) Motion to Compel Further Responses to Special Interrogatories

    Moving Party: Defendant Deborah Perlman<...

  • CELSO FERNANDEZ VS HO SOUNG WON, ET AL.

    Jul 06, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    SUBJECT: Demurrer to FAC

    Moving Party: Defendants Ho Soung Won and E.Z Deal Trading, Inc.

    Resp. Party: Plaintiff Celso Fernandez

    Defendants’ demurrer is OVERRULED as to the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, and eleventh causes of action.

    Def...

  • JULIA NACHMAN VS CITIGROUP GLOBAL MARKETS INC., ET AL.

    Jul 06, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    SUBJECT: (1) Motion to Compel Further Responses to Form Interrogatories – General Set One, and Form Interrogatories – Employment Law Set One

    Moving Party: Defendants Citigroup Global Markets, Inc., Greenwich Street Commercial Mortgage, LLC, and Smith Daley

    Resp. Party: Plaintiff Julia Nachm...

  • WILLIAM CHARLES JONES JR VS THE REO GROUP INC ET AL

    Jul 02, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    SUBJECT: Motion to Expunge Lis Pendens

    Moving Party: Peter Wardenski and Karen Maria Wardenski

    Resp. Party: None

    The motion to expunge lis pendens is GRANTED.

    The Court GRANTS Wardenskis’ request for attorney’s fees and costs against Plaintiff in the amount of $1,703.96.

    ...

  • ABEL CONTRERAS ET AL VS PACER CARTAGE INC ET AL

    Jul 01, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Court's Ruling on Defendants’ Memorandum of Costs

    This case began more than five years ago with some 85 plaintiffs suing Defendants for various Labor Code violations, stemming in large part, because defendants allegedly misclassified plaintiffs as independent contractors instead of employees.

    ...

  • ANDREIUS HOWARD VS SAILOR LAW FIRM, ET AL.

    Jul 01, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    On March 5, 2020, the Court held its scheduled Case Management Conference in this matter. Plaintiff did not file a Case Management Statement, and Plaintiff did not appear at the hearing. The Court set a continued CMC and an OSC re sanctions for Plaintiff’s Failure to Appear and Failure to File his CMS for ...

  • ELIJAH BERNARD DAVIES VS LA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT ET AL

    Jul 01, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    SUBJECT: Petition to Approve Minor’s Compromise

    Moving Party: Plaintiff Elijah Bernard-Davies

    Resp. Party: None

    The petition to approve minor’s compromise is GRANTED.

    BACKGROUND:

    This action arises out of multiple acts of assault and battery against a minor, Plaintif...

  • KI HO ROH, ET AL. VS JAE SOO LEE

    Jul 01, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    At the first Case Management Conference on January 14, 2020, Plaintiff failed to file a Proof of Service or a Case Management Statement. Plaintiff’s counsel told the Court that he expected to file an Entry of Default shortly. The Court continued the CMC and/or OSC re Entry of Default for February 14, 2020....

  • ANTONE NINO AND NASRIN SHAKERI NINO, A PARTNERSHIP VS NASRIN SHAKERI NINO, INDIVIDUALLY, AND AS GENERAL PARTNER, ETC., ET AL.

    Jul 01, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    SUBJECT: (1) Motion for Stay of Proceedings

    Moving Party: Plaintiff Jeffrey Siegel

    Resp. Party: Defendants Kamal A. Bilal and Westco Petroleum Distributors, Inc.

    (2) Motion to Compel Further Responses to Special Interrogatories

    Moving Party: Plaintiff Jeffrey Siegel

    ...

  • KAI HOU LIANG VS JI LI

    Jun 30, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    SUBJECT: (1) Motion to Tax Costs

    Moving Party: Ji Li

    Resp. Party: BCP, Inc.

