Colorado Construction Litigation Blog

On September 26, 2011, the United States District Court for the District of Colorado issued an order that denied American Family Mutual Insurance Company’s motion for summary judgment regarding claims arising out of an alleged breach of insurance contract brought by High Street Lofts Condominium Association, Inc. (“High Street”). High St. Lofts Condo. Ass’n, Inc. […]

On November 1, 2011, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on the certified question of whether property damage caused by a subcontractor’s faulty workmanship is an “occurrence” for purposes of a commercial general liability (CGL) insurance policy. In Greystone Const., Inc. v. National Fire & Marine Ins. Co., No. 09-1412 (10th Cir. Nov. 1, […]

With the downturn in the economy over the last few years, and the fact that the homebuilding industry has been particularly hard hit, I have heard from clients and colleagues that more and more builders are discontinuing their annual renewable commercial general liability insurance programs, deciding instead to go bare.  This absolutely scares the crap […]

In D.R. Horton, Inc., et al. v. Assurance Company of America, et al., Judge Valeria N. Spencer applied HB 10-1394 retroactively in a coverage case.  The case arose out of the construction of a multi-family condominium complex, on which DRH hired Campbell Beard as the roofer on the project.  Pursuant to the requirements of the […]

Denver, CO, October 01, 2011 –(– Higgins, Hopkins, McLain & Roswell, LLC, a boutique law firm dedicated to the construction industry, celebrates its ten year anniversary today. Founded in 2001, HHMR quickly emerged as one of Colorado’s preeminent construction litigation firms. Since its inception, HHMR has focused on providing quality legal services to construction professionals […]

In Martinez v. Mike Wells Construction Company, 09CV227, Teller County District Court Judge Edward S. Colt refused to apply C.R.S. § 13-20-808 retroactively to provide coverage for the underlying construction defect allegations. According to the recitation of facts in Judge Colt’s March 2011 order, Martinez contracted with Mike Wells Construction to serve as the general […]

On July 1, 2011, Senate Bill 11-264 became effective, which legislatively overruled the Colorado Court of Appeals controversial decision in Weize Company, LLC v. Martz Supply Co. 251 P.3d 489 (Colo. App. 2010). A notice of lis pendens gives notice of pending litigation to persons potentially acquiring interests in the subject property. Hewitt v. Rice, […]

This summer the Colorado Court of Appeals affirmed an interesting district court order concerning the court’s jurisdiction over a mechanic’s lien in a case ordered to arbitration. See Sure-Shock Electric, Inc. v. Diamond Lofts Venture, LLC, 2011 WL 2474513 (Colo. App. 2011). In that case, the defendant owned real property on which it constructed the […]

In Weitz Co., LLC v. Ohio Cas. Ins. Co., the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado was asked to rule on a motion to disqualify counsel in an insurance coverage action. 11-CV-00694-REB-BNB, 2011 WL 2535040 (D. Colo. June 27, 2011). Motions to disqualify counsel are viewed with suspicion, as courts “must guard against […]

Back in February, we ran an update regarding the Colorado Supreme Court’s proposed new set of civil procedure rules under the name Civil Access Pilot Project (CAPP). The previous update related how the first round of public hearings went and what was going to be the next step. The present entry comes on the heals […]


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