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Can a UIM Plaintiff Get Pre-Judgment Interest if the UIM Carrier Rejects a CCP 998 Offer?
In a personal injury case, a plaintiff case can get pre-judgment interest if the defendant's carrier rejects a CCP 998 offer. But what happens when the plaintiff is arbitrating an uninsured motorist claim? Last month, the Sixth District Court of Appeal addressed this issue. 

New CA Civil Code/Insurance Decision  

Glassman v. Safeco Ins. Co. of Am. (2023) _ Cal.App.5th _ , 2023 WL 3144465: The Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court’s order denying plaintiff’s motion for prejudment interest, under Civil Code section 3287(a), from the date of plaintiff’s CCP section 998 offer to settle her uninsured motorist (UIM) claim for $999,999.99 (the UIM umbrella policy limit was $1 million). Plaintiff won the UIM arbitration and was awarded the $1 million policy limit. Plaintiff could not obtain prejudgment interest under Civil Code 3291 because the California Supreme Court, in Pilimai v. Farmers Insurance Exchange Co. (2006) 39 Cal.4th 133, ruled that UIM proceedings are not actions for personal injury sounding in tort to which section 3291 applies, are instead in the nature of an action in contract arising out of a policy of insurance. In this case plaintiff sought pre-judgment interest under Civil Code section 3287(a). To obtain pre-judgment interest plaintiff had to show: she was entitled to recover damages certain, or capable of being made certain by calculation, the right to recover was vested on a particular day, and the defendant knew was able to calculate from reasonably available information the amount of the plaintiff’s liquidated claim owed as of a particular day. The trial court properly denied plaintiff’s request for prejudgment interest under section 3287(a) because the amount of her policy-limit claim for excess UIM benefits was not certain or capable of being made certain and this uncertainty was not fixed by plaintiff’s CCP section 998 policy-limit offer. The Court of Appeal rejected plaintiff’s argument that an insured’s prevailing CCP section 998 offer in a UIM proceeding should effectively liquidate the insured’s claim in the amount and as of the date of the offer under section 3287(a), mandating an award of prejudgment interest. Moreover, the record did not include evidence that defendant had knowledge that plaintiff’s economic losses or special damages resulting from the accident—her hard costs—already exceeded the umbrella-policy limits when plaintiff’s CCP section 998 offer was made. (C.A. 6th, April 28, 2023.)


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