The Honorable Timothy B. Taylor

San Diego County Superior Court, Department SD-72

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Biography

The Hon. Timothy B. Taylor is a judge for the Superior Court of San Diego County in California. He was appointed to the bench by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on January 24, 2005, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Eugene M. Amos.

Taylor earned a B.A. from the University of Southern California in 1981. He then received a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1984.

Prior to his appointment to the bench, Taylor worked as an associate at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton. During his twenty-year tenure there, he represented large companies, handling environmental, unfair competition, and trade regulation cases.
He has served on the Board of Governors of the San Diego Association of Business Trial Lawyers. He has also been a Senior Master of the Welsh Inn of Court.

Taylor was raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles, California. His wife, the Hon. Laura Stuart Taylor, has served as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of California since 2008.

He enjoys fly fishing, playing guitar, and reading.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Timothy B. Taylor

  • ELIJAH HAMMET VS WHITTIER SCHOOL

    Jul 14, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Tentative Ruling on Motion to Require Undertaking

    Hammett* v. Whittier School, Case No. 2018-43768

    July 17, 2020 1:30 p.m., Dept. 72

    1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

    This is an action alleging a dangerous condition on school property, arising from an incident on September...

  • RETROVIROX INC VS THE SCRIPPS RESEARCH INSTITUTE

    Jul 14, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Tentative Ruling on Defendants' Motion for Leave to File Cross-Complaint Retrovirox v. Scripps Research Institute, Case No. 2018-40727

    July 17, 2020, 1:30 p.m., Dept. 72 (continued from May 8, 2020)

    1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

    This is contract/trade secrets case arising from...

  • CARLOS X KELLY VS BARBARA J BAECHLER TRUSTEE OF THE BAECHLER FAMILY TRUST

    Jul 14, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Tentative Rulings on Demurrer/Motion to Strike

    Kelly v. Baechler, Case No. 2019-30418

    July 17, 2020, 1:30 p.m., Dept. 72

    1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

    Plaintiffs lease real property on 70th Street in San Diego which they use as a church. Defendants are their landlord. ...

  • SCHEIN VS SAN DIEGO SPORTS MEDICINE AND FAMILY HEALTH CENTER

    Jul 09, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Tentative Rulings on Discovery Motions

    Schein v. San Diego Sports Medicine, Case No. 2019-53831

    July 17, 2020, 1:30 p.m., Dept. 72

    1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

    This is a medical negligence case arising out of an incident on July 10, 2018. Plaintiff, who is herself a p...

  • MUNOZ VS PL HOTEL GROUP LLC

    Jul 08, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Tentative Rulings on Pleading Challenges to SAC

    Munoz v. PL Hotel Group, Case No. 2019-17904

    July 10, 2020, 1:30 p.m., Dept. 72*

    1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

    This is a dispute over "a complex real estate sale/leaseback, and loan...transaction that closed in September ...

  • MUNOZ VS PL HOTEL GROUP LLC

    Jul 08, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Tentative Ruling on Demurrer to Cassidy First Amended Cross-Complaint

    Munoz v. PL Hotel Group, Case No. 2019-17904

    July 10, 2020, 1:30 p.m., Dept. 72*

    1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

    This is a dispute over "a complex real estate sale/leaseback, and loan...transaction tha...

  • WAGNER VS MERCEDES BENZ USA

    Jul 07, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Tentative Rulings on Motions for Terminating Sanctions

    Wagner v. Mercedes Benz, Case No. 2019-38378

    July 10, 2020 (continued from April 24, 2020), 1:30 p.m., Dept. 72*

    1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

    This is a Song-Beverly "lemon law" case involving a 2018 Mercedes Benz ...

  • DANIEL ORTA ESTRADA VS. ERIK WAINWRIGHT

    Jul 06, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Tentative Ruling on Discovery Motions

    Estrada v. Wainwright, Case No. 2018-50045

    July 10, 2020, 3:00 p.m., Dept. 72

    1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

    This is a personal injury case arising out of an automobile accident on October 9, 2016 on the exit ramp from I-805 onto El...

