Colorado Supreme Court News

Insurers Challenging Awards When Appraisers’ ‘Disinterest’ in Question

Insurers created the appraisal process to provide an efficient way to resolve disputes outside of the courtroom using disinterested experts, but lately insurer skepticism about appraiser impartiality has become a new source of litigation. Insurance defense attorneys are increasingly likely …

Colo. Supreme Rules Adjuster Can’t Be Held Personally Liable for Denied Claim

A Colorado law that allows claimants to collect double coverage if a claim is unreasonably denied or delayed does not allow plaintiffs to hold claims adjusters personally liable, the state Supreme Court decided Monday. In a unanimous decision, the high …

Colo. Supreme Ct. the Latest to Decide if Claims Adjusters Can Be Held Personally Liable

For the third time in three years, a state supreme court is being asked to decide whether a claims adjuster can be held personally liable for bad faith. The Colorado Supreme Court on Jan. 11 heard oral arguments in a …

Colo. Supreme Ct. Ruling Expands Use of Side Agreements by Policyholders

An insurer cannot intervene in a construction defects case where the insured had assigned its rights to collect under its policy to the plaintiff, a divided Colorado Supreme Court ruled. The 4-3 decision gives policyholders a method of protecting themselves …

Strict Statutory Compliance Required to Enforce Named Insured Exclusion in Connecticut

By statute, automobile liability insurance companies are barred from excluding coverage for personal injuries caused to a named insured under Connecticut law. See, Conn. Gen. Stat. (Rev. to 2009) § 38a-335(d). However, the Connecticut statute contains an exception which permits …

Colorado High Court Rules That Workers Can be Fired for Using Pot Off-Duty

Pot may be legal in Colorado, but you can still be fired for using it. The state Supreme Court ruled 5-1 Monday that a medical marijuana patient who was fired after failing a drug test cannot get his job back. …

Drilling Health Lawsuit Revived in Colorado

A western Colorado family that believed oil and gas drilling activities contaminated their drinking water and air and forced them from their home will be allowed to proceed with a lawsuit thanks to a successful appeal. The Glenwood Springs Post-Independent …

Colorado Court Abolishes Accident Emergency Rule

The Colorado Supreme Court is doing away with an emergency exception for people involved in accidents because it could mislead jurors. In a ruling handed down Tuesday, the court ordered a new trial for a man who sued after he …