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

  • POLLY MALONEY V. DEVEN WEK

     |  San Luis Obispo County

    This action was filed on March 30, 2010, by Polly Maloney (“Plaintiff”). A default judgment was entered against defendant Deven Wek (“Wek”) on January 11, 2011. On January 3, 2020, Plaintiff assigned her interest, right and title to the judgment to Pinnacle Financial Services, LLC (“Pinnacle”).
    Wek no...

  • NICHOLAS TOTI V. SEGURA SECURITY SERVICES

     |  San Luis Obispo County

    Nicholas Toti (“Plaintiff”) filed this action against Segura Security Services (“Defendant”) on September 16, 2019. The parties settled the case and filed a stipulation and order for the Court to retain jurisdiction pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 664.6. The Court signed that order, and then en...

  • PAUL COLLAGAN V. ASHLEA BOYER

     |  San Luis Obispo County

    Paul Collagan (“Plaintiff”) filed this personal injury action against Ashlea Boyer and Michael Boyer (collectively “Defendants”), on January 29, 2019, arising from a motor vehicle accident.
    Defendants now move pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure sections 2023.010, 2030.290, and 2031.320, for terminati...

  • RAELENE M. RAMOS ET AL. V. LINDA J. BOWLBY, ET AL.

     |  San Luis Obispo County

    Factual and Procedural Background.
    On September 25, 2020, Plaintiffs Raelene M. Ramos and Annastasia C. Ramos filed a lawsuit against Defendants Linda J. Bowlby, individually and as beneficiary of The Hindmarsh Irrevocable Trust Dated September 6, 1996 (the Irrevocable Trust); Linda J. Bowlby, individ...

  • IN RE: ESTHER BORJA IRREVOCABLE TRUST, DATED NOVEMBER 29, 2019

     |  San Luis Obispo County

    This action was initiated on June 4, 2020, with a Petition to Instruct Trustee pursuant to Probate Code section 17200(b)(6), filed by Shawnette Rice Frost (“Trustee”), Trustee of the Esther A. Borja Irrevocable Trust Dated November 29, 2019 (the “Trust”).
    On October 14, 2020, Esther Borja (“Borja”) fi...

  • TYRONE MCSORLEY, ET AL. V. BANK OF AMERICA, ET AL.

     |  San Luis Obispo County

    This matter will be taken off calendar because Plaintiffs have filed a dismissal with prejudice in favor of the moving party, Edward Jones. No appearances are required. The matter is next on calendar, January 25, 2021, for a status conference at 9:00 a.m.

    ...

  • FONTECCHIO V. FAMILY CARE NETWORK, INC.

     |  San Luis Obispo County

    Loretta Fontecchio (“Plaintiff”) filed her class action complaint for violation of California Labor Code section 226(a) against Family Care Network, Inc. (“Defendant”) on April 25, 2019. Plaintiff alleges that Defendant, as a matter of corporate policy and practice, furnished wage statements that violated ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF KEVIN AZZOUZ, SR.

     |  San Luis Obispo County

    Motion to Compel Responses to Requests for Production of Documents Motion to Deem Requests for Admission, Admitted
    On October 11, 2019, Kevin Azzouz, Jr. petitioned for appointment as temporary and general conservator of his father, Kevin Azzouz, Sr. Ten days later, the proposed conservatee’s daughter...

  • IN RE: LORENE CIANOS

     |  San Luis Obispo County

    This matter involves Lorene Cianos, a 77-year-old woman widowed in October 2018. Petitioner and her late husband, Nicholas, lived in New York and Maryland. After Nicholas died, Lorene moved to San Luis Obispo County to live with one of her two daughters, Heidi Stockton. Lorene then moved into a care facili...

  • EASY LOAN CORP. V. KARLOS VELAZQUEZ, ET AL.

     |  San Luis Obispo County

    The Judgment Debtor’s claim of exemption is granted in part. The Sheriff’s Office shall levy $40.00 from the Judgment Debtor’s earnings each monthly pay period.
    The Judgment Creditor is to prepare the order.

    ...

  • IN RE: BIEGHLER REVOCABLE TRUST

     |  San Luis Obispo County

    Janice Hoover (“Petitioner”) initiated this trust proceeding on December 3, 2019, against Linda Borba (“Respondent”). The dispute concerns Borba’s actions as trustee of the Bieghler Revocable Trust dated October 11, 1996 (the “Trust”). The Trust was created by Petitioner’s parents, Hilma and Melvin Bieghle...

  • VAROUJAN KURKEYERIAN V. ERIK BENHAM, ET AL.

     |  San Luis Obispo County

    Varoujan Kurkeyerian (“Kurkeyerian”), and SLO Cal Investors, LLC (“SCI”) filed this action on May 14, 2019. On August 30, 2019, Kurkeyerian, SCI, and Harvcal, Inc. (“Harvcal”) (collectively “Plaintiffs”) filed their First Amended Complaint against Erik Benham (“Benham”), Trincon, Inc., Bening Company, LLC ...

