Case Summary: US Fidelity v. US Sports Specialty
Posted on Sep. 4, 2012

What happens when a defendant in a lawsuit is insured but the judgment exceeds the amount of the insurance? 

During a men’s softball game, a little boy was hit in the head with a baseball bat in Lehi, Utah. He was severely injured. Jones Waldo attorneys Lynn Harris and (now Judge) Ryan Harris of Jones Waldo obtained a jury verdict of roughly $6,100,000 on behalf of the boy.

That judgment exceeded the amount of the insurance policy.  Even so, in some circumstances, the insurer may be liable for the excess amount. In this recent case, US Fidelity v. US Sports Specialty, the Utah Supreme Court considered some of those circumstances. Angus Edwards and Tim Houpt specialize in helping clients navigate the complex issues of insurance in litigation. 

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kathleenAttorney Kathleen McDonald

Kathleen is a shareholder at Jones Waldo.  She specializes in litigation with a particular emphasis on appeals and commercial litigation.  Kathleen has written or argued appeals in the Tenth Circuit, the Utah Court of Appeals, and the Utah Supreme Court.  Kathleen specializes in construction, environmental, civil rights, and commercial litigation.

Kathleen received her law degree with honors from the University of Arizona in 2004.  She received her undergraduate degree from Oberlin College.  Kathleen has unusually well-rounded legal experience; in law school, Kathleen clerked with an in-house corporate attorney and worked in government.  She also clerked at the Utah Court of Appeals.  

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