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Notify state of lawsuits, appeals court reiterates

Any lawsuit against the state of Utah requires notification of the state Attorney General's Office, the Utah Court of Appeals reiterated Thursday.

The ruling came in a case involving a woman who was struck by a vehicle driven by a Utah State University employee in 1997. Amanda Thimmes filed suit against the driver and the school.

While Thimmes' attorney, Robert Hart, prepared two "notices of claim" to be served, neither made it to the attorney general's office. They were delivered instead to USU and the Division of Risk Management.

The trial court's dismissal of Thimmes' case was upheld.

"We can find no indication of willful misconduct on the government's part nor an intent to hinder (Thimmes') pursuit of her claim," the court said.