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Colorado Court of Appeals Giron v. Hice. Lights, camera, then chase the bad guy or else you are liable—2022COA85 (7/28/22). Under Tidwell v. City & County of Denver, 83 P.3d 75 (Colo. 2003), the Supreme Court held that Colorado governmental immunity could be waived when an operator of an emergency vehicle is in pursuit of […]

Colorado Court of Appeals Hughes v Essentia Ins. Court of Appeals voids policy provision limiting UM/UIM coverage—2022COA49 (05/05/22). Plaintiff insured two classic cars under an automobile insurance policy with Essentia Insurance Company. As a condition of this insurance, plaintiff was required to have and separately insure a “regular use vehicle.” The policy explicitly excepted regular […]

No. 20–1263. Argued January 10, 2022—Decided June 6, 2022 Gianinna Gallardo suffered catastrophic injuries resulting in permanent disability when a truck struck her as she stepped off her Florida school bus. Florida’s Medicaid agency paid $862,688.77 to cover Gallardo’s initial medical expenses, and the agency continues to pay her medical expenses. Gallardo, through her parents, […]

Colorado Court of Appeals Gregory v. Safeco Ins. Co. of America – Court of Appeals declines to extend notice-prejudice rule to residential property claims – 2022COA45 (4/21/22). The Court of Appeals considered whether Colorado’s notice-prejudice rule applies to a notice-of-loss provision in a homeowners’ insurance policy. This rule excuses an insured’s late filing of a […]

Colorado Supreme Court  Skillett v. Allstate Fire and Casualty Insurance Co. – Supreme Court holds adjusters not liable under statutory bad faith act – 2022 CO 12 (03/14/22). The Supreme Court accepted jurisdiction to answer a certified question of law from the US District Court to decide whether an action for unreasonably delayed or denied […]

Colorado Supreme Court Maphis v. City of Boulder-2022CO10 (2/22/22). The Supreme Court was asked to address the legal question of whether a sidewalk deviation constituted a “dangerous condition” under the Colorado Governmental Immunity Act (GIA). A dangerous condition is defined as an “unreasonable risk to the health and safety of the public.” A finding of […]

Colorado Supreme Court LHM Corp. v. Martinez– Finality of Judgment and appeal – 2021CO78 (12/13/21). The supreme court considers whether a judgment is final for purposes of appeal when the district court has determined that a plaintiff who prevails on a claim under the Colorado Consumer Protection Act is entitled to an award of attorney […]

Colorado Supreme Court People v. Cooper – Court gives guidelines to try and provide limits on expert testimony – 2021 CO 69 (9/27/21). The Supreme Court tries to clarify the mess created by earlier holdings, by emphasized that before expert testimony is admitted into evidence, a trial court must find that it would be helpful […]

Prepaid legal plans are offered by several different companies and marketed through employers, unions, credit card companies, and hawked on television. They are touted as a type of “insurance” to protect you from surprise legal expenses, but national prepaid legal services probably won’t save you a cent in legal fees. First, pre-paid legal won’t help […]

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