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

  • JOSHUA RAY, AN INDIVIDUAL VS YEA HYANG LEE, AN INDIVIDUAL

    Aug 17, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff’s default judgment application is DENIED without prejudice. The Court reviewed the default judgment application and noted the following issues:

    As to the principal, Plaintiff fails to justify the $25,000.00 with substantial evidence. Plaintiff provides a basis for $13,050.00 in damages as...

  • ROSA MAY VS FIRST MOTOR GROUP OF ENCINO LLC ET AL

    Aug 17, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff Rosa May’s motion for summary adjudication is DENIED.

    On December 22, 2017, Plaintiff Rosa May (“Plaintiff”) filed the instant breach of warranty complaint against Defendant First Motor Group of Encino LLC (“Defendant” or “FMG”). The Complaint alleges two causes of action for: 1) violatio...

  • SVETLANA KAZARIAN ET AL VS GENERAL MOTORS LLC

    Aug 17, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiffs Svetlana Kazarian and Mark Kazarian’s motion to compel the deposition of Defendant General Motors LLC’s person most knowledgeable is GRANTED. Plaintiffs’ motion to compel compliance is MOOT. Sanctions are imposed against Defendant and its counsel of record Erskine Law Group, P.C. in the total am...

  • SANG KI EUN VS A2Z SMOKE SHOP, ET AL.

    Aug 14, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant A2Z Smoke Shop’s demurrer to the Complaint is OVERRULED as to the second cause of action, and SUSTAINED with leave as to the fourth cause of action. The motion to strike is moot.

    On November 11, 2018, Plaintiff Sang Ki Eun (“Plaintiff”) filed the instant battery/negligence action against ...

  • CRISTINA ACEVEDO VS ONIKA TANYA MARAJ, ET AL.

    Aug 14, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff Cristina Acevedo’s motions to deem matters admitted against Defendant Onika Maraj, Pink Personality LLC, Pink Personality Inc. , and Pink Friday Productions LLC are GRANTED. Plaintiff’s motion to compel production of documents is GRANTED. Sanctions are imposed against Defendants’ counsel of recor...

  • EDUARDO E RIVAS VS VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS ET AL

    Aug 14, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    On September 14, 2019, Plaintiff Eduardo E. Rivas filed the instant wrongful termination action against Defendants Frontier California Inc. (formerly Verizon California Inc.) and Anita Anderson. The operative First Amended Complaint states eight causes of action for: 1) wrongful termination in violation of...

  • GILBERT WAYNE HEDGPETH, ET AL. VS CALIFORNIA STATE ATHLETIC COMMISSION, ET AL.

    Aug 14, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendants California State Athletic Commission and Andrew Foster’s motion to transfer venue to Sacramento County is DENIED.

    Plaintiffs Gilbert Wayne Hedgpeth (“Hedpeth”), Raul Caiz Jr. (“Caiz Jr.”) and Raul Caiz Sr. (“Caiz Sr.”) (collectively “Plaintiffs”) are longtime boxing referees and judges w...

  • TED LIN VS UNITED RESOURCES INFORMATION INC ET AL

    Aug 13, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff Ted Lin’s motion for summary adjudication is DENIED as to each issue.

    On August 14, 2018, Plaintiff Ted Lin (“Plaintiff” or “Lin”) filed the instant employment discrimination/sexual harassment complaint against Defendants United Resources Information Inc. (“URI”), and Jasmine Park (“Park”...

  • MASOOD BEHSHID VS ASGHAR BABAEI

    Aug 13, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff’s default judgment application is DENIED. The Court notes the following issues:

    Plaintiff did not provide for the required declaration of mailing. The declarations are signed. However, counsel did not check the box indicating whether or not the default packet was mailed, and did not provi...

  • ANGELA PARHAM-SMITH, AND AS REPRESENTATIVE OF THE ESTATE OF ARTHEL SMITH VS COUNTRY VILLA NURSING CENTER, INC, ET AL.

