Colorado

  • January 22, 2024

    Background Check Co. Says Court Mistreated It As Insurer

    A background check company urged a Colorado federal court to reconsider a ruling that the company had to defend and indemnify a now-defunct security services provider, arguing that the court used properties of insurance law to improperly expand its contract.

  • January 22, 2024

    World Cup Workers' Abuse Claims Are Misdirected, US Co. Says

    Filipino laborers who claimed they were subjected to abusive work and living conditions while helping build facilities for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar aimed their ire in the wrong direction, a U.S. construction company told a Colorado federal judge in a bid to dismiss the suit.

  • January 22, 2024

    BP Wants 10th Circ. Re-Do Over $700K Royalty Payout

    BP urged the full Tenth Circuit to reconsider letting it off the hook for nearly $700,000 in royalty underpayments for federal natural gas leases in Wyoming after a panel affirmed an order by the U.S. Department of the Interior requiring the oil and gas producer to pay up.

  • January 22, 2024

    Colo. Justices OK Urban Renewal Tax Formula

    Colorado's justices on Monday upheld the state's method for deciding how much of an area's increased property tax revenue should go to the redevelopment agencies that helped revitalize it, unanimously ruling that an urban renewal law doesn't require a specific methodology.

  • January 22, 2024

    NFL Coaches Push 2nd Circ. To Deny Attempt To Toss Appeal

    Former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores and his co-plaintiffs have argued before the Second Circuit that they are allowed to appeal a lower-court ruling compelling arbitration against the NFL in their racial discrimination lawsuit, contrary to the NFL's claim that they have no right to do so.

  • January 22, 2024

    Cyberattack Yields Mistrial In Scam Marketing Case

    A Colorado federal judge declared a mistrial Monday morning in prosecutors' fraud case against workers accused of boosting their employer's clients' scams, telling jurors picked last week their service was no longer needed after an unspecified hacking incident over the weekend. 

  • January 22, 2024

    Colo. Atty, Ex-Lawmaker Suspended For Botched Estate Claim

    A Colorado lawyer and former state senator has been suspended from practicing law after failing to inform a client he did not timely file her $41,000 estate claim.

  • January 22, 2024

    Justices To Consider If Feds Can Stop Rio Grande Water Deal

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider whether the federal government has the authority to scuttle a Rio Grande water sharing agreement between Texas, New Mexico and Colorado.

  • January 19, 2024

    Law360 Names Firms Of The Year

    Eight law firms have earned spots as Law360's Firms of the Year, with 55 Practice Group of the Year awards among them, steering some of the largest deals of 2023 and securing high-profile litigation wins, including at the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • January 19, 2024

    Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 would like to congratulate the winners of its Practice Groups of the Year awards for 2023, which honor the attorney teams behind litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry this past year.

  • January 19, 2024

    Judge Who Said 'No' To Sanctions Wasn't Out Of Line

    A utility company whose former employee accused it of witness coaching during a deposition related to his harassment suit against it won't face sanctions after a Colorado federal court this week said there was nothing wrong with a magistrate judge's decision not to impose a penalty.

  • January 19, 2024

    Insurer Says Colo. Policy Spat 'Intertwined' With Atty Blunders

    The primary insurer for a Colorado climbing gear company said an excess insurer's bid to get out of liability for a climber's injuries should be heard in a Washington state malpractice suit, arguing in a motion that the policy dispute is "intertwined" with lawyer misconduct in the underlying product liability case.

  • January 19, 2024

    Colo. Group Seeks Damage Caps Drop, Reporting Expansion

    An issue committee, supported in part by the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, has launched an effort to place two statewide initiatives before Colorado voters in November, designed to help patients and those filing suits over catastrophic injuries and wrongful deaths.

  • January 19, 2024

    Debt Relief Co. Fleeced $100M, CFPB And States Say

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and a multistate coalition of attorneys general, including New York Attorney General Letitia James, have sued financial services firm StratFS and a web of related shell companies for running an illegal debt-relief enterprise that allegedly defrauded consumers out of more than $100 million.

