• September 23, 2023

    Trump Urges Colo. Judge To Toss Suit To Keep Him Off Ballot

    Former President Donald J. Trump urged a Colorado state judge to toss a lawsuit seeking to block him from appearing on the 2024 ballot in the state, arguing in motions that his statements prior to the Jan. 6 riot and in a speech that day at a "Stop the Steal" rally did not explicitly advocate for violence or lawlessness, making them protected under the First Amendment.

  • September 22, 2023

    Investor Seeks Bank Docs Over 'Red Pants' Chair's Jet Use

    A single-branch community bank in Colorado has been using its assets to support the "extravagant lifestyle" of its eccentrically dressed executive chair who also flaunts his use of the bank's private aircraft online, according to a Friday suit seeking the lender's books and records.

  • September 22, 2023

    SEC Case Receiver Sues Atty To Undo 'Fraudulent Transfers'

    A court-appointed receiver for a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement case has filed a lawsuit in Colorado federal court as part of his "efforts to trace, recapture, and return to investors millions of dollars of losses in a fraudulent Forex trading scheme," naming an attorney, his law firm and others as defendants in the suit.

  • September 22, 2023

    Lawn Mower Seller Says Maker Plotted For Distribution Rights

    A company that distributes Walker Manufacturing Co.'s lawn mowers across Asia and Europe took the manufacturer to Colorado federal court, alleging the producer plotted to take back the distributor's exclusive rights to sell the products in the Eastern Hemisphere.

  • September 22, 2023

    Sandoz Can't Get New Trial After $39M Eyelash Serum IP Loss

    A Colorado federal judge denied a new trial bid by Novartis' generic-drug making arm Sandoz over a patent covering a drug to grow eyelashes after a jury awarded $39 million to Allergan, rejecting the argument that the court erred in applying Federal Circuit precedent.

  • September 22, 2023

    Chevron Doctrine Supporters Flock To High Court In Key Case

    Health groups, scientists, a labor union, small businesses and environmentalists are urging the U.S. Supreme Court not to strike down a nearly 40-year-old precedent that allows judges to defer to federal agencies' interpretations of law in rulemaking disputes, arguing it's a valuable and reliable tool in administrative law cases.

  • September 22, 2023

    Enviro Cases To Watch This Supreme Court Term

    The U.S. Supreme Court has already agreed to review two cases with important implications for environmental and administrative law during its 2023 term, and several more litigants are seeking the justices' attention on issues ranging from financial responsibility for Superfund cleanups to whether the federal government properly estimated the social costs of greenhouse gases.

  • September 22, 2023

    Colo. Judge Dismisses Opposing Attys' Defamation Spat

    A Colorado state judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit brought by an attorney against his opposing counsel in a separate case, after the plaintiff said he no longer needs to pursue the lawsuit because of surveillance video apparently proving he didn't record a hallway conversation without notice.

  • September 22, 2023

    Estate Wants Full 10th Circ. To Review EMT Liability Claims

    A woman representing the estate of a man who died after EMTs loaded him into an ambulance without securing his spine is asking the Tenth Circuit for a full-court rehearing of a panel decision dismissing her suit, saying the panel applied the wrong precedent in finding the EMTs had immunity to her claims.

  • September 21, 2023

    Protection Extended For Afghan Students, Venezuelans In US

    The Biden administration said Thursday that it is extending immigration protections for Afghan students in the U.S. who are experiencing severe economic hardships due to continuous armed conflict in Afghanistan since the Taliban's takeover, acting a day after extending protection from deportation for nearly 500,000 Venezuelans.

  • September 21, 2023

    Atty Advice Relevant In Securities Fraud Cases: Colo. Panel

    A lawyer's advice to a defendant in a securities fraud prosecution about the legality of business conduct is relevant to whether such a defendant had the necessary state of mind to back up a conviction, a Colorado appellate panel ruled Thursday, reversing or vacating all 28 of a businessman's fraud convictions.

  • September 21, 2023

    Colo. Panel Says Contracts Can Set Accrual For Defect Claims

    A Colorado Court of Appeals panel has ruled that parties to a contract can agree to a longer accrual period for construction defect claims than what is provided under state law, according to a published opinion Thursday that found such agreements do not violate public policy.

  • September 21, 2023

    Mother's Death In Apartment Fire Not Subject To Arbitration

    A Colorado state appeals court on Thursday found that a suit brought by two women over the death of their mother in an apartment fire is immune from an arbitration clause in the mother's lease agreement, as the wrongful death claims fall under the state's Premises Liability Act.

  • September 21, 2023

    10th Circ. Wary Of Ex-KU Prof's False Statement Conviction

    The Tenth Circuit appeared skeptical Thursday of the government's argument that a former University of Kansas professor's failure to inform his employer he was pursuing a job in China was relevant to federal grant funding decisions, with one judge citing a "failure of evidence."

  • September 21, 2023

    United Ends Suit Challenging Colorado's Sick Leave Law

    A United Airlines lawsuit claiming that federal laws preempted a 2020 Colorado law mandating paid sick leave for workers seemingly came to an end when the airline voluntarily dropped it.

