The Honorable Tana L. Coates

San Luis Obispo Superior Court, Department 9

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Biography

The Hon. Tana L. Coates is a judge for the Superior Court of San Luis Obispo County in California. She was appointed to the bench by former Governor Jerry Brown on May 22, 2017, filling a vacancy created by the elevation of the Hon. Martin J. Tangeman to the Second District Court of Appeal.

Coates earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. She then completed a J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center.

Prior to her appointment to the bench, Coates was a partner at Coates and Coates from 2009 to 2017. She practiced alongside her husband, specializing in business litigation, personal injury, elder abuse, and construction defect cases. Before that, she was an associate at James R. Murphy, Jr. since 1991. During her fourteen-year tenure with the firm, she rose through the ranks, eventually becoming a named partner in 2005.

She is registered as a Democrat.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Tana L. Coates

  • PISMO BEACH SELF-STORAGE, L.P. V. CITY OF PISMO BEACH, ET AL.

    Sep 26, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    By way of this lawsuit, Pismo Beach Self-Storage, L.P. (Petitioner) challenges a resolution and resulting development impact fees adopted by the City of Pismo Beach (the City).
    Background.
    The Mitigation Fee Act.
    The Mitigation Fee Act (the Act), effective January 1, 1989, was passed by the ...

  • WILLIAM SZYMCZAK V. NATURAL HEALING CENTER, LLC

    Sep 23, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Motion for Issuance of a Preliminary Injunction
    Temporary Restraining Order
    William Szymczak (“Szymczak”), 998 & 1030 Partners LLC, Dayspring Farms LLC, and OG Investors LLC (collectively, Plaintiffs”) filed this complaint against Helios Dayspring (“Dayspring”) and Helios Management Group, LLC (“...

  • DORIS CONSIER-FAULKNER V. 40 PRADO HOMELESS SERVICES CENTER, ET AL.

    Sep 23, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On August 27, 2019, Plaintiff Doris Consier-Faulkner filed this lawsuit against Defendants 40 Prado Homeless Services Center, David Bartholomew, and Kindra Gomez, alleging causes of action for (1) negligence, (2) premises liability, and (3) negligent supervision/retention/hiring.
    Plaintiff alleges tha...

  • UNITED LIQUID GAS COMPANY V. KENNETH FOSTER

    Sep 16, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On November 18, 2019, United Liquid Gas Company dba United Pacific Energy (“Plaintiff”) filed this action against Potter Valley Investments, fka ER Energy Inc., fka Eel River Fuels, Inc. (“PVI”) and Kenneth Foster (“Foster”) (collectively Defendants).
    The action arises out of a written agreement under...

  • ESTATE OF ALFRED ANDREOLI

    Sep 16, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Motion to Compel Production of Documents
    Motion to Compel Responses to Form and Special Interrogatories Motion to Quash Subpoena for Production of Business Records
    This matter concerns a dispute over ownership of certain stocks which belonged to Alfred Andreoli (“Decedent”) at the time of his dea...

  • IN RE THE SYLVIA JUNE ASAVIS TRUST DATED MAY 22, 2015

    Sep 16, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Factual and Procedural Background.
    This probate matter involves The Sylvia June Asavis Trust dated May 22, 2015 (the Trust). On May 27, 2020, Petitioners Rick Asavis and Beverly Smith filed a petition for probate against Respondents John Dougherty and Carolyn Dougherty, individuals and as successor co...

  • UNITED LIQUID GAS COMPANY V. KENNETH FOSTER

    Sep 16, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On November 18, 2019, United Liquid Gas Company dba United Pacific Energy (“Plaintiff”) filed this action against Potter Valley Investments, fka ER Energy Inc., fka Eel River Fuels, Inc. (“PVI”) and Kenneth Foster (“Foster”) (collectively Defendants).
    The action arises out of a written agreement under...

  • SANDRA EDDLEMAN, ET AL. V. JOANN JONES, ET AL.

    Sep 16, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    This case involves a family-owned ranch called Morro Bay Ranch (the Ranch) where ownership transitioned into a limited partnership. Defendants John Jones, Jr. and his mother, JoAnn Roemer Jones, are serving as general partners, and Plaintiff Sandra Eddleman is a limited partner. Sandra1 is John’s sister an...