    Aug 12, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant 5648 East Gotham Street LLC’s demurrer is SUSTAINED with leave to amend. The motion to strike is moot.

    On August 22, 2019, Plaintiff Angela Parham-Smith filed the instant elder abuse suit on behalf of the estate of Arthel Smith (“Decedent”), against Defendants Country Villa Nursing Center...

  • BENNIE ROBINSON VS CITY OF LONG BEACH ET AL

    Aug 12, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    No tentatives are posted at this time. The Court will discuss with counsel the appointment of a discovery referee.

    ...

  • CHUN KIM VS SONG RAMBOLDT ET AL

    Aug 12, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Cross-Defendant Michelle Min Kim’s motion for summary judgment as to the Second Amended Cross-Complaint is DENIED.

    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 “Tr...

  • CINDY CHAN VS SUDOTOUCH, LLC, ET AL.

    Aug 11, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant Sudotouch LLC and Michael Flanders’s demurrer is SUSTAINED with 20 days leave to amend.

    On January 15, 2020, Plaintiff Cindy Chan (“Plaintiff”) brought the instant employment retaliation suit against Defendants Sudotouch LLC (“Sudotouch”) and Michael Flanders (“Flanders”). The operative F...

  • LGB, INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION VS BEN KATZ, ET AL.

    Aug 11, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Aaron L. Renfro, Esq. of Call & Jensen APC’s motion to be relieved as counsel for Defendant Ben Katz is GRANTED.

    On January 8, 2019, Plaintiff LGB Inc. (“Plaintiff or “LGB”) initiated this breach of warranty/fraud suit against Defendants Caravan Ltd. (“Caravan”) and Ben Katz (“Katz”) (collectively ...

  • CARLOS SANCHEZ, ET AL. VS NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION, ET AL.

    Aug 10, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

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

    Plaintiffs Carlos Sanchez and Nicolas Gonzalez (“Plaintiffs”) filed this lemon law action against Defendant Nissan North America Inc. (“Defendant” or “Nissa...

  • TROPE & DECAROLIS LLP VS BIC MOHANDIE

    Aug 10, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Petitioner Trope & DeCarolis, LLP’s motion to confirm the arbitration award is GRANTED. Judgment will be entered pursuant to the award.

    On September 6, 2018, Petitioner Trope & DeCarolis, LLP brought the instant petition against Respondents Bic Mohandie (“Respondents”) based on a retainer agreement...

  • DANESHRAD LAW FIRM, APC VS SUSAN ORANG JALILI

    Aug 10, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant/Cross-Complainant Susan Orang Jalili’s motion to consolidate is CONTINUED as discussed below.

    On March 30, 2019, Plaintiff Daneshrad Law Firm APC (“Plaintiff” or “Daneshrad”) filed the instant breach of contract suit against Defendant Susan Orang Jalili (“Jalili”). The Complaint alleges t...

  • ROSA MAY VS FIRST MOTOR GROUP OF ENCINO LLC ET AL

    Aug 10, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    The hearing on Defendant First Motor Group of Encino LLC’s motion is CONTINUED to September 25, 2020, at 10:30 a.m..

    On December 22, 2017, Plaintiff Rosa May (“Plaintiff”) filed the instant breach of warranty complaint against Defendant First Motor Group of Encino LLC (“Defendant” or “FMG”). The Co...

  • SNOGEN GREEN CO., LTD. VS JAMES J. LEE, ET AL.

    Aug 10, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant E.S. Sutton Inc.’s motion to quash service of summons and the complaint for lack of personal jurisdiction is GRANTED.

    On November 22, 2019, Plaintiff Snogen Green Co. LTD (“Plaintiff’) filed this breach of contract/fraud suit against Defendants Dream Apparel Inc. (“Dream”), James J. Lee, ...

  • NANCY BASS, ET AL. VS UNITED AIRLINES, INC.

