The Honorable Thomas E. Kuhnle

Santa Clara County Superior Court, Department 5

Biography

The Hon. Thomas E. Kuhnle is a judge for the Superior Court of Santa Clara County in California. He was appointed to the bench by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2010, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Jamie A. Jacobs-May.

Kuhnle attended Stanford University, where he earned a B.A. in economics in 1987 as well as an M.A. in International Economics in 1988. He then continued his studies at Stanford Law School, completing his J.D. in 1995.

Prior to his appointment to the bench, Kuhnle was a partner at Bingham McCutchen. He practiced there for fifteen years, specializing in business disputes and intellectual property cases.

Kuhnle practiced law at an international firm for fifteen years. There, he specialized in business disputes and intellectual property cases.

He served as president of the Santa Clara County Bar Association.

Kuhnle is an avid cyclist.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Thomas E. Kuhnle

  • PETRA GODINEZ JOSE RODRIGUEZ FLORENTINO GAYOSO VS. EL POLLO LOCO

    Jan 17, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    .
    EL POLLO LOCO, INC.; W.K.S.

    17 RESTAURANT GROUP, INC.;

    SUNNYVALE/SANTA CLARA EL POLLO

    18 LOCO, LLC; W.K.S. RESTAURANT

    CORPORATION; and DOES 1 to 100, inclusive,

    Footnote 16:

    Footnote 19: Defendants.

    Footnote 20: 21

    ...

  • WILSON V. DGDG 1, LLC, ET AL.

    Jan 17, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    9 COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA

    12 KORBIN WILSON and MATTHEW BURNHAM, as individuals, on behalf of 13 themselves and all others similarly situated, and TENTATIVE RULING RE: MOTION as the State of California as private attorney FOR FINAL APPROVAL OF CLASS 14 generals, ACTION SETTLEMENT; JUDGMENT 15 Plaintif...

  • SINCO TECHNOLOGIES PTE LTD V. SOON, ET AL.

    Jan 17, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    9 COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA

    12 SINCO TECHNOLOGIES PTE LTD, 13 Plaintiff, TENTATIVE RULING RE: MOTION TO QUASH

    14 vs.

    15 LIEW YEW SOON AKA MARK LIEW; SINCO

    ELECTRONICS (DONGGUAN) CO., LTD., NG

    16 CHER YONG AKA CY NG, ML TJOA; AND

    DOES 3 THROUGH 20, INCLUSIVE,

    ...

  • ESPINOZA V. WAREHOUSE DEMO SERVICES, INC.

    Jan 10, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    9 COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA

    12 GEORGINA ESPINOZA, an individual, on behalf of herself and others similarly situated, 13 TENTATIVE RULING RE: MOTION Plaintiff, FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT OR, IN 14 THE ALTERNATIVE, SUMMARY vs. ADJUDICATION 15

    WAREHOUSE DEMO SERVICES, INC.; and

    16 DOES 1 thru 50...

  • NIEVE MCGOWAN VS. ARRAYIT CORPORATION

    Jan 10, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    .
    ARRAYIT CORPORATION, a Nevada

    16 corporation; PINNER USA, INC., a New Jersey

    corporation; and DOES 1 through 100, inclusive,

    Footnote 15:

    Footnote 17: Defendants.

    Footnote 18: 19

    ...

  • STILWELL V. FIRST ALARM

    Dec 21, 2019 |  Santa Clara County

    The above-entitled action comes on for hearing before the Honorable Thomas E. Kuhnle 22 on December 21, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. in Department 5. The Court now issues its tentative ruling 23 as follows:

    24 I. INTRODUCTION

    25 This is a class action lawsuit arising from various alleged wage and hou...

  • VILLAREAL V. MISSION TRAIL WASTE SYSTEMS, INC.

    Dec 20, 2019 |  Santa Clara County

    9 COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA

    12 THOMAS VILLAREAL, on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated, 13 TENTATIVE RULING RE:

    Plaintiff, CONTINUED MOTION FOR

    14 PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF

    vs. CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT, AND 15 REQUEST TO FILE FIRST AMENDED MISSION TRAIL WASTE SYSTE...

  • 12 CORINTHIAN INTERNATIONAL WAGE AND HOUR

    Dec 20, 2019 |  Santa Clara County

    9 COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA

    CASES

    13 TENTATIVE RULING RE: MOTION Coordinated Actions: FOR APPROVAL OF CLASS NOTICE 14

    Turner v. Corinthian International Parking

    15 Services, Inc.,

    16 Santa Clara County Superior Court 16CV292208

    18 Services, Inc.

    19 Alamed...

  • VANCLEAVE V. ABBOTT LABORATORIES

    Dec 20, 2019 |  Santa Clara County

    9 COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA

    12 ELIZABETH J. VANCLEAVE, individually and on behalf of a class of similarly situated 13 individuals, TENTATIVE RULING RE: DEMURRER TO PLAINTIFF’S 14 Plaintiff, COMPLAINT AND ALTERNATIVE MOTION TO STRIKE 15 vs.

