The Honorable Michelle Williams Court

Los Angeles Superior Court, Department 074

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Biography

The Hon. Michelle Williams Court is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. She was appointed to the bench in 2011 by former governor Jerry Brown. She filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Conrad P. Aragon (Ret.).

She is a registered Democrat.

Judge Court received her B.A. from Pomona College in 1988. She went on to earn her J.D. from Loyola Law School in 1993.

After graduating from law school, Court joined the law firm of Gilbert, Kelly, Crowley, and Jennett as an associate, where she practiced from 1993 to 1994. Court then became a project attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California for one year. After leaving the ACLU, she joined the law firm of Litt and Marquez where she practiced as an associate from 1995 to 1999.

After a brief stint at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where Court served as a community builder fellow and civil rights specialist for one year, and as a senior associate at the law firm of Milberg LLP where she practiced for two years, she joined the nonprofit, legal aid foundation, Bet Tzedek in 2002.

While at Bet Tzedek, Court served as Vice President and general counsel for the advocacy group from 2002 to 2011.

Her memberships have included the American Law Institute and the LA Law Library's Board of Trustees.

In 2018, Judge Court wrote an article for the Advocate on tips for new attorneys on how to present a case to the jury.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Michelle Williams Court

  • ASSISTED LIVING AMERICA, LLC VS BE LA CIENEGA LLC, ET AL.

    Aug 06, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    19STCV25674 ASSISTED LIVING AMERICA, LLC vs BE LA CIENEGA LLC

    Plaintiff’s Motions to Compel Discovery

    TENTATIVE RULINGS:

    Plaintiff’s Motion to Compel Darren Weinstock to Respond to Form Interrogatories (set one) is GRANTED.

    Plaintiff’s Motion to Compel Zachary Zalben to Resp...

  • RICHARD HERNANDEZ VS PRECISE FIT LIMITED-ONE, LLC, ET AL.

    Aug 06, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    20STCV02524 RICHARD HERNANDEZ vs PRECISE FIT LIMITED-ONE, LLC

    Defendants’ Special Motion to Strike

    TENTATIVE RULING: The motion is GRANTED in part. The request for attorney fees is DENIED WITHOUT PREJUDICE to filing a motion for fees supported by evidence.

    On January 21, 2020, Plain...

  • PETER C. BENEDITH VS LINDSAY RUBEL

    Aug 05, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    19STCV41012 PETER C. BENEDITH vs LINDSAY RUBEL

    Defendant Lindsay Rubel’s Unopposed Motion to Quash Service of Process

    TENTATIVE RULING: The motion is GRANTED. The court sets an OSC re dismissal of this action on September 11, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. Moving party to give notice.

    Defendant ...

  • SAN JUAN MUSIC GROUP LTD VS PATRICK VASQUEZ ET AL

    Aug 05, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    BC697677 SAN JUAN MUSIC GROUP LTD vs PATRICK VASQUEZ

    Plaintiff San Juan Music Group’s Motion for an Assignment Order and Restraining Order

    TENTATIVE RULINGS: The motion for an assignment order is GRANTED. The motion for a restraining order is DENIED.

    Assignment Order

    The jud...

  • NANCY TOPA VS INTERINSURANCE EXCHANGE OF THE AUTOMOBILE CLUB, ET AL.

    Aug 05, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    20STCV01316 NANCY TOPA vs INTERINSURANCE EXCHANGE OF THE AUTOMOBILE CLUB

    Defendants’ Motion to Quash Service of Summons and Complaint

    TENTATIVE RULING: The motion is GRANTED.

    ACSC and Auto Club are corporations, and as such, must be served according to Code Civ. Proc., § 416.10. Cod...

  • LISA POWELL VS ONYEBUCHI UGWU, ET AL.

    Aug 05, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    19STCV40379 LISA POWELL vs ONYEBUCHI UGWU

    Plaintiff’s Unopposed Special Motion to Strike Cross-Complaint and Request for Attorney’s Fees

    TENTATIVE RULING: The motion is DENIED.