  • ARTHUR MOGILEFSKY V. BRETT MARKSON

    Sep 10, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Arthur Mogilefsky (“Plaintiff”) filed this action on May 1, 2020, against Brett Markson (“Markson”). On May 11, 2020, Plaintiff filed a first amended complaint (“FAC”), which names Michael Lickerman (“Lickerman”) as an additional defendant. The FAC sets forth causes of action for (1) violations of the Unru...

  • CENTRAL COAST AGRICULTURE, INC. V. THE HIVE LABORATORY, LLC, ET AL.

    Sep 09, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    MINUTE ORDER
    Plaintiff Central Coast Agriculture, Inc.’s motion for a preliminary injunction is on calendar for September 9, 2020. The Court is in receipt of the parties’ stipulation and request to continue this hearing date to October 5, 2020.
    The Court is not in session on October 5, 2020. The ...

  • IAATK, INC. V. CHERISE LONG

    Sep 09, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    IAATK, Inc. (“Plaintiff”) filed this action against Cherise Long, Trustee of the Kielan Trust dated July 13, 1992 (“Defendant”), on December 10, 2019, for breach of contract and common counts. Defendant was served and failed to respond, and default was entered on February 3, 2020.
    Defendant now moves ...

  • SAHARA CONSTRUCTION CO., INC. V. SPECIALTY CONSTRUCTION, INC.

    Sep 09, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    A dismissal has been filed and entered in this matter, dismissing the demurring defendant, Montecito Bank and Trust. The demurrer is therefore moot, and the matter will go off calendar. No appearances are required on September 9, 2019.

    ...

  • INTEGRATED FRANCHISE SOLUTIONS, INC. V. SMTMS II, INC.

    Sep 09, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Integrated Franchise Solutions, Inc. (“Plaintiff”) filed this action for breach of contract, intentional and negligent misrepresentation, fraud, negligence and rescission against SMTMS II, Inc. on July 19, 2018. This action arises out of Plaintiff’s purchase of the Sport Clips CA 781 franchise store (the “...

  • BRETT SMITH V. KENNEDY MANAGEMENT SERVICES

    Sep 02, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Brett Smith, as an individual and on behalf of all others similarly situated, (“Plaintiff”) filed this wage and hour action against Kennedy Management Services, Inc. (“Defendant”) on December 7, 2017. The matter was settled after the parties attended mediation, and the Court preliminarily approved the sett...

  • BC TATUM VENTURES, INC. V. NANCY BROWN, HOLLY HEFELE

    Sep 02, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    BC Tatum Ventures, Inc. dba Tatum Asphalt (“Plaintiff”) brings this action against Nancy Brown (“Brown”) and Holly Hefele (“Hefele”) (collectively “Defendants”). Defendants allegedly hired Plaintiff to do repair and repaving work at Defendants’ property and Plaintiff alleges that Defendants failed to pay t...

  • IN RE THE TEFFT LIVING TRUST

    Sep 02, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On March 4, 2020, Richard Carsel (“Carsel”), as successor trustee of The Tefft Living Trust dated April 23, 2012 (the “Trust”), filed this Petition for Order Directing the Transfer of Property to Trust (the “Petition”) pursuant to Probate Code section 850.1 The Petition identifies Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., a...

  • CECILIA SOLORIO V. BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY

    Sep 02, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Cecilia Solorio (“Plaintiff”) filed this personal injury motor vehicle accident action against the Board of Trustees of California State University1 and Emily Ruth Passer (collectively “Defendants”) on February 25, 2020, asserting two causes of action, for: (1) Government Code Sections 815.2(a), 815.6, 835...

  • ADRIAN FAN V. MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. ET AL.

    Sep 02, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On July 3, 2019, Plaintiff Adrian Fan filed a lawsuit against Defendants Marriott International, Inc., BRE Atlas Property Owner LLC dba Courtyard by Marriott SLO1, and Stacey Molino. Plaintiff’s complaint alleges causes of action for (1) battery; (2) negligence; (3) intentional infliction of emotional dist...