    16 ABBOTT LABORATORIES; and DOES 1-5,

    inclusive...

  • NICHOLS V. NORTHROP GRUMMAN SYSTEMS CORP., ET AL.

    Dec 20, 2019 |  Santa Clara County

    9 COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA

    12 ERIC S. NICHOLS, on behalf of himself, all others similarly situated, 13 TENTATIVE RULING RE: MOTION Plaintiff, TO STAY ACTION 14

    vs.

    16 CORPORATION, a Delaware corporation;

    NORTHROP GRUMMAN CORPORATION, a

    17 Delaware corporation; and DOES ...

  • HAYNES V. MILPITAS GROCERY OUTLET, ET AL.

    Dec 20, 2019 |  Santa Clara County

    9 COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA

    12 TERRI HAYNES, individually, and on behalf of other members of the general public similarly 13 situated, TENTATIVE RULING RE: MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF 14 Plaintiff, CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT 15 vs.

    16 MILPITAS GROCERY OUTLET, an unknown

    business ent...

  • MERIDIAN FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC., ET AL. V. PHAN, ET AL.

    Dec 14, 2019 |  Santa Clara County

    The above-entitled action comes on for hearing before the Honorable Thomas E. Kuhnle 20 on December 14, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. in Department 5. The Court now issues its tentative ruling 21 as follows:

    22 I. INTRODUCTION

    23 According to the allegations of the Third Amended Complaint (“TAC”), fil...

  • SINCO TECHNOLOGIES PTE LTD V. SOON, ET AL.

    Dec 14, 2019 |  Santa Clara County

    9 COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA

    12 SINCO TECHNOLOGIES PTE LTD, 13 Plaintiff, TENTATIVE RULING RE: MOTION IN SUPPORT OF SUBSTITUTE 14 vs. SERVICE ON MARK LIEW’S COUNSEL

    15 LIEW YEW SOON AKA MARK LIEW; SINCO

    ELECTRONICS (DONGGUAN) CO., LTD., NG

    16 CHER YONG AKA CY NG, ML TJOA; AND

    ...

  • MOSES, ET AL. V. ADECCO USA, INC.

    Dec 14, 2019 |  Santa Clara County

    The above-entitled action comes on for hearing before the Honorable Thomas E. Kuhnle 20 on December 14, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. in Department 5. The Court now issues its tentative ruling 21 as follows:

    22 VIII. INTRODUCTION

    23 This is a putative class action arising out of various alleged Labor ...

  • SINCO TECHNOLOGIES PTE LTD V. SOON, ET AL.

    Dec 14, 2019 |  Santa Clara County

    9 COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA

    12 SINCO TECHNOLOGIES PTE LTD, 13 Plaintiff, TENTATIVE RULING RE: MOTION TO COMPEL PRODUCTION AND 14 vs. DEPOSITION OF LIEW YEW SOON AKA MARK LIEW; MOTION TO 15 LIEW YEW SOON AKA MARK LIEW; SINCO SEAL

    ELECTRONICS (DONGGUAN) CO., LTD., NG

    16 CHER YONG AKA CY N...

  • ZELAYA V. FOOT LOCKER RETAIL, INC. (CONSOLIDATED WITH BISHOP, CASE NO. 18CV324493)

    Dec 07, 2019 |  Santa Clara County

    9 COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA

    12 NELLY ZELAYA, on behalf of herself, all others similarly situated, and the general public, 13 [Consolidated with Santa Clara County Plaintiff, Superior Court 14 324493] vs.

    15 TENTATIVE RULING RE: MOTION FOOT LOCKER RETAIL, INC., a New York FOR PRELIMINARY APPROVA...

  • MARTINEZ V. FRITO-LAY, INC., ET AL.

    Dec 07, 2019 |  Santa Clara County

    The above-entitled action comes on for hearing before the Honorable Thomas E. Kuhnle 21 on December 7, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. in Department 5. The Court now issues its tentative ruling as 22 follows:

    23 I. INTRODUCTION

    24 This is a putative class action and representative action arising out of ...

  • BERMAN-CHEUNG, ET AL. V. COOK GROUP, INC., ET AL.

