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Frequently Asked Questions

Lawsuits, Complaints, and Other Claims

Confidentiality:

The attorneys in the OGC represent the University of Utah and are not private attorneys for members of the campus community. The OGC’s attorneys have ethical obligations governing the confidentiality of the information they receive as part of their representation of the University. The OGC’s attorneys’ obligations to the University may require them to disclose information within the University but outside of the OGC regarding certain confidential matters.

Garnishment of Wages:

Please direct all garnishments of the wages of University of Utah employees to:

Jacob Hintze
Garnishment Accountant
University of Utah
201 S. Presidents Cir. Rm 411
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9023
(801) 585-9182
jacob.hintze@admin.utah.edu

Insurance Coverage/Legal Defense:

Utah State Risk Management (State Risk) defends and indemnifies University employees and volunteers for conduct that is within the course and scope of University employment or volunteer duties. State Risk does not cover medical malpractice claims brought against the School of Medicine or University of Utah Hospitals & Clinics (UUHC) providers, staff, or students. Those claims are handled by the UUHC self-funded malpractice trust fund. The Attorney General's Office defends employment claims, personal injury claims, and certain other claims. The Office of General Counsel typically acts as an internal University of Utah liaison in cases handled by the Attorney General's Office.

Judgments:

You should contact the attorney who obtained the judgment. You can get the responsible attorney's contact information from the court's file on the judgment. The Office of General Counsel (the OGC) generally has no information about these judgments because it does not represent the University in litigation (Utah law prohibits the OGC from conducting litigation).

Jury Duty:

You should comply with the instructions you have received in connection with the call to service. You should consult your employment or academic supervisor immediately to make arrangements for any absence related to your jury duty.

Lawsuit Acceptance:

The only authorized agent for service of legal process (such as a summons and complaint) for the University of Utah and the University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics is the President of the University. No one else should accept service on behalf of the University or UUHC.

If you have been named individually in a lawsuit as a defendant, you can accept service on your own behalf. If such a lawsuit involves the University or UUHC in any way, please transmit a copy of the document(s) to the Office of General Counsel immediately.

Notice of Claim:

Utah law requires any person who has a claim against the University or against its employee for an act or omission occurring during the performance of the employee's duties, within the scope of employment, or under color of authority, to file a written notice of claim before commencing an action. Because the University is a state entity, all notices of claim must be delivered to the Utah Attorney General's Office, not the Office of General Counsel or the University. Please direct all notices of claim to:

Please direct all notices of claim to the individual designated in the Governmental Immunity Act Database for the State of Utah, All Departments & Divisions.  The Governmental Immunity Act Database is located online at https://corporations.utah.gov/gia 

Personal Legal Advice:

The OGC’s client is the University of Utah, and the OGC provides legal services and advice regarding the University’s legal matters to University administrators responsible for those matters. The OGC does not provide legal advice and services for personal matters.

Last Updated: 7/21/17