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Verdicts, Settlements & Firm News

This page contains a sampling of the cases we have been involved with over the years, including related news stories and appellate court cases along with their rulings.

Verdicts And Settlements

Negligence intersection car collision — $11 million verdict

Product liability car seat, Ford Motor Co. — $2.9 million verdict

Negligence rear end car collision — $1 million settlement

Product liability — $1 million settlement

Product liability helmet Inflatable Store Inc — $2.1 million verdict

Trucking negligence wrongful death — $4 million settlement

News Stories For Representative Cases

Jury orders Ford to pay Boulder driver $3M for injuries in 2009 crash

Boulder police: 4 injured after woman crashes into Valmont post office

Suspect in 2010 assault of Boulder police sergeant arrested in California

Ex-CU Buffs lineman, sentenced to 45 days in jail, 2 years probation for Boulder assault

Former high school fastpitch softball coach pleads guilty to securities fraud, theft

Man’s family allowed to pursue lawsuit against Taser International

Former CU-Boulder student to get $230,000 in Halloween riot settlement

Man Repeatedly Tasered for Leaving Courthouse Briefly with Court File

Police handcuffed by internal discipline

Lawsuit: Driver, family covered up evidence in fatal wreck

Appellate Decisions In Representative Cases

Forest Walker vs. Ford Motor Company. A Colorado man was awarded $6.5 million in damages in his second jury trial against Ford Motor Company for injuries caused by a defectively designed seat. The seat failed during what would have been a relatively minor rear-end collision, causing neck, back and traumatic brain injuries. The original verdict and judgment against Ford were thrown out on appeal, but a second trial by an independent jury reaffirmed Ford’s liability for the man’s injuries.

St. Vrain Valley Sch. Dist. RE-1J v. A.R.L. by & through Loveland, 2014 CO 33, 325 P.3d 1014 (Colo. 2014) Nine-year-old student and her parents brought action against school district and district employee for negligent supervision and premises liability in connection with injuries sustained by student when she fell from “zip line” apparatus on public school playground.

S.W. v. Towers Boat Club, Inc., 315 P.3d 1257 (Colo. 2013) All children, regardless of their classification as trespasser, licensee or invitee, could bring attractive nuisance claim.

Wilson v. City of Lafayette, No. 07CV-02248PAB-BNB, 2010 WL 1291518 (D. Colo. Mar. 29, 2010) Under Colorado law, a genuine issue of material fact existed as to whether a warning issued for a TASER device was sufficient, precluded summary judgment in a products liability action.

Bullock v. Daimler Trucks N. Am., LLC, No. 08-CV-00491-PAB-MEH, 2009 WL 6315339 (D. Colo. May 19, 2009) report and recommendation adopted, No. 08-CV-00491-PAB-MEH, 2010 WL 1286079 (D. Colo. Mar. 29, 2010) Deceased truck driver’s wife’s allegation that manufacturer knew of the vehicle’s safety concerns and failed to test them provided prima facie proof of a triable issue of exemplary damages with regard to the manufacturer of the sleeper compartment, and thus, the wife was given leave to amend her compliant.

Lemery v. Beckner, 323 F. App’x 644 (10th Cir. 2009) Plaintiff struck in the eye by a pepper ball shot by a police officer was momentarily stopped before running away, and thus, there was governmental termination of freedom of movement through means intentionally applied, such that the plaintiff was “seized” for purposes of his Fourth Amendment excessive force claim.

Casey v. City of Fed. Heights, 509 F.3d 1278 (10th Cir. 2007) Law was clearly established that it was not reasonable for officer to use TASER immediately and without warning upon arriving on scene of struggle between another officer and misdemeanant, and, thus, officer was not qualifiedly immune from plaintiff’s civil rights claim for excessive force under Fourth Amendment.

Adams ex rel. Adams v. City of Westminster, 140 P.3d 8 (Colo. App. 2005) City employee’s action against city for breach of contract and promissory estoppel regarding city’s alleged failure to provide fringe benefits was not barred by Colorado Governmental Immunity Act (CGIA); nature of alleged injury arose from terms of contract of employment, employee did not claim damages for personal harms or injuries, and employee had not sought redress for injuries resulting from tortious conduct.