Commercial Litigation

Recently, the number of courts siding with insurance companies to deny contractors and subcontractors insurance coverage in construction defect lawsuits has been shrinking.  Courts have always been split over whether damage caused by construction defects is an accident or not.  If it’s not an accident, there is no coverage under the standard commercial general liability insurance policy, the most common form of liability insurance in the construction industry.  However, there is a growing trend for courts to find that such damage is the result of an accident, and some state courts, like the Supreme Court of West Virginia in the

Jonathan O. Hafen, Shareholder at Parr Brown Gee & Loveless Most business leaders understand that litigation can be expensive, time-consuming, and emotionally draining. Fearing that outcome, clients sometimes ask me how they can avoid a lawsuit. Unfortunately, a business can be sued by almost anyone at any time, whether they have a valid claim or not. However, the best advice to avoid litigation in the first place, and to give your business the best chance to prevail if you are sued, is the same advice mothers have been giving their kids for decades – stop, look, and listen. Most business

Download PDF BACKGROUND: LIQWID is Hit with Lawsuit On December 23, 2011, LeftsNRights, a young, rapidly-growing Internet technology and marketing company doing business under the name of LIQWID and its principals were served with an “everything but the kitchen sink” complaint that sought to shut down LIQWID, to obtain its intellectual property, to preclude its lead inventor from working in the industry, and the disgorgement of all LIQWID’s capital. Notwithstanding the holiday season, LIQWID immediately sent the complaint to Parr Brown Gee & Loveless, its corporate counsel, asking about the appropriate strategy in dealing with such an aggressive claim and wishing

ACLU of Utah Announces Intended Lawsuit On HB 477 Posted 3/21/11 – Representing certain sponsors of the referendum to repeal HB 477–the controversial bill that eviscerated Utah’s public records law–the ACLU of Utah today notified Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and Governor Gary Herbert that it will commence an action challenging the restrictions in SB 165 (which forbids the use of e-signatures to support referenda and initiatives) unless immediate assurances are given that HB 477 will be repealed as soon as possible. “We believe the provisions in SB 165 that purport to establish a blanket ban on the collection and use