    Defendant must prove the claims asserted by plaintiff fall within the class subject to a motion to strike ...

  • ELIANA BARRAZA VS GENERAL MOTORS LLC

    Aug 05, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    18STCV01289 ELIANA BARRAZA vs GENERAL MOTORS LLC

    Plaintiff Eliana Barraza’s Motion to Compel Deposition Attendance of Defendant General Motors LLC's Person(s) Most Knowledgeable and Custodian(s) Of Records

    TENTATIVE RULING: The motion to compel the deposition in GRANTED. Defendant General M...

  • LENORA YOU VS RITE AID ET AL

    Aug 05, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    BC664662 LENORA YOU vs RITE AID

    Plaintiff Lenora You’s Motion to Strike Deposition

    TENTATIVE RULING: The motion to strike the deposition of third-party Robert Leggings is DENIED WITHOUT PREJUDICE to seeking an authorized remedy. See CCP §§435, 436, 437, 1987.1.

    ...

  • KATHY GEESE VS SUNVILLA CORPORATION

    Aug 05, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    19STCV13223 KATHY GEESE vs SUNVILLA CORPORATION

    Defendant’s (1) Unopposed Motion to Seal Settlement Agreement and (2) Motion to Strike or Tax Costs

    TENTATIVE RULINGS: The Motion to Seal Settlement Agreement and the Motion to Strike or Tax Costs are DENIED.

    Motion to seal

    Unl...

  • JEFF SELICK VS SAID RAFEH

    Aug 04, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    20STCV16397 JEFF SELICK vs SAID RAFEH

    Defendant Said Rafeh’s Motion to Transfer is DENIED. While defendant is a resident of Ventura County, the Purchase and Sale Agreement relates to property located in Ventura County and the Agreement will be performed in Ventura County, the parties executed the A...

  • (NO CASE NAME AVAILABLE)

    Aug 04, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    19STCV1703 801 S. GRAND AVENUE vs DOHERTY & CATLOW

    Plaintiff’s Motion to Compel Further Responses to Special Interrogatories is GRANTED IN PART. The motion to compel further responses is GRANTED. Doherty & Catlow is ordered to serve verified, code compliant responses to special interrogatories 8, 1...

  • JANE STUPP-O'NEILL, ET AL. VS SCATTERLIGHT STUDIOS, LLC, ET AL.

    Aug 04, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    20STCV00037 JANE STUPP-O'NEILL vs SCATTERLIGHT STUDIOS, LLC

    Defendant Domo’s demurrer to the first amendment Complaint is OVERRULED.

    The FAC alleges Domo directed plaintiffs’ work of Plaintiffs, gave specific instructions related to when and how the work should be completed, provided feedba...

  • BENJAMIN LARIOS VS UMA ENTERPRISES INC.

    Aug 03, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    19STCV42846 BENJAMIN LARIOS vs UMA ENTERPRISES INC.

    The motion to compel arbitration is GRANTED. The FAA governs whether or not to compel arbitration. The arbitration agreement is valid and enforceable. It provides for a neutral arbitrator, does not limit available remedies, allows for adequate dis...

  • (NO CASE NAME AVAILABLE)

    Aug 03, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    18STUD05169 LUCY DAVIS vs MADELEINE SARAH HARMON

    The demurrer as to the fourth, fifth, sixth and ninth causes of action is OVERRULED. The demurrer as to the first, third, seventh, eighth and ninth causes of action is SUSTAINED WITH LEAVE TO AMEND to allege plaintiff will likely be legally responsib...

  • HONGMEI (RACHEL) JIN VS ASHLEY LIU, ET AL.

