The Honorable Tana L. Coates

San Luis Obispo Superior Court, Department 9

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

  • JOSE GARZA V. LEE PIATEK, M.D.

    Feb 24, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Jose Luis Garza (“Plaintiff”) filed this action against Lee Joseph Piatek, M.D. (“Defendant”) on August 28, 2019. Plaintiff’s verified complaint for damages alleged six causes of action against Defendant: 1) professional negligence (medical malpractice); 2) battery; 3) lack of consent; 4) reckless inflicti...

  • H. GALE KYLE, INC. DBA KYLE COMPANY ROOFING V. RYAN PERRON

    Feb 24, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    H. Gale Kyle, Inc. dba Kyle Company Roofing (“Plaintiff”) filed this action for breach of contract on March 27, 2019, against Ryan Perron (“Defendant”).
    Plaintiff moved for summary judgment of its single cause of action against Defendant, and that motion was granted.
    Plaintiff’s contract with Def...

  • STEPHANIE SINGH V. BRUCE KOONTZ, ET AL.

    Feb 24, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Background/Procedural History.
    On November 7, 2017, Stephanie Singh (Plaintiff) filed a lawsuit against Defendants Bruce Koontz, Robert Russell Kasper, individually and dba The Real Estate Company of Cambria (Cambria), and other Defendants who have since been dismissed. Plaintiff’s lawsuit stems from ...

  • ESTATE OF: RAUL PUENTE CONTRERAS

    Feb 24, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    (2) Petition to Remove Administrator and Appoint Successor (Prob. Code, § 8500, et seq.)
    (3) Petition for Letters of Administration (successor)
    (Prob. Code, § 8400, et seq.)
    These matters should have been set on the Court’s probate calendar, and will be moved to Tuesday, June 29, 2021.

    ...

  • CRAIG NUNES V. MATT KNUDSEN

    Feb 24, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On September 21, 2020, Craig Nunes (“Plaintiff”) filed a complaint in interpleader against Matt Knudson (“Knudson”) and NufinishPro Franchising, LLC (“NFP”). NFP filed an answer on October 13, 2020, as well as a cross-complaint, against Knudson and Boise Bathtub Refinishing, Inc. (“BBR”). NFP’s owner, Bret...

  • IN RE CONSERVATORSHIP OF BARBARA KLEIN

    Feb 10, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    This is a conservatorship matter with competing petitions seeking to establish a conservatorship of Barbara Klein: one filed by Julie Klein (“Julie”)1, and a competing petition filed by Charles Klein (“Charles”).
    On August 3, 2020, Charles propounded four sets of discovery on Julie: 1) Form Interrogat...

  • V. LOPEZ JR. & SONS GENERAL ENGINEERING CONTRACTING, INC. V. THE CITY OF GROVER BEACH

    Feb 10, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Background.
    On July 8, 2019, Plaintiff V. Lopez Jr. & Sons General Engineering Contractors, Inc. filed a lawsuit against Defendant the City of Grover Beach (the City). Plaintiff’s first amended complaint (FAC) alleges causes of action for (1) breach of contract and (2) equitable adjustment to contract...

  • IN RE CONSERVATORSHIP OF BARBARA KLEIN

    Feb 10, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    UPDATED TENTATIVE RULING
    Hearing: Charles Klein’s Discovery Motions (x4)
    This is a conservatorship matter with competing petitions seeking to establish a conservatorship of Barbara Klein: one filed by Julie Klein (“Julie”)1, and a competing petition filed by Charles Klein (“Charles”).
    On Aug...

  • IN RE: THE LESTER FAMILY TRUST

    Feb 10, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    William Braaten (“Petitioner”), beneficiary of the Lester Family Trust, including the Howard W. Lester Survivor’s Trust and the Lester Disclaimer Trust (the “Trust”) filed a verified Petition for Removal Surcharge of Trustee for Breaches of Trust, Excessive Trustee Fees, Objections to Trust Accounts, and R...