    SUBJECT: (2) Motion to Tax Costs

    Moving Party: Ji Li

    Resp. Party: None

    Ji Li’s motion to tax costs of BCP, Inc. is GRANTED in part. The Court taxes requested costs of $360.00, and awa...

  • EDUARDO GUZMAN VS GUSTAVO GUTIERREZ, ET AL.

    Jun 30, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    SUBJECT: (1) Motion to Compel Further Discovery – FROG (Optimum Growers)

    Moving Party: Plaintiff Eduardo Guzman

    Resp. Party: None as of 06/24/2020

    SUBJECT: (2) Motion to Compel Further Discovery – FROG (O.C. Multispecialty)

    Moving Party: Plaintiff Eduardo Guzman

    Resp...

  • KAI HOU LIANG VS JI LI

    Jun 30, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    SUBJECT: (1) Motion to Tax Costs

    Moving Party: Ji Li

    Resp. Party: BCP, Inc.

    SUBJECT: (2) Motion to Tax Costs

    Moving Party: Ji Li

    Resp. Party: None as of 06/24/2020

    TENTATIVE RULING:

    Ji Li’s motion to tax costs of BCP, Inc. is GRANTED in part. The Cour...

  • KRISTA LYNN TAYLOR VS LISA HANKIN

    Jun 29, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    SUBJECT: Motion for Attorney’s Fees

    Moving Party: Defendant Lisa Hankin

    Resp. Party: Plaintiffs Krista Lynn Taylor and Roderick Taylor

    The Court GRANTS Defendant’s motion for attorney’s fees in the amount of $201,880.00.

    BACKGROUND:

    On October 31, 2018, Plaintiff Kri...

  • ELIAS SHOKRIAN VS O GARA COACH COMPANY, LLC

    Jun 29, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    SUBJECT: Demurrer and Motion to Strike FAC

    Moving Party: Defendant O’Gara Coach Company, LLC and Aston Martin Lagonda North America, Inc.

    Resp. Party: None as of 06/23/2020

    The demurrer is SUSTAINED without leave to amend.

    The motion to strike is DENIED as moot.

    BACK...

  • ARTUR MANUKYAN VS YS PROPERTIES LLC

    Jun 29, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    SUBJECT: (1) Motion for Summary Adjudication

    Moving Party: Defendant YS Properties, LLC

    Resp. Party: Plaintiff Artur Manukyan

    (2) Motion for Terminating Sanctions

    Moving Party: Defendant Ys Properties, LLC

    Resp. Party: Plaintiff Artur Manukyan

    Defendant’s mot...

  • JOSE CERVANTES VS PAK FAMILY CORPORATION ET AL

    Jun 29, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    SUBJECT: Motion to Be Relieved as Counsel

    Moving Party: Justin Toobi & Maximilian Lee, counsel for Jose Cervantes

    Resp. Party: None

    The motion to be relieved as counsel is GRANTED.

    BACKGROUND:

    Plaintiff Jose Cervantes filed this action on October 26, 2017. The operat...

  • KRISTA LYNN TAYLOR VS LISA HANKIN

    Jun 29, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    SUBJECT: Motion for Attorney’s Fees

    Moving Party: Defendant Lisa Hankin

    Resp. Party: Plaintiffs Krista Lynn Taylor and Roderick Taylor

    The Court GRANTS Defendant’s motion for attorney’s fees in the amount of $201,880.00 against Plaintiff Krista Lynn Taylor.

    BACKGROUND:

    ...

  • CALIFORNIA AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY VS MIRNA E. ALCANTARA, ET AL.

    Jun 29, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    SUBJECT: (1) Motion to Stay Proceedings

    Moving Party: Defendant Ranulfo Santarriaga

    Resp. Party: Plaintiff California Automobile Insurance Company

    SUBJECT: (2) Demurrer

    Moving Party: Defendant Ranulfo Santarriaga

    Resp. Party: Plaintiff California Automobile Insurance...