  • PB COMPANIES, LLC V. TAYLOR JUDKINS, ET AL.

     |  San Luis Obispo County

    On May 18, 2020, Plaintiff PB Companies, LLC, derivatively on behalf of Tank Farm Center, LLC, filed a lawsuit against Defendants Taylor Judkins and Tank Farm Center, LLC1 alleging causes of action for (1) disassociation and expulsion of Defendant Taylor Judkins as member of the Company; (2) breach of fidu...

  • MUHAMMAD ABDULLAH V. CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, ET AL.

     |  San Luis Obispo County

    On April 6, 2020, Plaintiff Muhammad Abdullah, proceeding pro per without counsel, filed a complaint against Defendants California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), Josie Gastelo, Jon Doe Lieutenant, and Jon Doe Sergeant. Plaintiff’s complaint includes four causes of action, for (1) defa...

  • IN RE: MARCUS AND MARCIA RUDNICK FAMILY TRUST

     |  San Luis Obispo County

    Motion for Attorney’s Fees
    I. BACKGROUND
    On September 29, 1998, Marcus and Marcia Rudnick (the “Settlors”) created The Marcus and Marcia Rudnick Family Trust (the “Family Trust”). The Settlors served as co-trustees. Marcus passed away in October 2003.1 Upon his death, the Family Trust was divided...

  • IN RE: MARCUS AND MARCIA RUDNICK FAMILY TRUST

     |  San Luis Obispo County

    Motion for Attorney’s Fees
    I. BACKGROUND
    On September 29, 1998, Marcus and Marcia Rudnick (the “Settlors”) created The Marcus and Marcia Rudnick Family Trust (the “Family Trust”). The Settlors served as co-trustees. Marcus passed away in October 2003.1 Upon his death, the Family Trust was divided...

  • WILLIAM SZYMACZAK V. NATURAL HEALING CENTER, LLC

     |  San Luis Obispo County

    Motion for Issuance of a Preliminary Injunction
    RULING ON EVIDENTIARY OBJECTIONS
    In conjunction with Plaintiffs’ motion for an order appointing a receiver and for issuance of a preliminary injunction, the Court is in receipt of 163 pages of evidentiary objections (196 evidentiary objections total...

  • CARL J. GOEDINGHAUS V. JED D. HAZELTINE, ET AL.

     |  San Luis Obispo County

    A. BACKGROUND
    On April 29, 1982, Carl H. Goedinghaus and Claire Goedinghaus (the “Settlors”) created the Carl H. Goedinghaus Family Trust (the “Trust”). Upon Carl’s death in September 1990, the Trust was subdivided into three subtrusts: Trust A-Marital Trust, Trust B-Family Trust, and Trust C- Exempti...

  • WILLIAM SZYMACZAK V. NATURAL HEALING CENTER, LLC

     |  San Luis Obispo County

    Motion for Issuance of a Preliminary Injunction
    Procedural History.
    On August 17, 2020, Plaintiffs William Szymczak, 998 & 1030 Partners LLC, Dayspring Farms LLC, and OG Investors LLC (collectively Plaintiffs) filed this complaint against various Defendants, including Helios Dayspring and Helios ...

  • CAPITAL ONE BANK (USA), N.A. V. MATTHEW RAMSEY

     |  San Luis Obispo County

    Capital One Bank (USA), N.A. (“Plaintiff”) filed this credit card collection action against Matthew Ramsey (“Defendant”) on June 7, 2018. On September 25, 2018, Plaintiff filed a Notice of Settlement. This action is still active and has not yet been ordered dismissed.
    On October 31, 2018, Plaintiff fi...

  • ADAM SEVIM V. MARISSA HUDSON, ET AL.

     |  San Luis Obispo County

    Motions to Compel Responses to Special Interrogatories Motions to Compel Responses to Requests for Production Motions to Deem Requests for Admission, Admitted
    Adam Sevim (“Plaintiff”) filed this action on June 3, 2019, against Marissa Hudson, Donald Hudson, and Seaside Real Estate, Inc. (“Seaside”; co...

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

     |  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 ...

  • CHRISTOPHER ISLER V. TIM GILL

     |  San Luis Obispo County

    Christopher Isler, dba CRI and Associates General Contracting (“Plaintiff”) filed this action against Tim Gill and Forster-Gill, Inc. (collectively “Defendants”), on April 13, 2018. An amended complaint was filed on June 19, 2018. Forster-Gill, Inc. filed a cross-complaint against Plaintiff on July 24, 201...

