Colorado

  • March 08, 2024

    Colo. Dispensary And Tracking Vendor Settle Fee Suit

    A Colorado state judge has called off a trial between a dispensary chain and Metrc LLC, the company contracted by the state to track cannabis sales, after the two agreed to settle a lawsuit the retailer filed over monthly fees the vendor charged for its state-mandated services.

  • March 08, 2024

    Colorado Firm Must Face Atty's Claim Over Alleged Retaliation

    A Colorado state judge has ruled that a personal injury firm that sued a former attorney for allegedly trying to dodge a prior judgment must face her counterclaim accusing the firm of filing a retaliatory action after she accused it of unfair labor practices.

  • March 08, 2024

    Colo. Judge Sends Pot Co. Receivership Dispute To Arbitration

    A member of a struggling cannabis cultivation and dispensary business alleging mismanagement by other owners must take its receivership battle to arbitration, after a Colorado state judge found that the company's operating agreement requires it.

  • March 08, 2024

    Ex-Private Funds Leader With Perkins Coie Jumps To MoFo

    The former chair of Perkins Coie LLP's private investment funds group has jumped to Morrison Foerster LLP in Denver.

  • March 08, 2024

    Colo. Panel OKs Tax Credits For Sales To Beginning Farmers

    Colorado would temporarily allow tax credits for certain transfers of agricultural land and equipment to assist beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers under a bill approved by a legislative panel.

  • March 07, 2024

    No Pretrial Win For Anyone In $1.3M Dish Network Print Fight

    A Colorado federal judge on Thursday rejected dueling summary judgment motions in a $1.3 million contract fight between a Dish Network unit and defunct printing company, finding the companies' "vehement disagreement" about simple facts of the case makes clear it can't be decided at this stage.

  • March 07, 2024

    USA Swimming Wants Watchdog Org To Pay For Probe Case

    USA Swimming filed a lawsuit in Colorado state court Thursday against a sports nonprofit seeking indemnification for a Washington lawsuit over allegedly false sexual misconduct accusations against a minor swimmer, arguing that the nonprofit should have to pay for the litigation because it bungled an investigation into the misconduct allegations.

  • March 07, 2024

    Builder Wins $2.7M For Marriott Mudslide Repair Work

    A Colorado federal judge has awarded a construction company more than $2.7 million in damages for cleanup and repair work at a Brazilian Marriott hotel and resort, concluding after a four-day August bench trial the hotel giant was liable for not paying up as agreed.

  • March 07, 2024

    Caribbean Resort Developer Says Partner Undermined Project

    An Aspen, Colorado, developer of a Caribbean golf resort has accused one of his partners in Colorado state court of violating a non-compete provision by working on similar projects that were located too close to the luxury development.

  • March 07, 2024

    Anadarko Keeps Win In Colo. Oil Biz Lease Fight

    A Colorado appellate panel on Thursday rejected an oil and gas production company's claims that an Anadarko Petroleum subsidiary wrongfully terminated nearly two dozen leases, with the judges finding the agreements could be terminated upon written notice "for any reason or for no reason at all."

  • March 06, 2024

    Pilgrim's Pride Escapes COVID-19 Death Suits, For Now

    A Texas federal judge on Wednesday tossed without prejudice a suit seeking to hold Pilgrim's Pride Corp. liable for the COVID-19 deaths of an employee and the spouse of another worker, saying the plaintiffs failed to specify when the employees were allegedly exposed.

  • March 06, 2024

    Meta Must Tackle Increased Account Hijackings, 41 AGs Say

    A bipartisan group of 41 attorneys general have urged Meta Platforms Inc. to tackle the "dramatic" increase in hackers taking over Facebook and Instagram accounts, saying the attacks have caused financial harm to victims and their families and friends.

  • March 06, 2024

    Colo. Judicial Watchdog Admits Tension With The Bench

    The interim head of Colorado's judicial discipline commission conceded during state Senate testimony Wednesday that the panel's relationship with judges had grown "acrimonious" in recent years, after a misconduct scandal that resulted in the censure of a former chief justice prompted increased scrutiny into its role. 

