The Honorable René Auguste Chouteau

Sonoma County Superior Court

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Biography

The Hon. Rene Auguste Chouteau is a judge for the Superior Court of Sonoma County in California. He was appointed to the bench by former Governor Gray Davis in 2001.

Chouteau earned a B.A. from Stanford University in 1966. He then continued his studies at Stanford Law School, where he completed a J.D. in 1969.

After graduating from law school, Chouteau began his legal career working for two law firms in the Bay Area.

Then, in 1971, he entered the public sector, accepting a position as a deputy city attorney with the Office of the City Attorney of San Francisco. He worked in that capacity for the next six years, eventually leaving to join the Sonoma County Office of Education.

Prior to his appointment to the bench, Chouteau served as a city attorney for the Office of the City Attorney of Santa Rosa. During his tenure there, he was the chief legal adviser to the City Council, assisting with public housing, community police, and city revitalization initiatives.

Chouteau was born and raised in San Francisco, California. His father and his grandfather were both lawyers. They worked in a San Francisco-based law firm started by his great-grandfather in the 1880s. He is a descendant of the French-American founder of St. Louis, Missouri.

While not presiding over cases, he enjoys spending time in the outdoors. He is an avid surfer and open-water swimmer. He regularly swims in the Russian River near his home, a converted hunting lodge, in Alexander Valley.

He is registered as a Democrat.

Recent Rulings by Hon. René Auguste Chouteau

  • ABODEELY V. SONOMA PROPERTY HOLDINGS, LLC

    Dec 19, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    Plaintiffs’ motion to compel further discovery responses and to appear at depositions is GRANTED IN PART.
    Plaintiffs move to compel further responses from Defendants to:
    (1) Amended special interrogatories, set one, to Defendant Sonoma Property Holdings, LLC, interrogatory numbers 3, 4, 8-16, 21,...

  • DE LA TORRE V. TOBIN

    Dec 19, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    Motion to vacate judgment DENIED. Defendants Frank Henry Tobin and Alberta Tobin have failed to show good cause to vacate the judgment as required by Code of Civil Procedure section 116.730. “’Good cause’ means circumstances sufficient to justify the requested order or other action, as determined by the ju...

  • MARGARONIS V. TOBIN

    Dec 19, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    Motion to vacate judgment DENIED. Defendants Frank Henry Tobin and Alberta Tobin have failed to show good cause to vacate the judgment as required by Code of Civil Procedure section 116.730. “’Good cause’ means circumstances sufficient to justify the requested order or other action, as determined by the ju...

  • ZUNO V. TOBIN

    Dec 19, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    Motion to vacate judgment DENIED. Defendants Frank Henry Tobin and Alberta Tobin have failed to show good cause to vacate the judgment as required by Code of Civil Procedure section 116.730. “’Good cause’ means circumstances sufficient to justify the requested order or other action, as determined by the ju...

  • MARGARONIS V. TOBIN

    Dec 19, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    Motion to vacate judgment DENIED. Defendants Frank Henry Tobin and Alberta Tobin have failed to show good cause to vacate the judgment as required by Code of Civil Procedure section 116.730. “’Good cause’ means circumstances sufficient to justify the requested order or other action, as determined by the ju...

  • FRIENDS OF FELTA CREEK V. CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY AND FIRE PROTECTION

    Dec 19, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    DROPPED from calendar at the request of counsel for moving party.

    ...

  • GONSALVES V. TOBIN

    Dec 19, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    Motion to vacate judgment DENIED. Defendants Frank Henry Tobin and Alberta Tobin have failed to show good cause to vacate the judgment as required by Code of Civil Procedure section 116.730. “’Good cause’ means circumstances sufficient to justify the requested order or other action, as determined by the ju...

