Kentucky Supreme Court News

Kentucky High Court Says Governor Can Restrict Businesses in Virus Fight

Kentucky’s Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the governor’s authority to issue coronavirus-related restrictions on businesses and individuals to try to contain the spread of COVID-19. The ruling delivered a victory for Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear in a legal fight with …

Kentucky Supreme Court Blocks Efforts to Halt Governor’s COVID-19 Rules

Kentucky’s highest court on Friday put a temporary stop to efforts by a top Republican to rein in the Democratic governor’s ability to control the coronavirus outbreak with restrictions on public behavior. The state Supreme Court stepped into the dispute …

Kentucky Gov Asks State Supreme Court to Uphold Coronavirus Actions

Claiming Kentucky is embroiled in “a life-and-death battle” against the coronavirus, Gov. Andy Beshear has asked separate courts to uphold some of his executive actions to combat COVID-19. In a filing Tuesday, the Democratic governor asked a Franklin County Circuit …

Kentucky Supreme Court Rules Police Can Be Sued Over Deadly Car Chases

The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled that police can be sued for damages when their car chases lead to the death or injury of third parties. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the court’s 6-1 ruling last month overturned a 1952 decision …

Kentucky Supreme Court: Trampoline Park Not Immune from Liability in Injury Case

The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled that a damage waiver signed by a parent at a trampoline park does not protect the park from liability in the case of an injured child. The Courier Journal reports that the court said …

Kentucky Gov., Attorney General Opioid Lawsuit Battle Goes to State Supreme Court

A feud between Kentucky’s top two elected officials – and potential adversaries in this year’s governor’s race – spilled over into the state Supreme Court on Thursday as lawyers argued about who controls the state’s lawsuit against manufacturers and distributors …

Kentucky High Court Finds Medical Malpractice Review Panels Unconstitutional

The Kentucky Supreme Court struck down last month Kentucky’s Medical Review Panels Act, which was enacted by the General Assembly in 2017, returning the process of reviewing medical malpractice claims back to the state courts for the foreseeable future and …

Kentucky Supreme Court Hears Arguments Over Med Mal Review Panels

After Ezra Claycomb was born with severe brain damage and cerebral palsy, his mother considered filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. But in 2017, Kentucky’s Republican-controlled legislature passed a law requiring all such lawsuits first be reviewed by a panel of …

Kentucky Supreme Court Finds No Bad Faith as a Matter of Law in Auto Lawsuit

The Kentucky Supreme Court in Hollaway v. Direct General Ins. Co. Mississippi Inc., 497 S.W. 3d 733 (Ky. 2016), recently affirmed summary judgment that was granted in favor of the insurance company, finding that the plaintiff did not present a …

Kentucky Court: Mine-Safety Laws Don’t Apply to Subcontractors

Kentucky’s mine-safety laws and regulations didn’t apply to a subcontract worker who died while installing a massive garage door on a building at a mine site in Muhlenberg County, the state’s Supreme Court ruled Oct. 29. David McCarty died when …