  • WILLIAM SZYMCZAK, ET AL. V. NATURAL HEALING CENTER, LLC ET AL.

    Feb 03, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    TENTATIVE RULING
    Procedural History.
    On August 17, 2020, Plaintiffs William Szymczak, 998 & 1030 Partners LLC, Dayspring Farms LLC, and OG Investors LLC filed this lawsuit against various Defendants. On October 20, 2020, Plaintiffs filed a first amended complaint (FAC) against Defendants Helios D...

  • WILLIAM SZYMCZAK, ET AL. V. NATURAL HEALING CENTER, LLC ET AL.

    Feb 03, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    TENTATIVE RULING
    Procedural History.
    On August 17, 2020, Plaintiffs William Szymczak, 998 & 1030 Partners LLC, Dayspring Farms LLC, and OG Investors LLC filed this lawsuit against various Defendants. On October 20, 2020, Plaintiffs filed a first amended complaint (FAC) against Defendants Helios D...

  • DORIS CONSIER-FAULKNER V. DAVID BARTHOLOMEW

    Feb 03, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Doris Consier-Faulkner (“Plaintiff”) filed this action against Community Action Partnership of SLO County1 (“CAPSLO”), Kindra Gomez (“Gomez”), and David Bartholomew
    (“Bartholomew”), for negligence, premises liability, and negligent supervision/retention/hiring on August 27, 2019.2
    The first and s...

  • WILLIAM SZYMCZAK, ET AL. V. PATRICK GIRGIS, NATURAL HEALING CENTER, LLC, ET AL.

    Jan 27, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Procedural History
    On August 17, 2020, Plaintiffs William Szymczak, 998 & 1030 Partners LLC, Dayspring Farms LLC, and OG Investors LLC1 filed this lawsuit against various Defendants. On October 20, 2020, Plaintiffs filed a first amended complaint (FAC) against Defendants Helios Dayspring; Helios Manag...

  • WILLIAM SZYMCZAK, ET AL. V. PATRICK GIRGIS, ET AL.

    Jan 20, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On its own motion, the Court continues the demurrer and motion to strike filed by Helios Dayspring, Helios Management Group LLC, and 7510 LOVR LLC currently set for January 20, 2021, to January 27, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. in Department 9.

    ...

  • DONALD M. JOHNSON LIVING TRUST V. ROBERT GUMER

    Jan 20, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    This application is an effort by John C. Wright, dba Medi-Dental Adjustment Bureau (“Wright”), to collect on a default judgment for which Wright is the assignee from the original plaintiff, the Donald M. Johnson Living Trust dated 1/27/2000 (the “Trust”), entered by this Court on October 10, 2008, against ...

  • LARRY CURLEE V. JOHN E. ODUM

    Jan 20, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    (2) Motion to Quash
    Background.
    On August 16, 2019, Larry Curlee (Plaintiff) filed a complaint against John E. Odum (Defendant). Plaintiff is currently a patient at Coalinga State Hospital and is a participant in the Sex Offender Treatment Program (SOTP). (Plaintiff Decl., ¶ 1.) As part of this p...

  • PB COMPANIES LLC V. TAYLOR JUDKINS

    Jan 20, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    PB Companies, LLC (“Plaintiff”) filed this action derivatively, on behalf of Tank Farm Center, LLC (“TFC”), against Taylor Judkins (“Judkins”) and nominal defendant TFC (collectively “Defendants”), on May 18, 2020. Plaintiff brings causes of action for (1) disassociation and expulsion of defendant as membe...

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

    Jan 20, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Background.
    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 memor...

  • EMMETT RUSHING, ET AL. V. MICHAEL RYAN, MD, ET AL.

    Jan 13, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Background.
    On July 11, 2018, Emmett Rushing and Annette Rushing (Plaintiffs) filed a lawsuit against Michael Ryan, M.D.; Dave Anderson, PA-C; Than Luu, M.D.; George Hansen, M.D.; Central Coast Chest Consultants; and All for Health, Health for All, Inc. (collectively Defendants). On October 21, 2019, ...