  • WORDEN V. MATTHEW HAGUE INSURANCE AGENCY

    Dec 19, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    Defendants’ motion for summary judgment is GRANTED.
    In this action, Plaintiff alleges Defendants Fire Insurance Exchange (erroneously sued as Farmers Fire Insurance Exchange), Matthew Hague, and Matthew Hague Insurance Agency negligently failed to obtain adequate insurance coverage for his second home...

  • PANGAN V. TOBIN

    Dec 19, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    Motion to vacate judgment DENIED. Defendants Frank Henry Tobin and Alberta Tobin have failed to show good cause to vacate the judgment as required by Code of Civil Procedure section 116.730. “’Good cause’ means circumstances sufficient to justify the requested order or other action, as determined by the ju...

  • RAY KLEIN, INC. V. MYERS

    Dec 12, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    Plaintiff’s motion is GRANTED. Default judgment is vacated and this action shall be dismissed with prejudice.
    Plaintiff shall submit an order consistent with this ruling.

    ...

  • BARICH V. GRIFFIN

    Dec 12, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    This hearing was continued upon Plaintiff’s request from November 28, 2018. After the tentative ruling was posted and just before the hearing was held, Plaintiff’s counsel submitted a request to file a sur-reply responding to “new” arguments and evidence submitted in Defendant Griffin’s reply. In particula...

  • MCCORMACK V. SMIDA

    Dec 12, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    DROPPED from calendar at the request of counsel for moving parties.

    ...

  • CAVALRY SPV I, LLC V. DEMARTINI

    Dec 12, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    Plaintiff’s motion to transfer venue to Shasta County is GRANTED.
    This is a debt collection action. Per Plaintiff, this action was filed in this court in August 2017 because Plaintiff believed Defendant resided in Sonoma County at the time. When Plaintiff eventually attempted to serve Defendant in Jan...

  • MCCRUM V. LANE

    Dec 12, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    DROPPED from calendar at the request of counsel for moving party.

    ...

  • MATTER OF HANS HOOGENDOORN TRUST

    Dec 12, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    Respondent Rose Lidia Hoogendoorn’s motion for judgment on the pleadings is granted in part.
    Respondent’s unopposed request for judicial notice is granted.
    The decedent settlor in this probate action, Hans Hoogendoorn (“Hans”), amended his 1999 Trust twice, once in 2015 and again in 2017, before ...

  • DRIGGERS V. LORING SMART ROAST, INC.

    Dec 12, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    Plaintiffs’ unopposed motion for preliminary approval of class action settlement is GRANTED.
    “The trial court has broad discretion to determine whether the settlement is fair. [Citation.] It should consider relevant factors, such as the strength of plaintiffs' case, the risk, expense, complexity and l...

  • PEACE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION OF PETALUMA V. CITY OF PETALUMA

    Dec 12, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    DROPPED from calendar at the request of counsel for moving party.

    ...

  • MATTER OF RICHARD E. SILVERS AND EVELYN L. SILVERS TRUST

    Dec 12, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    Petitioner’s motion for attorney fees and costs is DENIED.
    Petitioner Mary Silvers Vega is the successor trustee and a beneficiary of the Slivers Family 2001 Revocable Intervivos Trust. Her brother, James Silvers, is the only other beneficiary of the Trust. Petitioner brought this action to force her ...

  • KRUSE V. DONATIELLO

    Dec 05, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    DROPPED from calendar at the request of counsel for moving party.

    ...

  • ESTATE OF MILTON V. STEIN

    Dec 05, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    DROPPED from calendar at the request of counsel for moving party.

    ...

  • WALLISER V. WECHSLER

    Dec 05, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    This matter is on calendar for the motion by Plaintiff/Cross-Defendant Andrew Walliser (“Walliser”) pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 664.6 to compel Defendant/Cross-Complainant Stephen Wechsler (“Wechsler”) to execute the documents required to complete the sale of the real property located at 11...

  • FERNANDEZ V. KIA MOTORS AMERICA, INC.

