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State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. v. Huff, D062550

In interpleader action, judgment awarding defendant Healthcare District a portion of the damages defendant tort victim recovered in a personal injury action against third parties arising out of a motor vehicle collision is reversed, where: 1) defendant-district, as a party asserting a right to the interpleaded funds under the Hospital Lien Act, had the burden to prove by a preponderance of the evidence the amount of its lien, i.e., "the amount of the reasonable and necessary charges" for the "emergency and ongoing medical or other services" it furnished defendant tort victim; and 2) defendant Healthcare District was not entitled to any of the damages because it did not prove the charges for its services were "reasonable and necessary."

Appellate Information

  • Decided 06/11/2013
  • Published 06/11/2013

Judges

  • IRION

Court

  • California Court of Appeal

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