The Honorable Sunil R. Kulkarni

Santa Clara County Superior Court, Department 8

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Biography

The Hon. Sunil R. Kulkarni is a judge for the Superior Court of Santa Clara County in California. He was appointed to the bench by former governor Jerry Brown on August 29, 2013, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Marcel B. Poche.

Kulkarni earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1993. He then completed a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1996.

He began his legal career as a law clerk for the Hon. Oliver Wanger of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California in 1996. The following year, he joined Morrison & Foerster, first as an associate, then as a partner. While there, he specialized in complex civil litigation, handling patent, intellectual property, general commercial, and securities cases. During his secondment from Morrison & Foerster, he worked as patent litigation counsel for Apple, Inc., where he managed several of its patent infringement cases.

Then, in 2011, Kulkarni moved to the Office of the General Counsel of the University of California. He served as senior counsel there for two years, handling administrative hearings as well as copyright, patent, and labor issues. He held this position until his appointment to the bench in 2013.

Kulkarni served as Vice President of the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California. He has also sat on the Board of Directors of Community Legal Services of East Palo Alto.

Although he was born in Los Angeles, California, Kulkarni was raised in King City, California. He was the first South Asian American to be appointed to a state judgeship in Northern California. His wife is a psychiatrist at Stanford University, and he enjoys playing racquetball as well as attending sporting events and the theater.

Kulkarni is registered as a Democrat.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Sunil R. Kulkarni

  • RAMOS V. MEDINA, ET AL.

    Aug 13, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Plaintiff/cross-defendant Josue Ramos (“Ramos” or “Plaintiff”) moves to strike the fifth, sixth and seventh causes of action in the Second Amended Cross-Complaint (“SACC”) filed by defendants/cross-complainants Francisco Medina (“Francisco”) and Liliana Medina (“Liliana”) (collectively, “Cross-Complainants...

  • GARCIA V. DAILY, ET AL.

    Jul 30, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Defendant Leanne H. Daily (“Daily”) moves to strike the complaint (“Complaint”) filed by plaintiff Helen Garcia (“Garcia” or “Plaintiff”) pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 425.16.

    I. Background

    A. Factual

    This is an action for legal malpractice. According to the allegation...

  • CREDIT CORP. SOLUTIONS, INC. V. GONZALEZ

    Jul 23, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Plaintiff/cross-defendant Credit Corp. Solutions, Inc. (“CCS”) demurs to the First Amended Cross-Complaint (“FACC”) filed by defendant/cross-complainant Liliana Gonzalez (“Cross-Complainant” or “Gonzalez”).

    I. Background

    This is an action to collect on an unpaid debt and a resulting cross-a...

  • KIM V. PETS RX, INC., ET AL.

    Jul 23, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Defendants Pets Rx, Inc. dba VCA Vets & Pets Animal Hospital (“VCA”) and Tiffany Sung, DVM (“Dr. Sung”) (collectively, “Defendants”) demur to the First Amended Complaint (“FAC”) filed by plaintiff Jean Kim (“Plaintiff”) and move to strike portions contained therein.

    I. Background

    A. Factual...

  • ORTEGA, ET AL. V. MURO

    Jul 23, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Plaintiffs/cross-defendants Raimee Ortega (“Ortega”) and RNO Financial, LLC (“RNO”) (collectively, “Cross-Defendants”) demur to the cross-complaint (“Cross- Complaint”) filed by defendant/cross-complainant Anna Muro (“Anna” or “Cross- Complainant”).

    I. Background

    A. Factual

    1. Compl...

  • DECATHLON ALPHA II, L.P. V. PIXEL MAGS, INC., ET AL.

    Jul 16, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Defendant Michael Pope (“Pope” or “Defendant”) demurs to the First Amended Complaint (“FAC”) filed by plaintiff Decathlon Alpha II, L.P. (“Plaintiff”).

    I. Background

    A. Factual

    This is an action for breach of contract and fraud. According to the allegations of the FAC, Plaintiff is ...

  • ABS FINANCE COMPANY, LLC V. FRIENDLY WHOLESALERS OF CALIFORNIA, ET AL.

    Jul 16, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Defendant Azzam Abdo (“Defendant”) moves to strike portions of the First Amended Complaint (“FAC”) filed by ABS Finance Company, LLC (“ABS”).