  • WILLIAM SZYMCZAK V. NATURAL HEALING CENTER, LLC

     |  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 (“...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Tana L. Coates

  • POLLY MALONEY V. DEVEN WEK

     |  San Luis Obispo County

    This action was filed on March 30, 2010, by Polly Maloney (“Plaintiff”). A default judgment was entered against defendant Deven Wek (“Wek”) on January 11, 2011. On January 3, 2020, Plaintiff assigned her interest, right and title to the judgment to Pinnacle Financial Services, LLC (“Pinnacle”).
    Wek no...

  • NICHOLAS TOTI V. SEGURA SECURITY SERVICES

     |  San Luis Obispo County

    Nicholas Toti (“Plaintiff”) filed this action against Segura Security Services (“Defendant”) on September 16, 2019. The parties settled the case and filed a stipulation and order for the Court to retain jurisdiction pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 664.6. The Court signed that order, and then en...

  • PAUL COLLAGAN V. ASHLEA BOYER

     |  San Luis Obispo County

    Paul Collagan (“Plaintiff”) filed this personal injury action against Ashlea Boyer and Michael Boyer (collectively “Defendants”), on January 29, 2019, arising from a motor vehicle accident.
    Defendants now move pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure sections 2023.010, 2030.290, and 2031.320, for terminati...

  • RAELENE M. RAMOS ET AL. V. LINDA J. BOWLBY, ET AL.

     |  San Luis Obispo County

    Factual and Procedural Background.
    On September 25, 2020, Plaintiffs Raelene M. Ramos and Annastasia C. Ramos filed a lawsuit against Defendants Linda J. Bowlby, individually and as beneficiary of The Hindmarsh Irrevocable Trust Dated September 6, 1996 (the Irrevocable Trust); Linda J. Bowlby, individ...

  • IN RE: ESTHER BORJA IRREVOCABLE TRUST, DATED NOVEMBER 29, 2019

     |  San Luis Obispo County

    This action was initiated on June 4, 2020, with a Petition to Instruct Trustee pursuant to Probate Code section 17200(b)(6), filed by Shawnette Rice Frost (“Trustee”), Trustee of the Esther A. Borja Irrevocable Trust Dated November 29, 2019 (the “Trust”).
    On October 14, 2020, Esther Borja (“Borja”) fi...

  • TYRONE MCSORLEY, ET AL. V. BANK OF AMERICA, ET AL.

     |  San Luis Obispo County

    This matter will be taken off calendar because Plaintiffs have filed a dismissal with prejudice in favor of the moving party, Edward Jones. No appearances are required. The matter is next on calendar, January 25, 2021, for a status conference at 9:00 a.m.

    ...

  • FONTECCHIO V. FAMILY CARE NETWORK, INC.

     |  San Luis Obispo County

    Loretta Fontecchio (“Plaintiff”) filed her class action complaint for violation of California Labor Code section 226(a) against Family Care Network, Inc. (“Defendant”) on April 25, 2019. Plaintiff alleges that Defendant, as a matter of corporate policy and practice, furnished wage statements that violated ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF KEVIN AZZOUZ, SR.

     |  San Luis Obispo County

    Motion to Compel Responses to Requests for Production of Documents Motion to Deem Requests for Admission, Admitted
    On October 11, 2019, Kevin Azzouz, Jr. petitioned for appointment as temporary and general conservator of his father, Kevin Azzouz, Sr. Ten days later, the proposed conservatee’s daughter...

  • IN RE: LORENE CIANOS

     |  San Luis Obispo County

    This matter involves Lorene Cianos, a 77-year-old woman widowed in October 2018. Petitioner and her late husband, Nicholas, lived in New York and Maryland. After Nicholas died, Lorene moved to San Luis Obispo County to live with one of her two daughters, Heidi Stockton. Lorene then moved into a care facili...

  • EASY LOAN CORP. V. KARLOS VELAZQUEZ, ET AL.

     |  San Luis Obispo County

    The Judgment Debtor’s claim of exemption is granted in part. The Sheriff’s Office shall levy $40.00 from the Judgment Debtor’s earnings each monthly pay period.
    The Judgment Creditor is to prepare the order.

    ...

  • IN RE: BIEGHLER REVOCABLE TRUST

     |  San Luis Obispo County

    Janice Hoover (“Petitioner”) initiated this trust proceeding on December 3, 2019, against Linda Borba (“Respondent”). The dispute concerns Borba’s actions as trustee of the Bieghler Revocable Trust dated October 11, 1996 (the “Trust”). The Trust was created by Petitioner’s parents, Hilma and Melvin Bieghle...

  • VAROUJAN KURKEYERIAN V. ERIK BENHAM, ET AL.

     |  San Luis Obispo County

    Varoujan Kurkeyerian (“Kurkeyerian”), and SLO Cal Investors, LLC (“SCI”) filed this action on May 14, 2019. On August 30, 2019, Kurkeyerian, SCI, and Harvcal, Inc. (“Harvcal”) (collectively “Plaintiffs”) filed their First Amended Complaint against Erik Benham (“Benham”), Trincon, Inc., Bening Company, LLC ...

