The Honorable Monica Bachner

Los Angeles Superior Court, Department 071

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Biography

The Hon. Monica Bachner is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. She was appointed to the bench in 2002 by former governor Gray Davis. She filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Debra W. Yang (Ret.).

Judge Bachner received her B.A. from Harvard University in 1978. She went on to earn her J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1981.

After graduating from law school, Bachner joined the Los Angeles law firm of Kadison, Pfaelzer, Woodard, Quinn, and Rossi, where she practiced as an attorney from 1981 to 1984.

She then joined the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California, where she served as an assistant U.S. attorney. In 1998 Bachner was named chief prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney's Orange County office. Prior to that, she was serving as senior litigation counsel for their Criminal Division. During her time as a federal prosecutor, she handled narcotics, money laundering, tax evasion, and white-collar crime cases.

She has taught trial advocacy as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law.

Judge Bachner, who hails from Teaneck, New Jersey, enjoys gardening and reading in her free time.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Monica Bachner

  • ANDREW YONG AHN VS VOLUMECOCOMO APPAREL INC ET AL

    Jul 06, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant Christopher Chang’s motion to compel further responses to Special Interrogatories (Set One) and (Set Two) is denied as moot.

    Chang’s motion to compel further responses to Requests for Production (Set Two) is denied as moot. Defendant Chang’s requests for sanctions are denied.

    Defe...

  • JOSHUA DUBINSKY VS JIM MULHEARN, ET AL.

    Jul 02, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant 7476, Inc.’s special motion to strike the 1st, 5th, 6th, 10th, and 16th causes of action in the first amended complaint of Plaintiff Joshua Dubinsky is denied.

    Defendant Jim Mulhern’s joinder in 7476, Inc.’s special motion to strike is granted. Defendant Mulhern’s special motion to strike...

  • TAMAR SECURITIES, LLC VS TOBIE ALEXANDER RODRIGUEZ

    Jul 02, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff Tamar Securities, LLC’s motion to compel further responses to Special Interrogatories (Set One) is granted.

    Plaintiff’s request for monetary sanctions is granted in the amount of $6,435.

    Plaintiff Tamar Securities, LLC (“Plaintiff”) moves for an order compelling Defendant Tobie Al...

  • EHSAN JELVEHMOGHADDAM VS BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC, A DELAWARE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, ET AL.

    Jul 01, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant BMW of North America LLC’s motion to compel arbitration of Plaintiff Ehsan Jelvehmoghaddam’s claims in this action is granted. The case is stayed pending arbitration. Defendant Macarly, LLC dba BMW of Humboldt Bay’s joinder in the motion is granted.

    Plaintiff’s motion for leave to amend t...

  • APS&EE, LLC VS MAZEL & CO., INC., ET AL.

    Jun 29, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff APS&EE, LLC’s motion to approve and enter consent judgment is granted.

    Plaintiff APS&EE, LLC (“Plaintiff”) moves for an order approving and entering the [Proposed] Consent Judgment between Plaintiff and Defendant Mazel & Co., Inc. (“Defendant”) in the instant Proposition 65 action pursuan...

  • JENG SUK KIM VS RICKY NOH

    Jun 29, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff Jeng Suk Kim’s motion to compel Defendant Ricky Noh’s compliance is denied as moot.

    Plaintiff’s motion for issue sanctions against Defendant is denied.

    Plaintiff Jeng Suk Kim (“Plaintiff”) moves the Court to compel the compliance of Defendant Ricky Noh (“Defendant”) with this Cour...

  • ARMANDO PADILLA VS PADILLAS CO INC ET AL

    Jun 29, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant’s unopposed demurrer to the third amended complaint is sustained without leave to amend.

    Defendant’s unopposed motion to strike is moot.

    Demurrer

    Defendant Padilla’s Company, Inc. (“Defendant”) demurs to the 1st (breach of oral contract), 2nd (failure to pay wages due), an...

  • STEVEN EASTRIDGE ET AL VS GENERAL MOTORS LLC

    Jun 29, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiffs Steven Eastridge and Arnold Asumbrado’s motion for an order enforcing the Court’s February 4, 2020 order is denied as moot.

    Plaintiffs’ motion for monetary sanctions is denied.

    Plaintiffs Steven Eastridge (“Eastridge”) and Arnold Asumbrado (“Asumbrado”) (collectively “Plaintiffs”...

