Kienker v. Bauer, Hawaii Supreme Court No. 25856 (March 14, 2006) - The Hawaii Supreme Court recently issued a decision which holds that the State can be jointly and severally liable (1) under 663-10.9(4) for the recovery of noneconomic damages in motor vehicle accidents involving the maintenance and design of highways and (2) under HRS section 663-10.9(1) for the recovery of economic damages against joint tortfeasors in actions involving injury or death to persons. The Court specifically found that 663-10.5 (which says that the State is only liable in damages for its percent of liability) fails to superscede 663-10.9(4). The net effect of this holding is that if the State (or a municipality) has prior notice of a roadway maintenaince or design defect causing an accident, it may be jointly and severally under 663-10.9(4). The government can only rely on 663-10.5 if there is no prior notice.
Game Truck Georgia was recently hit with a $4.7 million judgment for injuries arising out of a game of "bubble soccer". But this was after they had pleaded with their insurer to settle those same claims for a pretrial offer of $1 million - which was within their policy limits. Their insurer, Atlantic Specialty Insurance, declined those offers and forced the case to trial. Now the attorneys for Game Truck Georgia are chasing their own insurance company for its bad faith refusal to settle - a refusal which led to the insolvency and desctruction of their business.
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