Colorado

  • March 12, 2024

    Startup Founder's Attys Come 'Very Close' To More Sanctions

    A Colorado federal judge has said a geothermal startup founder's arguments for why one of his attorneys should not be sanctioned for discovery violations were "preposterous" and warned his lawyers that they came "very close" to being penalized again.

  • March 12, 2024

    Crocs Can't Poke Holes Through IP Defamation Case

    A Colorado federal judge has refused to grant the bulk of Crocs' bid to toss a suit from a Canadian company that settled a patent dispute with the footwear maker, but agreed to trim the case by one count.

  • March 12, 2024

    Colo. Cannabis Brands Hit With $5.5M Creditor Suit

    BellRock, the cannabis company behind brands such as Mary's Medicinals and Dixie, was hit with a lawsuit seeking $5.5 million in defaulted loans, weeks after the company announced its chief executive's departure and that it is considering restructuring debt.

  • March 12, 2024

    $20M Coal Lease Judgment Should Stand, 10th Circ. Hears

    A coal company on Monday urged the Tenth Circuit not to disturb a $20 million judgment it was awarded in a Wyoming lease dispute over the calculation of advance royalty payments, saying the lower court got it right.

  • March 12, 2024

    Colo. Lawmakers OK Multistate Online Insurance Tax Filing

    Insurance companies in Colorado would be required to pay some taxes through a multistate third-party online application under legislation approved by the state Senate.

  • March 12, 2024

    Detroit Tigers Say Age Bias Suit Should Be Thrown Out

    The Detroit Tigers urged a Michigan federal court to throw out a suit from two former scouts who said they were fired as part of a systemic push to get rid of older employees, saying both men are included in a similar proposed class action in Colorado.

  • March 11, 2024

    Gov't Says Cost Trumps Return In Dish Spectrum Fraud Case

    The U.S. Department of Justice asked a federal judge to dismiss a suit accusing Dish Network of trying to buy discounted spectrum through sham companies, saying the plaintiff hasn't shown that Dish hid its interest in the buyers and the companies never received Federal Communications Commission bidding credits anyway.

  • March 11, 2024

    Google Search Judge Wary Of NYT Bid To Make Docs Public

    The D.C. federal judge weighing the fate of Google's search business pushed back during a Monday hearing on the New York Times' bid for a large scale unsealing of key contracts at the heart of the Justice Department antitrust lawsuit, although he left any final decisions for another day.

  • March 11, 2024

    Judge OKs Eye Care Tech Co.'s $8M DIP Request

    A Texas bankruptcy judge on Monday approved optometry software company Eye Care Leaders Portfolio Holdings LLC's request to draw on the remainder of its $8 million in debtor-in-possession funds for its Chapter 11 case, saying the company had given good reason to believe it was poised for a rewarding auction.

  • March 11, 2024

    Denver Sportscaster Says Kroenke Punished Him For Rehab

    A Hispanic Denver sports broadcaster opened up to a Colorado federal jury Monday about his substance abuse struggles and stint in a drug rehabilitation center, laying out how he was subsequently treated differently by management for Altitude Sports & Entertainment LLC and its parent company, pro sports empire Kroenke Sports & Entertainment LLC.

  • March 11, 2024

    Ex-NFL Player Knocked Colo. Woman Unconscious, Suit Says

    A Colorado woman has accused a former NFL player of knocking her unconscious when he tried to stop her from leaving a party last spring, several months before he pled guilty to criminal charges stemming from brandishing a gun on the Las Vegas Strip.

  • March 11, 2024

    Prejudice Rule Applies To Property Claims, Colo. Justices Say

    A rule excusing some policyholders for filing late claims applies to occurrence-based, first-party homeowners' property policies, a divided Colorado Supreme Court held Monday, reversing two insurers' wins in a pair of coverage disputes over hail damage.

  • March 11, 2024

    10th Circ. Says Colo. Logging Plan Didn't Overlook Lynx

    A Tenth Circuit panel on Monday said a conservation group's claim that federal agencies failed to properly consider the impact of a Colorado forest logging plan on sensitive Canada lynx populations "misses the mark," according to a published opinion rejecting the group's challenge.

  • March 11, 2024

    Utah Counties Ask Justices To Rein In NEPA Requirements

    A coalition of seven Utah counties urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review a D.C. Circuit's decision revoking federal approval of a rail line to transport crude oil from Utah, saying the justices must provide clarity on a circuit split over the required scope of a federal agency's environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act.

  • March 11, 2024

    Walmart Fails To Sink Feds' Opioid Crisis Lawsuit

    A Delaware federal judge on Monday kept alive a government lawsuit accusing Walmart of fueling the nation's opioid crisis, ruling that the company could be held liable for filling illegitimate prescriptions its compliance officers allegedly failed to flag for unwitting pharmacists.

  • March 08, 2024

    Colo. DNA Scientist Fudged Data For 650 Cases, Police Say

    A former DNA scientist for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation manipulated data for years, the bureau announced Friday, stating that an investigation has identified more than 650 cases affected since 2008.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • Strategic Succession Planning At Law Firms Is Crucial

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    Senior partners' reluctance to retire, the rise of the nonequity partner tier and generational differences in expectations are all contributing to an increasing number of departures from BigLaw, making it imperative for firms to encourage retirement among senior ranks and provide clearer leadership pathways to junior attorneys, says Laura Leopard at Leopard Solutions.

  • Maximizing Law Firm Profitability In Uncertain Times

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    As threats of an economic downturn loom, firms can boost profits by embracing the power of bottom-line management and creating an ecosystem where strategic financial oversight and robust timekeeping practices meet evolved client relations, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Strategic Consulting.

  • 5th Circ. Ruling Reminds Attys That CBP Can Search Devices

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    The Fifth Circuit’s recent Malik v. Department of Homeland Security decision adds to the chorus of federal courts holding that border agents don’t need a warrant to search travelers’ electronic devices, so attorneys should consider certain special precautions to secure privileged information when reentering the U.S., says Jennifer Freel at Jackson Walker.

  • 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.

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