    Dec 07, 2019 |  Santa Clara County

    The above-entitled action comes on for hearing before the Honorable Thomas E. Kuhnle 24 on December 7, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. in Department 5. The Court now issues its tentative ruling as 25 follows:

    26 I. INTRODUCTION

    27 According to the allegations of the Amended Complaint (“FAC”), filed on M...

  • MILLER, ET AL. V. MATTRESS FIRM, INC.

    Dec 07, 2019 |  Santa Clara County

    The above-entitled action comes on for hearing before the Honorable Thomas E. Kuhnle 22 on December 7, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. in Department 5. The Court now issues its tentative ruling as 23 follows:

    24 I. INTRODUCTION

    25 The original Complaint in this action was filed on July 18, 2017. On Sept...

  • WILLIAMS V. NICHOLS DEMOS, INC., ET AL.

    Dec 06, 2019 |  Santa Clara County

    9 COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA

    12 SIGRID R. WILLIAMS, on behalf of herself and all others similarly situated, 13 TENTATIVE RULING RE: MOTION Plaintiff, FOR PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF 14 CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT vs.

    16 corporation; NICHOLS & ASSOCIATES, INC.,

    an Oregon corporation; FLAIR EVENT<...

  • APPLE INC VS. GERARD WILLIAMS III

    Dec 06, 2019 |  Santa Clara County

    .
    15 GERARD WILLIAMS III,

    16 Defendant.

    Footnote 17: 18

    ...

  • ALLISON V. SUPER ZEN, INC.

    Dec 06, 2019 |  Santa Clara County

    9 COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA

    12 LUKE ALLISON, individually and on behalf of all similarly situated employees of Defendants in 13 the State of California, TENTATIVE RULING RE: MOTION FOR APPROVAL OF SETTLEMENT 14 Plaintiff, OF LABOR CODE PRIVATE ATTORNEYS GENERAL ACT OF 2004 15 vs. AND PRELIMINARY APPROV...

  • CARLSON V. GATESTONE & CO. INTERNATIONAL, INC., ET AL.

    Nov 30, 2019 |  Santa Clara County

    The above-entitled action comes on for hearing before the Honorable Thomas E. Kuhnle 20 on November 30, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. in Department 5. The Court now issues its tentative ruling 21 as follows:

    22 I. INTRODUCTION

    23 This is a putative class action brought pursuant to the California Rosen...

  • KUMAR V. FORTY NINERS STADIUM MANAGEMENT COMPANY LLC

    Nov 30, 2019 |  Santa Clara County

    The above-entitled action comes on for hearing before the Honorable Thomas E. Kuhnle 19 on November 30, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. in Department 5. The Court now issues its tentative ruling 20 as follows:

    21 I. INTRODUCTION

    22 This is a putative class action arising out of various alleged wage and ...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Thomas E. Kuhnle

  • PETRA GODINEZ JOSE RODRIGUEZ FLORENTINO GAYOSO VS. EL POLLO LOCO

    Jan 17, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    .
    EL POLLO LOCO, INC.; W.K.S.

    17 RESTAURANT GROUP, INC.;

    SUNNYVALE/SANTA CLARA EL POLLO

    18 LOCO, LLC; W.K.S. RESTAURANT

    CORPORATION; and DOES 1 to 100, inclusive,

    Footnote 16:

    Footnote 19: Defendants.

    Footnote 20: 21

    ...

  • WILSON V. DGDG 1, LLC, ET AL.

    Jan 17, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    9 COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA

    12 KORBIN WILSON and MATTHEW BURNHAM, as individuals, on behalf of 13 themselves and all others similarly situated, and TENTATIVE RULING RE: MOTION as the State of California as private attorney FOR FINAL APPROVAL OF CLASS 14 generals, ACTION SETTLEMENT; JUDGMENT 15 Plaintif...

  • SINCO TECHNOLOGIES PTE LTD V. SOON, ET AL.

    Jan 17, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    9 COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA

    12 SINCO TECHNOLOGIES PTE LTD, 13 Plaintiff, TENTATIVE RULING RE: MOTION TO QUASH

    14 vs.

    15 LIEW YEW SOON AKA MARK LIEW; SINCO

    ELECTRONICS (DONGGUAN) CO., LTD., NG

    16 CHER YONG AKA CY NG, ML TJOA; AND

    DOES 3 THROUGH 20, INCLUSIVE,

    ...

  • ESPINOZA V. WAREHOUSE DEMO SERVICES, INC.

