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Bartlett v. Travelers Insurance Co.
Connecticut Supreme Court of Errors
167 A. 180 (1933)
Pankonin drove a car in which Botticelli, Buchieri, and Faulkner were passengers. As a result of Pankonin’s reckless driving, Botticelli was killed and the others were injured. Buchieri, Faulkner, and the administrator of Botticelli’s estate, Bartlett (plaintiff), entered into negotiations with Pankonin’s insurer, Travelers Insurance Co. (Travelers) (defendant). The insurance policy’s liability limit was $10,000 per accident. Travelers settled with Buchieri for $1,000 and Faulkner for $5,250. Bartlett then brought suit against Pankonin and was awarded a judgment of $10,000. Pankonin was unable to pay any part of the judgment. Travelers made a settlement offer of $3,750 to Bartlett, who refused. Bartlett then brought suit against Travelers, asserting that $3,750 was an unreasonable sum. The trial court found in favor of Travelers. Bartlett appealed. The Connecticut Supreme Court of Errors granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Hinman, J.)
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