• February 29, 2024

    Veil Shouldn't Be Pierced To Decode Contracts, Panel Says

    The doctrine of piercing the corporate veil shouldn't be used to interpret disputed contract terms, a split Colorado appellate panel ruled Thursday, reversing a trial court's award of more than $600,000 in a real estate fight between two longtime friends.

  • February 29, 2024

    Colo. Panel Revives Wound Center's Damages Suit

    A Colorado state appellate panel Thursday revived a wound center's lawsuit against a rural healthcare district for payments related to its agreement with the district, finding in a published opinion that there were factual disputes a trial court failed to address in dismissing the wound center's breach of contract claims.

  • February 29, 2024

    Iowa State Athletes Cry Foul On State's Betting Dragnet

    Current and former Iowa State University athletes are looking to unwind the charges against them in the state's sports betting dragnet, asserting that investigators compiled evidence against them through illegal search and seizure.

  • February 29, 2024

    Colo. Panel Says Well Owners' Appeal Belongs In Water Court

    Two Colorado well owners can't bring a county district court lawsuit challenging a well permitting decision by the state water engineer because those issues are "water matters" that belong in a special water court, an appellate panel ruled Thursday.

  • February 29, 2024

    Colo. Firm Says Atty Abandoned Work While Seeking New Job

    A Denver debt collection law firm has accused a former senior associate of performing little to no meaningful work during a brief one-year tenure at the outfit while also pursuing a partnership role at another firm.

  • February 29, 2024

    10th Circ. Says NLRB's Remedies 'Inconsistent' With Law

    The National Labor Relations Board surpassed its powers when ordering a concrete company to make pension contributions and profit-sharing payments to workers without factoring in past compensation, the Tenth Circuit ruled, sending the case back to the board for a second look but finding the company violated federal labor law.

  • February 29, 2024

    Colo. House OKs Multistate Online Insurance Tax Filing

    Colorado would require insurance companies to pay certain taxes through a multistate third-party online application approved by the state Division of Insurance under legislation passed by the state House of Representatives.

  • February 28, 2024

    Judge Asks When Feds Will Consider Climate In Oil Leases

    A D.C. federal judge on Wednesday voiced frustration at the Bureau of Land Management's inability to account for the total impact of carbon emissions from six western oil and gas leases, but cautioned that previous circuit courts have upheld federal agencies' reluctance to block projects based on climate change predictions.

  • February 28, 2024

    Drilling Services Co. Must Face Suit Over Worker's Injury

    A company that provides power to oil drilling operations must face an indemnification lawsuit after a worker was electrocuted while fixing a downed line, according to a Colorado federal judge's order finding that the case wouldn't interfere with the worker's injury suit.

  • February 28, 2024

    Green Groups Pan Colorado's Monitoring Deal With Suncor

    A group of environmental advocacy organizations told a Colorado state judge that state environmental regulators and Suncor Energy gave them too little time to review a settlement about enforcement of air quality monitoring regulations, but said they saw enough to spot some concerning flaws.

  • February 28, 2024

    Suit Blames Father-Son Mismanagement For Pot Co. Collapse

    A member of a Colorado cannabis cultivation and dispensary business is asking a state district court to appoint a receiver over the company, saying a father and son involved have mismanaged the company by buying unlicensed cannabis plants and failing to prepare a processing facility.

  • February 28, 2024

    Utah, Okla.'s EPA Ozone Challenge Sent To DC Circ.

    The Tenth Circuit slingshotted seven consolidated challenges to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision disapproving Utah and Oklahoma's air quality plans to the D.C. Circuit, finding the Clean Air Act requires the disputes to fall under D.C. Circuit jurisdiction given the decision's national scope.

  • February 28, 2024

    Oil Co. Says It's Too Broke For Colo. Regulators' $130M Bond

    An oil and gas production company is asking a Colorado state judge to stay regulators' "exorbitant" order requiring it to pay $130 million in financial assurance on its obligation to plug and remediate oil and gas wells, arguing the company doesn't even have the cash for a $13 million installment due this month.