    Aug 07, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    On December 12, 2019, Plaintiffs Nancy Bass, Tim Bass, and Margaret Jewett filed the instant suit against Defendant United Airlines Inc. (“Defendant”). This suit arises from plaintiffs’ travel on flights operated by Defendant to and from Hawaii. Plaintiffs' return flight from Hawaii to Sacramento had a con...

  • MANATEK COMMERCIAL INSURANCE SERVICES INC VS ROLINDA DAY ET

    Aug 07, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff Manatek Commercial Insurance Services Inc.’s motion for leave to file a Third Amended Complaint is DENIED.

    On June 19, 2018, Plaintiff Manatek Commercial Insurance Services Inc. (“Plaintiff”) filed the instant suit against Defendants Rolinda Day (“Day’), R. Day Insurance Agency LLC (“Day ...

  • (NO CASE NAME AVAILABLE)

    Aug 07, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendants’ demurrer to the Complaint is OVERRULED as to the eighth cause of action; SUSTAINED with leave to amend as to the sixth, ninth, thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth causes of action; and SUSTAINED without leave to amend as to the tenth cause of action. The motion to strike is moot.

    On J...

  • THE CHIEF MOVIE LLC VS ROBERT FEINSTEIN ET AL

    Aug 07, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff’s default judgment application is GRANTED.

    The Court reviewed Plaintiff’s default judgment packet. The Court finds that the previously identified issues have been addressed, and will enter judgment in conformity with the packet. Specifically, the Court will enter judgment against Defendan...

  • HTL AUTOMOTIVE INC VS PACIFIC LIFT AND EQUIPMENT COMPANY INC

    Aug 07, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    On January 11, 2016, Plaintiff HTL Automotive, Inc. (“HTLA”) and HTL Properties LLC (“HTLP”) (collectively, “Plaintiffs” or “HTL”) filed this breach of contract/fraud action against Pacific Lift and Equipment Company, Inc. (“PLE” or “Defendant”). The operative Third Amended Complaint alleges five causes of...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Patricia Nieto

  • JOSHUA RAY, AN INDIVIDUAL VS YEA HYANG LEE, AN INDIVIDUAL

    Aug 17, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff’s default judgment application is DENIED without prejudice. The Court reviewed the default judgment application and noted the following issues:

    As to the principal, Plaintiff fails to justify the $25,000.00 with substantial evidence. Plaintiff provides a basis for $13,050.00 in damages as...

  • ROSA MAY VS FIRST MOTOR GROUP OF ENCINO LLC ET AL

    Aug 17, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff Rosa May’s motion for summary adjudication is DENIED.

    On December 22, 2017, Plaintiff Rosa May (“Plaintiff”) filed the instant breach of warranty complaint against Defendant First Motor Group of Encino LLC (“Defendant” or “FMG”). The Complaint alleges two causes of action for: 1) violatio...

  • SVETLANA KAZARIAN ET AL VS GENERAL MOTORS LLC

    Aug 17, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiffs Svetlana Kazarian and Mark Kazarian’s motion to compel the deposition of Defendant General Motors LLC’s person most knowledgeable is GRANTED. Plaintiffs’ motion to compel compliance is MOOT. Sanctions are imposed against Defendant and its counsel of record Erskine Law Group, P.C. in the total am...

  • SANG KI EUN VS A2Z SMOKE SHOP, ET AL.

    Aug 14, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant A2Z Smoke Shop’s demurrer to the Complaint is OVERRULED as to the second cause of action, and SUSTAINED with leave as to the fourth cause of action. The motion to strike is moot.

    On November 11, 2018, Plaintiff Sang Ki Eun (“Plaintiff”) filed the instant battery/negligence action against ...

  • CRISTINA ACEVEDO VS ONIKA TANYA MARAJ, ET AL.

    Aug 14, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff Cristina Acevedo’s motions to deem matters admitted against Defendant Onika Maraj, Pink Personality LLC, Pink Personality Inc. , and Pink Friday Productions LLC are GRANTED. Plaintiff’s motion to compel production of documents is GRANTED. Sanctions are imposed against Defendants’ counsel of recor...