    Jul 24, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    19STCV17961 HONGMEI (RACHEL) JIN vs ASHLEY LIU

    Defendant & Cross-Complainant Ashley Liu’s Motion to Compel Further Responses to Form Interrogatories (set one) and Motion to Compel Further Responses to Special Interrogatories (set one)

    TENTATIVE RULINGS: The motion to compel further response...

  • CARLOS HIGUERA VS WESTLAKE FINANCIAL SERVICES

    Jul 24, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    19STCV23298 CARLOS HIGUERA vs WESTLAKE FINANCIAL SERVICES

    Defendant Westlake Financial Services Motion to Compel Arbitration

    TENTATIVE RULING: The motion to compel arbitration through the AAA is GRANTED. This case is stayed pending the conclusion of arbitration. The court sets a Post Arbitr...

  • IRENE MORENO VS CIRRUS ASSET MANAGEMENT INC

    Jul 24, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    BC715898 IRENE MORENO vs CIRRUS ASSET MANAGEMENT INC

    Plaintiff’s Motion to Compel Further Responses to Special Interrogatories

    TENTATIVE RULING: The motion is GRANTED. Defendant shall serve a verified, code compliant response to special interrogatory 1 within 20 days. Plaintiff’s request fo...

  • ANTHONY WRIGHT, ET AL. VS ARABIAN ZAID MORGAN & TERRI SHEILAND MORGAN REVOCABLE TRUST

    Jul 23, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    19STCV34171 ANTHONY WRIGHT vs ARABIAN ZAID MORGAN & TERRI SHEILAND MORGAN REVOCABLE TRUST

    Motion to Set Aside Default

    TENTATIVE RULING: This case was stayed pending arbitration on 7/7/20. The hearing on this motion is CONTINUED to 01/06/2021 08:30 AM, the date of the Post Arbitration Status...

  • BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. VS ARMENUI SAMVELIAN

    Jul 23, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    19STCV24891 BANK OF AMERICA vs ARMENUI SAMVELIAN

    Defendant Armenui Samvelian’s Unopposed Motion to Set Aside and Vacate Default Judgment

    TENTATIVE RULING: The motion is GRANTED. Defendant may file an answer within 20 days.

    The Court entered the default judgment because the Defendant...

  • MARIA GUADALUPE MARTINEZ VS PHARMAVITE LLC

    Jul 23, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    BC671153 MARIA GUADALUPE MARTINEZ vs PHARMAVITE

    Defendant Pharmavite’s Motion for Summary Judgment or in the Alternative Summary Adjudication

    TENTATIVE RULING:

    Judicial Notice

    The court takes judicial notice of January 9, 2020, order. Evid. Code §§ 452, 453

    Evidentia...

  • HONGMEI (RACHEL) JIN VS ASHLEY LIU, ET AL.

    Jul 23, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    19STCV17961 HONGMEI (RACHEL) JIN vs ASHLEY LIU

    Plaintiff & Cross-Defendant Hongmei (Rachel) Jin’s Demurrer and Motion to Strike

    TENTATIVE RULING: The demurrer is OVERRULED and the Motion to Strike is DENIED. Plaintiff shall file an answer to the cross complaint within 10 days.

    Demur...

  • VINCENT SIMIEN VS CITY OF CARSON, ET AL.

    Jul 22, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    19STCV30806 VINCENT SIMIEN vs CITY OF CARSON

    Defendant City of Carson’s Motion to Compel Further Responses to Form and Special Interrogatories (set one)

    TENTATIVE RULING: The motion to compel further responses to form interrogatories is taken off calendar as MOOT as plaintiff served supplem...

  • VASILE PROPERTIES AIRPORT PLAZA LLC A CALIFORNIA LIABILITY COMPANY VS FAA BEVERLY HILLS, INC. A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION

    Jul 22, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    19STCV02964 VASILE PROPERTIES AIRPORT PLAZA vs FAA BEVERLY HILLS

    Defendant FAA Beverly Hills’ Motion for Summary Judgment

    TENTATIVE RULING: The motion is DENIED as there are disputed issues of material facts including: whether defendant made a misrepresentation to plaintiffs, whether defend...

