The Honorable Sunil R. Kulkarni

Santa Clara County Superior Court, Department 8

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

  • ORALIA GONZALEZ TALAMANTES, ET AL. V. MI RANCHO SUPERMARKET (SAN JOSE) INC.,

    Feb 18, 2021 |  Santa Clara County

    et al.

    This is a putative class and PAGA action by employees of supermarkets allegedly operated by a group of corporate entity and individual defendants. Plaintiffs allege a range of wage and hour violations.

    Before the Court is the corporate defendants’ motion7 for relief from waiver of th...

  • ORALIA GONZALEZ TALAMANTES, ET AL. V. MI RANCHO SUPERMARKET (SAN JOSE) INC.,

    Feb 18, 2021 |  Santa Clara County

    et al.

    Rescheduled to October 14, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.

    ...

  • ALYSHA JARAMILLO V. MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC., ET AL.

    Feb 18, 2021 |  Santa Clara County

    This is an action under the Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) on behalf of hotel employees, alleging failure to provide suitable seating. Before the Court is defendant SJMEC, Inc.’s demurrer to the operative First Amended Complaint (“FAC”) on the ground that Plaintiff failed to timely exhaust her PAGA...

  • ALYSHA JARAMILLO V. MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC., ET AL.

    Feb 18, 2021 |  Santa Clara County

    This is an action under the Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) on behalf of hotel employees, alleging failure to provide suitable seating. Before the Court is defendant SJMEC, Inc.’s demurrer to the operative First Amended Complaint (“FAC”) on the ground that Plaintiff failed to timely exhaust her PAGA...

  • TAYLOR CAPITO V. SAN JOSE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM LP, DBA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER

    Feb 18, 2021 |  Santa Clara County

    of San Jose, et al.

    This is a putative class action challenging the alleged nondisclosure of an Evaluation and Management Services Fee (EMS Fee) charged to emergency care patients by Defendant San Jose Healthcare System LP, dba Regional Medical Center of San Jose (Regional Medical Center or Hospita...

  • ESTEBAN PALOMINO V. NORTHROP GRUMMAN SYSTEMS CORP., ET AL.

    Feb 11, 2021 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action alleging wage statement violations against Defendant Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation.

    In an order filed on January 11, 2020 (Order), the Court denied Northrop Grumman’s motion for summary judgment or, alternatively, sum...

  • OLGA ORTMANN V. ADECCO USA, INC., ET AL.

    Feb 04, 2021 |  Santa Clara County

    This is an action under the Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”), alleging wage and hour violations by Defendants Adecco USA, Inc., Google LLC (sued as “Google North America Inc.”), Waymo, LLC, and Waymo Auto, LLC (collectively with Waymo, LLC, “Waymo”).

    Before the Court is Google and Adecco’s de...

  • IN RE ALPHABET, INC. SHAREHOLDER DERIVATIVE LITIGATION

    Feb 04, 2021 |  Santa Clara County

    These consolidated shareholder derivative actions arise from allegations that officers and directors of Alphabet, Inc., the parent company of Google LLC, breached their fiduciary duties and committed other misconduct in connection with multi-million-dollar severance awards to male executives accused of ass...

  • RUBEN MENDOZA V. CITY SPORTS CLUB, ET AL.

    Jan 28, 2021 |  Santa Clara County

    These cross-actions arise from an accident on a construction worksite in which Plaintiff Ruben Mendoza was injured.

    Cross-defendant Jesmar Mechanical, Inc. moves for summary judgment or adjudication on the cross-complaint filed by Defendants and Cross-Complainants Dollinger Properties, Exstra-Arque...

  • GUADALUPE SOSA, ET AL. V. MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC., ET AL.

    Jan 28, 2021 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative wage and hour class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action on behalf of employees of defendants Marriott International, Inc. (“MII”) and Marriott Hotel Services, Inc. (“MHS”).8 Before the Court is Plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary approval of a settlement, which is unopposed....

  • MELBERT MAGPUGAY V. HARBOR ELECTRONICS, INC., ET AL.

    Jan 28, 2021 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action on behalf of employees of defendant Harbor Electronics, Inc., alleging wage statement violations. The parties reached a settlement, which the Court (Judge Walsh) preliminarily approved in an order filed on October 22, 2020. The fact...

  • DANIEL ARAIZA V. HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE COMPANY, ET AL.

    Jan 28, 2021 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action on behalf of employees of (1) Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company and its current or former subsidiaries (“HPE”) and (2) HP Inc.—successor to Hewlett-Packard Company (“HP”)—and its current or former subsidiaries (“HPI”). Plaintiff al...

