Playhouse trial hits courtroom snag, hearing postponed

Bill Warner, Ojai Valley News reporter
The cost phase of the lawsuit brought by the owners of the Ojai Playhouse Theater against the Golden State Water Company (GSWC) has been delayed. Scheduled to convene June 26 at 10 a.m. in Ventura County Superior Court, counsel for both sides in the case learned Courtroom 41 would be dark instead, according to John Howard, attorney for the plaintiff.
The postponement resulted from unforeseen circumstances with the court schedule, Howard said. As yet, there has been no word as to what those circumstances were, he said, but a new court date would likely be set for sometime during the next two weeks.
In a tentative ruling June 2, Judge Vincent O'Neill found for the plaintiff's causes for action in the lawsuit brought by the owners of the Ojai Playhouse Theater against GSWC. The ruling came after closing arguments in the bench trial's liability phase, upholding the plaintiff's specified causes of negligence, nuisance, trespass and inverse condemnation.
The Playhouse and the adjacent Village Jester restaurant have been inoperative since July 20, 2014, when the premises at 145 E. Ojai Ave. were flooded by a water main break. Repairs to the Playhouse were underwritten by GSWC. In January 2015 a dispute between GSWC's primary and secondary insurance carriers brought all construction to a halt. Khaled and Walid Al-Awar, owners of the Playhouse, filed suit in November 2015.
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