  • JOHNNY CRUZ VS WAL-MART ASSOCIATES, INC A DELAWARE CORPORATION:, ET AL.

    Jul 22, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    18STCV03128 JOHNNY CRUZ vs WAL-MART ASSOCIATES, INC

    Defendants Wal-Mart Associates’ Demurrer to the Second Amended Complaint

    TENTATIVE RULING: The demurrer is OVERRULED. Defendants shall file an answer within 10 days.

    Requests for Judicial Notice

    Defendants’ request for judi...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Michelle Williams Court

  • ASSISTED LIVING AMERICA, LLC VS BE LA CIENEGA LLC, ET AL.

    Aug 06, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    19STCV25674 ASSISTED LIVING AMERICA, LLC vs BE LA CIENEGA LLC

    Plaintiff’s Motions to Compel Discovery

    TENTATIVE RULINGS:

    Plaintiff’s Motion to Compel Darren Weinstock to Respond to Form Interrogatories (set one) is GRANTED.

    Plaintiff’s Motion to Compel Zachary Zalben to Resp...

  • RICHARD HERNANDEZ VS PRECISE FIT LIMITED-ONE, LLC, ET AL.

    Aug 06, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    20STCV02524 RICHARD HERNANDEZ vs PRECISE FIT LIMITED-ONE, LLC

    Defendants’ Special Motion to Strike

    TENTATIVE RULING: The motion is GRANTED in part. The request for attorney fees is DENIED WITHOUT PREJUDICE to filing a motion for fees supported by evidence.

    On January 21, 2020, Plain...

  • PETER C. BENEDITH VS LINDSAY RUBEL

    Aug 05, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    19STCV41012 PETER C. BENEDITH vs LINDSAY RUBEL

    Defendant Lindsay Rubel’s Unopposed Motion to Quash Service of Process

    TENTATIVE RULING: The motion is GRANTED. The court sets an OSC re dismissal of this action on September 11, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. Moving party to give notice.

    Defendant ...

  • SAN JUAN MUSIC GROUP LTD VS PATRICK VASQUEZ ET AL

    Aug 05, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    BC697677 SAN JUAN MUSIC GROUP LTD vs PATRICK VASQUEZ

    Plaintiff San Juan Music Group’s Motion for an Assignment Order and Restraining Order

    TENTATIVE RULINGS: The motion for an assignment order is GRANTED. The motion for a restraining order is DENIED.

    Assignment Order

    The jud...

  • NANCY TOPA VS INTERINSURANCE EXCHANGE OF THE AUTOMOBILE CLUB, ET AL.

    Aug 05, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    20STCV01316 NANCY TOPA vs INTERINSURANCE EXCHANGE OF THE AUTOMOBILE CLUB

    Defendants’ Motion to Quash Service of Summons and Complaint

    TENTATIVE RULING: The motion is GRANTED.

    ACSC and Auto Club are corporations, and as such, must be served according to Code Civ. Proc., § 416.10. Cod...

  • LISA POWELL VS ONYEBUCHI UGWU, ET AL.

    Aug 05, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    19STCV40379 LISA POWELL vs ONYEBUCHI UGWU

    Plaintiff’s Unopposed Special Motion to Strike Cross-Complaint and Request for Attorney’s Fees

    TENTATIVE RULING: The motion is DENIED.

    Defendant must prove the claims asserted by plaintiff fall within the class subject to a motion to strike ...

  • ELIANA BARRAZA VS GENERAL MOTORS LLC

    Aug 05, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    18STCV01289 ELIANA BARRAZA vs GENERAL MOTORS LLC

    Plaintiff Eliana Barraza’s Motion to Compel Deposition Attendance of Defendant General Motors LLC's Person(s) Most Knowledgeable and Custodian(s) Of Records

    TENTATIVE RULING: The motion to compel the deposition in GRANTED. Defendant General M...

