Settlement Offer Referencing Costs Includes Attorney Fees


In Martinez v. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, 2011 DJDAR 7417 (2011), the California Court of Appeal for the Second District held that when a plaintiff accepts a defendant’s settlement offer under Code of Civil Procedure Section 998, and that offer states that each side will bear its own costs, attorney fees are precluded as a matter of law.

The plaintiff filed suit against the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). The plaintiff alleged damages as one of the MTA drivers refused to allow the plaintiff to ride the bus with her service animal.

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