The Honorable Richard E. L. Strauss

San Diego County Superior Court, Department SD-75

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Biography

The Hon. Richard E. L. Strauss is a judge for the Superior Court of San Diego County in California. He was appointed to the bench by former governor Pete Wilson on October 12, 1995, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Alpha Montgomery.

Strauss attended Stanford University, where he earned a B.S. in 1963 and an M.S. in 1964. He then received a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1968.

He began his legal career as assistant corporate counsel for Travelodge International, Inc. in 1970.

Then, in 1972, he joined the Office of the United States Attorney as an assistant U.S. Attorney. He held that position for four years, eventually leaving to serve as president of Strauss, Kissane & Cook.

Strauss spends his free time golfing.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Richard E. L. Strauss

  • CAMPBELL VS FORTUNEBUILDERS INC

    Jul 09, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff's unopposed Motion for Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement is granted. The notice and proposed order granting preliminary approval of the class action settlement shall be amended such that a written objection is permissive, not mandatory. (Exhibit A, ¶6; Exhibit B, Pages 8-9.) A class...

  • WOOLSTON VS BOLT

    Jul 09, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Attorney Christian Oliver's, of The Barnes Firm, LC, unopposed Motion to Be Relieved as Counsel for Plaintiff Coleen Woolston is conditionally granted. The order will be effective upon the filing of the proof of service of the signed order on the client. Counsel is directed to provide a completed proposed ...

  • THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA VS CITY OF SAN DIEGO AND ITS CITY COUNCIL

    Jun 25, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff-Relators' Motion to Strike Parts of Answer Filed by Defendants-in-Intervention is denied. Plaintiff-Relators have failed to meet their burden that the allegations sought to be stricken are false, irrelevant or improper. (CCP § 435.)

    ...

  • IAHLDHFAPIMP PAP LLC VS. ELIZABETH NOLL

    Jun 25, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Defendant Elizabeth Noll's Motion for Attorney's Fees and Costs is granted. Defendant Elizabeth Noll's Supplemental Motion for Attorney's Fees and Costs is granted. There is no dispute that Defendant is the prevailing part and is entitled to fees. The only issue remaining is the amount of fees.

    The...

  • MAURICE SOLABERRIETA VS CAREFUSION 2200 INC

    Mar 12, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Defendants Vyaire Medical, Inc. and Carefusion 211, Inc.'s Motion to Seal Documents is denied as moot. The documents sought to be sealed were not filed with the court, only lodged. Therefore, there are no documents for the court to seal.

    ...

  • PURVIS VS. REYES

    Mar 12, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Defendant Manuel Reyes' Motion for Order Compelling Plaintiffs' Answer to Form and Special Interrogatories and Demand for Production of Documents and for Sanctions is granted. Plaintiffs shall provide discovery responses on or before March 27, 2020.

    Defendant is awarded sanctions in the amount of $...

  • SANDY D HANBY VS ELITE SHOW SERVICES INC [E-FILE]

    Mar 12, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff Sandy Hanby's Motion to Confirm Arbitration Award and Lift Stay is granted. The arbitration award is confirmed.

    The Supreme Court's ruling in Kim v. Reins International California (S246911) was issued on March 12, 2020. The court will hear from the parties as to how the case should procee...

  • AMERICAN EXPRESS NATIONAL BANK SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO AMERICAN EXPRESS BANK FSB VS JOHN P RIORDAN

    Mar 12, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff American Express National Bank's unopposed Motion to Deem Matters Admitted and for Monetary Sanctions is granted. The Requests for Admission are deemed admitted. Plaintiff is awarded sanctions in the amount of $360.

    ...

  • LANIER VS CITY OF SAN DIEGO

    Mar 12, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Defendant City of San Diego's Special Motion to Strike Allegations in Plaintiff's Complaint for Damages is denied.

    Pursuant to CCP §425.16, the court must first determine whether the moving party has made a threshold showing that the challenged cause of action is one arising from protected activity...

  • ZAGORODNIY VS HOOTERS OF AMERICA LLC

    Mar 12, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Attorney Anthony Ellrod and Emily Ellse, of Manning & Kass Ellrod, Ramirez Trester LLP's, unopposed Motion to Be Relieved as Counsel for Defendant Jessenia Escamilla is conditionally granted. The order will be effective upon the filing of the proof of service of the signed order on the client. Counsel is d...