  • PINA VS PARADISE WINGS ENTERPRISE [EFILE]

    Jul 06, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Ruling on Discovery Dispute

    Pina v. Paradise Wings Ents., Case No. 2019-27437

    July 10, 2020, 1:30 p.m., Dept. 72

    1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

    In this putative class action/PAGA case, plaintiff challenges the wage and hour practices of defendant PWE (a restaurant franc...

  • SANCHEZ VS BARTELL HOTELS MANAGEMENT COMPANY [E-FILE]

    Jul 01, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Tentative Ruling on Motion to Compel Arbitration

    Sanchez v. Bartell Hotels Mgmt. Co., Case No. 2019-21555

    July 7, 2020, 1:30 p.m., Dept. 72

    1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

    This is a wage and hour case arising in the hospitality business. Plaintiff Rosa Morales Sanchez (p...

  • SANCHEZ VS BARTELL HOTELS MANAGEMENT COMPANY [E-FILE]

    Jul 01, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Tentative Ruling on Motion to Compel Arbitration

    Sanchez v. Bartell Hotels Mgmt. Co., Case No. 2019-21555

    July 7, 2020, 1:30 p.m., Dept. 72

    1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

    This is a wage and hour case arising in the hospitality business. Plaintiff Rosa Morales Sanchez (p...

  • CARLOS DANIEL VILLAMOR VS. SAN DIEGO COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION

    Jun 25, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Tentative Ruling on SDCOE Motion for Summary Adjudication

    Villamor v. San Diego County Office of Education, Case No. 2018-26672

    July 10, 2020 (continued from April 17, 2020), 1:30 p.m., Dept. 72*

    1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

    This is a personal injury case. Plaintiff, ...

  • JOHNSON VS WALMART INC

    Jun 22, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Tentative Ruling on Motion for Summary Judgment

    Johnson v. Walmart, Case No. 2018-63652

    June 26, 2020 (continued from April 10, 2020), 1:30 p.m., Dept. 72*

    1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

    This is a negligence/premises liability case arising out of plaintiff's June 22, 20...

  • MCLARRY VS ALLEN

    Jun 22, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Tentative Ruling on Motion to Set Aside Default and Default Judgment

    McLarry v. Allen and Rahmer, Case No. 2019-01843

    June 26, 2020, 2:30 p.m., Dept. 72 – continued from 12/6/19 and 2/14/20 and 4/17/20 1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

    This defamation case is, in many ways, the co...

  • MICHAEL L MCCHRISTIAN VS. BRECKENRIDGE PROPERTY FUND 2016 [EFILE]

    Jun 16, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Tentative Ruling on Petition for Writ of Mandate

    McChristian v. Breckenridge Property Fund, Case No. 2020-3486

    July 17, 2020 (continued from April 24, 2020), 1:30 p.m., Dept. 72*

    1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

    In this action for a writ of mandate, the petitioner challen...

  • RAUB VS SYNERGY ONE LENDING INCORPORATED [EFILE]

    Jun 16, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Tentative Ruling on Motion for Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement Raub v. Synergy One Lending, Case No. 2019-30713

    July 17, 2020, 1:30 p.m., Dept. 72

    1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

    This is an action challenging the wage and hour practices of defendant Synergy One, ...

  • RAUB VS SYNERGY ONE LENDING INCORPORATED [EFILE]

    Jun 16, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Tentative Ruling on Motion for Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement Raub v. Synergy One Lending, Case No. 2019-30713

    July 17, 2020, 1:30 p.m., Dept. 72

    1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

    This is an action challenging the wage and hour practices of defendant Synergy One, ...

  • BERHOLTZ VS VENTANA GLOBAL LTD

    Mar 23, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Tentative Rulings on Demurrers to FAC

    Berholtz v. Ventana Global, Ltd., Case No. 2019-35828

    March 27, 2020, 1:30 p.m., Dept. 72*

    1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

    This case arises out of alleged oral and written agreements whereby plaintiff Randy Berholtz ("plaintiff") pro...

