Graham vs USAA Casualty Insurance Company Inc

Case No.: 37-2018-00059347-CU-BC-CTL    

Tentative Ruling on Motion for OSC re Contempt and Discovery Sanctions Graham v. USAA, Case No. 2018-59347

December 6, 2019, 1:30 p.m., Dept. 72

1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

This is an insurance bad faith case arising out of a motor vehicle accident on February 27, 2017. Plaintiff alleged the carrier for the party responsible for the accident (State Farm) paid policy limits of $30,000 promptly, and that he was entitled to (and did not receive) additional benefits from his own carrier (USAA). The complaint was filed in November of 2018, and USAA answered in February of 2019. ROA 1, 10. At the due-course CMC, the court set the case for trial in March of 2020. ROA 19-24. Thereafter, the parties entered into a stipulated protective order, which the court approved on June 25, 2019. ROA 34.

Plaintiff brought a motion to compel defendant to provide further responses to certain document demands. ROA 26-33. Defendant filed opp........