  • LANIER VS CITY OF SAN DIEGO

    Mar 12, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Defendant City of San Diego's Special Motion to Strike Allegations in Plaintiff's Complaint for Damages is denied.

    Pursuant to CCP §425.16, the court must first determine whether the moving party has made a threshold showing that the challenged cause of action is one arising from protected activity...

  • RAFAEL LARA VS TO DEL INC

    Mar 12, 2020 |  San Diego County

    No tentative ruling. The court will hear from the parties regarding the status of production.

    ...

  • ARTIN NAZARIAN VS ADECCO USA INC

    Mar 12, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Defendant Adecco USA, Inc.'s Motion to Confirm Arbitration Award and Dismiss Action Without Prejudice is granted.

    The arbitration award is confirmed. The case is dismissed without prejudice.

    ...

  • WATSON VS JC RESORTS LLC

    Mar 12, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff Travis Watson's Motion to Quash Depositions Subpoenas is granted in part and denied in part. The motion to quash is granted as to Plaintiff's prior employers Hyatt and Ojai because the document sought are not relevant to the claims framed by the pleadings. The proper purposes of discovery are to ...

  • JAZMIN GONZALEZ VS SUNNY HILLS AUTO SALES INC

    Mar 12, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff Jazmin Gonzalez's unopposed Petition to Confirm the Arbitration Award is granted. The court is prepared to sign the proposed order if the tentative ruling is confirmed.

    ...

  • ZAGORODNIY VS HOOTERS OF AMERICA LLC

    Mar 12, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Attorney Anthony Ellrod and Emily Ellse, of Manning & Kass Ellrod, Ramirez Trester LLP's, unopposed Motion to Be Relieved as Counsel for Defendant Jessenia Escamilla is conditionally granted. The order will be effective upon the filing of the proof of service of the signed order on the client. Counsel is d...

  • LARA VS CHAN

    Mar 05, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiffs' Motion to Compel Further Responses and Testimony of Ting Yee Wang to Plaintiffs' Request for Production of Documents is denied. As a preliminary matter, Plaintiffs' motion is untimely. (CCP § 2025.480.) Alternatively, Plaintiffs have not met their burden of establishing an order compelling furt...

  • VILLALOBOS VS SALEM & BIDDLE INC [E-FILE]

    Mar 05, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff's unopposed Motion for Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement is granted. The notice and proposed order granting preliminary approval of the class action settlement shall be amended such that a written objection is permissive, not mandatory. A class member may appear at the Final Approva...

  • IAHLDHFAPIMP PAP LLC VS. ELIZABETH NOLL

    Mar 05, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Defendant Elizabeth Noll's Motion for Attorney's Fees and Costs is denied without prejudice. The court defers ruling on the request for attorney's fees until after the appeal is final.

    ...

  • AGUILAR VS ORLANE INC [E-FILE]

    Mar 05, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff Jorge Aguilar's unopposed Motion for Final Approval of Class Action Settlement is granted. Plaintiff Jorge Aguilar's unopposed Motion for an Award of Attorneys' Fees, Costs and Enhancement Fee for the Class Representative is granted.

    Plaintiffs have justified the attorney fee award of $30...

  • VILLALOBOS VS SALEM & BIDDLE INC [E-FILE]

    Mar 05, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff's unopposed Motion for Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement is granted. The notice and proposed order granting preliminary approval of the class action settlement shall be amended such that a written objection is permissive, not mandatory. A class member may appear at the Final Approva...

  • LARA VS CHAN

    Mar 05, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiffs' Motion to Compel Further Responses and Testimony of Ting Yee Wang to Plaintiffs' Request for Production of Documents is denied. As a preliminary matter, Plaintiffs' motion is untimely. (CCP § 2025.480.) Alternatively, Plaintiffs have not met their burden of establishing an order compelling furt...

  • LARA VS CHAN

    Mar 05, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiffs' Motion to Compel Further Responses and Testimony of Ting Yee Wang to Plaintiffs' Request for Production of Documents is denied. As a preliminary matter, Plaintiffs' motion is untimely. (CCP § 2025.480.) Alternatively, Plaintiffs have not met their burden of establishing an order compelling furt...