  • EDUARDO E RIVAS VS VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS ET AL

    Aug 14, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    On September 14, 2019, Plaintiff Eduardo E. Rivas filed the instant wrongful termination action against Defendants Frontier California Inc. (formerly Verizon California Inc.) and Anita Anderson. The operative First Amended Complaint states eight causes of action for: 1) wrongful termination in violation of...

  • GILBERT WAYNE HEDGPETH, ET AL. VS CALIFORNIA STATE ATHLETIC COMMISSION, ET AL.

    Aug 14, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendants California State Athletic Commission and Andrew Foster’s motion to transfer venue to Sacramento County is DENIED.

    Plaintiffs Gilbert Wayne Hedgpeth (“Hedpeth”), Raul Caiz Jr. (“Caiz Jr.”) and Raul Caiz Sr. (“Caiz Sr.”) (collectively “Plaintiffs”) are longtime boxing referees and judges w...

  • TED LIN VS UNITED RESOURCES INFORMATION INC ET AL

    Aug 13, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff Ted Lin’s motion for summary adjudication is DENIED as to each issue.

    On August 14, 2018, Plaintiff Ted Lin (“Plaintiff” or “Lin”) filed the instant employment discrimination/sexual harassment complaint against Defendants United Resources Information Inc. (“URI”), and Jasmine Park (“Park”...

  • MASOOD BEHSHID VS ASGHAR BABAEI

    Aug 13, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff’s default judgment application is DENIED. The Court notes the following issues:

    Plaintiff did not provide for the required declaration of mailing. The declarations are signed. However, counsel did not check the box indicating whether or not the default packet was mailed, and did not provi...

  • ANGELA PARHAM-SMITH, AND AS REPRESENTATIVE OF THE ESTATE OF ARTHEL SMITH VS COUNTRY VILLA NURSING CENTER, INC, ET AL.

    Aug 12, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant 5648 East Gotham Street LLC’s demurrer is SUSTAINED with leave to amend. The motion to strike is moot.

    On August 22, 2019, Plaintiff Angela Parham-Smith filed the instant elder abuse suit on behalf of the estate of Arthel Smith (“Decedent”), against Defendants Country Villa Nursing Center...

  • BENNIE ROBINSON VS CITY OF LONG BEACH ET AL

    Aug 12, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    No tentatives are posted at this time. The Court will discuss with counsel the appointment of a discovery referee.

    ...

  • CHUN KIM VS SONG RAMBOLDT ET AL

    Aug 12, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Cross-Defendant Michelle Min Kim’s motion for summary judgment as to the Second Amended Cross-Complaint is DENIED.

    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 “Tr...

  • CINDY CHAN VS SUDOTOUCH, LLC, ET AL.

    Aug 11, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant Sudotouch LLC and Michael Flanders’s demurrer is SUSTAINED with 20 days leave to amend.

    On January 15, 2020, Plaintiff Cindy Chan (“Plaintiff”) brought the instant employment retaliation suit against Defendants Sudotouch LLC (“Sudotouch”) and Michael Flanders (“Flanders”). The operative F...

  • LGB, INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION VS BEN KATZ, ET AL.

    Aug 11, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Aaron L. Renfro, Esq. of Call & Jensen APC’s motion to be relieved as counsel for Defendant Ben Katz is GRANTED.

    On January 8, 2019, Plaintiff LGB Inc. (“Plaintiff or “LGB”) initiated this breach of warranty/fraud suit against Defendants Caravan Ltd. (“Caravan”) and Ben Katz (“Katz”) (collectively ...

  • CARLOS SANCHEZ, ET AL. VS NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION, ET AL.

    Aug 10, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

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

    Plaintiffs Carlos Sanchez and Nicolas Gonzalez (“Plaintiffs”) filed this lemon law action against Defendant Nissan North America Inc. (“Defendant” or “Nissa...

