to Hutt v. Maryland Casualty Co., et al., Cascade
County Cause No. DDV-18-0175
M. Sullivan, Allan M. McGarvey, Jon L. Heberling, John F.
Lacey, Ethan Aubrey Welder, Dustin Alan Richard Leftridge
Jeffrey R. Kuchel, Danielle A.R. Coffman, Gary M. Zadick,
Gerry P. Fagan, G. Patrick HagEstad, Jennifer Marie
Studebaker, Joshua Alexander Leggett, Vernon M. McFarland,
Jean Elizabeth Faure, Jason Trinity Holden, Chad E. Adams,
Katie Rose Ranta, Stephen Dolan Bell, Dan R. Larsen, Kelly
Gallinger, Charles J. Seifert, Robert J. Phillips, Emma
Laughlin Mediak, Daniel Jordan Auerbach, Leo Sean Ward,
Robert B. Pfennigs, Rick A. Regh, Mark Trevor Wilson, Murry
Warhank, Ben A. Snipes, Mark M. Kovacich, Ross Thomas
Johnson, Randy J. Cox, Zachary Aaron Franz, M. Covey Morris,
Robert J. Sullivan, Dale R. Cockrell, Vaughn A. Crawford,
Tracy H. Fowler, Martin S. King, Maxon R. Davis, Tom L.
Lewis, Keith Edward Ekstrom, William Rossbach, Kennedy C.
Ramos, Edward J. Longosz, Chad M. Knight, Anthony Michael
Nicastro, Nadia Hafeez Patrick, Kevin A. Twidwell, Jinnifer
Jeresek Mariman, Stephanie A. Hollar, James E. Roberts, Jacy
Suenram, Michael Crill (Other), Conor A. Flanigan, Fredric A.
Bremseth, Walter G. Watkins, Jason Eric Pepe, Peter A. Moir,
Mark A. Johnston, Erik H Nelson, Michael E. Wise (Attorney)
ORDER RE: MCC'S MOTION IN LIMINE: ON PUNITIVE
Eddy, Asbestos Claims Court Judge.
before the Court Maryland Casualty Company's Motion
in Limine on Punitive Damages, filed November 9, 2018.
Hutt filed his Response on November 26, 2018, to
which Maryland Casualty Company filed a Reply on
December 7, 2018. Oral argument was not requested by the
parties and was not deemed necessary by the Court. Having
reviewed the file and being fully apprised, the Court hereby
finds as follows:
Casualty Company's Motion in Limine on Punitive
Damages is GRANTED in part and DENIED in part consistent
with the below Rationale.
Court's Order Re: Defendant Maryland Casualty
Company's Motion for Summary Judgment and Plaintiff's
Motion for Summary Judgment, dated 1/13/19, fully
recites the factual background of this matter and will not be
reiterated herein. Relevant facts will be incorporated into
the legal analysis as necessary.
to this analysis, Maryland Casualty Company was acquired by
or merged with Zurich American Insurance Company (ZAIC) in
authority to rule on motions in limine "rests
in the inherent power of the court to admit or exclude
evidence so as to ensure a fair trial." Meek v.
Mont. Eighth Judicial Dist. Court, 2015 MT 130, ¶9,
379 Mont. 150, 349 P.3d 493. "The purpose of a motion
in limine is to prevent the introduction of evidence
which is irrelevant, immaterial, or unfairly
prejudicial." City of Missoula v. Asbury, 265
Mont. 14, 17, 873 P.2d 936, 937 (quoting Feller v.
Fox, 237 Mont. 150, 153, 772 P.2d 842, 844).
Casualty Company has brought the following motions in