  • EASTLAKE PROFESSIONAL CENTER OWNERS ASSOCIATION VS LOHSE

    Feb 27, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiffs Eastlake Profession Center Owners Association and Pathfinder Otay Holdings, LLC's Motion to Compel Return of Privilege Documents is denied.

    The court finds that Plaintiffs waived the privilege when the documents were transmitted to its construction manager, Meissner Jacquet. Evidence Cod...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Richard E. L. Strauss

  • CAMPBELL VS FORTUNEBUILDERS INC

    Jul 09, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff's unopposed Motion for Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement is granted. The notice and proposed order granting preliminary approval of the class action settlement shall be amended such that a written objection is permissive, not mandatory. (Exhibit A, ¶6; Exhibit B, Pages 8-9.) A class...

  • WOOLSTON VS BOLT

    Jul 09, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Attorney Christian Oliver's, of The Barnes Firm, LC, unopposed Motion to Be Relieved as Counsel for Plaintiff Coleen Woolston is conditionally granted. The order will be effective upon the filing of the proof of service of the signed order on the client. Counsel is directed to provide a completed proposed ...

  • THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA VS CITY OF SAN DIEGO AND ITS CITY COUNCIL

    Jun 25, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff-Relators' Motion to Strike Parts of Answer Filed by Defendants-in-Intervention is denied. Plaintiff-Relators have failed to meet their burden that the allegations sought to be stricken are false, irrelevant or improper. (CCP § 435.)

    ...

  • IAHLDHFAPIMP PAP LLC VS. ELIZABETH NOLL

    Jun 25, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Defendant Elizabeth Noll's Motion for Attorney's Fees and Costs is granted. Defendant Elizabeth Noll's Supplemental Motion for Attorney's Fees and Costs is granted. There is no dispute that Defendant is the prevailing part and is entitled to fees. The only issue remaining is the amount of fees.

    The...

  • MAURICE SOLABERRIETA VS CAREFUSION 2200 INC

    Mar 12, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Defendants Vyaire Medical, Inc. and Carefusion 211, Inc.'s Motion to Seal Documents is denied as moot. The documents sought to be sealed were not filed with the court, only lodged. Therefore, there are no documents for the court to seal.

    ...

  • PURVIS VS. REYES

    Mar 12, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Defendant Manuel Reyes' Motion for Order Compelling Plaintiffs' Answer to Form and Special Interrogatories and Demand for Production of Documents and for Sanctions is granted. Plaintiffs shall provide discovery responses on or before March 27, 2020.

    Defendant is awarded sanctions in the amount of $...

  • SANDY D HANBY VS ELITE SHOW SERVICES INC [E-FILE]

    Mar 12, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff Sandy Hanby's Motion to Confirm Arbitration Award and Lift Stay is granted. The arbitration award is confirmed.

    The Supreme Court's ruling in Kim v. Reins International California (S246911) was issued on March 12, 2020. The court will hear from the parties as to how the case should procee...

  • AMERICAN EXPRESS NATIONAL BANK SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO AMERICAN EXPRESS BANK FSB VS JOHN P RIORDAN

    Mar 12, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff American Express National Bank's unopposed Motion to Deem Matters Admitted and for Monetary Sanctions is granted. The Requests for Admission are deemed admitted. Plaintiff is awarded sanctions in the amount of $360.

    ...

  • LANIER VS CITY OF SAN DIEGO

    Mar 12, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Defendant City of San Diego's Special Motion to Strike Allegations in Plaintiff's Complaint for Damages is denied.

    Pursuant to CCP §425.16, the court must first determine whether the moving party has made a threshold showing that the challenged cause of action is one arising from protected activity...

  • ZAGORODNIY VS HOOTERS OF AMERICA LLC

    Mar 12, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Attorney Anthony Ellrod and Emily Ellse, of Manning & Kass Ellrod, Ramirez Trester LLP's, unopposed Motion to Be Relieved as Counsel for Defendant Jessenia Escamilla is conditionally granted. The order will be effective upon the filing of the proof of service of the signed order on the client. Counsel is d...

  • LANIER VS CITY OF SAN DIEGO

    Mar 12, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Defendant City of San Diego's Special Motion to Strike Allegations in Plaintiff's Complaint for Damages is denied.

    Pursuant to CCP §425.16, the court must first determine whether the moving party has made a threshold showing that the challenged cause of action is one arising from protected activity...