  • LENORA YOU VS RITE AID ET AL

    Aug 05, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    BC664662 LENORA YOU vs RITE AID

    Plaintiff Lenora You’s Motion to Strike Deposition

    TENTATIVE RULING: The motion to strike the deposition of third-party Robert Leggings is DENIED WITHOUT PREJUDICE to seeking an authorized remedy. See CCP §§435, 436, 437, 1987.1.

    ...

  • KATHY GEESE VS SUNVILLA CORPORATION

    Aug 05, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    19STCV13223 KATHY GEESE vs SUNVILLA CORPORATION

    Defendant’s (1) Unopposed Motion to Seal Settlement Agreement and (2) Motion to Strike or Tax Costs

    TENTATIVE RULINGS: The Motion to Seal Settlement Agreement and the Motion to Strike or Tax Costs are DENIED.

    Motion to seal

    Unl...

  • JEFF SELICK VS SAID RAFEH

    Aug 04, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    20STCV16397 JEFF SELICK vs SAID RAFEH

    Defendant Said Rafeh’s Motion to Transfer is DENIED. While defendant is a resident of Ventura County, the Purchase and Sale Agreement relates to property located in Ventura County and the Agreement will be performed in Ventura County, the parties executed the A...

  • (NO CASE NAME AVAILABLE)

    Aug 04, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    19STCV1703 801 S. GRAND AVENUE vs DOHERTY & CATLOW

    Plaintiff’s Motion to Compel Further Responses to Special Interrogatories is GRANTED IN PART. The motion to compel further responses is GRANTED. Doherty & Catlow is ordered to serve verified, code compliant responses to special interrogatories 8, 1...

  • JANE STUPP-O'NEILL, ET AL. VS SCATTERLIGHT STUDIOS, LLC, ET AL.

    Aug 04, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    20STCV00037 JANE STUPP-O'NEILL vs SCATTERLIGHT STUDIOS, LLC

    Defendant Domo’s demurrer to the first amendment Complaint is OVERRULED.

    The FAC alleges Domo directed plaintiffs’ work of Plaintiffs, gave specific instructions related to when and how the work should be completed, provided feedba...

  • BENJAMIN LARIOS VS UMA ENTERPRISES INC.

    Aug 03, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    19STCV42846 BENJAMIN LARIOS vs UMA ENTERPRISES INC.

    The motion to compel arbitration is GRANTED. The FAA governs whether or not to compel arbitration. The arbitration agreement is valid and enforceable. It provides for a neutral arbitrator, does not limit available remedies, allows for adequate dis...

  • (NO CASE NAME AVAILABLE)

    Aug 03, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    18STUD05169 LUCY DAVIS vs MADELEINE SARAH HARMON

    The demurrer as to the fourth, fifth, sixth and ninth causes of action is OVERRULED. The demurrer as to the first, third, seventh, eighth and ninth causes of action is SUSTAINED WITH LEAVE TO AMEND to allege plaintiff will likely be legally responsib...

  • HONGMEI (RACHEL) JIN VS ASHLEY LIU, ET AL.

    Jul 24, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    19STCV17961 HONGMEI (RACHEL) JIN vs ASHLEY LIU

    Defendant & Cross-Complainant Ashley Liu’s Motion to Compel Further Responses to Form Interrogatories (set one) and Motion to Compel Further Responses to Special Interrogatories (set one)

    TENTATIVE RULINGS: The motion to compel further response...

  • CARLOS HIGUERA VS WESTLAKE FINANCIAL SERVICES

    Jul 24, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    19STCV23298 CARLOS HIGUERA vs WESTLAKE FINANCIAL SERVICES

    Defendant Westlake Financial Services Motion to Compel Arbitration

    TENTATIVE RULING: The motion to compel arbitration through the AAA is GRANTED. This case is stayed pending the conclusion of arbitration. The court sets a Post Arbitr...