  • ENRIQUE QUINTANA VS ANA L QUINTANA

    Jun 26, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    SUBJECT: Demurrer

    Moving Party: Defendant Ana L. Quintana

    Resp. Party: Plaintiff Enrique Quintana

    Defendant’s demurrer is SUSTAINED with leave to amend.

    BACKGROUND:

    This case arises out of the rights to real property located at 321 East 60th Street, Los Angeles, Cali...

  • SUSAN HANNAFORD, ET AL. VS SEVEN SATELLITE PTY LTD, ET AL.

    Jun 26, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    SUBJECT: Demurrer

    Moving Party: Defendant Twitter, Inc.

    Resp. Party: None

    The demurrer is denied as MOOT.

    BACKGROUND:

    This defamation case is based on “a prime-time news network criminally doctoring interview footage in order to manufacture entirely false admissions ...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Michael P. Linfield

  • ANTHONY SAM VS RENEE KWAN ET AL

    Jul 29, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    SUBJECT: Motion for Leave to File First Amended Cross-Complaint

    Moving Party: Defendant and Cross-Complainant Board of Fire and Police Pension Commissioners

    Resp. Party: None

    Board of Fire and Police Pension Commissioners’ motion for leave to file a first amended cross-complaint is ...

  • LA LIVE PROPERTIES, LLC, A DELAWARE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY VS KA WAIKWAN, AN INDIVIDUAL, ET AL.

    Jul 23, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    SUBJECT: Motion to Bifurcate

    Moving Party: Plaintiff LA Live Properties, LLC

    Resp. Party: Defendants/Cross-Complainants Kerry Moy and Ka Wai Kwan

    TENTATIVE RULING:

    Plaintiff’s motion to bifurcate is DENIED.

    BACKGROUND:

    Plaintiff LA Live Properties, LLC’s acti...

  • ILAN BITTON VS TYLER THORNTON, ET AL.

    Jul 14, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    SUBJECT: (1) Motion to be Admitted Pro Hac Vice by Eileen M. Letts

    Moving Party: Tyler Thornton and Sunfire Nutrition, LLC

    Resp. Party: None (2) Motion to be Admitted Pro Hac Vice by Giselle B. May Moving Party: Tyler Thornton and Sunfire Nutrition, LLC Resp. Party: None The motions to be a...

  • VAZGEN MIRZAKHANYAN VS JV & T CAPITAL LLC ET AL

    Jul 13, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    SUBJECT: Motion to Be Relieved as Counsel

    Moving Party: Julie C. Lim, Counsel for Volodya Adanyan

    Resp. Party: None

    The motion to be relieved as counsel is DENIED.

    BACKGROUND:

    On August 2, 2010, Plaintiff Vazgen Mirzakhanyan commenced this action against JV & T Capit...

  • ROUGHAN & ASSOCIATES AT LINC, INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION VS DEBORAH PERLMAN

    Jul 06, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    SUBJECT: (1) Motion for Protective Order

    Moving Party: Defendants Deborah Perlman and Emma Richardson

    Resp. Party: Plaintiff Roughan & Associates at Linc, Inc.

    SUBJECT: (2) Motion to Compel Further Responses to Special Interrogatories

    Moving Party: Defendant Deborah Perlman<...

  • CELSO FERNANDEZ VS HO SOUNG WON, ET AL.

    Jul 06, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    SUBJECT: Demurrer to FAC

    Moving Party: Defendants Ho Soung Won and E.Z Deal Trading, Inc.

    Resp. Party: Plaintiff Celso Fernandez

    Defendants’ demurrer is OVERRULED as to the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, and eleventh causes of action.

    Def...

  • JULIA NACHMAN VS CITIGROUP GLOBAL MARKETS INC., ET AL.

    Jul 06, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    SUBJECT: (1) Motion to Compel Further Responses to Form Interrogatories – General Set One, and Form Interrogatories – Employment Law Set One

    Moving Party: Defendants Citigroup Global Markets, Inc., Greenwich Street Commercial Mortgage, LLC, and Smith Daley

    Resp. Party: Plaintiff Julia Nachm...