    I. Background

    A. Factual

    This is an action by ABS, a wholesale auto finance company, to recoup certain amounts owed on a line of credit used ...

  • MALLEY V. MOZER

    Jul 02, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Defendants Todd Mozer and Laura Mozer (collectively, “Defendants”) demur to the First Amended Complaint (“FAC”) filed by plaintiff Metis Malley (“Plaintiff”) and move to strike portions contained therein.

    I. Background

    This is an action for negligence, intentional tort and premises liabilit...

  • ILDIKO DIHEN V. VOLVO USA, LLC ET AL.

    Jun 18, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Before the Court is Defendants’ demurrer to the first amended complaint, and motion to strike portions of the first amended complaint.

    I. Background

    Plaintiff Ildiko Dihen (“Plaintiff”) alleges causes of action against Volvo USA, LLC and Autonation Volvo San Jose (collectively, “Defendants”...

  • DAVIS, ET AL. V. PETERSEN-DEAN, INC., ET AL.

    Jun 11, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Defendant Petersen-Dean, Inc. (“PDI” or “Defendant”) demurs to the First Amended Complaint (“FAC”) filed by plaintiffs Sumerle Davis and Todd Davis (collectively, “Plaintiffs”) and moves to strike portions contained therein.

    I. BACKGROUND

    A. Factual

    This is an action for breach of c...

  • DECKER V. COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA, ET AL.

    Jun 04, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Defendants County of Santa Clara (the “County”), Joe Simitian, Cindy Chavez, Mike Wasserman, Dave Cortese and Susan Ellenberg (collectively, “Defendants”) demur to the complaint (“Complaint”) filed by plaintiff Christine Decker (“Plaintiff” or “Decker”).

    I. BACKGROUND

    A. Factual

    Thi...

  • ORU AND FRIENDS VS JOSEPHINE SCUNDI ET AL

    May 28, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    ORU and Friends vs Josephine Scundi et al

    After reviewing the papers, the Court believes that while aspects of the subpoena are overbroad, the core information sought by the subpoena is relevant and not unduly burdensome to retrieve by JP Morgan Chase. In addition, the relevance of, and need for, t...

  • KHANH NGUYEN V. HUEY Q. PHAN, ET AL.

    May 28, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Currently before the Court are the demurrer and motion to strike by defendants Alan Huynh (“Huynh”) and Hillview International, Inc. dba KW Silicon City (“KW”).

    Factual and Procedural Background

    This is an action for breach of contract, fraud, and negligence. In mid-2015, plaintiff Khanh Ng...

  • WHITE V. WEBBY, ET AL.

    Mar 12, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Defendant Sean Webby (“Webby”) demurs to the complaint (“Complaint”) filed by plaintiff Stephen P. White (“Plaintiff”). Plaintiff moves for reconsideration of the Court’s November 6, 2019 order granting defendant Michelle Dauber’s (“Dauber”) anti-SLAPP motion.

    I. Background

    A. Factual

    ...

  • CREDIT CONSULTING SERVICES, INC. V. PAREDES

    Feb 20, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Plaintiff/cross-defendant Credit Consulting Services, Inc. (“CCS”) moves to strike the cross-complaint (“Cross-Complaint”) filed by defendant/cross-complainant Maritza Paredes (“Paredes”) pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 425.16.

    I. Background

    This a collection action arising out ...

  • CALIFORNIA SPINE AND NEUROSURGERY INSTITUTE V. BLUE CROSS OF CALIFORNIA

    Feb 13, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Defendant Blue Cross of California (“Blue Cross” or “Defendant”) demurs to the complaint (“Complaint”) filed by plaintiff California Spine and Neurosurgery Institute (“Plaintiff”).

    I. Background

    A. Factual

    Plaintiff is a medical services provider who, when required, obtains approval...

  • EVANS V. LOAIZA

    Feb 13, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Defendant Ray T. Loaiza (“Defendant”) demurs to the complaint (“Complaint”) filed by plaintiff Mark H. Evans (“Plaintiff”).

    I. Background

    A. Factual

    This is a personal injury action arising out of an accident involving a motor vehicle and a pedestrian in Saratoga. According to the a...