  • O'BRIEN VS SHUMWAY MD

    Mar 23, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Tentative Ruling on Demurrer to SAC

    O'Brien v. Shumway, Case No. 2019-19533

    March 27, 2020, 1:30 p.m., Dept. 72*

    1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

    This is a medical malpractice case involving, in plaintiff's words, a "botched breast surgery" on January 25, 2018. Plaintiff ...

  • BERHOLTZ VS VENTANA GLOBAL LTD

    Mar 23, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Tentative Rulings on Demurrers to FAC

    Berholtz v. Ventana Global, Ltd., Case No. 2019-35828

    March 27, 2020, 1:30 p.m., Dept. 72*

    1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

    This case arises out of alleged oral and written agreements whereby plaintiff Randy Berholtz ("plaintiff") pro...

  • DANIELLE DORSEY VS NICOLA BUGELLI M D

    Mar 20, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Tentative Ruling on Motion for Terminating Sanctions

    Dorsey v. Bugelli, Case No. 2018-18725

    March 27, 2020, 1:30 p.m., Dept. 72*

    1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

    This is a medical negligence case arising from plaintiff's April, 2017 visits to Sharp Grossmont Hospital. She...

  • ROMERO VS AL KOURAINY MD

    Mar 20, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Tentative Ruling on Motion to be Relieved as Counsel

    Romero v. Al-Kourainy, Case No. 2018-64199

    March 27, 2020, 1:30 p.m., Dept. 72

    1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

    This is a wrongful termination case arising from plaintiff's 13 years working for defendants. The seven cou...

  • DANIELLE DORSEY VS NICOLA BUGELLI M D

    Mar 20, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Tentative Ruling on Motion for Terminating Sanctions

    Dorsey v. Bugelli, Case No. 2018-18725

    March 27, 2020, 1:30 p.m., Dept. 72*

    1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

    This is a medical negligence case arising from plaintiff's April, 2017 visits to Sharp Grossmont Hospital. She...

  • ROMERO VS AL KOURAINY MD

    Mar 20, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Tentative Ruling on Motion to be Relieved as Counsel

    Romero v. Al-Kourainy, Case No. 2018-64199

    March 27, 2020, 1:30 p.m., Dept. 72

    1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

    This is a wrongful termination case arising from plaintiff's 13 years working for defendants. The seven cou...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Timothy B. Taylor

  • ELIJAH HAMMET VS WHITTIER SCHOOL

    Jul 14, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Tentative Ruling on Motion to Require Undertaking

    Hammett* v. Whittier School, Case No. 2018-43768

    July 17, 2020 1:30 p.m., Dept. 72

    1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

    This is an action alleging a dangerous condition on school property, arising from an incident on September...

  • RETROVIROX INC VS THE SCRIPPS RESEARCH INSTITUTE

    Jul 14, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Tentative Ruling on Defendants' Motion for Leave to File Cross-Complaint Retrovirox v. Scripps Research Institute, Case No. 2018-40727

    July 17, 2020, 1:30 p.m., Dept. 72 (continued from May 8, 2020)

    1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

    This is contract/trade secrets case arising from...

  • CARLOS X KELLY VS BARBARA J BAECHLER TRUSTEE OF THE BAECHLER FAMILY TRUST

    Jul 14, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Tentative Rulings on Demurrer/Motion to Strike

    Kelly v. Baechler, Case No. 2019-30418

    July 17, 2020, 1:30 p.m., Dept. 72

    1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

    Plaintiffs lease real property on 70th Street in San Diego which they use as a church. Defendants are their landlord. ...

  • SCHEIN VS SAN DIEGO SPORTS MEDICINE AND FAMILY HEALTH CENTER

    Jul 09, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Tentative Rulings on Discovery Motions

    Schein v. San Diego Sports Medicine, Case No. 2019-53831

    July 17, 2020, 1:30 p.m., Dept. 72

    1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

    This is a medical negligence case arising out of an incident on July 10, 2018. Plaintiff, who is herself a p...