  • March 06, 2024

    Enviro Groups Say Colo. Trail Will Increase Cancer Risks

    A D.C. federal judge strained to square two directly conflicting assertions in an ongoing challenge to a Fish and Wildlife Service trail in Colorado Wednesday, one from environmental and health groups claiming that plutonium from the site was certain to cause rare and deadly illnesses to trail-goers and nearby residents, and another from the federal government claiming that the trace levels of plutonium near a former-weapons plant were well below thresholds for concern.

  • March 06, 2024

    USA Swimming Can't Avoid Botched Probe Suit, Parent Says

    A parent criticized USA Swimming for trying to dodge liability in a lawsuit saying her young son was vilified and humiliated by false sexual misconduct allegations, arguing the national swimming governing body can't claim immunity because another organization investigated the allegations.

  • March 06, 2024

    Sports Illustrated Betting Platform To Be Shut Down

    The turmoil at Sports Illustrated continued Wednesday as its partner 888 Holdings PLC announced that it was terminating its sportsbook agreement with the brand's parent company, saying the scale of operating costs in the United States has made the venture untenable.

  • March 06, 2024

    Judge Won't Revisit Contempt Order In Gold Mine Control Suit

    A Colorado federal judge refused Tuesday to reconsider or amend his 2022 contempt order sanctioning mineral exploration company DynaResource in a decade-old arbitration dispute over control of a Mexican gold mine, finding that DynaResource's arguments are untimely and "at best" tangentially related to the arbitration award.

  • March 05, 2024

    Colo. Judge Mulls Chevron Deference In Tricare Funding Fight

    A Colorado federal judge wondered Tuesday whether the U.S. Supreme Court's anticipated ruling on Chevron deference would affect a children's hospital's challenge to a Defense Department rule about healthcare reimbursements for military patients, asking the parties how she should rule while they wait for the Chevron decision.

  • March 05, 2024

    Trolling Web Forum Takes Copyright Feud To High Court

    An online forum notorious for supporting harassment is going to the U.S. Supreme Court with an argument that at least one court is wrong about what constitutes a notice of infringement, in efforts to shake off a copyright lawsuit from a self-published writer.

  • March 05, 2024

    Suncor Says Doubts About Colo. Monitoring Deal 'Misplaced'

    Suncor Energy has urged a Colorado state judge to approve its settlement with Colorado environmental regulators over emissions monitoring around its refinery near Denver, arguing environmental groups have raised vague and "misplaced" concerns about the deal but offered no concrete objections.

  • March 05, 2024

    Pot Co. Partner Questioned On Why $140M Award Was Unfair

    A Colorado appeals judge seemed to doubt that a trial court correctly threw out a $140 million arbitration award in a dispute between partners in a cannabis business, pressing the target of the tossed award to prove the arbitrator was so unfair that his decision should be erased.

  • March 05, 2024

    Netflix Says Service Isn't Taxable Tangible Property In Colo.

    Netflix's streaming video service is not tangible personal property subject to sales tax because the company does not sell objects to its subscribers, Netflix told a Colorado court in its case to force a refund of sales taxes paid.

  • March 04, 2024

    Justices Try To Shroud Differences With Trump DQ Ruling

    The U.S. Supreme Court issued a purportedly unanimous decision Monday finding states cannot bar federal candidates from appearing on ballots, but a closer look at the justices' writings — and the opinion's metadata — reveals a sharp divide that court watchers say was papered over in an effort to preserve the court's institutional legitimacy.

  • March 04, 2024

    Colo. Justices To Weigh If Weekends Extend Filing Deadlines

    The Colorado Supreme Court said Monday that it will hear arguments over whether the final day to file lawsuits under the state's three-year statute of limitations for car crash personal injury cases rolls to the next business day when it falls on a weekend or holiday.

  • March 04, 2024

    Stockholder In Homebuilder MDC Challenges $5B Acquisition

    A stockholder in homebuilder MDC Holdings Inc. accused the Denver-based company of agreeing to a $4.9 billion all-cash acquisition by a Japanese homebuilder only for the benefit of MDC's board.

Expert Analysis

  • Avoiding The Ethical Pitfalls Of Crowdfunded Legal Fees

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    The crowdfunding of legal fees has become increasingly common, providing a new way for people to afford legal services, but attorneys who accept crowdsourced funds must remember several key ethical obligations to mitigate their risks, say Hilary Gerzhoy and Julienne Pasichow at HWG.

