Friday, November 16, 2012

Hodjat v. State Farm (Cal. Ct. App. - Nov. 15, 2012)

Allen and Helle Hodjat -- who own "Luxury Auto Sports" in Santa Fe Springs -- lose their appeal.  They should be glad.  Because if justice was actually imposed, they'd probably be in jail, rather than simply owing State Farm some costs.

Read the whole thing.  Suffice it to say that Mr. and Mrs. Hodjat made some misrepresentations in an attempt to get their insurance company to pay for an allegedly stolen car.  Lots of them.  ("[T]he Hodjats‘ own statements illustrate how fraudulent their claim was.")

The Hodjat's attorney doesn't exactly come out smelling like a rose either.  Here's a representative line from Justice Bigelow's opinion:

"The Hodjats also contend there is no advice of counsel defense where the advice is not reasonable. It is telling that this argument is two sentences long. Accordingly, we dismiss it in one."