  • R. MORGAN HOLLAND V. COUNTY OF SAN LUIS OBISPO

    Sep 01, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    I. BACKGROUND
    In February 2018, SLO Cultivation, Inc. (“SLO Cultivation”) filed an application for a Conditional Use Permit (“CUP”) to establish a cannabis operation on a 75-acre site zoned for agricultural use in Nipomo. (AR 0879.) The proposed site already included a 5-acre commercial greenhouse use...

  • JESSICA DUTCHER V. MARK TENHET, II

    Aug 26, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Jessica Dutcher (“Plaintiff”) brought this action against Mark Tenhet, II (“Defendant”), Bennett Truck Transport, and Mark Tenhet (collectively “Defendants”), on March 26, 2019. Plaintiff filed her First Amended Complaint on April 24, 2019, and her Second Amended Complaint (“SAC”) on May 30, 2019. This per...

  • LORI GILL V. CITY OF SAN LUIS OBISPO

    Aug 26, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Lori A. Gill and Craig A. Gill, Trustees of the Gill Inter Vivos Revocable Trust, dated June 29, 2005, and Lorraine J. Andrews, aka Lorraine Janet Zuiderweg, Trustee of the Andrews Living Trust dated February 8, 2010 (“Andrews”), filed this Complaint for Imposition of a Physical Solution Relating to a Wate...

  • KEITH GARL V. ROBERT NICHOLSON, BEN FERRARI, ET AL.

    Aug 26, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On July 19, 2016, Keith Garl (Plaintiff) filed a lawsuit against Ben Ferrari and Robert Nicholson (collectively Defendants), alleging causes of action for (1) breach of contract, (2) breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing, (3) quantum meruit; and (4) specific performance of memorandum of agreeme...

  • MARCELLA ANDERSON V. KENNETH GOLDBERG, DMD

    Aug 26, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Marcella Anderson (“Plaintiff”) filed this action on January 29, 2020, against Kenneth Goldberg, DMD, Coastal Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center (“Coastal Oral”), and Keystone Dental, Inc. (“Keystone”). The dispute concerns a defective dental implant identified as a TiLobeMAXX® dental implant. The compla...

  • JEANETTE KREUTZER V. HOWARD & PEPPER, INC., ()

    Aug 19, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Background/Procedural History.
    Plaintiff’s Complaint.
    On August 26, 2019, Jeanette Kreutzer (Plaintiff) filed a lawsuit against her former employer, Howard & Pepper, Inc. dba Trailer Hitch RV (Defendant) alleging causes of action for (1) violation of the California Family Rights Act (CFRA); (2) d...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Tana L. Coates

  • PISMO BEACH SELF-STORAGE, L.P. V. CITY OF PISMO BEACH, ET AL.

    Sep 26, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    By way of this lawsuit, Pismo Beach Self-Storage, L.P. (Petitioner) challenges a resolution and resulting development impact fees adopted by the City of Pismo Beach (the City).
    Background.
    The Mitigation Fee Act.
    The Mitigation Fee Act (the Act), effective January 1, 1989, was passed by the ...

  • WILLIAM SZYMCZAK V. NATURAL HEALING CENTER, LLC

    Sep 23, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Motion for Issuance of a Preliminary Injunction
    Temporary Restraining Order
    William Szymczak (“Szymczak”), 998 & 1030 Partners LLC, Dayspring Farms LLC, and OG Investors LLC (collectively, Plaintiffs”) filed this complaint against Helios Dayspring (“Dayspring”) and Helios Management Group, LLC (“...

  • DORIS CONSIER-FAULKNER V. 40 PRADO HOMELESS SERVICES CENTER, ET AL.

    Sep 23, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On August 27, 2019, Plaintiff Doris Consier-Faulkner filed this lawsuit against Defendants 40 Prado Homeless Services Center, David Bartholomew, and Kindra Gomez, alleging causes of action for (1) negligence, (2) premises liability, and (3) negligent supervision/retention/hiring.
    Plaintiff alleges tha...

  • UNITED LIQUID GAS COMPANY V. KENNETH FOSTER

    Sep 16, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On November 18, 2019, United Liquid Gas Company dba United Pacific Energy (“Plaintiff”) filed this action against Potter Valley Investments, fka ER Energy Inc., fka Eel River Fuels, Inc. (“PVI”) and Kenneth Foster (“Foster”) (collectively Defendants).
    The action arises out of a written agreement under...