  • IRENE MORENO VS CIRRUS ASSET MANAGEMENT INC

    Jul 24, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    BC715898 IRENE MORENO vs CIRRUS ASSET MANAGEMENT INC

    Plaintiff’s Motion to Compel Further Responses to Special Interrogatories

    TENTATIVE RULING: The motion is GRANTED. Defendant shall serve a verified, code compliant response to special interrogatory 1 within 20 days. Plaintiff’s request fo...

  • ANTHONY WRIGHT, ET AL. VS ARABIAN ZAID MORGAN & TERRI SHEILAND MORGAN REVOCABLE TRUST

    Jul 23, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    19STCV34171 ANTHONY WRIGHT vs ARABIAN ZAID MORGAN & TERRI SHEILAND MORGAN REVOCABLE TRUST

    Motion to Set Aside Default

    TENTATIVE RULING: This case was stayed pending arbitration on 7/7/20. The hearing on this motion is CONTINUED to 01/06/2021 08:30 AM, the date of the Post Arbitration Status...

  • BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. VS ARMENUI SAMVELIAN

    Jul 23, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    19STCV24891 BANK OF AMERICA vs ARMENUI SAMVELIAN

    Defendant Armenui Samvelian’s Unopposed Motion to Set Aside and Vacate Default Judgment

    TENTATIVE RULING: The motion is GRANTED. Defendant may file an answer within 20 days.

    The Court entered the default judgment because the Defendant...

  • MARIA GUADALUPE MARTINEZ VS PHARMAVITE LLC

    Jul 23, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    BC671153 MARIA GUADALUPE MARTINEZ vs PHARMAVITE

    Defendant Pharmavite’s Motion for Summary Judgment or in the Alternative Summary Adjudication

    TENTATIVE RULING:

    Judicial Notice

    The court takes judicial notice of January 9, 2020, order. Evid. Code §§ 452, 453

    Evidentia...

  • HONGMEI (RACHEL) JIN VS ASHLEY LIU, ET AL.

    Jul 23, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    19STCV17961 HONGMEI (RACHEL) JIN vs ASHLEY LIU

    Plaintiff & Cross-Defendant Hongmei (Rachel) Jin’s Demurrer and Motion to Strike

    TENTATIVE RULING: The demurrer is OVERRULED and the Motion to Strike is DENIED. Plaintiff shall file an answer to the cross complaint within 10 days.

    Demur...

  • VINCENT SIMIEN VS CITY OF CARSON, ET AL.

    Jul 22, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    19STCV30806 VINCENT SIMIEN vs CITY OF CARSON

    Defendant City of Carson’s Motion to Compel Further Responses to Form and Special Interrogatories (set one)

    TENTATIVE RULING: The motion to compel further responses to form interrogatories is taken off calendar as MOOT as plaintiff served supplem...

  • VASILE PROPERTIES AIRPORT PLAZA LLC A CALIFORNIA LIABILITY COMPANY VS FAA BEVERLY HILLS, INC. A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION

    Jul 22, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    19STCV02964 VASILE PROPERTIES AIRPORT PLAZA vs FAA BEVERLY HILLS

    Defendant FAA Beverly Hills’ Motion for Summary Judgment

    TENTATIVE RULING: The motion is DENIED as there are disputed issues of material facts including: whether defendant made a misrepresentation to plaintiffs, whether defend...

  • JOHNNY CRUZ VS WAL-MART ASSOCIATES, INC A DELAWARE CORPORATION:, ET AL.

    Jul 22, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    18STCV03128 JOHNNY CRUZ vs WAL-MART ASSOCIATES, INC

    Defendants Wal-Mart Associates’ Demurrer to the Second Amended Complaint

    TENTATIVE RULING: The demurrer is OVERRULED. Defendants shall file an answer within 10 days.

    Requests for Judicial Notice

    Defendants’ request for judi...

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