  • DISCOVER BANK V. LIMA

    Feb 06, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Plaintiff Discover Bank (“Plaintiff”) moves for summary judgment, or in the alternative, summary adjudication, in its favor and against Defendant Sheryl Lima (“Defendant”).

    I. Background

    A. Factual

    This is a collection action. According to the allegations of the form complaint, Plai...

  • SYDNEY BERARD-MOORE V. DIGNITY HEALTH, ET AL.

    Jan 30, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    I. Background

    This is a medical malpractice action brought by Sydney Berard-Moore (“Plaintiff”) against defendants Dignity Health (doing business as Dominican Hospital) (“Dignity”), Sutter Health, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Physicians Medical Group of San Jose, Anesthesia Medical Group of Santa ...

  • JOCABEE GARCIA V. 24 HOUR FITNESS USA, INC.

    Jan 30, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    I. Background

    Jocabee Garcia (“Plaintiff”) alleges she was injured at a gym owned by defendant 24 Hour Fitness USA, Inc. (“Defendant”). In the second amended complaint, she alleges one of Defendant’s employees walked her past a pec-fly machine that another patron was using while giving her a tour o...

  • JIMENEZ V. GOLDEN RIBBON BAKESHOP PARTNERSHIP, ET AL.

    Jan 30, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Defendants Gold Ribbon Bakeshop Partnership (GRBP”) and Loritas Balstar (“Balstar”) (collectively, “Defendants”) demur to the Second Amended Complaint (“SAC”) filed by plaintiff Teresita Jimenez (“Plaintiff”).

    I. Background

    A. Factual

    This action arises out of the purported breach o...

  • MARK TORRILLO V. KEN S. CHAN, ET AL.

    Jan 16, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    I. Background

    Plaintiff Mark Torrillo (“Plaintiff”) brings this action against defendants Ken and Meiyee Chan (collectively, “Defendants”) for damages associated with wrongful eviction.

    According to the allegations of the first amended complaint (“FAC”), Plaintiff leased property at 751 Ter...

  • TRAN, ET AL. V. LIM, ET AL.

    Jan 16, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Defendant MD Capital Partners, Inc. dba Partners Capital Group (erroneously sued herein as “Partners Capital Group Inc.”) (“MD Capital” or “Defendant”) demurs to the First Amended Complaint (“FAC”) filed by plaintiffs Rick Van Tran DDS Inc. (“Tran DDS”) and Rick Van Tran (“Tran”) (collectively, “Plaintiffs...

  • LIM V. KIA MOTORS AMERICA, INC.

    Jan 09, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Defendant Kia Motors America, Inc. (“Defendant” or “KMA”) demurs to the complaint (“Complaint”) filed by plaintiff Young Ae Lim (“Plaintiff”) and moves to strike portions contained therein.

    I. Background

    A. Factual

    This is a lemon law action. According to the allegations of the Comp...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Sunil R. Kulkarni

  • RAMOS V. MEDINA, ET AL.

    Aug 13, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Plaintiff/cross-defendant Josue Ramos (“Ramos” or “Plaintiff”) moves to strike the fifth, sixth and seventh causes of action in the Second Amended Cross-Complaint (“SACC”) filed by defendants/cross-complainants Francisco Medina (“Francisco”) and Liliana Medina (“Liliana”) (collectively, “Cross-Complainants...

  • GARCIA V. DAILY, ET AL.

    Jul 30, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Defendant Leanne H. Daily (“Daily”) moves to strike the complaint (“Complaint”) filed by plaintiff Helen Garcia (“Garcia” or “Plaintiff”) pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 425.16.

    I. Background

    A. Factual

    This is an action for legal malpractice. According to the allegation...

  • CREDIT CORP. SOLUTIONS, INC. V. GONZALEZ

    Jul 23, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Plaintiff/cross-defendant Credit Corp. Solutions, Inc. (“CCS”) demurs to the First Amended Cross-Complaint (“FACC”) filed by defendant/cross-complainant Liliana Gonzalez (“Cross-Complainant” or “Gonzalez”).

    I. Background

    This is an action to collect on an unpaid debt and a resulting cross-a...

  • KIM V. PETS RX, INC., ET AL.

