Judge: Lee W. Tsao, Case: 23NWCV03620, Date: 2024-06-11 Tentative Ruling

Case Number: 23NWCV03620    Hearing Date: June 11, 2024    Dept: C

Cecilia Vanpatten vs American Honda Motor Co. Inc., et al.

Case No.: 23NWCV03620

Hearing Date: June 11, 2024 @ 9:30 a.m.



Tentative Ruling

Plaintiff Cecilia Vanpatten’s Motion to Compel Request for Admissions (Set One) is CONTINUED to September 10, 2023 at 9:30 a.m. in Department SE-C.

Plaintiff to give notice.


This action alleges that Defendant American Honda Motor Co, Inc. (“Defendant”) violated the California Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act (“Song-Beverly Act”) by failing to repair Plaintiff Cecilia Vanpatten’s (“Plaintiff”) 2023 Honda Accord, VIN: 1HGCY2F58PA011192. During the warranty period, the Subject Vehicle contained or developed numerous defects that Defendant’s authorized repair facility was unable to conform to warranty.

On December 20, 2024, Plaintiff propounded her First Set of Request for Admission to Defendant. (Avila Decl., ¶ 3; Exh. A.) On February 15, 2024, Defendant provided non-Code compliant responses. (Avila Dec., ¶ 4; Exh. B.) Plaintiff contend the responses were insufficient.

The Court is not persuaded that counsel have exhausted their meet and confer obligations pursuant to the Code. Counsel are advised that their meet and confer efforts should go beyond merely sending letters stating their respective positions. (See Townsend v. Superior Court (1998) 61 Cal.App.4th 1431, 1439.) “A determination of whether an attempt at informal resolution is adequate…involves the exercise of discretion. The level of effort at an informal resolution which satisfies the ‘reasonable and good faith attempt’ standard depends upon the circumstances. In a larger, more complex discovery request, a greater effort at informal resolution may be warranted. In a simpler, or more narrowly focused case, a more modest effort may suffice. The history of the litigation, the nature of the interaction between counsel, the nature of the issues, the type and scope of the discovery requested, the prospects for success and other similar factors can be relevant. Judges have broad powers and responsibilities to determine what measures and procedures are appropriate in varying circumstances.” (Obregon v. Sup. Ct. (1998) 67 Cal.App.4th 424, 431.)

In Opposition, Defendants contend that Plaintiff filed the instant motion before the parties had an opportunity to the meet and confer. Defendants assert that they requested Plaintiff’s availability to further meet and confer, but that Plaintiff instead filed the instant motion. (Abouesh Decl., ¶¶ 3, 4, Ex. 1.)

Counsel are ORDERED to make further efforts to resolve the issues presented. If, after exhausting those efforts, court intervention is needed, counsel may appear and argue the merits on the continued hearing date. If counsel are unable to informally resolve their discovery disputes, then counsel are instructed to submit a JOINT STATEMENT with a detailed outline of the remaining disputed issues for which a ruling is required. Counsel are also strongly advised to review the standing CMC order issued in Department F for guidance on the manner to handle disputed items. The joint statement must be FILED on or before August 23, 2024.