Nguyen vs. Turbo

Case No.: 30-2019-01116189    

Motion to Strike Portions of the Complaint
Moving Party: Defendant Bernard Turbow (esa Bernard Turbo) Responding Party: None
Ruling: Defendant Bernard Turbow, M.D.’s Motion to Strike Portions of the Plaintiff Vinh Huu Nguyen’s Complaint is GRANTED with leave to amend. (Code Civ. Proc., § 436.)
The Complaint fails to plead facts supporting the claim for punitive damages or attorney’s fees.
To plead a claim to recover punitive damages, a plaintiff must allege facts showing malice, oppression, or fraud. (Civ. Code, § 3294(a).) A complaint must allege specific factual allegations to support a request for punitive damages. (See, e.g., Anschutz Entertainment Group, Inc. v. Snepp (2009) 171 Cal.App.4th 598, 643.) The Complaint here does not allege specific facts showing any malice, oppression or fraud.
Attorney’s fees are recoverable only if provided for by contract or statute. (Code Civ. Proc., § 1033.5; see also §§ 1021, 1032(a)(5).) The Complaint in........