    Jul 23, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Defendants Pets Rx, Inc. dba VCA Vets & Pets Animal Hospital (“VCA”) and Tiffany Sung, DVM (“Dr. Sung”) (collectively, “Defendants”) demur to the First Amended Complaint (“FAC”) filed by plaintiff Jean Kim (“Plaintiff”) and move to strike portions contained therein.

    I. Background

    A. Factual...

  • ORTEGA, ET AL. V. MURO

    Jul 23, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Plaintiffs/cross-defendants Raimee Ortega (“Ortega”) and RNO Financial, LLC (“RNO”) (collectively, “Cross-Defendants”) demur to the cross-complaint (“Cross- Complaint”) filed by defendant/cross-complainant Anna Muro (“Anna” or “Cross- Complainant”).

    I. Background

    A. Factual

    1. Compl...

  • DECATHLON ALPHA II, L.P. V. PIXEL MAGS, INC., ET AL.

    Jul 16, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Defendant Michael Pope (“Pope” or “Defendant”) demurs to the First Amended Complaint (“FAC”) filed by plaintiff Decathlon Alpha II, L.P. (“Plaintiff”).

    I. Background

    A. Factual

    This is an action for breach of contract and fraud. According to the allegations of the FAC, Plaintiff is ...

  • ABS FINANCE COMPANY, LLC V. FRIENDLY WHOLESALERS OF CALIFORNIA, ET AL.

    Jul 16, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Defendant Azzam Abdo (“Defendant”) moves to strike portions of the First Amended Complaint (“FAC”) filed by ABS Finance Company, LLC (“ABS”).

    I. Background

    A. Factual

    This is an action by ABS, a wholesale auto finance company, to recoup certain amounts owed on a line of credit used ...

  • MALLEY V. MOZER

    Jul 02, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Defendants Todd Mozer and Laura Mozer (collectively, “Defendants”) demur to the First Amended Complaint (“FAC”) filed by plaintiff Metis Malley (“Plaintiff”) and move to strike portions contained therein.

    I. Background

    This is an action for negligence, intentional tort and premises liabilit...

  • ILDIKO DIHEN V. VOLVO USA, LLC ET AL.

    Jun 18, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Before the Court is Defendants’ demurrer to the first amended complaint, and motion to strike portions of the first amended complaint.

    I. Background

    Plaintiff Ildiko Dihen (“Plaintiff”) alleges causes of action against Volvo USA, LLC and Autonation Volvo San Jose (collectively, “Defendants”...

  • DAVIS, ET AL. V. PETERSEN-DEAN, INC., ET AL.

    Jun 11, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Defendant Petersen-Dean, Inc. (“PDI” or “Defendant”) demurs to the First Amended Complaint (“FAC”) filed by plaintiffs Sumerle Davis and Todd Davis (collectively, “Plaintiffs”) and moves to strike portions contained therein.

    I. BACKGROUND

    A. Factual

    This is an action for breach of c...

  • DECKER V. COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA, ET AL.

    Jun 04, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Defendants County of Santa Clara (the “County”), Joe Simitian, Cindy Chavez, Mike Wasserman, Dave Cortese and Susan Ellenberg (collectively, “Defendants”) demur to the complaint (“Complaint”) filed by plaintiff Christine Decker (“Plaintiff” or “Decker”).

    I. BACKGROUND

    A. Factual

    Thi...

  • ORU AND FRIENDS VS JOSEPHINE SCUNDI ET AL

    May 28, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    ORU and Friends vs Josephine Scundi et al

    After reviewing the papers, the Court believes that while aspects of the subpoena are overbroad, the core information sought by the subpoena is relevant and not unduly burdensome to retrieve by JP Morgan Chase. In addition, the relevance of, and need for, t...

  • KHANH NGUYEN V. HUEY Q. PHAN, ET AL.

    May 28, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Currently before the Court are the demurrer and motion to strike by defendants Alan Huynh (“Huynh”) and Hillview International, Inc. dba KW Silicon City (“KW”).

    Factual and Procedural Background

    This is an action for breach of contract, fraud, and negligence. In mid-2015, plaintiff Khanh Ng...

  • WHITE V. WEBBY, ET AL.

    Mar 12, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Defendant Sean Webby (“Webby”) demurs to the complaint (“Complaint”) filed by plaintiff Stephen P. White (“Plaintiff”). Plaintiff moves for reconsideration of the Court’s November 6, 2019 order granting defendant Michelle Dauber’s (“Dauber”) anti-SLAPP motion.

