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21st Century Ins. Co. v. Super. Ct. of L.A. County, B179503

The imposition of punitive damages is not a penal sanction, and their revival under Code of Civil Procedure section 340.9, which revives certain previously time-barred insurance claims, does not violate the ex post facto clause.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 03/30/2005
  • Published 03/30/2005




  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellant:
  • Barger & Wolen, Kent R. Keller, Larry M. Golub, Michael A. S. Newman, Los Angeles;  Delmer, Armstrong & Roland, Michael Wade and John W. Myers IV, Long Beach, for Petitioner., Horvitz & Levy, Lisa Perrochet, Jeremy B. Rosen, Gina McCoy, Encino, for Association of California Insurance Companies and American Insurance Association as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Petitioner., Reed Smith, James C. Martin, Lorenzo E. Gasparetti, Los Angeles, and Jayne E. Fleming, Oakland, for Truck Insurance Exchange, Farmers Insurance Exchange, Fire Insurance Exchange and Mid-Century Insurance as Amici Curiae on behalf of Petitioner., Law Offices of Bernie Bernheim, Bernie Bernheim, North Hollywood, Joshua H. Haffner, Marina Del Rey;  Parisi & Havens, David C. Parisi, North Hollywood, Suzanne Havens Beckman;  Law Offices of Steven L. Zelig, and Steven L. Zelig, Los Angeles, for Real Parties in Interest.

  • For Appellees:
  • No appearance for Respondent., Bill Lockyer, Attorney General, David S. Chaney, Senior Assistant Attorney General, Randall P. Borcherding, and Anne Michelle Burr, Deputy Attorneys General, for John Garamendi, Insurance Commissioner of the State of California as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Respondent.
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