Many, if not most, people go through life without seeing the inside of a courtroom or having to deal with a legal dispute. This is a good thing. Those who have not been so fortunate know first-hand that even a minor legal dispute can be expensive and disruptive. For businesses that have been around for a while, needing legal assistance is typically a matter of “if,” not “when.”
If you have no prior involvement in civil litigation, or if your past experience left you dissatisfied, here are some tips for a productive and cost-effective experience with your attorneys.
At Proctor Brant, we’ve found that when clients hire an attorney sooner rather than later, gather case-related information promptly, and communicate openly with their attorney, it typically leads to more positive results all around.… » Read the full post
For most parents, it is easy to imagine one’s college-aged son or daughter making a seemingly innocuous choice, i.e., hosting a party where alcohol is served, without giving much thought to the potential outcomes. For a lawyer, it is similarly easy to imagine the grave consequences that could result from the decision to host such a party. Those worlds came together in Przekurat v. Torres, a case arising from a serious car accident that occurred after the underage driver attended a college party where the hosts served alcohol.
In its Przekurat opinion, issued September 10, 2018, the Colorado Supreme Court clarified an important issue on social host liability under Colorado’s Dram Shop Act, holding that a social host who provides a place to drink alcohol must have actual knowledge that a specific guest is underage to be held liable for any damages caused by that underage guest.… » Read the full post
In April of this year, the Colorado Supreme Court adopted a revised version of Colorado’s simplified civil procedure rule, C.R.C.P. 16.1. The revised version applies to cases filed on or after September 1, 2018 and includes changes that will affect how common claims are litigated. From a defense perspective, these changes may have a significant impact on the investigation, evaluation, and preparation of civil cases for potential settlement and trial.
First, Rule 16.1 will continue to apply presumptively to most common civil actions unless the filing party’s attorney certifies that the value of the party’s claims is reasonably believed to exceed $100,000. However, under the revised version of Rule 16.1, this certification will be subject to C.R.C.P. 11. Under the current rule, a plaintiff who wishes to be excluded from simplified civil procedure needs only complete a perfunctory opt-out process, which is not currently subject to Rule 11.… » Read the full post