The Honorable Patricia Nieto

Los Angeles Superior Court, Department 024

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Biography

The Hon. Patricia Nieto is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. She was originally elected to the bench in June of 2008, then subsequently appointed to a judgeship in July of that same year by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Her appointment allowed her to immediately assume her position as a judge. She filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Alan Kalkin (Ret.).

She is a registered Democrat.

Judge Nieto graduated with her B.A. in anthropology and linguistics from the University of Kansas in 1974. She went on to earn her J.D. from the University of Southern California School of Law in 1977. While attending law school, Nieto began a clerkship in 1976 at the law firm of Gomez, Paz, Rodriguez, and Sanora.

After graduating from law school, she joined the firm full-time as an associate where she practiced until 1981. Nieto then became an associate for the law firm of Nieto, Paz, Romero, and Sanora where she practiced until 1985 and would be named a partner for the firm. She entered into private practice as a sole practitioner from 1985 to 2004. Her areas of practice included juvenile delinquency and dependency, family law, immigration, and workers compensation cases. In 2001 she became a part-time court referee for the juvenile court and then a full-time bench officer for the Eastlake Juvenile Court in 2005. Nieto was elected to serve as a court commissioner for the Los Angeles Superior Court in 2007 and remained in that position until being elected to the bench in 2008.

Judge Nieto, who is Mexican-American, was appointed by former Los Angeles mayor James Hahn in 2003 to serve on the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument Commission.

She has also been a member of the Mexican American Bar Association as well as the Juvenile Courts Bar Association.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Patricia Nieto

  • CELIA RUIZ VS RECANA SOLUTIONS LLC ET AL

    Mar 13, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant/Cross-Complainant Simply Fresh Inc.’s motion to determine good faith settlement is CONTINUED to April 21, 2020.

    On March 28, 2018, Plaintiff Celia Ruiz filed the instant employment action against Defendants Recana Solutions LLC, Recana LLC (collectively “Recana”), and Simply Fresh Foods, ...

  • TIFFANY AUSTIN VS BYD COACH & BUS, LLC

    Mar 12, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendants BYD Coach & Bus LLC’s motion to compel Plaintiff Tiffany Austin’s claims to arbitration is GRANTED.

    On September 23, 2019, Plaintiff Tiffany Austin brought the instant suit against her employer Defendant BYD Coach & Bus LLC. The Complaint alleges that Plaintiff was hired as a driver for ...

  • STEVE S. KIM VS IN SOOK PARK, AS TRUSTEE OF THE PARK FAMILY TRUST, ET AL.

    Mar 12, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff/Cross-Defendant Steve S. Kim’s demurrer to the Cross-Complaint by Defendant/Cross-Complainant In Sook Park is SUSTAINED with leave to amend. Plaintiff/Cross-Defendant Steve S. Kim’s motion to strike is DENIED as to the litigation and mediation privilege issues, MOOT as to punitive damages, and GR...

  • J.H. (JOHN) NIEDERCORN VS GREEN COUNTRY FILTER MFG., LLC

    Mar 12, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff’s default judgment application is GRANTED.

    The Court has reviewed Plaintiff’s default judgment packet. The packet is sufficient, except as to the interest calculations. Plaintiff does not include required interest calculations as required by CRC 3.1800(a)(3). Thus, interest will not be aw...

  • BEATRICE HAMLIN, ET AL. VS EMERICARE, INC., ET AL.

    Mar 10, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant Onni Properties LLC and Felipe Velez’s demurrer to the Complaint is SUSTAINED with leave to amend.

    On August 1, 2019, Plaintiff Esther Tovar (“Plaintiff”) field the instant disability discrimination suit against Defendant Onni Properties LLC (“Onni”), Capilano Properties LLC (“Capilano”) ...

  • LAWRENCE TURNER VS CENTER STREET LENDING SERVICES ET AL

    Mar 09, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant Center Street Lending MP III SPE, LLC’s motion for judgment on the pleadings is GRANTED without leave.

    This case involves two related cases, a wrongful foreclosure suit entitled Turner v. Center Street Lending Services et al. (BC648429) and an unlawful detainer suit entitled Duke Partners...

  • (NO CASE NAME AVAILABLE)

    Mar 06, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiffs’ default judgment is GRANTED, as discussed below.

    The Court has reviewed the default judgment packet in this case. The Court finds that the packet is sufficient, except as to costs. Plaintiffs request $2,255.97 in costs associated with filing fees ($1,102.15), process server fees ($992.9...