  • ANDREA LOMBARDI VS RONALD F LOMBARDI AND KATHLEEN A LOMBARDI

    Jun 26, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendants Andrew Lombardi, Nicholas Lombardi, Jonathan Lombardi, Sandra Lombardi, and Eugene Lombardi’s demurrer to the second amended complaint is sustained without leave to amend as to the 5th and 6th causes of action and overruled as to the 11th and 12th causes of action.

    Defendants’ motion to ...

  • GRANT ZIMMERMAN VS ALKIVIADES DAVID ET AL

    Jun 26, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff Grant Zimmerman’s unopposed motions to compel Defendants (1) Anakando Media Group USA (2) Anakando Media Holdings, Inc., (3) ETV Networks, Inc., (4) Filmon Media Holdings, Inc., (5) Filmon TV, (6) FOTV Media Networks, Inc., (7) Hologram FOTV, (8) Hologram USA Entertainment, Inc., (9) Hologram USA...

  • ELIAS GONZALEZ LORENZO, ET AL. VS KIA MOTORS AMERICA, INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION

    Jun 26, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiffs’ motion to compel the deposition of Defendant’s PMK is continued to September 11, 2020.

    The parties are ordered to meet and confer regarding Defendant’s objections to the categories of testimony and requests for production. The parties are ordered to file a joint statement regarding cate...

  • JOSE MACHUCA VS TURNER FIBERFILL INC., ET AL.

    Jun 25, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff Jose Machuca’s unopposed motion to lift the stay on proceedings and withdraw the arbitration order is granted.

    Plaintiff’s unopposed request for monetary sanctions against Defendant BaronHR, LLC is granted in the reduced total amount of $2,061.65.

    Plaintiff Jose Machuca (“Plaintif...

  • ARCLIGHT FILMS INTERNATIONAL PTY LTD VS PARADOX STUDIOS LLC

    Jun 25, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant Carl Mikael Wiren’s demurrer to the third amended complaint is overruled as to the 3rd and 7th COAs and sustained without leave to amend as to the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th COAs.

    Defendant’s motion to strike the request for punitive damages is granted.

    Demurrer

    Defendant Carl...

  • EUNICES ARGUETA VS WORLDWIDE FLIGHT SERVICES INC ET AL

    Jun 24, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff Eunices Argueta’s motion for new trial is denied.

    Plaintiff’s motion for judgment notwithstanding the verdict is denied.

    Motion for New Trial

    Plaintiff Eunices Argueta (“Plaintiff”) moves for a new trial pursuant to C.C.P. §657. (Notice of Motion, pg. 1.) Plaintiff’s Notic...

  • HOWARD FUCHS VS JOEL WERTMAN ET AL

    Jun 24, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant Joel Wertman’s unopposed demurrer to second amended complaint of Plaintiff Howard Fuchs is sustained without leave to amend.

    Defendant Joel Wertman (“Defendant”) demurs to the 1st (actual fraudulent transfer) and 2nd (constructive fraudulent transfer) causes of action in the second amende...

  • PAULINE HUNTER VS EQUITY RESIDENTIAL MANAGEMENT LLC ET AL

    Jun 24, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendants Law Offices of Hollenbeck & Cardoso, LLP and Linda Hollenbeck’s unopposed motion for terminating sanctions is denied.

    Hollenbeck Defendants’ unopposed request for monetary sanctions is denied.

    Defendants Law Offices of Hollenbeck & Cardoso, LLP (“H&C”) and Linda Hollenbeck (“Holl...

  • MEIGHAN E.E. HOWARD, AS TRUSTEE OF THE MEIGHAN HOWARD IRREVOCABLE GIFT TRUST NO. 1, ET AL. VS M. NEIL SOLARZ, ET AL.

    Jun 24, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendants Weinstock Manion and M. Neil Solarz’s demurrer to Plaintiff Meighan E.E. Howard’s complaint is overruled.

    Defendants Weinstock Manion, a Law Corporation (“Weinstock”) and M. Neil Solarz (“Solarz”) (collectively, “Defendants”) demur to the 1st (professional negligence) and 2nd (breach of ...

  • ANGIOLINA DERENZIN ET AL VS HAWTHORNE INTERNATIONA CORP

    Jun 23, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiffs Leonardo Escudero and Milagrito Melendez’s motion for attorneys’ fees is continued to September 21, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.

    Plaintiffs’ motion for costs is granted in the reduced total amount of $1,947.74, subject to the filing of the costs memorandum.

