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Legal Update – Winter 2010



  • Developer Awarded $20.7 Million in Claims Against City for Alleged Obstruction of Development
  • Supreme Court Clarifies Utah Construction Defect Law; Recognizes New Cause of Action for Breach of Implied Warranties


  • Defense Verdict in Low Impact Rear End Motor Vehicle Accident
  • $18 Million Verdict Upheld Where Defense Counsel Failed to Adequately Object to Jury Instruction in Case of Car v. Semi-truck Causing Severe Brain Damage


  • $53.2 Million Verdict Against […]
2019-05-16T16:45:25+00:00November 24th, 2010|Colorado, Texas, Utah, Wyoming|

Legal Update – Summer 2010



  • Dewhirst & Dolven Wins Defense Verdict on Plaintiffʼs $1.5 Million Construction Defect Claim; Jury Awards $33,000 in Counterclaim Against Plaintiff
  • Auto Insurers to Accept Service of Process for Incidents that May Be Covered by a Motor vehicle Insurance Policy
  • Colorado Legislature Modifies Commercial Liability Insurance Policies Issued to Construction Professionals
  • Colorado Codifies “Made Whole” Doctrine; Subrogation Rights Restricted Where Injured Party Not Fully Compensated


  • Utah Legislature Amends Health Care […]
2019-05-06T16:51:53+00:00July 24th, 2010|Colorado, Texas, Utah, Wyoming|

Legal Update – Fall 2009


Utah Verdicts Plaintiff

  • Awarded Costs and Fees as Sanction for Defense Counselʼs Trial Cross Examination of Plaintiff About Drug Use in Violation of Order.
  • Jury Awards $380,935 to Paraplegic Who Fell From Wheelchair and Aggravated Back After Receiving Facial at Home Business, Reduced by Plaintiffʼs 38% Comparative Fault.
  • Over $1 Million Awarded Against Trucking Company and Driver Who Ran Red Light Causing Death.
  • Page 1 Car vs. Train Collision […]
2019-05-06T16:30:15+00:00September 23rd, 2009|Utah|

Legal Update – Summer 2009


Utah Verdicts 

  • $331,146 Verdict for Elevator Malfunction with Inner Ear Injury
  • Defense Verdict in Medical Malpractice Death Case where Sleeping Pills were Prescribed to Depressed Anorexic Who Became Pinned Down by a Dresser
  • Minor Rear-End Accidents Result in Verdicts Ranging From $137,543 to Defense Verdict

Utah U.S. District Court Decisions

  • Insurer Wins Declaratory Judgment in Tavern Fight Case
  • Loss of Consortium Claim May Not Be Included in Release for Policy Limits

Utah Cases


2019-05-06T15:29:43+00:00May 24th, 2009|Utah|

Legal Update – Spring 2009


Defense Verdict in Case of Catastrophic Damages

Plaintiff sued manufacturer of wheel lock for semi-trailer after wheel assembly came loose and caused accident resulting in Plaintiffʼs severe burns, brain and orthopedic injuries, and 98% impairment requiring 24 hour lifetime care. The trailer was repaired twelve days before the accident. The jury returned a defense verdict finding that Plaintiff had not proved the wheel lock was properly installed after the trailer repair.

No […]

2019-05-06T17:07:47+00:00April 24th, 2009|Utah|