  • MUNOZ VS PL HOTEL GROUP LLC

    Jul 08, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Tentative Rulings on Pleading Challenges to SAC

    Munoz v. PL Hotel Group, Case No. 2019-17904

    July 10, 2020, 1:30 p.m., Dept. 72*

    1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

    This is a dispute over "a complex real estate sale/leaseback, and loan...transaction that closed in September ...

  • MUNOZ VS PL HOTEL GROUP LLC

    Jul 08, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Tentative Ruling on Demurrer to Cassidy First Amended Cross-Complaint

    Munoz v. PL Hotel Group, Case No. 2019-17904

    July 10, 2020, 1:30 p.m., Dept. 72*

    1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

    This is a dispute over "a complex real estate sale/leaseback, and loan...transaction tha...

  • WAGNER VS MERCEDES BENZ USA

    Jul 07, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Tentative Rulings on Motions for Terminating Sanctions

    Wagner v. Mercedes Benz, Case No. 2019-38378

    July 10, 2020 (continued from April 24, 2020), 1:30 p.m., Dept. 72*

    1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

    This is a Song-Beverly "lemon law" case involving a 2018 Mercedes Benz ...

  • DANIEL ORTA ESTRADA VS. ERIK WAINWRIGHT

    Jul 06, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Tentative Ruling on Discovery Motions

    Estrada v. Wainwright, Case No. 2018-50045

    July 10, 2020, 3:00 p.m., Dept. 72

    1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

    This is a personal injury case arising out of an automobile accident on October 9, 2016 on the exit ramp from I-805 onto El...

  • PINA VS PARADISE WINGS ENTERPRISE [EFILE]

    Jul 06, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Ruling on Discovery Dispute

    Pina v. Paradise Wings Ents., Case No. 2019-27437

    July 10, 2020, 1:30 p.m., Dept. 72

    1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

    In this putative class action/PAGA case, plaintiff challenges the wage and hour practices of defendant PWE (a restaurant franc...

  • SANCHEZ VS BARTELL HOTELS MANAGEMENT COMPANY [E-FILE]

    Jul 01, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Tentative Ruling on Motion to Compel Arbitration

    Sanchez v. Bartell Hotels Mgmt. Co., Case No. 2019-21555

    July 7, 2020, 1:30 p.m., Dept. 72

    1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

    This is a wage and hour case arising in the hospitality business. Plaintiff Rosa Morales Sanchez (p...

  • SANCHEZ VS BARTELL HOTELS MANAGEMENT COMPANY [E-FILE]

    Jul 01, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Tentative Ruling on Motion to Compel Arbitration

    Sanchez v. Bartell Hotels Mgmt. Co., Case No. 2019-21555

    July 7, 2020, 1:30 p.m., Dept. 72

    1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

    This is a wage and hour case arising in the hospitality business. Plaintiff Rosa Morales Sanchez (p...

  • CARLOS DANIEL VILLAMOR VS. SAN DIEGO COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION

    Jun 25, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Tentative Ruling on SDCOE Motion for Summary Adjudication

    Villamor v. San Diego County Office of Education, Case No. 2018-26672

    July 10, 2020 (continued from April 17, 2020), 1:30 p.m., Dept. 72*

    1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

    This is a personal injury case. Plaintiff, ...

  • JOHNSON VS WALMART INC

    Jun 22, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Tentative Ruling on Motion for Summary Judgment

    Johnson v. Walmart, Case No. 2018-63652

    June 26, 2020 (continued from April 10, 2020), 1:30 p.m., Dept. 72*

    1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

    This is a negligence/premises liability case arising out of plaintiff's June 22, 20...

  • MCLARRY VS ALLEN

    Jun 22, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Tentative Ruling on Motion to Set Aside Default and Default Judgment

    McLarry v. Allen and Rahmer, Case No. 2019-01843

    June 26, 2020, 2:30 p.m., Dept. 72 – continued from 12/6/19 and 2/14/20 and 4/17/20 1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

    This defamation case is, in many ways, the co...