  • ESTATE OF ALFRED ANDREOLI

    Sep 16, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Motion to Compel Production of Documents
    Motion to Compel Responses to Form and Special Interrogatories Motion to Quash Subpoena for Production of Business Records
    This matter concerns a dispute over ownership of certain stocks which belonged to Alfred Andreoli (“Decedent”) at the time of his dea...

  • IN RE THE SYLVIA JUNE ASAVIS TRUST DATED MAY 22, 2015

    Sep 16, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Factual and Procedural Background.
    This probate matter involves The Sylvia June Asavis Trust dated May 22, 2015 (the Trust). On May 27, 2020, Petitioners Rick Asavis and Beverly Smith filed a petition for probate against Respondents John Dougherty and Carolyn Dougherty, individuals and as successor co...

  • UNITED LIQUID GAS COMPANY V. KENNETH FOSTER

    Sep 16, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On November 18, 2019, United Liquid Gas Company dba United Pacific Energy (“Plaintiff”) filed this action against Potter Valley Investments, fka ER Energy Inc., fka Eel River Fuels, Inc. (“PVI”) and Kenneth Foster (“Foster”) (collectively Defendants).
    The action arises out of a written agreement under...

  • SANDRA EDDLEMAN, ET AL. V. JOANN JONES, ET AL.

    Sep 16, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    This case involves a family-owned ranch called Morro Bay Ranch (the Ranch) where ownership transitioned into a limited partnership. Defendants John Jones, Jr. and his mother, JoAnn Roemer Jones, are serving as general partners, and Plaintiff Sandra Eddleman is a limited partner. Sandra1 is John’s sister an...

  • ARTHUR MOGILEFSKY V. BRETT MARKSON

    Sep 10, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Arthur Mogilefsky (“Plaintiff”) filed this action on May 1, 2020, against Brett Markson (“Markson”). On May 11, 2020, Plaintiff filed a first amended complaint (“FAC”), which names Michael Lickerman (“Lickerman”) as an additional defendant. The FAC sets forth causes of action for (1) violations of the Unru...

  • CENTRAL COAST AGRICULTURE, INC. V. THE HIVE LABORATORY, LLC, ET AL.

    Sep 09, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    MINUTE ORDER
    Plaintiff Central Coast Agriculture, Inc.’s motion for a preliminary injunction is on calendar for September 9, 2020. The Court is in receipt of the parties’ stipulation and request to continue this hearing date to October 5, 2020.
    The Court is not in session on October 5, 2020. The ...

  • IAATK, INC. V. CHERISE LONG

    Sep 09, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    IAATK, Inc. (“Plaintiff”) filed this action against Cherise Long, Trustee of the Kielan Trust dated July 13, 1992 (“Defendant”), on December 10, 2019, for breach of contract and common counts. Defendant was served and failed to respond, and default was entered on February 3, 2020.
    Defendant now moves ...

  • SAHARA CONSTRUCTION CO., INC. V. SPECIALTY CONSTRUCTION, INC.

    Sep 09, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    A dismissal has been filed and entered in this matter, dismissing the demurring defendant, Montecito Bank and Trust. The demurrer is therefore moot, and the matter will go off calendar. No appearances are required on September 9, 2019.

    ...

  • INTEGRATED FRANCHISE SOLUTIONS, INC. V. SMTMS II, INC.

    Sep 09, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Integrated Franchise Solutions, Inc. (“Plaintiff”) filed this action for breach of contract, intentional and negligent misrepresentation, fraud, negligence and rescission against SMTMS II, Inc. on July 19, 2018. This action arises out of Plaintiff’s purchase of the Sport Clips CA 781 franchise store (the “...

  • BRETT SMITH V. KENNEDY MANAGEMENT SERVICES

    Sep 02, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Brett Smith, as an individual and on behalf of all others similarly situated, (“Plaintiff”) filed this wage and hour action against Kennedy Management Services, Inc. (“Defendant”) on December 7, 2017. The matter was settled after the parties attended mediation, and the Court preliminarily approved the sett...

