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Speckel v. Perkins
Sandra Speckel (Plaintiff) sued Laurri Perkins (Defendant) for damages resulting from a car accident. Plaintiff’s attorney, Stephen Eckman, requested the insurance policy limit of $50,000 to settle the case. A week before the scheduled trial, Defendant’s attorney, Donald Wheat, wrote a letter to Eckman, stating that he could not agree that this is a “limits case.” The letter offered to settle the case for $50,000. Wheat’s letter also offered to relay any offer Eckman may wish to make back to Defendant’s insurance company for its consideration. Eckman accepted the offer to settle for $50,000. Wheat informed Eckman that his letter was intended to offer a settlement for $15,000, not $50,000. The trial court granted Plaintiff’s motion to compel performance of the settlement agreement for $50,000. Defendant appealed.
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