  • RAFAEL RUANO VS MAYEKAWA U.S.A.., INC., AN ILLINOIS CORPORATION

    Mar 05, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff Rafael Ruano’s motion is GRANTED. The subpoena will be limited to 6 years of records. Sanctions are imposed against Defendant Mayekawa USA Inc. and their attorney Bames & Thomburg, LLP, jointly and severally, in the reduced total amount of $1,564.65.

    On June 29, 2017, Plaintiff Rafael Rua...

  • INHANCE DIGITAL CORPORATION., A DELAWARE CORPORATION VS MAZIAR FARZAM

    Mar 05, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant/Cross-Complainant Maziar Farzam’s motion to dissolve the preliminary injunction is GRANTED. The bond will be reduced by $50,000.00.

    This suit arises from a series of lawsuits concerning the control and business dealings of Plaintiff Inhance Digital Corporation (“Inhance”). On June 24, 201...

  • SOLEIMANI & ASSOCIATES, APLC VS FARIBA DJAHANBANI

    Mar 04, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant Fariba Djahanbani’s demurrer to the First Amended Complaint is OVERRULED.

    On May 14, 2019, Plaintiff Soleimani & Associates APLC (“Plaintiff”) filed the instant breach of contract suit against Defendant Fariba Djahanbani (“Defendant”). The operative First Amended Complaint (“FAC”) states ...

  • RAY YOON VS JJKENS FOOD, INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION

    Mar 04, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Steven J. Barkin, Esq.’s motion to be relieved as counsel is GRANTED.

    On March 7, 2019, Plaintiff Ray Sik Yun (“Plaintiff”) filed the instant breach of contract case against Defendant JJKENS Food Inc. (“Defendant”). The complaint states four causes of action for breach of contract, money lent, acco...

  • ABAD FOAM INC VS RANDHWAN NAIDU ET AL

    Mar 04, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendants Felipe Alcazar, Jr. and EBM Foam Corporation’s motion for summary judgment is DENIED. Defendants’ alternative motion for summary adjudication is GRANTED as to issue no. 2 and DENIED as to the remainder.

    On March 29, 2018, Plaintiff Abad Foam, Inc. (“Plaintiff”) commenced this action agai...

  • MARVIN FALCON VS BURBANK SUBTENANT LP/SRG PACIFIC MGMT, ET AL.

    Mar 03, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendants Burbank Subtenant LP/SRG Pacific MGMT, Senior Resource Group LLC, and Keith Bernabe’s motion to compel claims to arbitration is DENIED.

    On December 3, 2019, Plaintiff Marvin Falcon (“Falcon”), by and through his representative and attorney-in-fact, Eve Blum (“Blum”), brought the instant ...

  • BOUND BY FITNESS, LLC, ET AL. VS WINNING EDGE FITNESS, LLC, ET AL.

    Mar 02, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant Winning Edge Fitness LLC, Brian Nguyen, Dustin Travers, Billy Ramirez, Michael Ramirez, and Sean Luna’s demurrer is SUSTAINED with leave first, second, third, and fifth causes of action; SUSTAINED without leave as to the fourth and sixth causes of action; and OVERRULED as to the seventh cause of ...

  • SHAHRAM YERMIAN ET AL VS AMIT KASHANIAN ET AL

    Feb 28, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendants/Cross-Complainants Amit Kashanian and Brand Names Holding Group’s motion for leave to file a Second Amended Cross-Complaint is GRANTED.

    On March 23, 2018, Plaintiffs Shahram Yemian, Sam Saedi, and Yermian Management Group, Inc. commenced this action against Defendants Amit Kashanian (“Am...

  • THE CHIEF MOVIE LLC VS ROBERT FEINSTEIN ET AL

    Feb 28, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff’s default judgment application is DENIED without prejudice.

    Plaintiff submitted a doe dismissal on February 18, 2020, which only addresses one issue with the packet. The Court notes the following issues still persist.

    The request for $1,000,000.00 in punitive damages will not be a...

  • VERONICA SILVA VS ALEXIO TRABULSI

    Feb 28, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant Alexio Trabulsi’s motion for disbursement of $50,000.00 out of the Parties’ Joint Account is DENIED.

    This action arises out of a dispute between Plaintiffs Veronica Silva (“Silva”), Zohar LLC (“Zohar”), and Defendant Alexio Trabulsi (“Defendant” or “Trabulsi”) regarding certain real prope...