  • MARTIN Z. JADAN V. COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION, ET AL.

    Jan 28, 2021 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action on behalf of employees of Costco Wholesale Corporation, alleging a number of wage and hour violations. The parties reached a settlement, which the Court (Judge Walsh) preliminarily approved in an order filed on July 17, 2020. The fa...

  • JOSE CARRILLO V. NEW BALANCE ATHLETICS, INC., ET AL.

    Jan 21, 2021 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action on behalf of employees of defendant New Balance Athletics, Inc. alleging overtime and wage statement violations. The parties reached a settlement, which the Court (Judge Walsh) preliminarily approved in an order filed on September 1...

  • LANCE DUTCHER V. GOOGLE LLC, D/B/A YOUTUBE, ET AL.

    Jan 21, 2021 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class action arising from the automatic renewal of subscriptions for digital content offered by Defendants Google LLC, d/b/a YouTube and YouTube, LLC (“Defendants” or “YouTube”). Defendants demur to each cause of action in the operative Complaint for failure to state a claim (Code Civ. P...

  • LATANYA SIMMONS, ET AL. V. APPLE INC., ET AL.

    Jan 21, 2021 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative consumer class action challenging Defendant Apple, Inc.’s actions in connection with marketing, advertising, and selling allegedly defective Powerbeats 2 and Powerbeats 3 headphones. The parties reached a settlement, which the Court (Judge Walsh) preliminarily approved in an order filed ...

  • IN RE MAXAR TECHNOLOGIES, INC. SHAREHOLDER LITIGATION

    Jan 14, 2021 |  Santa Clara County

    This putative class action arises from alleged misrepresentations and omissions in the Offering Materials governing the October 2017 transaction by which Defendant Maxar Technologies, Inc.,9 a satellite manufacturer, acquired and merged with DigitalGlobe, Inc., a satellite imagery company (the “Merger”). B...

  • RAUL ACEVES, ET AL. V. LEGACY PARTNERS, INC., ET AL.

    Jan 14, 2021 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class action on behalf of employees of Defendant Legacy Partners, Inc. (“LP”). Plaintiffs allege wage and hour violations arising from LP’s “On-Call Policy.” Before the Court is LP’s petition to compel arbitration, which Plaintiffs oppose. As discussed below, the Court DENIES LP’s petiti...

  • JERKOVICH V. AZZARELLO, ET AL.

    Jan 14, 2021 |  Santa Clara County

    Defendant/cross-complainant Donna Kinsella (“Kinsella”) moves for summary adjudication in her favor on claims asserted in the complaint (“Complaint”) filed by plaintiff/cross-defendant Patricia Jerkovich (“Jerkovich”).

    I. Background

    A. Factual

    This action arises out of a dispute bet...

  • ESTEBAN PALOMINO V. NORTHROP GRUMMAN SYSTEMS CORP., ET AL.

    Jan 07, 2021 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action alleging wage statement violations against Defendant Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation. Before the Court is Northrop Grumman’s motion for summary judgment or, alternatively, summary adjudication, which Plaintiff opposes. As expla...

  • CYNTHIA GAMINO V. TRADESY, INC., ET AL.

    Jan 07, 2021 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action on behalf of employees of defendants Tradesy, Inc. and Tradesy Services, Inc., 1 alleging wage and hour violations. Before the Court is Plaintiff’s motion for preliminary approval of a settlement, which is unopposed. As discussed be...

  • SHANNON SANCHEZ V. ABACUS BUSINESS CORPORATION GROUP, INC., ET AL.

    Jan 07, 2021 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action on behalf of employees of defendant Abacus Business Corporation Group, Inc. Before the Court is Plaintiff’s motion for preliminary approval of a settlement, which is unopposed. As discussed below, the Court requires further informat...

  • JESSECA BIEGER V. HOUZZ, INC., ET AL.

    Jan 07, 2021 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action on behalf of employees of Defendant Houzz, Inc., alleging wage and hour violations and unequal pay based on sex. Before the Court is a motion for preliminary approval of a settlement of this action and related claims asserted by ano...

  • RONALD CHINITZ V. APPLE INC., ET AL.