    Dec 05, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    Plaintiffs’ motion for leave to amend complaint is GRANTED.
    In this lemon law case, Plaintiffs seek leave to file an amended complaint adding two fraud claims and a prayer for punitive damages. The new claims are based on Defendant KIA Motors America’s alleged failure to disclose known defects in the ...

  • WATTS V. MILBER

    Dec 05, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    Appearances required.
    While Defendants have styled their motion as for a protective order, Defendants actually move to compel compliance with a deposition subpoena for personal appearance and production of documents from Senior Advocacy Services (“SAS”). SAS provides Long Term Care ombudsperson servic...

  • BOGGS V. GUIMONT

    Dec 05, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    On the court’s own motion, this matter is DROPPED from calendar.

    ...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. René Auguste Chouteau

  • ABODEELY V. SONOMA PROPERTY HOLDINGS, LLC

    Dec 19, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    Plaintiffs’ motion to compel further discovery responses and to appear at depositions is GRANTED IN PART.
    Plaintiffs move to compel further responses from Defendants to:
    (1) Amended special interrogatories, set one, to Defendant Sonoma Property Holdings, LLC, interrogatory numbers 3, 4, 8-16, 21,...

  • DE LA TORRE V. TOBIN

    Dec 19, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    Motion to vacate judgment DENIED. Defendants Frank Henry Tobin and Alberta Tobin have failed to show good cause to vacate the judgment as required by Code of Civil Procedure section 116.730. “’Good cause’ means circumstances sufficient to justify the requested order or other action, as determined by the ju...

  • MARGARONIS V. TOBIN

    Dec 19, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    Motion to vacate judgment DENIED. Defendants Frank Henry Tobin and Alberta Tobin have failed to show good cause to vacate the judgment as required by Code of Civil Procedure section 116.730. “’Good cause’ means circumstances sufficient to justify the requested order or other action, as determined by the ju...

  • ZUNO V. TOBIN

    Dec 19, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    Motion to vacate judgment DENIED. Defendants Frank Henry Tobin and Alberta Tobin have failed to show good cause to vacate the judgment as required by Code of Civil Procedure section 116.730. “’Good cause’ means circumstances sufficient to justify the requested order or other action, as determined by the ju...

  • MARGARONIS V. TOBIN

    Dec 19, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    Motion to vacate judgment DENIED. Defendants Frank Henry Tobin and Alberta Tobin have failed to show good cause to vacate the judgment as required by Code of Civil Procedure section 116.730. “’Good cause’ means circumstances sufficient to justify the requested order or other action, as determined by the ju...

  • FRIENDS OF FELTA CREEK V. CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY AND FIRE PROTECTION

    Dec 19, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    DROPPED from calendar at the request of counsel for moving party.

    ...

  • GONSALVES V. TOBIN

    Dec 19, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    Motion to vacate judgment DENIED. Defendants Frank Henry Tobin and Alberta Tobin have failed to show good cause to vacate the judgment as required by Code of Civil Procedure section 116.730. “’Good cause’ means circumstances sufficient to justify the requested order or other action, as determined by the ju...

  • WORDEN V. MATTHEW HAGUE INSURANCE AGENCY

    Dec 19, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    Defendants’ motion for summary judgment is GRANTED.
    In this action, Plaintiff alleges Defendants Fire Insurance Exchange (erroneously sued as Farmers Fire Insurance Exchange), Matthew Hague, and Matthew Hague Insurance Agency negligently failed to obtain adequate insurance coverage for his second home...

  • PANGAN V. TOBIN

    Dec 19, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    Motion to vacate judgment DENIED. Defendants Frank Henry Tobin and Alberta Tobin have failed to show good cause to vacate the judgment as required by Code of Civil Procedure section 116.730. “’Good cause’ means circumstances sufficient to justify the requested order or other action, as determined by the ju...

  • RAY KLEIN, INC. V. MYERS

    Dec 12, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    Plaintiff’s motion is GRANTED. Default judgment is vacated and this action shall be dismissed with prejudice.
    Plaintiff shall submit an order consistent with this ruling.

