Board of Claims: COM. V. MORRIS (COA; 1/13/2006)

COM. V. MORRIS
BOARD OF CLAIMS – Jurisdiction (settlement and release of employee)

2005-CA-000370
PUBLISHED   
REVERSING
BUCKINGHAM
DATE:  1/13/2006

A release of the tortfeasor (cabinet employees) for personal injuries constitutes a release of the government in a board of claims action.  The cabinet  was relieved of any liability in connection with the claims due to the claimants having executed releases to its employee, Lancaster. Citing Copeland v. Humana of Kentucky, Inc., 769 S.W.2d 67 (Ky.App. 1989).  The claimants’ settlements with Lancaster inured to the benefit of the employer, the Labor Cabinet, notwithstanding attempts by the claimants in their releases to reserve the right to file claims against the Labor Cabinet.