    Dec 17, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class action on behalf of purchasers of Defendant’s iPad device who upgraded the device’s operating system to iOS 11 during the class period. Before the Court is the parties’ request for dismissal of the putative class claims. As explained below, the Court DENIES the request without prej...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Sunil R. Kulkarni

  • ORALIA GONZALEZ TALAMANTES, ET AL. V. MI RANCHO SUPERMARKET (SAN JOSE) INC.,

    Feb 18, 2021 |  Santa Clara County

    et al.

    This is a putative class and PAGA action by employees of supermarkets allegedly operated by a group of corporate entity and individual defendants. Plaintiffs allege a range of wage and hour violations.

    Before the Court is the corporate defendants’ motion7 for relief from waiver of th...

  • ORALIA GONZALEZ TALAMANTES, ET AL. V. MI RANCHO SUPERMARKET (SAN JOSE) INC.,

    Feb 18, 2021 |  Santa Clara County

    et al.

    Rescheduled to October 14, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.

    ...

  • ALYSHA JARAMILLO V. MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC., ET AL.

    Feb 18, 2021 |  Santa Clara County

    This is an action under the Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) on behalf of hotel employees, alleging failure to provide suitable seating. Before the Court is defendant SJMEC, Inc.’s demurrer to the operative First Amended Complaint (“FAC”) on the ground that Plaintiff failed to timely exhaust her PAGA...

  • ALYSHA JARAMILLO V. MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC., ET AL.

    Feb 18, 2021 |  Santa Clara County

    This is an action under the Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) on behalf of hotel employees, alleging failure to provide suitable seating. Before the Court is defendant SJMEC, Inc.’s demurrer to the operative First Amended Complaint (“FAC”) on the ground that Plaintiff failed to timely exhaust her PAGA...

  • TAYLOR CAPITO V. SAN JOSE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM LP, DBA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER

    Feb 18, 2021 |  Santa Clara County

    of San Jose, et al.

    This is a putative class action challenging the alleged nondisclosure of an Evaluation and Management Services Fee (EMS Fee) charged to emergency care patients by Defendant San Jose Healthcare System LP, dba Regional Medical Center of San Jose (Regional Medical Center or Hospita...

  • ESTEBAN PALOMINO V. NORTHROP GRUMMAN SYSTEMS CORP., ET AL.

    Feb 11, 2021 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action alleging wage statement violations against Defendant Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation.

    In an order filed on January 11, 2020 (Order), the Court denied Northrop Grumman’s motion for summary judgment or, alternatively, sum...

  • OLGA ORTMANN V. ADECCO USA, INC., ET AL.

    Feb 04, 2021 |  Santa Clara County

    This is an action under the Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”), alleging wage and hour violations by Defendants Adecco USA, Inc., Google LLC (sued as “Google North America Inc.”), Waymo, LLC, and Waymo Auto, LLC (collectively with Waymo, LLC, “Waymo”).

    Before the Court is Google and Adecco’s de...

  • IN RE ALPHABET, INC. SHAREHOLDER DERIVATIVE LITIGATION

    Feb 04, 2021 |  Santa Clara County

    These consolidated shareholder derivative actions arise from allegations that officers and directors of Alphabet, Inc., the parent company of Google LLC, breached their fiduciary duties and committed other misconduct in connection with multi-million-dollar severance awards to male executives accused of ass...

  • RUBEN MENDOZA V. CITY SPORTS CLUB, ET AL.

    Jan 28, 2021 |  Santa Clara County

    These cross-actions arise from an accident on a construction worksite in which Plaintiff Ruben Mendoza was injured.

    Cross-defendant Jesmar Mechanical, Inc. moves for summary judgment or adjudication on the cross-complaint filed by Defendants and Cross-Complainants Dollinger Properties, Exstra-Arque...

  • GUADALUPE SOSA, ET AL. V. MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC., ET AL.

    Jan 28, 2021 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative wage and hour class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action on behalf of employees of defendants Marriott International, Inc. (“MII”) and Marriott Hotel Services, Inc. (“MHS”).8 Before the Court is Plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary approval of a settlement, which is unopposed....

  • MELBERT MAGPUGAY V. HARBOR ELECTRONICS, INC., ET AL.

    Jan 28, 2021 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action on behalf of employees of defendant Harbor Electronics, Inc., alleging wage statement violations. The parties reached a settlement, which the Court (Judge Walsh) preliminarily approved in an order filed on October 22, 2020. The fact...

  • DANIEL ARAIZA V. HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE COMPANY, ET AL.

    Jan 28, 2021 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action on behalf of employees of (1) Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company and its current or former subsidiaries (“HPE”) and (2) HP Inc.—successor to Hewlett-Packard Company (“HP”)—and its current or former subsidiaries (“HPI”). Plaintiff al...