  • PB COMPANIES, LLC V. TAYLOR JUDKINS, ET AL.

     |  San Luis Obispo County

    On May 18, 2020, Plaintiff PB Companies, LLC, derivatively on behalf of Tank Farm Center, LLC, filed a lawsuit against Defendants Taylor Judkins and Tank Farm Center, LLC1 alleging causes of action for (1) disassociation and expulsion of Defendant Taylor Judkins as member of the Company; (2) breach of fidu...

  • MUHAMMAD ABDULLAH V. CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, ET AL.

     |  San Luis Obispo County

    On April 6, 2020, Plaintiff Muhammad Abdullah, proceeding pro per without counsel, filed a complaint against Defendants California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), Josie Gastelo, Jon Doe Lieutenant, and Jon Doe Sergeant. Plaintiff’s complaint includes four causes of action, for (1) defa...

  • IN RE: MARCUS AND MARCIA RUDNICK FAMILY TRUST

     |  San Luis Obispo County

    Motion for Attorney’s Fees
    I. BACKGROUND
    On September 29, 1998, Marcus and Marcia Rudnick (the “Settlors”) created The Marcus and Marcia Rudnick Family Trust (the “Family Trust”). The Settlors served as co-trustees. Marcus passed away in October 2003.1 Upon his death, the Family Trust was divided...

  • IN RE: MARCUS AND MARCIA RUDNICK FAMILY TRUST

     |  San Luis Obispo County

    Motion for Attorney’s Fees
    I. BACKGROUND
    On September 29, 1998, Marcus and Marcia Rudnick (the “Settlors”) created The Marcus and Marcia Rudnick Family Trust (the “Family Trust”). The Settlors served as co-trustees. Marcus passed away in October 2003.1 Upon his death, the Family Trust was divided...

  • WILLIAM SZYMACZAK V. NATURAL HEALING CENTER, LLC

     |  San Luis Obispo County

    Motion for Issuance of a Preliminary Injunction
    RULING ON EVIDENTIARY OBJECTIONS
    In conjunction with Plaintiffs’ motion for an order appointing a receiver and for issuance of a preliminary injunction, the Court is in receipt of 163 pages of evidentiary objections (196 evidentiary objections total...

  • CARL J. GOEDINGHAUS V. JED D. HAZELTINE, ET AL.

     |  San Luis Obispo County

    A. BACKGROUND
    On April 29, 1982, Carl H. Goedinghaus and Claire Goedinghaus (the “Settlors”) created the Carl H. Goedinghaus Family Trust (the “Trust”). Upon Carl’s death in September 1990, the Trust was subdivided into three subtrusts: Trust A-Marital Trust, Trust B-Family Trust, and Trust C- Exempti...

  • WILLIAM SZYMACZAK V. NATURAL HEALING CENTER, LLC

     |  San Luis Obispo County

    Motion for Issuance of a Preliminary Injunction
    Procedural History.
    On August 17, 2020, Plaintiffs William Szymczak, 998 & 1030 Partners LLC, Dayspring Farms LLC, and OG Investors LLC (collectively Plaintiffs) filed this complaint against various Defendants, including Helios Dayspring and Helios ...

  • CAPITAL ONE BANK (USA), N.A. V. MATTHEW RAMSEY

     |  San Luis Obispo County

    Capital One Bank (USA), N.A. (“Plaintiff”) filed this credit card collection action against Matthew Ramsey (“Defendant”) on June 7, 2018. On September 25, 2018, Plaintiff filed a Notice of Settlement. This action is still active and has not yet been ordered dismissed.
    On October 31, 2018, Plaintiff fi...

  • ADAM SEVIM V. MARISSA HUDSON, ET AL.

     |  San Luis Obispo County

    Motions to Compel Responses to Special Interrogatories Motions to Compel Responses to Requests for Production Motions to Deem Requests for Admission, Admitted
    Adam Sevim (“Plaintiff”) filed this action on June 3, 2019, against Marissa Hudson, Donald Hudson, and Seaside Real Estate, Inc. (“Seaside”; co...

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

     |  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 ...

  • CHRISTOPHER ISLER V. TIM GILL

     |  San Luis Obispo County

    Christopher Isler, dba CRI and Associates General Contracting (“Plaintiff”) filed this action against Tim Gill and Forster-Gill, Inc. (collectively “Defendants”), on April 13, 2018. An amended complaint was filed on June 19, 2018. Forster-Gill, Inc. filed a cross-complaint against Plaintiff on July 24, 201...

  • WILLIAM SZYMCZAK V. NATURAL HEALING CENTER, LLC

     |  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 (“...

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