  • MICHAEL L MCCHRISTIAN VS. BRECKENRIDGE PROPERTY FUND 2016 [EFILE]

    Jun 16, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Tentative Ruling on Petition for Writ of Mandate

    McChristian v. Breckenridge Property Fund, Case No. 2020-3486

    July 17, 2020 (continued from April 24, 2020), 1:30 p.m., Dept. 72*

    1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

    In this action for a writ of mandate, the petitioner challen...

  • RAUB VS SYNERGY ONE LENDING INCORPORATED [EFILE]

    Jun 16, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Tentative Ruling on Motion for Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement Raub v. Synergy One Lending, Case No. 2019-30713

    July 17, 2020, 1:30 p.m., Dept. 72

    1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

    This is an action challenging the wage and hour practices of defendant Synergy One, ...

  • RAUB VS SYNERGY ONE LENDING INCORPORATED [EFILE]

    Jun 16, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Tentative Ruling on Motion for Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement Raub v. Synergy One Lending, Case No. 2019-30713

    July 17, 2020, 1:30 p.m., Dept. 72

    1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

    This is an action challenging the wage and hour practices of defendant Synergy One, ...

  • BERHOLTZ VS VENTANA GLOBAL LTD

    Mar 23, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Tentative Rulings on Demurrers to FAC

    Berholtz v. Ventana Global, Ltd., Case No. 2019-35828

    March 27, 2020, 1:30 p.m., Dept. 72*

    1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

    This case arises out of alleged oral and written agreements whereby plaintiff Randy Berholtz ("plaintiff") pro...

  • O'BRIEN VS SHUMWAY MD

    Mar 23, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Tentative Ruling on Demurrer to SAC

    O'Brien v. Shumway, Case No. 2019-19533

    March 27, 2020, 1:30 p.m., Dept. 72*

    1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

    This is a medical malpractice case involving, in plaintiff's words, a "botched breast surgery" on January 25, 2018. Plaintiff ...

  • BERHOLTZ VS VENTANA GLOBAL LTD

    Mar 23, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Tentative Rulings on Demurrers to FAC

    Berholtz v. Ventana Global, Ltd., Case No. 2019-35828

    March 27, 2020, 1:30 p.m., Dept. 72*

    1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

    This case arises out of alleged oral and written agreements whereby plaintiff Randy Berholtz ("plaintiff") pro...

  • DANIELLE DORSEY VS NICOLA BUGELLI M D

    Mar 20, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Tentative Ruling on Motion for Terminating Sanctions

    Dorsey v. Bugelli, Case No. 2018-18725

    March 27, 2020, 1:30 p.m., Dept. 72*

    1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

    This is a medical negligence case arising from plaintiff's April, 2017 visits to Sharp Grossmont Hospital. She...

  • ROMERO VS AL KOURAINY MD

    Mar 20, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Tentative Ruling on Motion to be Relieved as Counsel

    Romero v. Al-Kourainy, Case No. 2018-64199

    March 27, 2020, 1:30 p.m., Dept. 72

    1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

    This is a wrongful termination case arising from plaintiff's 13 years working for defendants. The seven cou...

  • DANIELLE DORSEY VS NICOLA BUGELLI M D

    Mar 20, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Tentative Ruling on Motion for Terminating Sanctions

    Dorsey v. Bugelli, Case No. 2018-18725

    March 27, 2020, 1:30 p.m., Dept. 72*

    1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

    This is a medical negligence case arising from plaintiff's April, 2017 visits to Sharp Grossmont Hospital. She...

  • ROMERO VS AL KOURAINY MD

    Mar 20, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Tentative Ruling on Motion to be Relieved as Counsel

    Romero v. Al-Kourainy, Case No. 2018-64199

    March 27, 2020, 1:30 p.m., Dept. 72

    1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

    This is a wrongful termination case arising from plaintiff's 13 years working for defendants. The seven cou...

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