  • MARTIN Z. JADAN V. COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION, ET AL.

    Jan 28, 2021 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action on behalf of employees of Costco Wholesale Corporation, alleging a number of wage and hour violations. The parties reached a settlement, which the Court (Judge Walsh) preliminarily approved in an order filed on July 17, 2020. The fa...

  • JOSE CARRILLO V. NEW BALANCE ATHLETICS, INC., ET AL.

    Jan 21, 2021 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action on behalf of employees of defendant New Balance Athletics, Inc. alleging overtime and wage statement violations. The parties reached a settlement, which the Court (Judge Walsh) preliminarily approved in an order filed on September 1...

  • LANCE DUTCHER V. GOOGLE LLC, D/B/A YOUTUBE, ET AL.

    Jan 21, 2021 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class action arising from the automatic renewal of subscriptions for digital content offered by Defendants Google LLC, d/b/a YouTube and YouTube, LLC (“Defendants” or “YouTube”). Defendants demur to each cause of action in the operative Complaint for failure to state a claim (Code Civ. P...

  • LATANYA SIMMONS, ET AL. V. APPLE INC., ET AL.

    Jan 21, 2021 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative consumer class action challenging Defendant Apple, Inc.’s actions in connection with marketing, advertising, and selling allegedly defective Powerbeats 2 and Powerbeats 3 headphones. The parties reached a settlement, which the Court (Judge Walsh) preliminarily approved in an order filed ...

  • IN RE MAXAR TECHNOLOGIES, INC. SHAREHOLDER LITIGATION

    Jan 14, 2021 |  Santa Clara County

    This putative class action arises from alleged misrepresentations and omissions in the Offering Materials governing the October 2017 transaction by which Defendant Maxar Technologies, Inc.,9 a satellite manufacturer, acquired and merged with DigitalGlobe, Inc., a satellite imagery company (the “Merger”). B...

  • RAUL ACEVES, ET AL. V. LEGACY PARTNERS, INC., ET AL.

    Jan 14, 2021 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class action on behalf of employees of Defendant Legacy Partners, Inc. (“LP”). Plaintiffs allege wage and hour violations arising from LP’s “On-Call Policy.” Before the Court is LP’s petition to compel arbitration, which Plaintiffs oppose. As discussed below, the Court DENIES LP’s petiti...

  • JERKOVICH V. AZZARELLO, ET AL.

    Jan 14, 2021 |  Santa Clara County

    Defendant/cross-complainant Donna Kinsella (“Kinsella”) moves for summary adjudication in her favor on claims asserted in the complaint (“Complaint”) filed by plaintiff/cross-defendant Patricia Jerkovich (“Jerkovich”).

    I. Background

    A. Factual

    This action arises out of a dispute bet...

  • ESTEBAN PALOMINO V. NORTHROP GRUMMAN SYSTEMS CORP., ET AL.

    Jan 07, 2021 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action alleging wage statement violations against Defendant Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation. Before the Court is Northrop Grumman’s motion for summary judgment or, alternatively, summary adjudication, which Plaintiff opposes. As expla...

  • CYNTHIA GAMINO V. TRADESY, INC., ET AL.

    Jan 07, 2021 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action on behalf of employees of defendants Tradesy, Inc. and Tradesy Services, Inc., 1 alleging wage and hour violations. Before the Court is Plaintiff’s motion for preliminary approval of a settlement, which is unopposed. As discussed be...

  • SHANNON SANCHEZ V. ABACUS BUSINESS CORPORATION GROUP, INC., ET AL.

    Jan 07, 2021 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action on behalf of employees of defendant Abacus Business Corporation Group, Inc. Before the Court is Plaintiff’s motion for preliminary approval of a settlement, which is unopposed. As discussed below, the Court requires further informat...

  • JESSECA BIEGER V. HOUZZ, INC., ET AL.

    Jan 07, 2021 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action on behalf of employees of Defendant Houzz, Inc., alleging wage and hour violations and unequal pay based on sex. Before the Court is a motion for preliminary approval of a settlement of this action and related claims asserted by ano...

  • RONALD CHINITZ V. APPLE INC., ET AL.

    Dec 17, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class action on behalf of purchasers of Defendant’s iPad device who upgraded the device’s operating system to iOS 11 during the class period. Before the Court is the parties’ request for dismissal of the putative class claims. As explained below, the Court DENIES the request without prej...

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