  • WILLIAM CHARLES JONES JR VS THE REO GROUP INC ET AL

    Jul 02, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    SUBJECT: Motion to Expunge Lis Pendens

    Moving Party: Peter Wardenski and Karen Maria Wardenski

    Resp. Party: None

    The motion to expunge lis pendens is GRANTED.

    The Court GRANTS Wardenskis’ request for attorney’s fees and costs against Plaintiff in the amount of $1,703.96.

    ...

  • ABEL CONTRERAS ET AL VS PACER CARTAGE INC ET AL

    Jul 01, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Court's Ruling on Defendants’ Memorandum of Costs

    This case began more than five years ago with some 85 plaintiffs suing Defendants for various Labor Code violations, stemming in large part, because defendants allegedly misclassified plaintiffs as independent contractors instead of employees.

    ...

  • ANDREIUS HOWARD VS SAILOR LAW FIRM, ET AL.

    Jul 01, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    On March 5, 2020, the Court held its scheduled Case Management Conference in this matter. Plaintiff did not file a Case Management Statement, and Plaintiff did not appear at the hearing. The Court set a continued CMC and an OSC re sanctions for Plaintiff’s Failure to Appear and Failure to File his CMS for ...

  • ELIJAH BERNARD DAVIES VS LA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT ET AL

    Jul 01, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    SUBJECT: Petition to Approve Minor’s Compromise

    Moving Party: Plaintiff Elijah Bernard-Davies

    Resp. Party: None

    The petition to approve minor’s compromise is GRANTED.

    BACKGROUND:

    This action arises out of multiple acts of assault and battery against a minor, Plaintif...

  • KI HO ROH, ET AL. VS JAE SOO LEE

    Jul 01, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    At the first Case Management Conference on January 14, 2020, Plaintiff failed to file a Proof of Service or a Case Management Statement. Plaintiff’s counsel told the Court that he expected to file an Entry of Default shortly. The Court continued the CMC and/or OSC re Entry of Default for February 14, 2020....

  • ANTONE NINO AND NASRIN SHAKERI NINO, A PARTNERSHIP VS NASRIN SHAKERI NINO, INDIVIDUALLY, AND AS GENERAL PARTNER, ETC., ET AL.

    Jul 01, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    SUBJECT: (1) Motion for Stay of Proceedings

    Moving Party: Plaintiff Jeffrey Siegel

    Resp. Party: Defendants Kamal A. Bilal and Westco Petroleum Distributors, Inc.

    (2) Motion to Compel Further Responses to Special Interrogatories

    Moving Party: Plaintiff Jeffrey Siegel

    ...

  • KAI HOU LIANG VS JI LI

    Jun 30, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    SUBJECT: (1) Motion to Tax Costs

    Moving Party: Ji Li

    Resp. Party: BCP, Inc.

    SUBJECT: (2) Motion to Tax Costs

    Moving Party: Ji Li

    Resp. Party: None

    Ji Li’s motion to tax costs of BCP, Inc. is GRANTED in part. The Court taxes requested costs of $360.00, and awa...

  • EDUARDO GUZMAN VS GUSTAVO GUTIERREZ, ET AL.

    Jun 30, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    SUBJECT: (1) Motion to Compel Further Discovery – FROG (Optimum Growers)

    Moving Party: Plaintiff Eduardo Guzman

    Resp. Party: None as of 06/24/2020

    SUBJECT: (2) Motion to Compel Further Discovery – FROG (O.C. Multispecialty)

    Moving Party: Plaintiff Eduardo Guzman

    Resp...

  • KAI HOU LIANG VS JI LI

    Jun 30, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    SUBJECT: (1) Motion to Tax Costs

    Moving Party: Ji Li

    Resp. Party: BCP, Inc.