    Plaintiffs Leonardo Escudero (“E...

  • DOUGLAS R. MEZA VS FIRST MOTOR GROUP OF LOS ANGELES LLC, ET AL.

    Jun 23, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendants Kia Motors America, Inc and Hyundai Capital America’s unopposed motion to dismiss is granted.

    Defendants’ unopposed motion for recovery expenses is denied.

    Motion to Dismiss

    Defendants Kia Motors America, Inc. (“Kia”) and Hyundai Capital America (“Hyundai”) (collectively ...

  • MOHAMMAD H.K. AHAD, ET AL. VS RAFIQ ISLAM MOLLAH, ET AL.

    Jun 23, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiffs’ unopposed motion to compel Defendant Mat Bilkis Akter to provide initial responses to Form Interrogatories (Set One), Requests for Production of Documents (Set One), and Special Interrogatories (Set One) is granted provided that Plaintiffs pay an additional $180 filing fee for the motion. Plain...

  • ZHENCAI ZHANG VS SONGTAO LUO

    Jun 22, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Superior Court of California

    County of Los Angeles

    DEPARTMENT 71

    TENTATIVE RULING

    ZHENCAI ZHANG, vs. SONGTAO LUO aka TONY LUO, et al.

    Case No.: 18STCV05196

    Hearing Date: June 22, 2020

    The motion to be relieved as counsel brought by Ping C. Shen, Couns...

  • ROBERT BROWN VS ACCO ENGINEERED SYSTEMS, INC., ET AL.

    Mar 17, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    ROBERT BROWN, vs. ACCO ENGINEERED SYSTEMS, INC., et al.

    Case No.: 19STCV22494

    Hearing Date: March 17, 2020

    Defendants’ demurrer to the first amended complaint of Plaintiff Robert Brown is sustained with 10 days leave to amend.

    Defendants ACCO Engineered Systems, Inc. (“ACCO”...

  • JUSTIN HERNANDEZ VS CINTAS CORPORATION NO. 2

    Mar 17, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    JUSTIN HERNANDEZ vs. CINTAS CORPORATION NO. 2, et al.

    Case No.: 19STCV24822

    Hearing Date: March 17, 2020

    Counsel Kasey Bond’s application to be admitted pro hac vice is granted.

    ...

  • ANGIOLINA DERENZIN ET AL VS HAWTHORNE INTERNATIONA CORP

    Mar 17, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    ANGIOLINA DEREZIN, et al., vs. HAWTHORNE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION, a California corporation, et al.

    Case No.: BC674791

    Hearing Date: March 17, 2020

    Plaintiffs Leonardo Escudero and Milagrito Melendez’s motion for attorneys’ fees is continued to May 1, 2020.

    Plaintiffs’ moti...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Monica Bachner

  • ANDREW YONG AHN VS VOLUMECOCOMO APPAREL INC ET AL

    Jul 06, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant Christopher Chang’s motion to compel further responses to Special Interrogatories (Set One) and (Set Two) is denied as moot.

    Chang’s motion to compel further responses to Requests for Production (Set Two) is denied as moot. Defendant Chang’s requests for sanctions are denied.

    Defe...

  • JOSHUA DUBINSKY VS JIM MULHEARN, ET AL.

    Jul 02, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant 7476, Inc.’s special motion to strike the 1st, 5th, 6th, 10th, and 16th causes of action in the first amended complaint of Plaintiff Joshua Dubinsky is denied.

    Defendant Jim Mulhern’s joinder in 7476, Inc.’s special motion to strike is granted. Defendant Mulhern’s special motion to strike...

  • TAMAR SECURITIES, LLC VS TOBIE ALEXANDER RODRIGUEZ

    Jul 02, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff Tamar Securities, LLC’s motion to compel further responses to Special Interrogatories (Set One) is granted.

    Plaintiff’s request for monetary sanctions is granted in the amount of $6,435.

    Plaintiff Tamar Securities, LLC (“Plaintiff”) moves for an order compelling Defendant Tobie Al...

  • EHSAN JELVEHMOGHADDAM VS BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC, A DELAWARE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, ET AL.

    Jul 01, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant BMW of North America LLC’s motion to compel arbitration of Plaintiff Ehsan Jelvehmoghaddam’s claims in this action is granted. The case is stayed pending arbitration. Defendant Macarly, LLC dba BMW of Humboldt Bay’s joinder in the motion is granted.

    Plaintiff’s motion for leave to amend t...

