Judge: Maurice A. Leiter, Case: 19STCV37608, Date: 2023-03-03 Tentative Ruling



Case Number: 19STCV37608    Hearing Date: March 3, 2023    Dept: 54

Superior Court of California

County of Los Angeles

 

Pengbo Wang, et al.,

 

 

 

Plaintiffs,

 

Case No.:

 

 

19STCV37608

 

vs.

 

 

Tentative Ruling

 

 

Megan Elizabeth Anne Friedman, D.O., et al.,

 

 

 

Defendants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hearing Date: March 3, 2023

Department 54, Judge Maurice A. Leiter

Petition for Minor’s Compromise

Moving Party: Minor Plaintiff Qinghe Zhou

Responding Party: None

 

T/R:     THE PETITION IS GRANTED.

 

            PLAINTIFFS TO NOTICE.

 

If the parties wish to submit on the tentative, please email the courtroom at¿SMCdept54@lacourt.org¿with notice to opposing counsel (or self-represented party) before 8:00 am on the day of the hearing. 

 

The Court considers the petition.  No opposition has been received.

 

Compromises of disputed claims brought by minors are governed in part by CCP § 372. The statute allows a guardian ad litem to appear in court on behalf of a minor claimant and gives the guardian ad litem the power to compromise the minor’s claim “with the approval of the court in which the action or proceeding is pending.”  A petition for court approval of a compromise must be verified by the petitioner and must contain a full disclosure of all information that has any bearing upon the reasonableness of the compromise or covenant.  (CRC Rule 7.950.)

 

CRC Rule 7.952(a) requires the attendance of the petitioner and claimant at the hearing on the compromise of the claim unless the court for good causes dispenses with their personal appearance.

 

“Neither section 372 nor the California Rules of Court (rules 7.950 & 7.952) contemplates a noticed motion and adversary hearing when court approval of a minor's compromise is sought. Although we need not decide the question, it would appear that a petition to approve or disapprove a minor's compromise may be decided by the superior court, ex parte, in chambers.”  (Pearson v. Superior Court (2012) 202 Cal. App. 4th 1333, 1337.) 

 

Minor claimant moves for approval of a settlement with Defendants Megan Elizabeth Anne Friedman, D.O. and Thomas Joseph Kelly, M.D. Minor claimant will receive $10,000.00 out of a total settlement of $49,998.00. Attorneys’ fees of $1,003.00, costs of $4,500.00, and medical costs of $1,487.00 will be deducted from the minor claimant’s settlement amounts.  Minor claimant’s net proceeds are $3,010.00. The settlement funds will be delivered to minor claimant’s parent.

 

Having reviewed the petition, the Court finds that the individual settlement is fair in light alleged injuries sustained by Minor claimant. The petition is GRANTED.