Personal Injury Settlement Does Not Bar Direct Claims Against Insurer, Panel Rules

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - An injured party's bad faith and breach of contract claims against an insurer are different than the issues he previously asserted against another party in a separate personal injury lawsuit, a California appeals panel found June 18, overturning a trial court's finding that the present case was precluded by collateral estoppel (Justin Barnes v. Western Heritage Insurance Co., No. C066002, Calif. App., 3rd Dist.; 2013 Cal. App. LEXIS 480).

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