  • February 27, 2024

    $11M Meat Co. Deals Get Early OK In Colo. Wage Fixing Suit

    A Colorado federal judge Tuesday gave initial approval to class settlements with two meat producers and a consulting company, requiring $11.25 million in payments to resolve claims that they participated in a nationwide scheme to fix and depress wages for meat plant workers.

  • February 27, 2024

    Colo. Wants Immediate End To Sick Leave Law Challenge

    The state of Colorado called on a federal court to immediately dismiss an airline lobbying group's challenge to a state sick leave law, arguing that recent precedent established that the law was not preempted by the Airline Deregulation Act.

  • February 27, 2024

    Anesthesia Group Settles Colo. AG's Monopoly Claims

    U.S. Anesthesia Partners has said it would cede control of deals with several Colorado hospitals and pay $200,000 in legal fees to settle the state attorney general's allegations that the practice group had anti-competitive control of the market. 

  • February 27, 2024

    Judge Says Coffee Co.'s IP Claims Need More Time To Brew

    A Colorado federal judge on Tuesday rejected competing efforts to avoid trial in a cold brew equipment maker's infringement suit against an insulated mug company, with the judge finding it's too soon for her to rule on the merits of the case.

  • February 27, 2024

    Colo. Lawmakers OK Local-Option Property Tax Credits

    Local governments in Colorado would be authorized to grant property tax incentives to address local shortcomings related to the usage of real property under legislation approved Tuesday by the General Assembly.

  • February 26, 2024

    Albright Pauses DOE's Crypto Mining Survey, For Now

    A Texas federal judge has temporarily barred the U.S. Department of Energy from requiring crypto mining firms to provide data on their electricity usage after a lawsuit from a Texas industry group and a bitcoin mining firm accused the government of skirting the process to approve the survey.

  • February 26, 2024

    Western Union Sued For Interest It Earns On Failed Transfers

    Financial services company Western Union has been hit with a proposed class action alleging that the company can't lawfully earn interest from money transfers that don't make it to their recipient.

  • February 26, 2024

    Colo. Workers Say United Jumped Gun On OT Exemption

    Employees of a United Airlines subsidiary who cleaned aircraft in Colorado airports were denied time-and-a-half overtime pay when they voluntarily picked up colleagues' shifts, two workers have alleged in a proposed class action filed in Colorado federal court.

  • February 26, 2024

    Colo. Justices To Hear If Insurers Can Withhold Some Payouts

    The Colorado Supreme Court said Monday it will consider whether the state's insurance code allowed Geico, following unsuccessful settlement attempts, to refuse paying noneconomic damages to a policyholder for his underinsured motorist claim, given what Geico said is the "inherently subjective" nature of such damages.

  • February 26, 2024

    Lumen, AI Software Co. Settle $6M Trade Secrets Spat

    A Lumen Technologies subsidiary and a Texas-based AI company have settled a trade secrets lawsuit accusing Lumen of misappropriating the company's proprietary software and stiffing it on payments after ending their licensing agreement, according to a notice of settlement filed in Colorado federal court Friday.

  • February 26, 2024

    FTC Challenges Kroger's $25B Albertsons Buy

    The Federal Trade Commission announced a new, national front Monday against Kroger's heavily criticized $24.6 billion purchase of fellow grocery store giant Albertsons, challenging a deal it said threatens both shoppers and workers and cannot be saved by the planned divestiture of a "hodgepodge" of hundreds of stores.

  • February 23, 2024

    Crypto Org, Bitcoin Miner Sue DOE Over Electricity Survey

    A Texas cryptocurrency industry association and a crypto-mining company have sued the U.S. Department of Energy in an attempt to block its plans to solicit mining companies' information about electricity consumption, alleging the department shirked the proper statutory process to collect the data.

Expert Analysis

  • What Courts' Deference Preference Can Mean For Sentencing

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    The Fifth Circuit’s recent U.S. v. Vargas decision deepens the split among federal appeals courts on the level of deference afforded to commentary in the U.S. sentencing guidelines — an issue that has major real-life ramifications for defendants, and is likely bound for the U.S. Supreme Court, say Jennifer Freel and Michael Murtha at Jackson Walker.

