SAN FRANCISCO - A trial court erred in disposing of bad faith and breach of contract claims based on the financial status and assets of a plaintiff estate, a Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled April 3, reversing summary judgment granted in favor of the estate's insurer (Fernando Avila, et al. v. Century National Insurance Co., No. 10-16386, 9th Cir.; 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 6630).