They say if you like law or you enjoy eating sausage, you should never watch either one being made or, you may change your mind. In my opinion, the decision of Howell v. Hamilton Meats and Provisions, Inc. (2011) 52 Cal.4th 541, is an example of how a court can have good intentions but, end up making very bad law.
Facts of The Case: The plaintiff, Rebecca Hamilton, was severely injured when a delivery truck being driven by a truck driver hired by Hamilton Meats and Provisions crashed into her vehicle. Liability was not disputed but the parties could not agree on a settlement amount so the case went to trial in San Diego, CA. Prior to the trial, the attorneys for defendant (Hamilton) asked the judge to exclude evidence of what was billed by plaintiff’s health care providers because these bills had been written down pursuant to contracts between the health caregivers and the plaintiff’s health insurance company.