  • Caregiver Flexibility Is Crucial For Atty Engagement, Retention

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    As the battle for top talent continues post-pandemic, many firms are attempting to attract employees with progressive hybrid working environments — and supporting caregivers before, during and after an extended leave is a critically important way to retain top talent, says Manar Morales at The Diversity & Flexibility Alliance.

  • Can Class Actions Guide AI Risk Mitigation Efforts?

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    The speed at which artificial intelligence is developing will likely outpace the legislative response, and two recently filed class actions naming OpenAI as a defendant raise the question of whether existing laws may be used to place some meaningful guardrails on the development of AI, says Thomas Carey at Sunstein.

  • 4 Ways High Court Web Designer Ruling Bolsters Online Biz

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    The logic of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent landmark decision in 303 Creative v. Elenis bodes well for the future of First Amendment protections online, and four aspects of the opinion stand out for their application to online services more broadly, say attorneys at Davis Wright.

  • Ruling Affirms Drillers' Right To Choose Methods In Colo.

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    In the wake of the Tenth Circuit's decision in Bay v. Anadarko E&P Onshore, a bellwether trespass case, oil and gas operators can breathe easy knowing that Colorado landowners cannot dictate their method of drilling — even in the face of more reasonable alternatives, say Lauren Varnado and Jessica Pharis at Michelman & Robinson.

  • How High Court Is Assessing Tribal Law Questions

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's four rulings on tribal issues from this term show that Justice Neil Gorsuch's extensive experience in federal Native American law brings helpful experience to the court but does not necessarily guarantee favorable outcomes for tribal interests, say attorneys at Dorsey & Whitney.

  • In-Office Engagement Is Essential To Associate Development

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    As law firms develop return-to-office policies that allow hybrid work arrangements, they should incorporate the specific types of in-person engagement likely to help associates develop attributes common among successful firm leaders, says Liisa Thomas at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Perspectives

    A Judge's Pitch To Revive The Jury Trial

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    Ohio state Judge Pierre Bergeron explains how the decline of the jury trial threatens public confidence in the judiciary and even democracy as a whole, and he offers ideas to restore this sacred right.

  • How To Recognize And Recover From Lawyer Loneliness

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    Law can be one of the loneliest professions, but there are practical steps that attorneys and their managers can take to help themselves and their peers improve their emotional health, strengthen their social bonds and protect their performance, says psychologist and attorney Traci Cipriano.

  • Opinion

    Litigation Funding Disclosure Should Be Mandatory

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    Despite the Appellate Rules Committee's recent deferral of the issue of requiring third-party litigation funding disclosure, such a mandate is necessary to ensure the even-handed administration of justice across all cases, says David Levitt at Hinshaw.

  • Recalling USWNT's Legal PR Playbook Amid World Cup Bid

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    As the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team strives to take home another World Cup trophy, their 2022 pay equity settlement with the U.S. Soccer Federation serves as a good reminder that winning in the court of public opinion can be more powerful than a victory inside the courtroom, says Hector Valle at Vianovo.

  • Colorado Antitrust Reform Carries Broad State Impact

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    Colorado recently became the latest state to update and expand its antitrust laws, and the new act may significantly affect enforcement and private litigation, particularly when it comes to workers and consumers, says Diane Hazel at Foley & Lardner.

  • Regulating AI: Litigation Questions And State Efforts To Watch

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    In view of the developing legal and regulatory framework for artificial intelligence systems in the U.S., including state legislation and early federal litigation, there are practical takeaways as we look toward the future, says Jennifer Maisel at Rothwell Figg.

  • The Issues Brewing Around Starbucks Labor Practice Cases

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    Starbucks is faced with fighting off another push for a nationwide injunction against firing any employees that support unionization, and there's a distinct possibility that the company and the National Labor Relations Board could be fighting the same fight over and over in various locations, says Janette Levey at Levey Law.

  • High Court's Tribal Water Rights Ruling Steadies The Boat

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling in Arizona v. Navajo Nation — concerning the federal government's obligations to help secure tribal access to water — overturns a Ninth Circuit decision that could have undermined existing state adjudication processes and unleashed a wave of tribal water rights claims, say attorneys at Perkins Coie.

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