    I. Background

    A. Factual

    ...

  • CREDIT CONSULTING SERVICES, INC. V. PAREDES

    Feb 20, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Plaintiff/cross-defendant Credit Consulting Services, Inc. (“CCS”) moves to strike the cross-complaint (“Cross-Complaint”) filed by defendant/cross-complainant Maritza Paredes (“Paredes”) pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 425.16.

    I. Background

    This a collection action arising out ...

  • CALIFORNIA SPINE AND NEUROSURGERY INSTITUTE V. BLUE CROSS OF CALIFORNIA

    Feb 13, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Defendant Blue Cross of California (“Blue Cross” or “Defendant”) demurs to the complaint (“Complaint”) filed by plaintiff California Spine and Neurosurgery Institute (“Plaintiff”).

    I. Background

    A. Factual

    Plaintiff is a medical services provider who, when required, obtains approval...

  • EVANS V. LOAIZA

    Feb 13, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Defendant Ray T. Loaiza (“Defendant”) demurs to the complaint (“Complaint”) filed by plaintiff Mark H. Evans (“Plaintiff”).

    I. Background

    A. Factual

    This is a personal injury action arising out of an accident involving a motor vehicle and a pedestrian in Saratoga. According to the a...

  • DISCOVER BANK V. LIMA

    Feb 06, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Plaintiff Discover Bank (“Plaintiff”) moves for summary judgment, or in the alternative, summary adjudication, in its favor and against Defendant Sheryl Lima (“Defendant”).

    I. Background

    A. Factual

    This is a collection action. According to the allegations of the form complaint, Plai...

  • SYDNEY BERARD-MOORE V. DIGNITY HEALTH, ET AL.

    Jan 30, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    I. Background

    This is a medical malpractice action brought by Sydney Berard-Moore (“Plaintiff”) against defendants Dignity Health (doing business as Dominican Hospital) (“Dignity”), Sutter Health, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Physicians Medical Group of San Jose, Anesthesia Medical Group of Santa ...

  • JOCABEE GARCIA V. 24 HOUR FITNESS USA, INC.

    Jan 30, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    I. Background

    Jocabee Garcia (“Plaintiff”) alleges she was injured at a gym owned by defendant 24 Hour Fitness USA, Inc. (“Defendant”). In the second amended complaint, she alleges one of Defendant’s employees walked her past a pec-fly machine that another patron was using while giving her a tour o...

  • JIMENEZ V. GOLDEN RIBBON BAKESHOP PARTNERSHIP, ET AL.

    Jan 30, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Defendants Gold Ribbon Bakeshop Partnership (GRBP”) and Loritas Balstar (“Balstar”) (collectively, “Defendants”) demur to the Second Amended Complaint (“SAC”) filed by plaintiff Teresita Jimenez (“Plaintiff”).

    I. Background

    A. Factual

    This action arises out of the purported breach o...

  • MARK TORRILLO V. KEN S. CHAN, ET AL.

    Jan 16, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    I. Background

    Plaintiff Mark Torrillo (“Plaintiff”) brings this action against defendants Ken and Meiyee Chan (collectively, “Defendants”) for damages associated with wrongful eviction.

    According to the allegations of the first amended complaint (“FAC”), Plaintiff leased property at 751 Ter...

  • TRAN, ET AL. V. LIM, ET AL.

    Jan 16, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Defendant MD Capital Partners, Inc. dba Partners Capital Group (erroneously sued herein as “Partners Capital Group Inc.”) (“MD Capital” or “Defendant”) demurs to the First Amended Complaint (“FAC”) filed by plaintiffs Rick Van Tran DDS Inc. (“Tran DDS”) and Rick Van Tran (“Tran”) (collectively, “Plaintiffs...

  • LIM V. KIA MOTORS AMERICA, INC.

    Jan 09, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Defendant Kia Motors America, Inc. (“Defendant” or “KMA”) demurs to the complaint (“Complaint”) filed by plaintiff Young Ae Lim (“Plaintiff”) and moves to strike portions contained therein.

    I. Background

    A. Factual

    This is a lemon law action. According to the allegations of the Comp...

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