No. B295742.

61 Cal.App.5th 676 (2021)

276 Cal. Rptr. 3d 13

ALEXANDER PINTO, Plaintiff and Respondent, v. FARMERS INSURANCE EXCHANGE, Defendant and Appellant.

Court of Appeals of California, Second District, Division One.

As modified March 18, 2021.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Horvitz & Levy, Mitchell C. Tilner , Karen M. Bray ; Haight Brown & Bonesteel, Richard E. Morton , Valerie A. Moore and Christopher Kendrick for Defendant and Appellant.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, Peter Klee , Charles A. Danaher , John T. Brooks and Theona Zhordania for Allstate Insurance Company, Crusader Insurance Company, Government Employees Insurance Company, Infinity Insurance Company, Interinsurance Exchange of the Automobile Club, Loya Insurance Company, Mercury Insurance and Western General Insurance Company as Amici Curiae on behalf of Defendant and Appellant.

Hinshaw & Culbertson, Royal F. Oaks and Michael A.S. Newman for Pacific Association of Domestic Insurance Companies, National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies and American Property Casualty Insurance Association as Amici Curiae on behalf of Defendant and Appellant.

Law Office of Bruce Palumbo, Bruce Palumbo ; The Yarnall Firm, Delores A. Yarnall ; Dewitt Algorri & Algorri, Mark S. Algorri and Carolyn Li-Jun Tan for Plaintiff and Respondent.

Shernoff Bidart Echeverria, Ricardo Echeverria , Steven Schuetze and Kristin Hobbs for Consumer Attorneys of California as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Plaintiff and Respondent.


In this case the victim of a single-car traffic accident offered to settle his claim against the vehicle's owner in exchange for payment of the owner's insurance policy limits. The insurer failed to accept the offer, which then lapsed. After the victim obtained a judgment against the owner far in excess of policy...

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