    SUBJECT: (2) Motion to Tax Costs

    Moving Party: Ji Li

    Resp. Party: None as of 06/24/2020

    TENTATIVE RULING:

    Ji Li’s motion to tax costs of BCP, Inc. is GRANTED in part. The Cour...

  • KRISTA LYNN TAYLOR VS LISA HANKIN

    Jun 29, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    SUBJECT: Motion for Attorney’s Fees

    Moving Party: Defendant Lisa Hankin

    Resp. Party: Plaintiffs Krista Lynn Taylor and Roderick Taylor

    The Court GRANTS Defendant’s motion for attorney’s fees in the amount of $201,880.00.

    BACKGROUND:

    On October 31, 2018, Plaintiff Kri...

  • ELIAS SHOKRIAN VS O GARA COACH COMPANY, LLC

    Jun 29, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    SUBJECT: Demurrer and Motion to Strike FAC

    Moving Party: Defendant O’Gara Coach Company, LLC and Aston Martin Lagonda North America, Inc.

    Resp. Party: None as of 06/23/2020

    The demurrer is SUSTAINED without leave to amend.

    The motion to strike is DENIED as moot.

    BACK...

  • ARTUR MANUKYAN VS YS PROPERTIES LLC

    Jun 29, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    SUBJECT: (1) Motion for Summary Adjudication

    Moving Party: Defendant YS Properties, LLC

    Resp. Party: Plaintiff Artur Manukyan

    (2) Motion for Terminating Sanctions

    Moving Party: Defendant Ys Properties, LLC

    Resp. Party: Plaintiff Artur Manukyan

    Defendant’s mot...

  • JOSE CERVANTES VS PAK FAMILY CORPORATION ET AL

    Jun 29, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    SUBJECT: Motion to Be Relieved as Counsel

    Moving Party: Justin Toobi & Maximilian Lee, counsel for Jose Cervantes

    Resp. Party: None

    The motion to be relieved as counsel is GRANTED.

    BACKGROUND:

    Plaintiff Jose Cervantes filed this action on October 26, 2017. The operat...

  • KRISTA LYNN TAYLOR VS LISA HANKIN

    Jun 29, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    SUBJECT: Motion for Attorney’s Fees

    Moving Party: Defendant Lisa Hankin

    Resp. Party: Plaintiffs Krista Lynn Taylor and Roderick Taylor

    The Court GRANTS Defendant’s motion for attorney’s fees in the amount of $201,880.00 against Plaintiff Krista Lynn Taylor.

    BACKGROUND:

    ...

  • CALIFORNIA AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY VS MIRNA E. ALCANTARA, ET AL.

    Jun 29, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    SUBJECT: (1) Motion to Stay Proceedings

    Moving Party: Defendant Ranulfo Santarriaga

    Resp. Party: Plaintiff California Automobile Insurance Company

    SUBJECT: (2) Demurrer

    Moving Party: Defendant Ranulfo Santarriaga

    Resp. Party: Plaintiff California Automobile Insurance...

  • ENRIQUE QUINTANA VS ANA L QUINTANA

    Jun 26, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    SUBJECT: Demurrer

    Moving Party: Defendant Ana L. Quintana

    Resp. Party: Plaintiff Enrique Quintana

    Defendant’s demurrer is SUSTAINED with leave to amend.

    BACKGROUND:

    This case arises out of the rights to real property located at 321 East 60th Street, Los Angeles, Cali...

  • SUSAN HANNAFORD, ET AL. VS SEVEN SATELLITE PTY LTD, ET AL.

    Jun 26, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    SUBJECT: Demurrer

    Moving Party: Defendant Twitter, Inc.

    Resp. Party: None

    The demurrer is denied as MOOT.

    BACKGROUND:

    This defamation case is based on “a prime-time news network criminally doctoring interview footage in order to manufacture entirely false admissions ...

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