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IDS Property Casualty Insurance Co. v. Chow

United States District Court, C.D. California

April 26, 2019

IDS PROPERTY CASUALTY INSURANCE COMPANY, Plaintiff,
v.
TIFFANY CHOW, Defendants.

          Hon. James V. Selna Judge.

          DECLARATORY JUDGMENT AFTER ORDER GRANTING IDS PROPERTY CASUALTY INSURANCE COMPANY'S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT ON COMPLAINT

          Andrew J Guilford United States District Court Judge.

         The Court, having entered its order granting Plaintiff IDS Property Casualty Insurance Company's motion for summary judgment [Doc. #39];

         IT IS HEREBY ADJUDGED:

         FACTS

         1. IDS Property Casualty Insurance Company ("IDS") is a Wisconsin corporation with its principal place of business in Wisconsin. Defendant Tiffany Chow is a resident of the State of California. At issue is Ms. Chow's claim for underinsured motorist benefits of $150, 000.

         2. On February 9, 2018, Ms. Chow suffered injuries as a passenger in a single-vehicle accident. The vehicle was insured by AAA which paid her its liability limit of $100, 000.

         3. At the time of the accident, Ms. Chow had her own automobile insurance policy issued by Safeway Insurance Company. The Safeway policy did not provide uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage.

         4. At the time of the Accident, IDS had issued automobile insurance policy no. AI03299713 to Sabrina Chen and Larry Chen ("the Policy"). IDS understands Sabrina Chen is Ms. Chow's mother. The Policy provides liability and uninsured motorist coverage for an "insured" with a "per person" limit of $250, 000.

         5. The Policy obligates IDS to "pay compensatory damages which an 'insured' is legally entitled to recover from the owner or operator of an 'uninsured motor vehicle' because of: 1. 'Bodily injury' sustained by an 'insured' and caused by accident . . . ."

         6. The Policy defines "uninsured motor vehicle" to include "an underinsured motor vehicle. An underinsured motor vehicle is one to which a liability bond or policy applies at the time of the accident but its limit for bodily injury liability is less than the limit of liability for this coverage."

         7. The Policy defines "insured" as "you [i.e., Ms. Chen, as the named insured] or a 'relative.'" "Relative" is defined as "a person related to you by blood, marriage, registered domestic partnership under California law or adoption who is a resident of your household and whom you have previously reported to us. This includes a ward or foster child."

         8. After the Accident, Ms. Chow presented an underinsured motorist claim under the Policy. In presenting the claim, Ms. Chow represented that she was Ms. Chen's daughter and was residing in her household. Ms. Chow contends she was residing in Ms. Chen's household - at 129 Painted Trellis, Irvine, CA 92620 - even though Ms. Chow's own policy, with Safeway, showed her residence address as 19492 Sierra Raton Rd., Irvine.

         9. In a phone call on November 28, 2017, Ms. Chen told IDS: "[Tiffany] is not going to live with me anymore." Instead, ...


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