  • JDS MINIONS VS VICKI HUFNAGEL ET AL

    Feb 27, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    On October 4, 2018, Plaintiff JDS Minions brought the instant breach of contract/fraud suit against Defendants Vicki Hufnagel and Doug Ranger (collectively “Defendants”). The Complaint states causes of action for breach of contract, negligent misrepresentation, intentional misrepresentation, violation of C...

  • SVETLANA KAZARIAN ET AL VS GENERAL MOTORS LLC

    Feb 27, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant General Motors LLC’s motion for Motion for Summary Judgment, or in the alternative, Summary Adjudication is DENIED.

    On September 10, 2018, Plaintiffs Svetlana Kazarian and Mark Kazarian (“Plaintiffs” or the “Kazarians”) filed the instant lemon law action against Defendant General Motors L...

  • NORMA FERNANDEZ, ET AL. VS NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION

    Feb 27, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant Nissan North America Inc.’s demurrer to the fourth cause of action is OVERRULED. Defendant Nissan North America Inc.’s motion to strike is DENIED.

    Plaintiffs Norma Fernandez and Antonio Pablo (“Plaintiffs”) filed this lemon law action against Defendant Nissan North America Inc. (“Defendan...

  • MASOOD BEHSHID VS ASGHAR BABAEI

    Feb 26, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    No additional information was filed with the Court nor were corrections made in conformity with the Court's prior ruling of

    January 10, 2020. Plaintiff’s default judgment application is DENIED.

    ...

  • CARLOS DESI GARCIA VS THE VONS COMPANIES INC ET AL

    Feb 26, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant the Vons Companies Inc.’s motion for summary judgment is DENIED. Defendant’s alternative motion for summary adjudication is DENIED as to issues no. 8 and GRANTED as to issues nos. 4 and 17. The remainder are MOOT.

    On August 29, 2018, Plaintiff Carlos Desi Garcia (“Plaintiff” or “Garcia”) ...

  • BANK OF HOPE AS SUCCESSOR IN INTEREST BY WAY OF MERGER TO CENTER BANK AND BBCN BANK VS SHAHRAM RAY GOLBARI, ET AL.

    Feb 26, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendants Shahram Ray Golbari, Mehran Vedi, and Farshid Pourlavaei’s motion to quash is GRANTED in part and DENIED in part.

    On January 14, 2019, Plaintiff Bank of Hope (the “Bank”) filed this breach of loan agreement suit against Defendants Shahram Ray Golbari (“Golbari”), Mehran Vedi (“Vedi”), an...

  • CHUN KIM VS SONG RAMBOLDT ET AL

    Feb 25, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant Min Kyung Kim aka Michelle Min Kim’s demurrer to the Second Amended Cross-Complaint is OVERRULED.

    On September 28, 2018, Plaintiff Chun Kim (“Plaintiff”) brought the instant breach of contract action against Defendants Song Ramboldt (“Ramboldt”), Ramboldt Song Living Trust (the “Trust”) (...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Patricia Nieto

  • CELIA RUIZ VS RECANA SOLUTIONS LLC ET AL

    Mar 13, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant/Cross-Complainant Simply Fresh Inc.’s motion to determine good faith settlement is CONTINUED to April 21, 2020.

    On March 28, 2018, Plaintiff Celia Ruiz filed the instant employment action against Defendants Recana Solutions LLC, Recana LLC (collectively “Recana”), and Simply Fresh Foods, ...

  • TIFFANY AUSTIN VS BYD COACH & BUS, LLC

    Mar 12, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendants BYD Coach & Bus LLC’s motion to compel Plaintiff Tiffany Austin’s claims to arbitration is GRANTED.

    On September 23, 2019, Plaintiff Tiffany Austin brought the instant suit against her employer Defendant BYD Coach & Bus LLC. The Complaint alleges that Plaintiff was hired as a driver for ...

  • STEVE S. KIM VS IN SOOK PARK, AS TRUSTEE OF THE PARK FAMILY TRUST, ET AL.

    Mar 12, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff/Cross-Defendant Steve S. Kim’s demurrer to the Cross-Complaint by Defendant/Cross-Complainant In Sook Park is SUSTAINED with leave to amend. Plaintiff/Cross-Defendant Steve S. Kim’s motion to strike is DENIED as to the litigation and mediation privilege issues, MOOT as to punitive damages, and GR...

