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SCOKY Issues Important Guidance on Causation Instruction

In an opinion issued in December 2014 that recently became final, the Kentucky Supreme Court issued important guidance on proper jury instructions concerning causation of a plaintiff’s injury or death. In Branham v. Rock, 2012-SC-707, a decision authored by Justice Michelle Keller arising out of a medical malpractice action, the Court held that a so-called ... Read More...
Posted in: Civil Procedure   | January 26, 2015

SCOKY Limits Trial Court’s Authority to Make Equitable Award of Attorney’s Fees or Impose Fees as Sanction

The Kentucky Supreme Court recently limited the authority of Kentucky trial courts to make awards of attorney’s fees for equitable reasons or to impose attorney’s fees as a sanction. The Court, noting that attorney’s fees are not recoverable litigation costs under CR 54.04 unless they are provided for under a contract between the parties or ... Read More...
Posted in: Civil Procedure   | November 20, 2014

Trolls Beware: Kentucky Court of Appeals Issues New Test to Discover Identity of Anonymous Internet Posters in Litigation

The rise of social media, blogs, and Internet forums has produced a variety of positive and negative consequences for society. For example, access to news and information, the free flow of ideas, and the ability to connect with others have all increased substantially. On the other hand, cyberspace has promoted misinformation, gossip, frivolous pursuits, and ... Read More...
Posted in: Civil Litigation   | October 29, 2014

SCOKY Expands on Permissible Impeachment of Witness Concerning Facts Underlying Criminal Conviction Involving Dishonesty

In Allen v. Com., 395 S.W.3d 451 (Ky. 2013), the Kentucky Supreme Court expanded the right of counsel to inquire of a trial witness concerning facts underlying certain criminal convictions. In a 5-2 opinion by Justice Noble, the Court held that KRE 608(b) and 609 should be read as being complementary of each other, not ... Read More...
Posted in: Civil Procedure   | October 21, 2014

COAKY Decision Discusses Cost Award to Prevailing Party of a Daily “Allowance” For Trial Witnesses – And Even For a Party

In a December 2013 post, I blogged about the Kentucky Court of Appeals’ opinion in Bryan v. Correctcare-Integrated Health, 2012-CA-1500, which was not final at that time. In March 2014 the decision became final, and it was published in April at 420 S.W.3d 526 (Ky. App. 2013). The decision discussed a seldom-cited Kentucky statute, KRS ... Read More...
Posted in: Civil Litigation   | August 12, 2014

SCOKY Issues Additional Guidance for Permitting Juror to Pose Question to Trial Witness

Kentucky Rule of Evidence (KRE) 614(c) provides that a trial court may permit a juror to ask a question of a trial witness by submitting the question to the judge. The judge will then decide in his or her discretion whether to submit the question to the witness. Under KRE 614(d), any objections to a ... Read More...
Posted in: Civil Procedure   | June 24, 2014

SCOKY Questions Jeff. Co.’s Jury Selection Process, But Holds (Under Palpable Error Review Standard) It Was Not Reversible Error

In Oro-Jimenez v. Com., 412 S.W.3d 174 (Ky. 2013), the Kentucky Supreme Court considered a challenge in a criminal case to the voir dire process used in jury selection in Jefferson County. The Court described that process as involving questioning of the entire gallery of potential jurors summoned for the trial, with each side’s peremptory ... Read More...
Posted in: Civil Litigation,Civil Procedure   | May 7, 2014

SCOKY Holds Open and Obvious Hazard Doctrine Does Not Apply in Slip and Fall on Wet Floor Tile Near Store Entrance

The last post in this blog concerned the case of Shelton v. Kentucky Easter Seals and its limitation on the open and obvious hazard doctrine in a case involving a trip and fall by a hospital visitor who was tending to a hospitalized relative. In a companion decision rendered the same day as Shelton, the ... Read More...
Posted in: Civil Litigation,Civil Procedure   | April 24, 2014

SCOKY Retreats Further From Open And Obvious Hazard Doctrine In Premises Cases

In its recently published 4-3 opinion in Shelton v. Kentucky Easter Seals Society, Inc., 413 S.W.3d 901 (Ky. 2013), the Kentucky Supreme Court expanded on its prior decision in Kentucky River Medical Center v. McIntosh, 319 S.W.3d 385 (Ky. 2010), limiting the “open and obvious hazard doctrine,” and held that a personal injury claim brought ... Read More...
Posted in: Civil Litigation,Civil Procedure   | April 9, 2014

Three-Day Mail Rule Under Kentucky and Federal Civil Rules

Confusion sometimes arises about when a litigant is entitled to the extra three days to act or respond under Kentucky CR 6.05 and its federal counterpart, FRCP 6(d), when another party serves the litigant by mail or e-mail. First, Kentucky’s amended Rule 6.05 (effective Jan. 1, 2014), provides that the extra three days that are afforded to a party when served by regular mail also apply when service is by e-mail or fax, even though such service is usually effectuated instantaneously. Read More...
Posted in: Civil Procedure   | March 25, 2014

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David Kramer is a Partner at DBL Law and is Chair of the firm's Civil Litigation Section. He is the principal author of Thomson/West's two-volume treatise on the Kentucky Rules of Civil Procedure. The treatise, which is updated annually, is widely regarded as the leading reference on the Kentucky civil rules.


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