  • TROPE & DECAROLIS LLP VS BIC MOHANDIE

    Aug 10, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Petitioner Trope & DeCarolis, LLP’s motion to confirm the arbitration award is GRANTED. Judgment will be entered pursuant to the award.

    On September 6, 2018, Petitioner Trope & DeCarolis, LLP brought the instant petition against Respondents Bic Mohandie (“Respondents”) based on a retainer agreement...

  • DANESHRAD LAW FIRM, APC VS SUSAN ORANG JALILI

    Aug 10, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant/Cross-Complainant Susan Orang Jalili’s motion to consolidate is CONTINUED as discussed below.

    On March 30, 2019, Plaintiff Daneshrad Law Firm APC (“Plaintiff” or “Daneshrad”) filed the instant breach of contract suit against Defendant Susan Orang Jalili (“Jalili”). The Complaint alleges t...

  • ROSA MAY VS FIRST MOTOR GROUP OF ENCINO LLC ET AL

    Aug 10, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    The hearing on Defendant First Motor Group of Encino LLC’s motion is CONTINUED to September 25, 2020, at 10:30 a.m..

    On December 22, 2017, Plaintiff Rosa May (“Plaintiff”) filed the instant breach of warranty complaint against Defendant First Motor Group of Encino LLC (“Defendant” or “FMG”). The Co...

  • SNOGEN GREEN CO., LTD. VS JAMES J. LEE, ET AL.

    Aug 10, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant E.S. Sutton Inc.’s motion to quash service of summons and the complaint for lack of personal jurisdiction is GRANTED.

    On November 22, 2019, Plaintiff Snogen Green Co. LTD (“Plaintiff’) filed this breach of contract/fraud suit against Defendants Dream Apparel Inc. (“Dream”), James J. Lee, ...

  • NANCY BASS, ET AL. VS UNITED AIRLINES, INC.

    Aug 07, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    On December 12, 2019, Plaintiffs Nancy Bass, Tim Bass, and Margaret Jewett filed the instant suit against Defendant United Airlines Inc. (“Defendant”). This suit arises from plaintiffs’ travel on flights operated by Defendant to and from Hawaii. Plaintiffs' return flight from Hawaii to Sacramento had a con...

  • MANATEK COMMERCIAL INSURANCE SERVICES INC VS ROLINDA DAY ET

    Aug 07, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff Manatek Commercial Insurance Services Inc.’s motion for leave to file a Third Amended Complaint is DENIED.

    On June 19, 2018, Plaintiff Manatek Commercial Insurance Services Inc. (“Plaintiff”) filed the instant suit against Defendants Rolinda Day (“Day’), R. Day Insurance Agency LLC (“Day ...

  • (NO CASE NAME AVAILABLE)

    Aug 07, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendants’ demurrer to the Complaint is OVERRULED as to the eighth cause of action; SUSTAINED with leave to amend as to the sixth, ninth, thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth causes of action; and SUSTAINED without leave to amend as to the tenth cause of action. The motion to strike is moot.

    On J...

  • THE CHIEF MOVIE LLC VS ROBERT FEINSTEIN ET AL

    Aug 07, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff’s default judgment application is GRANTED.

    The Court reviewed Plaintiff’s default judgment packet. The Court finds that the previously identified issues have been addressed, and will enter judgment in conformity with the packet. Specifically, the Court will enter judgment against Defendan...

  • HTL AUTOMOTIVE INC VS PACIFIC LIFT AND EQUIPMENT COMPANY INC

    Aug 07, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    On January 11, 2016, Plaintiff HTL Automotive, Inc. (“HTLA”) and HTL Properties LLC (“HTLP”) (collectively, “Plaintiffs” or “HTL”) filed this breach of contract/fraud action against Pacific Lift and Equipment Company, Inc. (“PLE” or “Defendant”). The operative Third Amended Complaint alleges five causes of...

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