  • RAFAEL LARA VS TO DEL INC

    Mar 12, 2020 |  San Diego County

    No tentative ruling. The court will hear from the parties regarding the status of production.

    ...

  • ARTIN NAZARIAN VS ADECCO USA INC

    Mar 12, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Defendant Adecco USA, Inc.'s Motion to Confirm Arbitration Award and Dismiss Action Without Prejudice is granted.

    The arbitration award is confirmed. The case is dismissed without prejudice.

    ...

  • WATSON VS JC RESORTS LLC

    Mar 12, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff Travis Watson's Motion to Quash Depositions Subpoenas is granted in part and denied in part. The motion to quash is granted as to Plaintiff's prior employers Hyatt and Ojai because the document sought are not relevant to the claims framed by the pleadings. The proper purposes of discovery are to ...

  • JAZMIN GONZALEZ VS SUNNY HILLS AUTO SALES INC

    Mar 12, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff Jazmin Gonzalez's unopposed Petition to Confirm the Arbitration Award is granted. The court is prepared to sign the proposed order if the tentative ruling is confirmed.

    ...

  • ZAGORODNIY VS HOOTERS OF AMERICA LLC

    Mar 12, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Attorney Anthony Ellrod and Emily Ellse, of Manning & Kass Ellrod, Ramirez Trester LLP's, unopposed Motion to Be Relieved as Counsel for Defendant Jessenia Escamilla is conditionally granted. The order will be effective upon the filing of the proof of service of the signed order on the client. Counsel is d...

  • LARA VS CHAN

    Mar 05, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiffs' Motion to Compel Further Responses and Testimony of Ting Yee Wang to Plaintiffs' Request for Production of Documents is denied. As a preliminary matter, Plaintiffs' motion is untimely. (CCP § 2025.480.) Alternatively, Plaintiffs have not met their burden of establishing an order compelling furt...

  • VILLALOBOS VS SALEM & BIDDLE INC [E-FILE]

    Mar 05, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff's unopposed Motion for Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement is granted. The notice and proposed order granting preliminary approval of the class action settlement shall be amended such that a written objection is permissive, not mandatory. A class member may appear at the Final Approva...

  • IAHLDHFAPIMP PAP LLC VS. ELIZABETH NOLL

    Mar 05, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Defendant Elizabeth Noll's Motion for Attorney's Fees and Costs is denied without prejudice. The court defers ruling on the request for attorney's fees until after the appeal is final.

    ...

  • AGUILAR VS ORLANE INC [E-FILE]

    Mar 05, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff Jorge Aguilar's unopposed Motion for Final Approval of Class Action Settlement is granted. Plaintiff Jorge Aguilar's unopposed Motion for an Award of Attorneys' Fees, Costs and Enhancement Fee for the Class Representative is granted.

    Plaintiffs have justified the attorney fee award of $30...

  • VILLALOBOS VS SALEM & BIDDLE INC [E-FILE]

    Mar 05, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff's unopposed Motion for Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement is granted. The notice and proposed order granting preliminary approval of the class action settlement shall be amended such that a written objection is permissive, not mandatory. A class member may appear at the Final Approva...

  • LARA VS CHAN

    Mar 05, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiffs' Motion to Compel Further Responses and Testimony of Ting Yee Wang to Plaintiffs' Request for Production of Documents is denied. As a preliminary matter, Plaintiffs' motion is untimely. (CCP § 2025.480.) Alternatively, Plaintiffs have not met their burden of establishing an order compelling furt...

  • LARA VS CHAN

    Mar 05, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiffs' Motion to Compel Further Responses and Testimony of Ting Yee Wang to Plaintiffs' Request for Production of Documents is denied. As a preliminary matter, Plaintiffs' motion is untimely. (CCP § 2025.480.) Alternatively, Plaintiffs have not met their burden of establishing an order compelling furt...

  • EASTLAKE PROFESSIONAL CENTER OWNERS ASSOCIATION VS LOHSE

    Feb 27, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiffs Eastlake Profession Center Owners Association and Pathfinder Otay Holdings, LLC's Motion to Compel Return of Privilege Documents is denied.

    The court finds that Plaintiffs waived the privilege when the documents were transmitted to its construction manager, Meissner Jacquet. Evidence Cod...

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