  • J.H. (JOHN) NIEDERCORN VS GREEN COUNTRY FILTER MFG., LLC

    Mar 12, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff’s default judgment application is GRANTED.

    The Court has reviewed Plaintiff’s default judgment packet. The packet is sufficient, except as to the interest calculations. Plaintiff does not include required interest calculations as required by CRC 3.1800(a)(3). Thus, interest will not be aw...

  • BEATRICE HAMLIN, ET AL. VS EMERICARE, INC., ET AL.

    Mar 10, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant Onni Properties LLC and Felipe Velez’s demurrer to the Complaint is SUSTAINED with leave to amend.

    On August 1, 2019, Plaintiff Esther Tovar (“Plaintiff”) field the instant disability discrimination suit against Defendant Onni Properties LLC (“Onni”), Capilano Properties LLC (“Capilano”) ...

  • LAWRENCE TURNER VS CENTER STREET LENDING SERVICES ET AL

    Mar 09, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant Center Street Lending MP III SPE, LLC’s motion for judgment on the pleadings is GRANTED without leave.

    This case involves two related cases, a wrongful foreclosure suit entitled Turner v. Center Street Lending Services et al. (BC648429) and an unlawful detainer suit entitled Duke Partners...

  • (NO CASE NAME AVAILABLE)

    Mar 06, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiffs’ default judgment is GRANTED, as discussed below.

    The Court has reviewed the default judgment packet in this case. The Court finds that the packet is sufficient, except as to costs. Plaintiffs request $2,255.97 in costs associated with filing fees ($1,102.15), process server fees ($992.9...

  • RAFAEL RUANO VS MAYEKAWA U.S.A.., INC., AN ILLINOIS CORPORATION

    Mar 05, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff Rafael Ruano’s motion is GRANTED. The subpoena will be limited to 6 years of records. Sanctions are imposed against Defendant Mayekawa USA Inc. and their attorney Bames & Thomburg, LLP, jointly and severally, in the reduced total amount of $1,564.65.

    On June 29, 2017, Plaintiff Rafael Rua...

  • INHANCE DIGITAL CORPORATION., A DELAWARE CORPORATION VS MAZIAR FARZAM

    Mar 05, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant/Cross-Complainant Maziar Farzam’s motion to dissolve the preliminary injunction is GRANTED. The bond will be reduced by $50,000.00.

    This suit arises from a series of lawsuits concerning the control and business dealings of Plaintiff Inhance Digital Corporation (“Inhance”). On June 24, 201...

  • SOLEIMANI & ASSOCIATES, APLC VS FARIBA DJAHANBANI

    Mar 04, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant Fariba Djahanbani’s demurrer to the First Amended Complaint is OVERRULED.

    On May 14, 2019, Plaintiff Soleimani & Associates APLC (“Plaintiff”) filed the instant breach of contract suit against Defendant Fariba Djahanbani (“Defendant”). The operative First Amended Complaint (“FAC”) states ...

  • RAY YOON VS JJKENS FOOD, INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION

    Mar 04, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Steven J. Barkin, Esq.’s motion to be relieved as counsel is GRANTED.

    On March 7, 2019, Plaintiff Ray Sik Yun (“Plaintiff”) filed the instant breach of contract case against Defendant JJKENS Food Inc. (“Defendant”). The complaint states four causes of action for breach of contract, money lent, acco...

  • ABAD FOAM INC VS RANDHWAN NAIDU ET AL

    Mar 04, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendants Felipe Alcazar, Jr. and EBM Foam Corporation’s motion for summary judgment is DENIED. Defendants’ alternative motion for summary adjudication is GRANTED as to issue no. 2 and DENIED as to the remainder.

    On March 29, 2018, Plaintiff Abad Foam, Inc. (“Plaintiff”) commenced this action agai...

  • MARVIN FALCON VS BURBANK SUBTENANT LP/SRG PACIFIC MGMT, ET AL.

    Mar 03, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendants Burbank Subtenant LP/SRG Pacific MGMT, Senior Resource Group LLC, and Keith Bernabe’s motion to compel claims to arbitration is DENIED.

    On December 3, 2019, Plaintiff Marvin Falcon (“Falcon”), by and through his representative and attorney-in-fact, Eve Blum (“Blum”), brought the instant ...

  • BOUND BY FITNESS, LLC, ET AL. VS WINNING EDGE FITNESS, LLC, ET AL.

