Freda CHERNETT and Milton Chernett, Plaintiffs and Respondents, v. Kenneth B. JACQUES, M.D., and Lois Dishon Bower, R.P.T., Defendants and Appellants, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Southern California Permanente Medical Group, Defendants and Respondents.
Kenneth B. Jacques, M.D., and Lois D. Bower purport to appeal from an order sustaining a motion by Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, et al. for determination of a good faith settlement with Freda and Milton Chernett. They assert the trial court abused its discretion when it refused to evaluate the settlement in light of the factors specified in Tech–Bilt, Inc. v. Woodward–Clyde & Associates (1985) 38 Cal.3d 488, 499, 213 Cal.Rptr. 256, 698 P.2d 159.
“[A] determination that a settlement has been made in good faith is an interloctory decree. Although section 904.1 [Code Civ.Proc.] sets forth several specific instances in which an interlocutory judgment may be appealed, the good faith determination is not among them.” (Barth–Wittmore Ins. v. H.R. Murphy Enterprises, Inc. (1985) 169 Cal.App.3d 124, 130, 214 Cal.Rptr. 894.)
Relying on Pigeon Point Ranch, Inc. v. Perot (1963) 59 Cal.2d 227, 231–232, 28 Cal.Rptr. 865, 379 P.2d 321 appellants assert this court's denial of respondents' motion to dismiss the appeal is a definitive determination of its appealability, thus this court is barred from dismissing this appeal by the doctrine of law of the case. ARB19 This contention is meritless. Our initial denial of respondents' motion to dismiss does not evidence this court was able to consider and decide the merits of the dismissability issue in the context of an adequate record and full briefing of the issue. We only determined at that point and on the basis of the record and supporting arguments then before us that we were not yet in a position to grant the motion to dismiss. Thus the doctrine of law of the case is inapplicable here. Now with a full record and supporting arguments before us we have been able to fully consider the merits of the dismissability of this appeal and conclude we lack jurisdiction to hear the appeal since it is from an unappealable order.
Citing Greshko v. County of Los Angeles (1987) 194 Cal.App.3d 822, 827, fn. 1, 239 Cal.Rptr. 846 appellants further assert this matter is appealable as an intermediate ruling from the order of dismissal of their complaint for equitable indemnity, apportionment of damages, and declaratory relief. Appellants are correct the order would be reviewable had they appealed from the order of dismissal in that case (C608605) but they only appealed from the order sustaining the motion for determination of a good faith settlement and not from the order of dismissal of their complaint.
The purported appeal is dismissed.
JOHNSON, Associate Justice.
LILLIE, P.J., and REESE, J.*, concur.