10 Oct: Mediation Message No. 158

998 OFFER INVALID FOR BEING TOO EARLY AND “GAMING THE SYSTEM”   Licudine v. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (2019) 30 Cal.App.5th 918 provides a tutorial on early C.C.P. sec. 998 offers and, to a lesser degree, when such offers “game the system.” In Licudine, plaintiff’s minimally invasive surgery for gallbladder removal became invasive when the surgeon nicked a vein inside her abdominal cavity. Nineteen days after service of her three-page complaint on Cedars et al. for…