2010 Top Verdicts

The following are excerpts from case summaries that appeared in Jury Verdict Reporter of Colorado in 2010.
 
Top 3 Verdicts by Award Amount for 2010
 
BOULDER DISTRICT COURT
Latham v. TIME Insurance Co.
Trial Dates: January 2010
Plaintiff's Attorneys: Marc R. Levy and Joshua R. Proctor (Levy Morse & Wheeler, PC), Greenwood Village, Colorado
Defendant's Attorneys: Walter Willson, Robert H. Walker and Clint Vandever (Wells Marble & Hurst, PLLC), Jackson, Mississippi, and Ellis Mayer and Alison Ailer (Nathan Bremer Dumm & Myers), Denver
Type of Claims: Breach of insurance contract, breach of duty of good faith and fair dealing and punitive damages.
Verdict: For the plaintiffs: $37,303,000 including $25,303,000 punitive damages.
 
 
ADAMS COUNTY DISTRICT COURT
Commonwealth Insurance Co.; United States Fire Insurance Co.; Core-Mark Mid-Continent, Inc. and Core-Mark International, Inc. v. Sonitrol Corporation
Trial Dates: August 2010
Plaintiffs’ Attorneys: Thomas Dunford (Cozen O’Connor), Denver;  Brian S. Letofsky and Daniel Watkins(Watkins & Letofsky, LLP), Newport Beach, California
Defendant’s Attorneys: Paul A. Williams and Charles Eblen (Shook Hardy & Bacon), Kansas City, Missouri; and Richard Sander (Sander Ingrebretsen & Wake, PC), Denver
Type of Claim: Breach of contract and willful and wanton conduct.
Verdict: For the plaintiffs U.S. Fire Insurance Co. and Commonwealth Insurance Co., $10,966,577. For the plaintiffs Core-Mark Mid-Continent, Inc. and Core-Mark International, Inc., $7,348,732.
Total: $18,315,309.
Judgment entered for the plaintiffs for $33,080,213 including interest.
Following a hearing in December 2010, the court awarded $588,708.14 in costs to Commonwealth and United Fire and $419,175.22 in costs to the Core-Mark entities.  
 
WELD COUNTY DISTRICT COURT
Averyt v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Trial Dates: November 2010
Plaintiff's Attorneys: Jeffrey Hill (Jeffrey R. Hill, PC), Colorado Springs, and Greg Gold (The Gold Law Firm), Greenwood Village, Colorado
Defendant's Attorney: Rita Booker (Harris Karstaedt Jamison & Powers), Englewood, Colorado
Type of Claim: Premises liability – slip-and-fall on grease and ice.
Verdict: For the plaintiff: $15,000,000.
 
 
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The following are excerpts from case summaries that appeared in Jury Verdict Reporter of Colorado in 2009.

                                                                                                                                             
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Hoffman v. Ford Motor Co.
Trial Dates: April 2009
Plaintiff's Attorneys: W. Randolph Barnhart and Angela L. Ekker (Barnhart, Ekker & McNally, LLP)
Defendant's Attorneys: Edward C. Stewart and Bryan D. Cross (Wheeler Trigg & Kennedy, LLP)
Type of Claims: Product liability: strict liability and negligence.
Verdict: For the plaintiffs: $18,030,000 (gross)
 
 
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Leprino Foods Co. v. Factory Mutual Insurance 
Trial Dates: February 2009 (Second trial)
Plaintiff’s Attorneys: Michael A. Pope and
J. Christian Nemeth (McDermott Will & Emery), Chicago, and William C. Brittan (Campbell Killin Brittan & Ray, LLC)
Defendant’s Attorneys: Matthew Mersfelder, Scott Baker and Russell Yates (The Yates Law Firm, LLC)
Type of Claim: Breach of insurance contract.
Verdict: For the plaintiff, $13,564,235.45, the amount of stipulated damages.
 
 
DENVER DISTRICT COURT
Perry v. Diffee Ford Lincoln Mercury, Inc.
Trial Dates: June 22 - July 10, 2009
Plaintiff's Attorneys: William L. Keating (Fogel Keating Wagner Polidori & Shafner) and W. Randolph Barnhart (Barnhart Ekker & McNally, LLP)
Defendant's Attorney: Richard Waltz  (The Waltz Law Firm)
Type of Claim: Personal injury and wrongful death - broadside auto/truck collision.
Verdict: For the plaintiff: $9,000,000 (total on both claims).
 
 
 
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