  • September 21, 2023

    Machine Makers Hit With Negligence Suit Over Amputation

    A South Carolina man said his hand and fingers were cut off by a machine for bending and slicing sheet metal because it had no guard, leading to a shear coming into contact with his extremities when water got onto the controller, according to a negligence suit filed in Colorado federal court.

  • September 20, 2023

    Colorado Justices Debate City's Injury Claim In Water Suit

    The Colorado Supreme Court Wednesday questioned whether the city of Golden had the right, in a lawsuit seeking approval of a protocol managing the Green Mountain Reservoir, to raise alleged injuries to its water rights from the protocol, with justices pressing the city on why it didn't bring a separate lawsuit or raise its concerns earlier.

  • September 20, 2023

    Colo. Justices Mull How Tax Money For Urban Renewal Works

    Colorado property tax officials told the state high court Tuesday that the state's method for calculating what portion of tax revenue increases are properly attributed to the benefits of urban redevelopment areas, and will go to fund redevelopment efforts, is a reasonable solution to a tricky question.

  • September 20, 2023

    Newmont Hit With Shareholder Suit Over $19.5B Acquisition

    A shareholder of gold mining giant Newmont Corp. sued the company and its board of directors in Colorado federal court on Wednesday, alleging they failed to make important disclosures in their filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission connected to Newmont's proposed $19.5 billion purchase of Australia's Newcrest Mining Ltd.

  • September 20, 2023

    Travel Nurse Cos. Slam Claims Of Bait-And-Switch Pay Offers

    Two Colorado travel nurse staffing companies urged a federal court to toss most of a suit alleging nurses were promised higher wages than the companies were actually willing to pay, saying that the nurses are at-will employees and that the companies had notified them of the change in rates.

  • September 20, 2023

    House Bill Would Shield Psilocybin Legalization From DOJ

    A pair of U.S. House of Representatives members on Wednesday pitched a new bill to bar the use of federal funds to enforce federal drug policy against states and jurisdictions that legalize the use and distribution of psilocybin, the active ingredient in so-called magic mushrooms.

  • September 20, 2023

    Smartmatic 'Never Going To Be Dominion,' Says Fox Atty

    A lawyer for Fox News signaled during a Manhattan state court hearing Wednesday that its $788 million defamation settlement with Dominion Voting Systems does not guarantee a similar payday for Smartmatic, saying the other voting technology company is "never going to be Dominion."

  • September 20, 2023

    Medicaid Contractor Sues Colo. Over Uber Payment Denial

    A health care provider that billed the Colorado state government for Uber transportation services for its clients says its Medicaid contract was unfairly terminated and that it had to shut down in the wake of the state's refusal to cover those services, according to a lawsuit in Colorado state court.

  • September 20, 2023

    Colorado Gas Royalty Suit Stays In Fed. Court 10th Circ. Rules

    A class action over allegedly unpaid royalties involving Chevron and Phillips 66 units belongs in federal court since the amount at issue exceeds $5 million, according to a Tenth Circuit panel, which denied natural gas interest owners' bid to move the case to a Colorado venue.

  • September 19, 2023

    10th Circ. Panel Leery Of 2020 Poll Watchers' Dominion Case

    A group of Michigan poll watchers during the 2020 election faced tough questions Tuesday from a panel of federal appellate judges who pressed them to connect the dots on their bid to revive a lawsuit alleging that Dominion Voting Systems sent them threatening letters after they wrote affidavits used in lawsuits against state election officials.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • The Basics Of Being A Knowledge Management Attorney

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    Michael Lehet at Ogletree Deakins discusses the role of knowledge management attorneys at law firms, the common tasks they perform and practical tips for lawyers who may be considering becoming one.

  • Perspectives

    'True Threat' Ruling May Ensnare Kids' Online Speech

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    The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Counterman v. Colorado decision correctly held that a showing of intent is required to prosecute someone for true threats, but the amorphous standard adopted by the court risks overcriminalizing children’s use of social media and text-based communications, say Adam Pollet at Eversheds Sutherland and Suzanne La Pierre at Human Rights for Kids.

  • To Hire And Keep Top Talent, Think Beyond Compensation

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    Firms seeking to appeal to sophisticated clients and top-level partners should promote mentorship, ensure that attorneys from diverse backgrounds feel valued, and clarify policies about at-home work, says Patrick Moya at Quaero Group.

  • How Rate Exportation Is Shifting Amid Regulatory Trends

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    All banks and their partners, including fintechs, that wish to lend to borrowers in multiple states and charge uniform interest rates should heed regulatory developments across the country and determine how best to mitigate risks in their efforts to offer credit to consumers on a nationwide basis, say attorneys at Ballard Spahr.

  • Perspectives

    More States Should Join Effort To Close Legal Services Gap

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    Colorado is the most recent state to allow other types of legal providers, not just attorneys, to offer specific services in certain circumstances — and more states should rethink the century-old assumptions that shape our current regulatory rules, say Natalie Anne Knowlton and Janet Drobinske at the University of Denver.

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