New Hampshire Supreme Court News

N.H. Supreme Finds ‘Special Relationship,’ Affirms Jury Award Against Insurance Agency

A split decision by the New Hampshire Supreme Court released Friday offers a lesson to insurance agents about the importance of checklists. Three justices overruled two dissenters to affirm a Superior Court jury’s verdict that Foy Insurance Group was negligent …

Woman’s Claim of Firing Over Breastfeeding Remains Dismissed

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Supreme Court was split 2-2 Friday over a woman’s nearly nine-year battle to challenge her firing from the state Department of Health and Human Services over breastfeeding, meaning a lower court’s decision to …

Smell May Constitute Physical Loss Under Policy

The New Hampshire Supreme Court recently held that a persistent odor could constitute a “physical loss” under a homeowner’s insurance policy as long as the smell distinctly and demonstrably changed the condition of the property. The decision represents an important …

New Hampshire High Court Rules Against Injured Skier

Ski areas cannot be held liable for negligence in slope side collision cases, even if an employee causes the accident, the New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. The court unanimously ruled against Diana Martinez of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, who sued Gunstock …

Text-Reading Crash Conviction Upheld by New Hampshire High Court

The state’s highest court is upholding the assault conviction of a driver who was reading a text message as his car drifted across two lanes and into oncoming traffic. The court’s ruling means that 30-year-old Chad Belleville will continue serving …

New Hampshire Court Outlines Drunk Defense in Workers’ Comp Claims

The New Hampshire Supreme Court has ruled that intoxication must be determined to be the cause of an accident for it to be a defense against a workers’ compensation claim. The court sent Thomas Phillips’ case back to the state …

New Hampshire Supreme Court Upholds Personal Injury Lawyer Disbarment

The New Hampshire Supreme Court is upholding the disbarment of a personal injury lawyer who made a settlement demand without his clients’ consent and threatened to drop the case on the morning of mediation unless they paid him a $2 …