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COLORADO SELECT CASE LAW UPDATE

Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals  Jody  Blatchley  v. St. Anthony Summit Medical Center -   Court remands due to error in denying designation of non-party after settlement -  No. 18-1231 ( 10 th  Cir. 8/17/20) .  This medical malpractice case is about double recovery. Plaintiff Jody Blatchley alleges that he suffered permanent disability because of the negligence of medical staff while he was receiving care at St. Anthony Summit Medical...
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Stop Defeating Your Own Statute of Limitations Defense

We all know every construction project is built perfectly and owners never have a complaint after the last nail is hammered (read with heavy sarcasm).  In the event a construction defect is alleged after a project is complete, there is no reason to just hand claimants the ability to sue years after the expiration of Colorado’s two-year statute of limitations for construction defects. Those involved in construction defect litigation in...
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Supreme Court disqualifies Levy Law firm

Julia Morgenthau recently briefed an important case in the Colorado Supreme Court on behalf of the state’s defense lawyers. The Supreme Court agreed with Julia and Owner’s Insurance Company counsel Wheeler Trigg and O’Donnell, and disqualified Levy Law, the former longtime counsel for Owners Insurance Company, from representing a plaintiff against Owner’s in a bad faith suit. Colorado Ethics Rules limit when a lawyer can represent a second client in...
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CORONA VIRUS RELATED ISSUES

Many construction companies are critical businesses and thus exempt from current public health and executive orders. However, there are provisions that even exempt construction companies must comply with. Companies should conduct enhanced cleaning and social distancing protocols. There are many recommended protocols to assist companies to avoid contamination by and prevention of the spread of the virus in the construction workplace. Of course, office personnel should be reduced as per...
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Proposed Extensions to Colorado’s Construction Defect Statute of Repose

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Senate Bill 20-138 has been introduced to increase Colorado’s statute of repose for construction defects from six to ten years. If enacted as proposed, SB20-138 would also start the timer for Colorado’s statute of repose later—only after both physical manifestation AND the cause of a defect are identified.  In addition, SB20-138 would make it easier for claimants to toll Colorado’s statute of limitations for construction defects.  In practice, this means...
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