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Overview

O. Grant Bruton engages in business litigation, including cases involving insurance coverage, estates and eminent domain. He has had a varied appellate practice for more than fifty years. 

Honors & Awards

  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Appointed Special Justice on the Supreme Court of Kentucky.

Representative Matters

Cases which Mr. Bruton has argued and briefed have “made” law in many areas:

  • Criteria for valuing service stations for eminent domain purposes, Standard Oil Co. v. Commonwealth, Department of Highways;
  • An insurer’s right to refuse coverage for intentional torts, Continental Insurance Companies v. Hancock;
  • A merchant’s right to apprehend a suspected shoplifter, Super X Drugs v. Rice; 
  • A manufacturer’s right to prosecute a pilfering employee, Farris v. Sears, Roebuck & Co.;and
  • A land owner’s right to redress for an unauthorized attempt to condemn his property, Leggett v. Sprint Communication Company.
  • In Kentucky Milk Marketing and Antimonopoly Commission v. The Kroger Co., the Supreme Court of Kentucky upheld a grocery chain’s right to sell milk products at competitive prices. Mr. Bruton led the appellate team in that case that persuaded the Court to strike down what was euphemistically called “The Milk Marketing and Antimonopoly Act,” which gave rise to an article in the business section of the local newspaper, entitled: “O. Grant Bruton, Good Guy in a Gray Hat.” The article pointed out that the same lawyer who had worn a “black hat” for obtaining utility rate increases for Louisville Gas & Electric Company, could also wear a “white hat” for lowering milk prices to Kentucky consumers.

Admissions

  • Kentucky
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky

Education

Harvard Law School, L.L.B., 1958

Princeton University, B.A.,Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude, 1953

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