  • COASTHILLS CREDIT UNION V. DANIEL RUEDA

    Jan 13, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Coasthills Credit Union, Inc. (“Plaintiff”) filed this action against Danial Rueda and Molly Rueda (collectively “Defendants”) on July 1, 2019. On November 19, 2019, Defendants filed an answer and cross-complaint against Plaintiff.
    On January 31, 2020, Defendants served discovery on Plaintiff, includi...

  • FORD MOTOR CREDIT COMPANY V. BENJAMIN BLISS

    Jan 13, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Ford Motor Credit Company, LLC (“Plaintiff”) filed this action in November 2004, against Benjamin Bliss and Katherine E. Bliss, regarding amounts owed on a motor vehicle lease agreement.
    Benjamin H. Bliss was served with the summons and complaint through substitute service on January 7, 2005. (Chen De...

  • STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INS. CO. V. ERIN CAMERON

    Jan 06, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company (“Plaintiff”) filed this subrogation action on March 18, 2014, against Erin Cameron (“Defendant”). The action sought to recover payments totaling $14,860.29, which Plaintiff had made to its insured (Edward Lee Seidel) in connection with an automobile accident ...

  • STEPHANIE PATTERSON V. JULIA OGDEN, ET AL.

    Jan 06, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Stephanie Patterson (“Plaintiff”) filed this action on August 7, 2020, against Julia Ogden and Habitat for Humanity for San Luis Obispo County (collectively, “Defendants”). The complaint sets forth one cause of action for negligence, arising out of a vehicle collision on August 18, 2018. According to the c...

  • PATRICK O’SULLIVAN V. APRIL BOTTS

    Dec 16, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Patrick O’Sullivan (“Plaintiff”) filed this personal injury action on December 2, 2019, against April Botts (“Defendant”). The dispute arises out of an incident on August 21, 2019, when Defendant, who was driving a Land Rover on Avila Beach Drive, veered onto the road’s righthand shoulder and struck Plaint...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Tana L. Coates

  • JOSE GARZA V. LEE PIATEK, M.D.

    Feb 24, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Jose Luis Garza (“Plaintiff”) filed this action against Lee Joseph Piatek, M.D. (“Defendant”) on August 28, 2019. Plaintiff’s verified complaint for damages alleged six causes of action against Defendant: 1) professional negligence (medical malpractice); 2) battery; 3) lack of consent; 4) reckless inflicti...

  • H. GALE KYLE, INC. DBA KYLE COMPANY ROOFING V. RYAN PERRON

    Feb 24, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    H. Gale Kyle, Inc. dba Kyle Company Roofing (“Plaintiff”) filed this action for breach of contract on March 27, 2019, against Ryan Perron (“Defendant”).
    Plaintiff moved for summary judgment of its single cause of action against Defendant, and that motion was granted.
    Plaintiff’s contract with Def...

  • STEPHANIE SINGH V. BRUCE KOONTZ, ET AL.

    Feb 24, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Background/Procedural History.
    On November 7, 2017, Stephanie Singh (Plaintiff) filed a lawsuit against Defendants Bruce Koontz, Robert Russell Kasper, individually and dba The Real Estate Company of Cambria (Cambria), and other Defendants who have since been dismissed. Plaintiff’s lawsuit stems from ...

  • ESTATE OF: RAUL PUENTE CONTRERAS

    Feb 24, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    (2) Petition to Remove Administrator and Appoint Successor (Prob. Code, § 8500, et seq.)
    (3) Petition for Letters of Administration (successor)
    (Prob. Code, § 8400, et seq.)
    These matters should have been set on the Court’s probate calendar, and will be moved to Tuesday, June 29, 2021.

    ...

  • CRAIG NUNES V. MATT KNUDSEN

    Feb 24, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On September 21, 2020, Craig Nunes (“Plaintiff”) filed a complaint in interpleader against Matt Knudson (“Knudson”) and NufinishPro Franchising, LLC (“NFP”). NFP filed an answer on October 13, 2020, as well as a cross-complaint, against Knudson and Boise Bathtub Refinishing, Inc. (“BBR”). NFP’s owner, Bret...