  • Appellate Rulings Highlight Telecom Standard Uncertainties

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    Two recent contrasting appellate opinions in Cellco v. White Deer Township and NMSurf v. Webber — interpreting Sections 332 and 253 of the Communications Act, respectively — demonstrate the continuing uncertainty carriers face when challenging state and local requirements that may impede their provision of telecommunications services, say attorneys at Davis Wright.

  • 10th Circ. ERISA Ruling Is Promising For Self-Funded Plans

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    Though some recent appellate decisions have seemingly narrowed application of Employee Retirement Income Security Act preemption, which generally helps protect self-funded health plans from state regulation, the Tenth Circuit's decision in PCMA v. Mulready takes a big step toward reaffirming preemption, say attorneys at Bass Berry.

  • What Large Language Models Mean For Document Review

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    Courts often subject parties using technology assisted review to greater scrutiny than parties conducting linear, manual document review, so parties using large language models for document review should expect even more attention, along with a corresponding need for quality control and validation, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • Series

    Participating In Living History Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My role as a baron in a living history group, and my work as volunteer corporate counsel for a book series fan association, has provided me several opportunities to practice in unexpected areas of law — opening doors to experiences that have nurtured invaluable personal and professional skills, says Matthew Parker at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Opinion

    Private Equity Owners Can Remedy Law Firms' Agency Issues

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    Nonlawyer, private-equity ownership of law firms can benefit shareholders and others vulnerable to governance issues such as disparate interests, and can in turn help resolve agency problems, says Michael Di Gennaro at The Law Practice Exchange.

  • How To Protect Atty-Client Privilege While Using Generative AI

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    When using generative artificial intelligence tools, attorneys should consider several safeguards to avoid breaches or complications in attorney-client privilege, say Antonious Sadek and Christopher Campbell at DLA Piper.

  • What To Know About Calif.'s Cybersecurity Draft Regulations

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    If adopted, California’s recently proposed privacy regulations would require businesses already subject to the California Consumer Privacy Act to conduct new, independent audits of their cybersecurity programs, which could have a sweeping effect on companies operating in the state, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray.

  • How New Lawyers Can Leverage Feedback For Growth

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    Embracing constructive criticism as a tool for success can help new lawyers accelerate their professional growth and law firms build a culture of continuous improvement, says Katie Aldrich at Fringe Professional Development.

  • State Privacy Laws: Not As Comprehensive As You May Think

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    As more U.S. states enact privacy laws, companies must be aware that these laws vary in scope and content, meaning organizations should take a stringent approach to compliance by considering notice, choice and data security obligations, among other requirements, says Liisa Thomas at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Takeaways From Recent Developments In Bank-Fintech Space

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    Several recent consumer protection advancements affecting banks, technology and fintech companies, including the issuance of final regulatory guidance relating to third-party risk management, reemphasize the importance of closely assessing true lender issues in bank-fintech partnership arrangements, says Eamonn Moran at Norton Rose.

  • Deepfakes Remain A Threat Ahead Of 2024 Elections

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    Although this electoral season has already seen phony videos and images created to deceive the voting public — and deepfakes are surely destined to become all the more pervasive — there is still a lack of legislative progress on this issue, says Douglas Mirell at Greenberg Glusker.

  • Twitter Legal Fees Suit Offers Crash Course In Billing Ethics

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    X Corp.'s suit alleging that Wachtell grossly inflated its fees in the final days of Elon Musk’s Twitter acquisition provides a case study in how firms should protect their reputations by hewing to ethical billing practices and the high standards for professional conduct that govern attorney-client relationships, says Lourdes Fuentes at Karta Legal.

  • ABA's Money-Laundering Resolution Is A Balancing Act

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    While the American Bar Association’s recently passed resolution recognizes a lawyer's duty to discontinue representation that could facilitate money laundering and other fraudulent activity, it preserves, at least for now, the delicate balance of judicial, state-based regulation of the legal profession and the sanctity of the attorney-client relationship, say attorneys at Ballard Spahr.

  • Law Firm Professional Development Steps To Thrive In AI Era

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools rapidly evolve, professional development leaders are instrumental in preparing law firms for the paradigm shifts ahead, and should consider three strategies to help empower legal talent with the skills required to succeed in an increasingly complex technological landscape, say Steve Gluckman and Anusia Gillespie at SkillBurst Interactive.

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