  • January 19, 2024

    JP Morgan, Others Must Face Sr. Care Investors' Claims

    Claims that a group of securities underwriters were negligent in a senior health care company's initial public offering have been kept alive by a Colorado federal judge.

  • January 19, 2024

    Colo. Homeowners Sue County Over Local Airport Operations

    More than 200 homeowners living around the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport near Denver are suing a Colorado county in federal court over increasing operations at the municipal airport, including flight schools, that have caused noise and other disruptions.

  • January 18, 2024

    Trump Argues 14th Amendment Can Only DQ Office Holders

    Donald Trump asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to reverse a Colorado ruling barring him from the state's primary ballot based on a constitutional provision disqualifying insurrectionists, arguing that the 14th Amendment's disqualification language only applies to officials holding office, not candidates seeking office.

  • January 18, 2024

    Malpractice Case Is Too Old To Hold Up, IP Firm Says

    A Boston intellectual property law firm defending against claims of betraying a business partner-turned-legal rival of one of its clients says it never really represented the company now suing it, and any emails saying otherwise are too old to hold up in court anyway.

  • January 18, 2024

    DOJ, 3 States Join Antitrust Suit Over NCAA's Transfer Rule

    The NCAA faces a growing list of opponents after the U.S. Department of Justice, multiple states and D.C. on Thursday joined seven other states challenging the group's rule that prevents some athletes from competing when they transfer colleges.

  • January 18, 2024

    Colo. Ski Town Should Face Vacation Rental Suit, Group Says

    An organization representing residential property owners has urged a Colorado federal judge to keep alive its suit alleging that a popular ski town violated state and federal laws when it passed regulations limiting short-term rentals, arguing that the purported public purpose does not shield it from litigation.

  • January 18, 2024

    Alcohol Monitor Device Maker Settles Injury Suit

    A Colorado company that makes ankle-monitoring devices which detect alcohol consumption is ready to strike a deal to end a proposed class action filed by a man who claims he was injured by one of its anklets after he was sentenced to wear one for seven months.

  • January 18, 2024

    Colo. Judge Freezes Alleged Crypto Fraud Church's Funds

    A Colorado judge has frozen the assets of a Denver-area church accused of targeting the local Christian community for a fraudulent cryptocurrency scheme, after the state securities commissioner filed a lawsuit alleging the church's pastor and his wife misappropriated $1.3 million to fund their own lavish lifestyle.

  • January 18, 2024

    Real Estate Rumors: Blackstone, Heitman, Peres

    Blackstone's defaulted $308 million loan is said to be back on the market at a more than 50% discount, Heitman has reportedly sold a 339-unit mixed-use property in Denver for roughly $146 million, and billionaire Jose Issac Peres is said to be the buyer behind a 34-unit beachfront condo in Florida that sold for $64 million.

  • January 18, 2024

    MoFo Adds Ex-Holland & Hart Food, Beverage Industry Chairs

    Morrison Foerster LLP is welcoming the former co-chairs of Holland & Hart LLP's food, beverage and consumer products industry group in Denver as the latest of recent additions to its emerging companies and venture capital team, the firm said Thursday.

  • January 17, 2024

    Colo. Justices Mull Clock On Injury Claims Brought By Minors

    Colorado Supreme Court justices Wednesday pressed an attorney for a defendant in a personal injury suit to explain why state law shouldn't pause the clock on injury claims brought by minors until they turn 18, with one justice raising concerns about children receiving different treatment based on when they were born.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Perspectives

    Mallory Gives Plaintiffs A Better Shot At Justice

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    Critics of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Mallory v. Norfolk Southern claim it opens the door to litigation tourism, but the ruling simply gives plaintiffs more options — enabling them to seek justice against major corporations in the best possible court, say Rayna Kessler and Ethan Seidenberg at Robins Kaplan.

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