Marzbetuny v. Safeco

This was a case of insurance bad faith resulting from a claim for earthquake damages following the Northridge earthquake. Safeco determined that the damage to the dwelling was below the plaintiff’s $35,000 deductible but plaintiff’s expert claimed that there was major hidden damage to the home caused primarily by the movement of a 30 ton chimney. Plaintiff eventually sold the home but claims she did so for “land value” even though the sale price was over $1 million.
Demand $450,000 for the cost of repair.
Offer $50,000 as a starting point for negotiations. No further settlement discussions took place.
Verdict DEFENSE. Defendant filed a cost bill in the amount of $35,000. (12/04)
Insurer Safeco

Southern California

4500 E. Pacific Coast Highway, 4th Floor
Long Beach, CA 90804

Northern California

601 California St., Suite 704
San Francisco, CA 94108