Here are the August 2016 summary of published decisions and attorney disciplinary orders from the Supreme Court of Kentucky which have been prepared by the Administrative Office of the Courts. Click here for the AOC Indexed Summaries by year and month. Click here for the Kentucky Court Reports index of each month’s summary by year and month.
Only one insurance decision – underinsured motorist benefits.
2014-SC-000265-DG August 25, 2016
Opinion of the Court by Justice Hughes. All sitting; all concur. Auto insurers both providing uninsured motorist coverage to a person injured while a passenger in vehicle owned by another raised a priority issue in the trial court. That court resolved the issue by ruling that the companies’ competing “other insurance” clauses cancelled each other out and left the companies jointly liable on a pro-rata basis. Reversing, the Court of Appeals ruled that primary liability rested with the passenger’s personal carrier. Reversing the Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court held, in accord with Kentucky Farm Bureau Mut. Ins. Co. v. Shelter Mut. Ins. Co., 326 S.W.3d 803 (Ky. 2010), that the Motor Vehicle Reparations Act implicitly fixes primary uninsured motorist coverage on the vehicle owner’s insurer.
Here are all the summaries with link to full text of the published cases for this month: