New CA Settlement Case

settlement Jul 26, 2022

To do the best job possible as a mediator, arbitrator and referee, I review and summarize every new published California civil case. In this blog I discuss a new civil case that was published last month. 


Most cases are ultimately settled. Usually, the case will only settle once, but this is not always so. Last month, the Second District Court of Appeal published a new case addressing the effect of a forbearance agreement on an earlier settlement agreement. A video discussing the case is above and my summary of the case is below.

New Settlement Decision  

Filtzer v. Ernest (2022) 79 Cal.App.5th 579: The Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court’s order denying a motion to enter a stipulated judgment. On August 25, 2015, plaintiff filed a complaint for breach of contract and money had and received against defendant, based upon defendant’s failure to repay a $250,000 promissory note. On October 23, 2015, the parties entered into the Settlement Agreement providing that defendant owed plaintiff $288,720.67 in principal and interest, plus $36,217.00 in attorneys’ fees and costs. The Settlement Agreement detailed a schedule for defendant to pay plaintiff monthly, starting November 1, 2015, and ending on November 1, 2018. Later, on February 19, 2019, during mediation (and months after the final payment was due in 2018 under the Settlement Agreement), the parties executed the Forbearance Agreement, where defendant agreed to pay $150,000 and provide a list of assets by March 19, 2019. Defendant did so. The Court of Appeal ruled that the trial court did not err in holding that the parties intended the Forbearance Agreement to be in full satisfaction of defendant’s debt in the Settlement Agreement. (C.A. 2nd, June 3, 2022.)


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Monty A. McIntyre, Esq.
Mediator, Arbitrator & Referee
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CA Civil Trial Attorney Since 1980
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Past President San Diego County Bar Assn., SD ABOTA Chapter
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