    Mar 02, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant Winning Edge Fitness LLC, Brian Nguyen, Dustin Travers, Billy Ramirez, Michael Ramirez, and Sean Luna’s demurrer is SUSTAINED with leave first, second, third, and fifth causes of action; SUSTAINED without leave as to the fourth and sixth causes of action; and OVERRULED as to the seventh cause of ...

  • SHAHRAM YERMIAN ET AL VS AMIT KASHANIAN ET AL

    Feb 28, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendants/Cross-Complainants Amit Kashanian and Brand Names Holding Group’s motion for leave to file a Second Amended Cross-Complaint is GRANTED.

    On March 23, 2018, Plaintiffs Shahram Yemian, Sam Saedi, and Yermian Management Group, Inc. commenced this action against Defendants Amit Kashanian (“Am...

  • THE CHIEF MOVIE LLC VS ROBERT FEINSTEIN ET AL

    Feb 28, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff’s default judgment application is DENIED without prejudice.

    Plaintiff submitted a doe dismissal on February 18, 2020, which only addresses one issue with the packet. The Court notes the following issues still persist.

    The request for $1,000,000.00 in punitive damages will not be a...

  • VERONICA SILVA VS ALEXIO TRABULSI

    Feb 28, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant Alexio Trabulsi’s motion for disbursement of $50,000.00 out of the Parties’ Joint Account is DENIED.

    This action arises out of a dispute between Plaintiffs Veronica Silva (“Silva”), Zohar LLC (“Zohar”), and Defendant Alexio Trabulsi (“Defendant” or “Trabulsi”) regarding certain real prope...

  • JDS MINIONS VS VICKI HUFNAGEL ET AL

    Feb 27, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    On October 4, 2018, Plaintiff JDS Minions brought the instant breach of contract/fraud suit against Defendants Vicki Hufnagel and Doug Ranger (collectively “Defendants”). The Complaint states causes of action for breach of contract, negligent misrepresentation, intentional misrepresentation, violation of C...

  • SVETLANA KAZARIAN ET AL VS GENERAL MOTORS LLC

    Feb 27, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant General Motors LLC’s motion for Motion for Summary Judgment, or in the alternative, Summary Adjudication is DENIED.

    On September 10, 2018, Plaintiffs Svetlana Kazarian and Mark Kazarian (“Plaintiffs” or the “Kazarians”) filed the instant lemon law action against Defendant General Motors L...

  • NORMA FERNANDEZ, ET AL. VS NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION

    Feb 27, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant Nissan North America Inc.’s demurrer to the fourth cause of action is OVERRULED. Defendant Nissan North America Inc.’s motion to strike is DENIED.

    Plaintiffs Norma Fernandez and Antonio Pablo (“Plaintiffs”) filed this lemon law action against Defendant Nissan North America Inc. (“Defendan...

  • MASOOD BEHSHID VS ASGHAR BABAEI

    Feb 26, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    No additional information was filed with the Court nor were corrections made in conformity with the Court's prior ruling of

    January 10, 2020. Plaintiff’s default judgment application is DENIED.

    ...

  • CARLOS DESI GARCIA VS THE VONS COMPANIES INC ET AL

    Feb 26, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant the Vons Companies Inc.’s motion for summary judgment is DENIED. Defendant’s alternative motion for summary adjudication is DENIED as to issues no. 8 and GRANTED as to issues nos. 4 and 17. The remainder are MOOT.

    On August 29, 2018, Plaintiff Carlos Desi Garcia (“Plaintiff” or “Garcia”) ...

  • BANK OF HOPE AS SUCCESSOR IN INTEREST BY WAY OF MERGER TO CENTER BANK AND BBCN BANK VS SHAHRAM RAY GOLBARI, ET AL.

    Feb 26, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendants Shahram Ray Golbari, Mehran Vedi, and Farshid Pourlavaei’s motion to quash is GRANTED in part and DENIED in part.

    On January 14, 2019, Plaintiff Bank of Hope (the “Bank”) filed this breach of loan agreement suit against Defendants Shahram Ray Golbari (“Golbari”), Mehran Vedi (“Vedi”), an...

  • CHUN KIM VS SONG RAMBOLDT ET AL

    Feb 25, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant Min Kyung Kim aka Michelle Min Kim’s demurrer to the Second Amended Cross-Complaint is OVERRULED.

    On September 28, 2018, Plaintiff Chun Kim (“Plaintiff”) brought the instant breach of contract action against Defendants Song Ramboldt (“Ramboldt”), Ramboldt Song Living Trust (the “Trust”) (...

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