650 Fed.Appx. 320 (9th Cir. 2016), 14-55959, Grayson v. Allstate Ins. Co.

Docket Nº:14-55959
Citation:650 Fed.Appx. 320
Party Name:MATTHEW GRAYSON and GABRIEL L. PEPER, Plaintiffs - Appellants, v. ALLSTATE INSURANCE COMPANY, Defendant - Appellee
Attorney:For MATTHEW GRAYSON, Plaintiff - Appellant: Stanley K. Jacobs, Esquire, Attorney, Jacobs & Jacobs, LLP, Los Angeles, CA; Daniel U. Smith, San Francisco, CA. For GABRIEL L. PEPER, Plaintiff - Appellant: John Francis Gerard, Esquire, Attorney, Law Offices of John F. Gerard, Los Angeles, CA; Daniel ...
Judge Panel:Before: FLETCHER and GOULD, Circuit Judges, and LEMELLE, Senior District Judge.[**]
Case Date:May 16, 2016
Court:United States Courts of Appeals, Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
 
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650 Fed.Appx. 320 (9th Cir. 2016)

MATTHEW GRAYSON and GABRIEL L. PEPER, Plaintiffs - Appellants,

v.

ALLSTATE INSURANCE COMPANY, Defendant - Appellee

No. 14-55959

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

May 16, 2016

Argued and Submitted, May 2, 2016, Pasadena, California

NOT FOR PUBLICATION. (See Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure Rule 32.1)

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Central District of California. D.C. No. 2:13-cv-05324-BRO-JCG. Beverly Reid O'Connell, District Judge, Presiding.

AFFIRMED.

For MATTHEW GRAYSON, Plaintiff - Appellant: Stanley K. Jacobs, Esquire, Attorney, Jacobs & Jacobs, LLP, Los Angeles, CA; Daniel U. Smith, San Francisco, CA.

For GABRIEL L. PEPER, Plaintiff - Appellant: John Francis Gerard, Esquire, Attorney, Law Offices of John F. Gerard, Los Angeles, CA; Daniel U. Smith, San Francisco, CA.

For ALLSTATE INSURANCE COMPANY, Defendant - Appellee: Peter Klee, Esquire, John T. Brooks, Esquire, Marc Jeremy Feldman, Esquire, Attorney, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, San Diego, CA.

For UNITED POLICYHOLDERS, Amicus Curiae: Amy R. Bach, Esquire, Executive Director, Daniel R. Wade, United Policyholders, San Francisco, CA.

Before: FLETCHER and GOULD, Circuit Judges, and LEMELLE, Senior District Judge.[**]

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MEMORANDUM[*]

Matthew Grayson and Gabriel L. Peper appeal the district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of the defendant, Allstate Insurance Company (" Allstate" ). The lower court ruled in favor of Allstate because it found that Allstate did not breach the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing. This case arises out of an automobile accident in which Peper's vehicle struck Grayson's motorcycle, causing Grayson severe injuries. Peper's insurer, Allstate, recognized soon after the accident that Peper was likely at fault and that Grayson's claims would exceed Peper's $15,000 policy limit. Grayson's attorney then sent Allstate a letter offering to settle Grayson's bodily injury claim for the policy limit. After conferring with Peper, Allstate's claim representative, Donna Czupryn, sent a letter to...

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