  • IN RE CONSERVATORSHIP OF BARBARA KLEIN

    Feb 10, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    This is a conservatorship matter with competing petitions seeking to establish a conservatorship of Barbara Klein: one filed by Julie Klein (“Julie”)1, and a competing petition filed by Charles Klein (“Charles”).
    On August 3, 2020, Charles propounded four sets of discovery on Julie: 1) Form Interrogat...

  • V. LOPEZ JR. & SONS GENERAL ENGINEERING CONTRACTING, INC. V. THE CITY OF GROVER BEACH

    Feb 10, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Background.
    On July 8, 2019, Plaintiff V. Lopez Jr. & Sons General Engineering Contractors, Inc. filed a lawsuit against Defendant the City of Grover Beach (the City). Plaintiff’s first amended complaint (FAC) alleges causes of action for (1) breach of contract and (2) equitable adjustment to contract...

  • IN RE CONSERVATORSHIP OF BARBARA KLEIN

    Feb 10, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    UPDATED TENTATIVE RULING
    Hearing: Charles Klein’s Discovery Motions (x4)
    This is a conservatorship matter with competing petitions seeking to establish a conservatorship of Barbara Klein: one filed by Julie Klein (“Julie”)1, and a competing petition filed by Charles Klein (“Charles”).
    On Aug...

  • IN RE: THE LESTER FAMILY TRUST

    Feb 10, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    William Braaten (“Petitioner”), beneficiary of the Lester Family Trust, including the Howard W. Lester Survivor’s Trust and the Lester Disclaimer Trust (the “Trust”) filed a verified Petition for Removal Surcharge of Trustee for Breaches of Trust, Excessive Trustee Fees, Objections to Trust Accounts, and R...

  • WILLIAM SZYMCZAK, ET AL. V. NATURAL HEALING CENTER, LLC ET AL.

    Feb 03, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    TENTATIVE RULING
    Procedural History.
    On August 17, 2020, Plaintiffs William Szymczak, 998 & 1030 Partners LLC, Dayspring Farms LLC, and OG Investors LLC filed this lawsuit against various Defendants. On October 20, 2020, Plaintiffs filed a first amended complaint (FAC) against Defendants Helios D...

  • WILLIAM SZYMCZAK, ET AL. V. NATURAL HEALING CENTER, LLC ET AL.

    Feb 03, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    TENTATIVE RULING
    Procedural History.
    On August 17, 2020, Plaintiffs William Szymczak, 998 & 1030 Partners LLC, Dayspring Farms LLC, and OG Investors LLC filed this lawsuit against various Defendants. On October 20, 2020, Plaintiffs filed a first amended complaint (FAC) against Defendants Helios D...

  • DORIS CONSIER-FAULKNER V. DAVID BARTHOLOMEW

    Feb 03, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Doris Consier-Faulkner (“Plaintiff”) filed this action against Community Action Partnership of SLO County1 (“CAPSLO”), Kindra Gomez (“Gomez”), and David Bartholomew
    (“Bartholomew”), for negligence, premises liability, and negligent supervision/retention/hiring on August 27, 2019.2
    The first and s...

  • WILLIAM SZYMCZAK, ET AL. V. PATRICK GIRGIS, NATURAL HEALING CENTER, LLC, ET AL.

    Jan 27, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Procedural History
    On August 17, 2020, Plaintiffs William Szymczak, 998 & 1030 Partners LLC, Dayspring Farms LLC, and OG Investors LLC1 filed this lawsuit against various Defendants. On October 20, 2020, Plaintiffs filed a first amended complaint (FAC) against Defendants Helios Dayspring; Helios Manag...

  • WILLIAM SZYMCZAK, ET AL. V. PATRICK GIRGIS, ET AL.