    Jan 10, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    9 COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA

    12 GEORGINA ESPINOZA, an individual, on behalf of herself and others similarly situated, 13 TENTATIVE RULING RE: MOTION Plaintiff, FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT OR, IN 14 THE ALTERNATIVE, SUMMARY vs. ADJUDICATION 15

    WAREHOUSE DEMO SERVICES, INC.; and

    16 DOES 1 thru 50...

  • NIEVE MCGOWAN VS. ARRAYIT CORPORATION

    Jan 10, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    .
    ARRAYIT CORPORATION, a Nevada

    16 corporation; PINNER USA, INC., a New Jersey

    corporation; and DOES 1 through 100, inclusive,

    Footnote 15:

    Footnote 17: Defendants.

    Footnote 18: 19

    ...

  • STILWELL V. FIRST ALARM

    Dec 21, 2019 |  Santa Clara County

    The above-entitled action comes on for hearing before the Honorable Thomas E. Kuhnle 22 on December 21, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. in Department 5. The Court now issues its tentative ruling 23 as follows:

    24 I. INTRODUCTION

    25 This is a class action lawsuit arising from various alleged wage and hou...

  • VILLAREAL V. MISSION TRAIL WASTE SYSTEMS, INC.

    Dec 20, 2019 |  Santa Clara County

    9 COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA

    12 THOMAS VILLAREAL, on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated, 13 TENTATIVE RULING RE:

    Plaintiff, CONTINUED MOTION FOR

    14 PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF

    vs. CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT, AND 15 REQUEST TO FILE FIRST AMENDED MISSION TRAIL WASTE SYSTE...

  • 12 CORINTHIAN INTERNATIONAL WAGE AND HOUR

    Dec 20, 2019 |  Santa Clara County

    9 COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA

    CASES

    13 TENTATIVE RULING RE: MOTION Coordinated Actions: FOR APPROVAL OF CLASS NOTICE 14

    Turner v. Corinthian International Parking

    15 Services, Inc.,

    16 Santa Clara County Superior Court 16CV292208

    18 Services, Inc.

    19 Alamed...

  • VANCLEAVE V. ABBOTT LABORATORIES

    Dec 20, 2019 |  Santa Clara County

    9 COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA

    12 ELIZABETH J. VANCLEAVE, individually and on behalf of a class of similarly situated 13 individuals, TENTATIVE RULING RE: DEMURRER TO PLAINTIFF’S 14 Plaintiff, COMPLAINT AND ALTERNATIVE MOTION TO STRIKE 15 vs.

    16 ABBOTT LABORATORIES; and DOES 1-5,

    inclusive...

  • NICHOLS V. NORTHROP GRUMMAN SYSTEMS CORP., ET AL.

    Dec 20, 2019 |  Santa Clara County

    9 COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA

    12 ERIC S. NICHOLS, on behalf of himself, all others similarly situated, 13 TENTATIVE RULING RE: MOTION Plaintiff, TO STAY ACTION 14

    vs.

    16 CORPORATION, a Delaware corporation;

    NORTHROP GRUMMAN CORPORATION, a

    17 Delaware corporation; and DOES ...

  • HAYNES V. MILPITAS GROCERY OUTLET, ET AL.

    Dec 20, 2019 |  Santa Clara County

    9 COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA

    12 TERRI HAYNES, individually, and on behalf of other members of the general public similarly 13 situated, TENTATIVE RULING RE: MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF 14 Plaintiff, CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT 15 vs.

    16 MILPITAS GROCERY OUTLET, an unknown

    business ent...

  • MERIDIAN FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC., ET AL. V. PHAN, ET AL.

    Dec 14, 2019 |  Santa Clara County

    The above-entitled action comes on for hearing before the Honorable Thomas E. Kuhnle 20 on December 14, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. in Department 5. The Court now issues its tentative ruling 21 as follows:

    22 I. INTRODUCTION

    23 According to the allegations of the Third Amended Complaint (“TAC”), fil...

  • SINCO TECHNOLOGIES PTE LTD V. SOON, ET AL.

    Dec 14, 2019 |  Santa Clara County

    9 COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA

    12 SINCO TECHNOLOGIES PTE LTD, 13 Plaintiff, TENTATIVE RULING RE: MOTION IN SUPPORT OF SUBSTITUTE 14 vs. SERVICE ON MARK LIEW’S COUNSEL

    15 LIEW YEW SOON AKA MARK LIEW; SINCO

    ELECTRONICS (DONGGUAN) CO., LTD., NG

    16 CHER YONG AKA CY NG, ML TJOA; AND

    ...

  • MOSES, ET AL. V. ADECCO USA, INC.

