Bowen v. Access America et al
ORDER GRANTING IN PART AND DENYING IN PART DEFENDANTS' MOTION TO DISMISS. Signed by Judge Maxine M. Chesney February 22, 2013. (mmclc2, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 2/22/2013)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
CLINT JEFFREY BOWEN,
For the Northern District of California
United States District Court
No. C 12-3083 MMC
ORDER GRANTING IN PART AND
DENYING IN PART DEFENDANTS’
MOTION TO DISMISS
ACCESS AMERICA, et al.,
Before the Court is AGA Service Company and Jefferson Insurance Company’s
(collectively, “defendants”) motion, filed January 14, 2013, to dismiss the Second and Third
Causes of Action alleged in plaintiff Clint Jeffrey Bowen’s Second Amended Complaint
(“SAC”). Plaintiff has filed opposition, to which defendants have replied. Having read and
considered the papers filed in support of and in opposition to the motion, the Court rules as
1. Second Cause of Action (“Breach of Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing”)
By prior order, the Court dismissed plaintiff’s Second Cause of Action as alleged in
the First Amended Complaint (“FAC”), for the reason that plaintiff failed to allege financial
loss. (See Order filed Dec. 14, 2012, at 4-5.) Plaintiff’s SAC includes allegations that now
cure said deficiency (see SAC ¶ 12 (alleging, inter alia, plaintiff’s payment of medical
expenses and travel costs)), and to the extent defendants argue such allegations are
inconsistent with other allegations in the SAC, the Court disagrees.
On February 20, 2013, the Court took the matter under submission and vacated
the hearing scheduled for February 22, 2013.
Defendants next contend plaintiff fails to allege an unreasonable denial of benefits.
See Love v. Fire Ins. Exch., 221 Cal. App. 3d 1136, 1151 (1990) (holding to adequately
plead breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, plaintiff must allege “(1)
benefits due under the policy . . . have been withheld; and (2) the reason for withholding
benefits [was] unreasonable or without proper cause”). The Court again disagrees. In his
SAC, plaintiff alleges that defendants, after acknowledging coverage and authorizing
payment of plaintiff’s initial medical bills, thereafter denied plaintiff had insurance and
refused to authorize payments for additional necessary medical treatment and
transportation to the United States. (See SAC ¶¶ 8, 9.)
Accordingly, the Second Cause of Action is not subject to dismissal.
2. Third Cause of Action (“Fraud”)
By prior order the Court dismissed plaintiff’s Third Cause of Action as alleged in the
FAC, for the reason that plaintiff had not pleaded fraud with the particularity required by
Rule 9(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. (See Order filed Dec. 14, 2012, at 5.)
As alleged in the SAC, said cause of action remains unchanged. Because the SAC
represents plaintiff’s third attempt to plead a cause of action for fraud and plaintiff has
alleged no new facts in support of such claim, let alone facts sufficient to cure the
deficiencies identified by the Court, the Third Cause of Action will be dismissed without
further leave to amend.
Accordingly, the motion is hereby GRANTED in part and DENIED in part as follows:
1. To the extent the motion seeks dismissal of the Third Cause of Action, the motion
is hereby GRANTED, and the Third Cause of Action is hereby DISMISSED.
2. In all other respects, the motion is hereby DENIED.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated: February 25, 2013
MAXINE M. CHESNEY
United States District Judge
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