  • APS&EE, LLC VS MAZEL & CO., INC., ET AL.

    Jun 29, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff APS&EE, LLC’s motion to approve and enter consent judgment is granted.

    Plaintiff APS&EE, LLC (“Plaintiff”) moves for an order approving and entering the [Proposed] Consent Judgment between Plaintiff and Defendant Mazel & Co., Inc. (“Defendant”) in the instant Proposition 65 action pursuan...

  • JENG SUK KIM VS RICKY NOH

    Jun 29, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff Jeng Suk Kim’s motion to compel Defendant Ricky Noh’s compliance is denied as moot.

    Plaintiff’s motion for issue sanctions against Defendant is denied.

    Plaintiff Jeng Suk Kim (“Plaintiff”) moves the Court to compel the compliance of Defendant Ricky Noh (“Defendant”) with this Cour...

  • ARMANDO PADILLA VS PADILLAS CO INC ET AL

    Jun 29, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant’s unopposed demurrer to the third amended complaint is sustained without leave to amend.

    Defendant’s unopposed motion to strike is moot.

    Demurrer

    Defendant Padilla’s Company, Inc. (“Defendant”) demurs to the 1st (breach of oral contract), 2nd (failure to pay wages due), an...

  • STEVEN EASTRIDGE ET AL VS GENERAL MOTORS LLC

    Jun 29, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiffs Steven Eastridge and Arnold Asumbrado’s motion for an order enforcing the Court’s February 4, 2020 order is denied as moot.

    Plaintiffs’ motion for monetary sanctions is denied.

    Plaintiffs Steven Eastridge (“Eastridge”) and Arnold Asumbrado (“Asumbrado”) (collectively “Plaintiffs”...

  • ANDREA LOMBARDI VS RONALD F LOMBARDI AND KATHLEEN A LOMBARDI

    Jun 26, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendants Andrew Lombardi, Nicholas Lombardi, Jonathan Lombardi, Sandra Lombardi, and Eugene Lombardi’s demurrer to the second amended complaint is sustained without leave to amend as to the 5th and 6th causes of action and overruled as to the 11th and 12th causes of action.

    Defendants’ motion to ...

  • GRANT ZIMMERMAN VS ALKIVIADES DAVID ET AL

    Jun 26, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff Grant Zimmerman’s unopposed motions to compel Defendants (1) Anakando Media Group USA (2) Anakando Media Holdings, Inc., (3) ETV Networks, Inc., (4) Filmon Media Holdings, Inc., (5) Filmon TV, (6) FOTV Media Networks, Inc., (7) Hologram FOTV, (8) Hologram USA Entertainment, Inc., (9) Hologram USA...

  • ELIAS GONZALEZ LORENZO, ET AL. VS KIA MOTORS AMERICA, INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION

    Jun 26, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiffs’ motion to compel the deposition of Defendant’s PMK is continued to September 11, 2020.

    The parties are ordered to meet and confer regarding Defendant’s objections to the categories of testimony and requests for production. The parties are ordered to file a joint statement regarding cate...

  • JOSE MACHUCA VS TURNER FIBERFILL INC., ET AL.

    Jun 25, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff Jose Machuca’s unopposed motion to lift the stay on proceedings and withdraw the arbitration order is granted.

    Plaintiff’s unopposed request for monetary sanctions against Defendant BaronHR, LLC is granted in the reduced total amount of $2,061.65.

    Plaintiff Jose Machuca (“Plaintif...

  • ARCLIGHT FILMS INTERNATIONAL PTY LTD VS PARADOX STUDIOS LLC

    Jun 25, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant Carl Mikael Wiren’s demurrer to the third amended complaint is overruled as to the 3rd and 7th COAs and sustained without leave to amend as to the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th COAs.

    Defendant’s motion to strike the request for punitive damages is granted.

    Demurrer

    Defendant Carl...

  • EUNICES ARGUETA VS WORLDWIDE FLIGHT SERVICES INC ET AL

    Jun 24, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff Eunices Argueta’s motion for new trial is denied.

    Plaintiff’s motion for judgment notwithstanding the verdict is denied.

    Motion for New Trial

    Plaintiff Eunices Argueta (“Plaintiff”) moves for a new trial pursuant to C.C.P. §657. (Notice of Motion, pg. 1.) Plaintiff’s Notic...

  • HOWARD FUCHS VS JOEL WERTMAN ET AL

    Jun 24, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant Joel Wertman’s unopposed demurrer to second amended complaint of Plaintiff Howard Fuchs is sustained without leave to amend.