  • BC TATUM VENTURES, INC. V. NANCY BROWN, HOLLY HEFELE

    Sep 02, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    BC Tatum Ventures, Inc. dba Tatum Asphalt (“Plaintiff”) brings this action against Nancy Brown (“Brown”) and Holly Hefele (“Hefele”) (collectively “Defendants”). Defendants allegedly hired Plaintiff to do repair and repaving work at Defendants’ property and Plaintiff alleges that Defendants failed to pay t...

  • IN RE THE TEFFT LIVING TRUST

    Sep 02, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On March 4, 2020, Richard Carsel (“Carsel”), as successor trustee of The Tefft Living Trust dated April 23, 2012 (the “Trust”), filed this Petition for Order Directing the Transfer of Property to Trust (the “Petition”) pursuant to Probate Code section 850.1 The Petition identifies Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., a...

  • CECILIA SOLORIO V. BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY

    Sep 02, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Cecilia Solorio (“Plaintiff”) filed this personal injury motor vehicle accident action against the Board of Trustees of California State University1 and Emily Ruth Passer (collectively “Defendants”) on February 25, 2020, asserting two causes of action, for: (1) Government Code Sections 815.2(a), 815.6, 835...

  • ADRIAN FAN V. MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. ET AL.

    Sep 02, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On July 3, 2019, Plaintiff Adrian Fan filed a lawsuit against Defendants Marriott International, Inc., BRE Atlas Property Owner LLC dba Courtyard by Marriott SLO1, and Stacey Molino. Plaintiff’s complaint alleges causes of action for (1) battery; (2) negligence; (3) intentional infliction of emotional dist...

  • R. MORGAN HOLLAND V. COUNTY OF SAN LUIS OBISPO

    Sep 01, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    I. BACKGROUND
    In February 2018, SLO Cultivation, Inc. (“SLO Cultivation”) filed an application for a Conditional Use Permit (“CUP”) to establish a cannabis operation on a 75-acre site zoned for agricultural use in Nipomo. (AR 0879.) The proposed site already included a 5-acre commercial greenhouse use...

  • JESSICA DUTCHER V. MARK TENHET, II

    Aug 26, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Jessica Dutcher (“Plaintiff”) brought this action against Mark Tenhet, II (“Defendant”), Bennett Truck Transport, and Mark Tenhet (collectively “Defendants”), on March 26, 2019. Plaintiff filed her First Amended Complaint on April 24, 2019, and her Second Amended Complaint (“SAC”) on May 30, 2019. This per...

  • LORI GILL V. CITY OF SAN LUIS OBISPO

    Aug 26, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Lori A. Gill and Craig A. Gill, Trustees of the Gill Inter Vivos Revocable Trust, dated June 29, 2005, and Lorraine J. Andrews, aka Lorraine Janet Zuiderweg, Trustee of the Andrews Living Trust dated February 8, 2010 (“Andrews”), filed this Complaint for Imposition of a Physical Solution Relating to a Wate...

  • KEITH GARL V. ROBERT NICHOLSON, BEN FERRARI, ET AL.

    Aug 26, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On July 19, 2016, Keith Garl (Plaintiff) filed a lawsuit against Ben Ferrari and Robert Nicholson (collectively Defendants), alleging causes of action for (1) breach of contract, (2) breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing, (3) quantum meruit; and (4) specific performance of memorandum of agreeme...

  • MARCELLA ANDERSON V. KENNETH GOLDBERG, DMD

    Aug 26, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Marcella Anderson (“Plaintiff”) filed this action on January 29, 2020, against Kenneth Goldberg, DMD, Coastal Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center (“Coastal Oral”), and Keystone Dental, Inc. (“Keystone”). The dispute concerns a defective dental implant identified as a TiLobeMAXX® dental implant. The compla...

  • JEANETTE KREUTZER V. HOWARD & PEPPER, INC., ()

    Aug 19, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Background/Procedural History.
    Plaintiff’s Complaint.
    On August 26, 2019, Jeanette Kreutzer (Plaintiff) filed a lawsuit against her former employer, Howard & Pepper, Inc. dba Trailer Hitch RV (Defendant) alleging causes of action for (1) violation of the California Family Rights Act (CFRA); (2) d...

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