    ...

  • BARICH V. GRIFFIN

    Dec 12, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    This hearing was continued upon Plaintiff’s request from November 28, 2018. After the tentative ruling was posted and just before the hearing was held, Plaintiff’s counsel submitted a request to file a sur-reply responding to “new” arguments and evidence submitted in Defendant Griffin’s reply. In particula...

  • MCCORMACK V. SMIDA

    Dec 12, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    DROPPED from calendar at the request of counsel for moving parties.

    ...

  • CAVALRY SPV I, LLC V. DEMARTINI

    Dec 12, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    Plaintiff’s motion to transfer venue to Shasta County is GRANTED.
    This is a debt collection action. Per Plaintiff, this action was filed in this court in August 2017 because Plaintiff believed Defendant resided in Sonoma County at the time. When Plaintiff eventually attempted to serve Defendant in Jan...

  • MCCRUM V. LANE

    Dec 12, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    DROPPED from calendar at the request of counsel for moving party.

    ...

  • MATTER OF HANS HOOGENDOORN TRUST

    Dec 12, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    Respondent Rose Lidia Hoogendoorn’s motion for judgment on the pleadings is granted in part.
    Respondent’s unopposed request for judicial notice is granted.
    The decedent settlor in this probate action, Hans Hoogendoorn (“Hans”), amended his 1999 Trust twice, once in 2015 and again in 2017, before ...

  • DRIGGERS V. LORING SMART ROAST, INC.

    Dec 12, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    Plaintiffs’ unopposed motion for preliminary approval of class action settlement is GRANTED.
    “The trial court has broad discretion to determine whether the settlement is fair. [Citation.] It should consider relevant factors, such as the strength of plaintiffs' case, the risk, expense, complexity and l...

  • PEACE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION OF PETALUMA V. CITY OF PETALUMA

    Dec 12, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    DROPPED from calendar at the request of counsel for moving party.

    ...

  • MATTER OF RICHARD E. SILVERS AND EVELYN L. SILVERS TRUST

    Dec 12, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    Petitioner’s motion for attorney fees and costs is DENIED.
    Petitioner Mary Silvers Vega is the successor trustee and a beneficiary of the Slivers Family 2001 Revocable Intervivos Trust. Her brother, James Silvers, is the only other beneficiary of the Trust. Petitioner brought this action to force her ...

  • KRUSE V. DONATIELLO

    Dec 05, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    DROPPED from calendar at the request of counsel for moving party.

    ...

  • ESTATE OF MILTON V. STEIN

    Dec 05, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    DROPPED from calendar at the request of counsel for moving party.

    ...

  • WALLISER V. WECHSLER

    Dec 05, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    This matter is on calendar for the motion by Plaintiff/Cross-Defendant Andrew Walliser (“Walliser”) pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 664.6 to compel Defendant/Cross-Complainant Stephen Wechsler (“Wechsler”) to execute the documents required to complete the sale of the real property located at 11...

  • FERNANDEZ V. KIA MOTORS AMERICA, INC.

    Dec 05, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    Plaintiffs’ motion for leave to amend complaint is GRANTED.
    In this lemon law case, Plaintiffs seek leave to file an amended complaint adding two fraud claims and a prayer for punitive damages. The new claims are based on Defendant KIA Motors America’s alleged failure to disclose known defects in the ...

  • WATTS V. MILBER

    Dec 05, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    Appearances required.
    While Defendants have styled their motion as for a protective order, Defendants actually move to compel compliance with a deposition subpoena for personal appearance and production of documents from Senior Advocacy Services (“SAS”). SAS provides Long Term Care ombudsperson servic...

  • BOGGS V. GUIMONT

    Dec 05, 2018 |  Sonoma County

    On the court’s own motion, this matter is DROPPED from calendar.

    ...

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