    Dec 14, 2019 |  Santa Clara County

    The above-entitled action comes on for hearing before the Honorable Thomas E. Kuhnle 20 on December 14, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. in Department 5. The Court now issues its tentative ruling 21 as follows:

    22 VIII. INTRODUCTION

    23 This is a putative class action arising out of various alleged Labor ...

  • SINCO TECHNOLOGIES PTE LTD V. SOON, ET AL.

    Dec 14, 2019 |  Santa Clara County

    9 COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA

    12 SINCO TECHNOLOGIES PTE LTD, 13 Plaintiff, TENTATIVE RULING RE: MOTION TO COMPEL PRODUCTION AND 14 vs. DEPOSITION OF LIEW YEW SOON AKA MARK LIEW; MOTION TO 15 LIEW YEW SOON AKA MARK LIEW; SINCO SEAL

    ELECTRONICS (DONGGUAN) CO., LTD., NG

    16 CHER YONG AKA CY N...

  • ZELAYA V. FOOT LOCKER RETAIL, INC. (CONSOLIDATED WITH BISHOP, CASE NO. 18CV324493)

    Dec 07, 2019 |  Santa Clara County

    9 COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA

    12 NELLY ZELAYA, on behalf of herself, all others similarly situated, and the general public, 13 [Consolidated with Santa Clara County Plaintiff, Superior Court 14 324493] vs.

    15 TENTATIVE RULING RE: MOTION FOOT LOCKER RETAIL, INC., a New York FOR PRELIMINARY APPROVA...

  • MARTINEZ V. FRITO-LAY, INC., ET AL.

    Dec 07, 2019 |  Santa Clara County

    The above-entitled action comes on for hearing before the Honorable Thomas E. Kuhnle 21 on December 7, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. in Department 5. The Court now issues its tentative ruling as 22 follows:

    23 I. INTRODUCTION

    24 This is a putative class action and representative action arising out of ...

  • BERMAN-CHEUNG, ET AL. V. COOK GROUP, INC., ET AL.

    Dec 07, 2019 |  Santa Clara County

    The above-entitled action comes on for hearing before the Honorable Thomas E. Kuhnle 24 on December 7, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. in Department 5. The Court now issues its tentative ruling as 25 follows:

    26 I. INTRODUCTION

    27 According to the allegations of the Amended Complaint (“FAC”), filed on M...

  • MILLER, ET AL. V. MATTRESS FIRM, INC.

    Dec 07, 2019 |  Santa Clara County

    The above-entitled action comes on for hearing before the Honorable Thomas E. Kuhnle 22 on December 7, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. in Department 5. The Court now issues its tentative ruling as 23 follows:

    24 I. INTRODUCTION

    25 The original Complaint in this action was filed on July 18, 2017. On Sept...

  • WILLIAMS V. NICHOLS DEMOS, INC., ET AL.

    Dec 06, 2019 |  Santa Clara County

    9 COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA

    12 SIGRID R. WILLIAMS, on behalf of herself and all others similarly situated, 13 TENTATIVE RULING RE: MOTION Plaintiff, FOR PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF 14 CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT vs.

    16 corporation; NICHOLS & ASSOCIATES, INC.,

    an Oregon corporation; FLAIR EVENT<...

  • APPLE INC VS. GERARD WILLIAMS III

    Dec 06, 2019 |  Santa Clara County

    .
    15 GERARD WILLIAMS III,

    16 Defendant.

    Footnote 17: 18

    ...

  • ALLISON V. SUPER ZEN, INC.

    Dec 06, 2019 |  Santa Clara County

    9 COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA

    12 LUKE ALLISON, individually and on behalf of all similarly situated employees of Defendants in 13 the State of California, TENTATIVE RULING RE: MOTION FOR APPROVAL OF SETTLEMENT 14 Plaintiff, OF LABOR CODE PRIVATE ATTORNEYS GENERAL ACT OF 2004 15 vs. AND PRELIMINARY APPROV...

  • CARLSON V. GATESTONE & CO. INTERNATIONAL, INC., ET AL.

    Nov 30, 2019 |  Santa Clara County

    The above-entitled action comes on for hearing before the Honorable Thomas E. Kuhnle 20 on November 30, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. in Department 5. The Court now issues its tentative ruling 21 as follows:

    22 I. INTRODUCTION

    23 This is a putative class action brought pursuant to the California Rosen...

  • KUMAR V. FORTY NINERS STADIUM MANAGEMENT COMPANY LLC

    Nov 30, 2019 |  Santa Clara County

    The above-entitled action comes on for hearing before the Honorable Thomas E. Kuhnle 19 on November 30, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. in Department 5. The Court now issues its tentative ruling 20 as follows:

    21 I. INTRODUCTION

    22 This is a putative class action arising out of various alleged wage and ...

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