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