    Jan 20, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On its own motion, the Court continues the demurrer and motion to strike filed by Helios Dayspring, Helios Management Group LLC, and 7510 LOVR LLC currently set for January 20, 2021, to January 27, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. in Department 9.

    ...

  • DONALD M. JOHNSON LIVING TRUST V. ROBERT GUMER

    Jan 20, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    This application is an effort by John C. Wright, dba Medi-Dental Adjustment Bureau (“Wright”), to collect on a default judgment for which Wright is the assignee from the original plaintiff, the Donald M. Johnson Living Trust dated 1/27/2000 (the “Trust”), entered by this Court on October 10, 2008, against ...

  • LARRY CURLEE V. JOHN E. ODUM

    Jan 20, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    (2) Motion to Quash
    Background.
    On August 16, 2019, Larry Curlee (Plaintiff) filed a complaint against John E. Odum (Defendant). Plaintiff is currently a patient at Coalinga State Hospital and is a participant in the Sex Offender Treatment Program (SOTP). (Plaintiff Decl., ¶ 1.) As part of this p...

  • PB COMPANIES LLC V. TAYLOR JUDKINS

    Jan 20, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    PB Companies, LLC (“Plaintiff”) filed this action derivatively, on behalf of Tank Farm Center, LLC (“TFC”), against Taylor Judkins (“Judkins”) and nominal defendant TFC (collectively “Defendants”), on May 18, 2020. Plaintiff brings causes of action for (1) disassociation and expulsion of defendant as membe...

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

    Jan 20, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Background.
    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 memor...

  • EMMETT RUSHING, ET AL. V. MICHAEL RYAN, MD, ET AL.

    Jan 13, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Background.
    On July 11, 2018, Emmett Rushing and Annette Rushing (Plaintiffs) filed a lawsuit against Michael Ryan, M.D.; Dave Anderson, PA-C; Than Luu, M.D.; George Hansen, M.D.; Central Coast Chest Consultants; and All for Health, Health for All, Inc. (collectively Defendants). On October 21, 2019, ...

  • COASTHILLS CREDIT UNION V. DANIEL RUEDA

    Jan 13, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Coasthills Credit Union, Inc. (“Plaintiff”) filed this action against Danial Rueda and Molly Rueda (collectively “Defendants”) on July 1, 2019. On November 19, 2019, Defendants filed an answer and cross-complaint against Plaintiff.
    On January 31, 2020, Defendants served discovery on Plaintiff, includi...

  • FORD MOTOR CREDIT COMPANY V. BENJAMIN BLISS

    Jan 13, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Ford Motor Credit Company, LLC (“Plaintiff”) filed this action in November 2004, against Benjamin Bliss and Katherine E. Bliss, regarding amounts owed on a motor vehicle lease agreement.
    Benjamin H. Bliss was served with the summons and complaint through substitute service on January 7, 2005. (Chen De...

  • STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INS. CO. V. ERIN CAMERON

    Jan 06, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company (“Plaintiff”) filed this subrogation action on March 18, 2014, against Erin Cameron (“Defendant”). The action sought to recover payments totaling $14,860.29, which Plaintiff had made to its insured (Edward Lee Seidel) in connection with an automobile accident ...

  • STEPHANIE PATTERSON V. JULIA OGDEN, ET AL.

    Jan 06, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Stephanie Patterson (“Plaintiff”) filed this action on August 7, 2020, against Julia Ogden and Habitat for Humanity for San Luis Obispo County (collectively, “Defendants”). The complaint sets forth one cause of action for negligence, arising out of a vehicle collision on August 18, 2018. According to the c...

  • PATRICK O’SULLIVAN V. APRIL BOTTS

    Dec 16, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Patrick O’Sullivan (“Plaintiff”) filed this personal injury action on December 2, 2019, against April Botts (“Defendant”). The dispute arises out of an incident on August 21, 2019, when Defendant, who was driving a Land Rover on Avila Beach Drive, veered onto the road’s righthand shoulder and struck Plaint...

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