Judge: Serena R. Murillo, Case: 19STCV03727, Date: 2023-03-23 Tentative Ruling

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Case Number: 19STCV03727    Hearing Date: March 23, 2023    Dept: 29

TENTATIVE

 

The Court has reviewed the Petitioner’s Expedited Petition to Approve Minor’s Compromise. The Court declines to approve the Petition as requested. As previously stated in the Court’s 5/10/2022 minute order, there are several deficiencies precluding the granting of the petition, which have not been corrected.

 

First, there are discrepancies in the amounts listed for medical expenses throughout the petition. Item 14(a)(1) states that medical expenses were $1,329.44 and reductions were $565.75, but that medical liens are $2,171. Thus, it is unclear why there is a lien in the amount of $2,171, when after subtracting the reduction from the original amount in medical expenses, the amount would be less than the lien.  Further item 14(f) lists a number for medical expenses that is unintelligible, but it appears to be a number different than 14(a). Then, item 16 then lists medical expenses as $565.75, while item 18(b) lists medical expenses as $881.50.

 

Second, the net balance for the claimant is also inconsistently listed. The net balance is listed as $8,289.06 under items 17 and 18(f) of the petition and in the order, but the net balance is listed as $8,604.81 in item 20(a)(3)(a) of the petition.

 

Third, counsel should also include the agreement to reduce the medical expenses by Dr. Alan Forrest.

 

Fourth, the proposed order lists allowance for fees and expenses as $4,381.50, but the petition states $5,395.19. The proposed order does not seek reimbursement for costs, but the petition does.

Fifth, there is a discrepancy between the Petition and the Order as to how the settlement balance will be delivered. The Petition states that the $8,604.81 will be paid or delivered to the guardian of the estate of the minor. However, the Order states that the balance will be deposited by check into a blocked account. Petitioner also must include Attachment 19a(2) which specifies the money or other property and the name, branch, and address of each financial institution in which the money will be deposited.

Counsel is ordered to correct the defects and file an amended petition and order, correcting all the defects described here.  The hearing is continued to April 25, 2023 at 1:30 p.m.

 

Moving party is ordered to give notice.