Cohen v. Kabbalah Centre InternationalAnnotate this Case
Plaintiff filed suit against the Kabbalah Centre International, seeking the return of a half million dollars she donated. The Court of Appeal held that the trial court properly granted summary adjudication against plaintiff's contract claim concerning money she donated for Centre's building, but erred in adjudicating plaintiff's contract claim regarding the $25,000 donation to the kids program. In this case, there was a genuine dispute of material fact regarding whether there was an oral contract for the kids program donation. Accordingly, the court remanded as to the kids program donation issue for further proceedings. The court also held that the trial court properly granted summary adjudication on plaintiff's fraud claims; the trial court properly sustained Centre's demurrer to plaintiff's breach of fiduciary duty claim; and any error in the trial court's order sustaining the demurrer to plaintiff's Penal Code section 496 claim was harmless. Therefore, the court affirmed in all other respects.