    Defendant Joel Wertman (“Defendant”) demurs to the 1st (actual fraudulent transfer) and 2nd (constructive fraudulent transfer) causes of action in the second amende...

  • PAULINE HUNTER VS EQUITY RESIDENTIAL MANAGEMENT LLC ET AL

    Jun 24, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendants Law Offices of Hollenbeck & Cardoso, LLP and Linda Hollenbeck’s unopposed motion for terminating sanctions is denied.

    Hollenbeck Defendants’ unopposed request for monetary sanctions is denied.

    Defendants Law Offices of Hollenbeck & Cardoso, LLP (“H&C”) and Linda Hollenbeck (“Holl...

  • MEIGHAN E.E. HOWARD, AS TRUSTEE OF THE MEIGHAN HOWARD IRREVOCABLE GIFT TRUST NO. 1, ET AL. VS M. NEIL SOLARZ, ET AL.

    Jun 24, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendants Weinstock Manion and M. Neil Solarz’s demurrer to Plaintiff Meighan E.E. Howard’s complaint is overruled.

    Defendants Weinstock Manion, a Law Corporation (“Weinstock”) and M. Neil Solarz (“Solarz”) (collectively, “Defendants”) demur to the 1st (professional negligence) and 2nd (breach of ...

  • ANGIOLINA DERENZIN ET AL VS HAWTHORNE INTERNATIONA CORP

    Jun 23, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiffs Leonardo Escudero and Milagrito Melendez’s motion for attorneys’ fees is continued to September 21, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.

    Plaintiffs’ motion for costs is granted in the reduced total amount of $1,947.74, subject to the filing of the costs memorandum.

    Plaintiffs Leonardo Escudero (“E...

  • DOUGLAS R. MEZA VS FIRST MOTOR GROUP OF LOS ANGELES LLC, ET AL.

    Jun 23, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendants Kia Motors America, Inc and Hyundai Capital America’s unopposed motion to dismiss is granted.

    Defendants’ unopposed motion for recovery expenses is denied.

    Motion to Dismiss

    Defendants Kia Motors America, Inc. (“Kia”) and Hyundai Capital America (“Hyundai”) (collectively ...

  • MOHAMMAD H.K. AHAD, ET AL. VS RAFIQ ISLAM MOLLAH, ET AL.

    Jun 23, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiffs’ unopposed motion to compel Defendant Mat Bilkis Akter to provide initial responses to Form Interrogatories (Set One), Requests for Production of Documents (Set One), and Special Interrogatories (Set One) is granted provided that Plaintiffs pay an additional $180 filing fee for the motion. Plain...

  • ZHENCAI ZHANG VS SONGTAO LUO

    Jun 22, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Superior Court of California

    County of Los Angeles

    DEPARTMENT 71

    TENTATIVE RULING

    ZHENCAI ZHANG, vs. SONGTAO LUO aka TONY LUO, et al.

    Case No.: 18STCV05196

    Hearing Date: June 22, 2020

    The motion to be relieved as counsel brought by Ping C. Shen, Couns...

  • ROBERT BROWN VS ACCO ENGINEERED SYSTEMS, INC., ET AL.

    Mar 17, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    ROBERT BROWN, vs. ACCO ENGINEERED SYSTEMS, INC., et al.

    Case No.: 19STCV22494

    Hearing Date: March 17, 2020

    Defendants’ demurrer to the first amended complaint of Plaintiff Robert Brown is sustained with 10 days leave to amend.

    Defendants ACCO Engineered Systems, Inc. (“ACCO”...

  • JUSTIN HERNANDEZ VS CINTAS CORPORATION NO. 2

    Mar 17, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    JUSTIN HERNANDEZ vs. CINTAS CORPORATION NO. 2, et al.

    Case No.: 19STCV24822

    Hearing Date: March 17, 2020

    Counsel Kasey Bond’s application to be admitted pro hac vice is granted.

    ...

  • ANGIOLINA DERENZIN ET AL VS HAWTHORNE INTERNATIONA CORP

    Mar 17, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    ANGIOLINA DEREZIN, et al., vs. HAWTHORNE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION, a California corporation, et al.

    Case No.: BC674791

    Hearing Date: March 17, 2020

    Plaintiffs Leonardo Escudero and Milagrito Melendez’s motion for attorneys’ fees is continued to May 1, 2020.

    Plaintiffs’ moti...

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