• December 05, 2023

    Denver City Atty's Office Agrees To End Race Bias Case

    The Denver City Attorney's Office struck a deal to end a lawsuit by two Black women who alleged they were paid less based on their race and discriminated against while the city's previous top lawyer failed to properly discipline attorneys' racist behavior, according to a filing Tuesday in Colorado federal court.

  • December 05, 2023

    Parties In Healthcare Antitrust Suit Told To List Depo Targets

    An Illinois federal court on Tuesday ordered DaVita Inc., a UnitedHealth Group unit and two of the unit's former senior employees to provide a list of people they seek to depose in an antitrust suit accusing the healthcare companies of an anti-competitive no-poach scheme.

  • December 05, 2023

    States Ask Justices To Ignore US Objections To Water Deal

    Texas, New Mexico and Colorado are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reject the federal government's objections to a proposed consent decree that resolves a long-running dispute over Lower Rio Grande water resources.

  • December 05, 2023

    Brewery Says Co-Owner Swiped $1M, Forcing Bankruptcy

    A Colorado brewery has sued one of its co-owners, alleging that he misappropriated more than $1 million of the company's money for personal use and his other businesses, claiming in a state court complaint that his misconduct forced the company to file for bankruptcy.

  • December 05, 2023

    Judges 'Troubled' By Trial Rulings For Denver Cheese Co.

    A panel of Colorado appellate judges expressed concerns Tuesday about a trial court's handling of a family fight that threatened dissolution of a $5 billion cheese company, with one judge saying she was "troubled" by a jury instruction that seemed to favor the company.

  • December 05, 2023

    Full DC Circ. Won't Rethink Axed Utah Oil Rail Project

    The full D.C. Circuit declined to review a panel's mid-August decision throwing out federal approvals for a railway project aimed at transporting crude oil from Utah, rejecting a railroad company's plea that the panel's decision deviated from precedent.

  • December 05, 2023

    App Maker Says Faux Atty Lied In Prisoner-Transport Biz Buy

    A cryptocurrency influencer and owner of a Pittsburgh-based AI app company said his former chief investment officer faked his bona fides as an attorney and pilot when enticing him to buy a Colorado prisoner-transport company, then backed out of the business and sabotaged its prospects, according to a lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania state court.

  • December 04, 2023

    Dickinson Wright Adds Lewis Brisbois IP Atty In Denver

    Dickinson Wright PLLC bolstered its intellectual property and commercial litigation practice through the addition of a member at its new Denver office from Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, the firm announced Monday.

  • December 04, 2023

    PE Firm Says Colo. Atty Siphoned $14K Settlement Payment

    ASI Capital LLC filed a lawsuit Monday in a Denver district court accusing its former attorney, Armin Sharifi of the Colorado Law Center LLC, of siphoning $14,000 in delinquent payments, which were meant for the Wyoming private equity firm, to support a substance abuse problem.

  • December 04, 2023

    Colo. Justices Uphold State's $25M Appellate Bond Cap

    Colorado Supreme Court justices on Monday rejected an oil and gas company's challenge to the state's $25 million cap on bonds to stay judgments pending appeal, concluding the statutory cap is constitutional and a water treatment company appealing a more than $280 million judgment doesn't have to post a bigger bond.

  • December 04, 2023

    Raytheon Worker Demoted Over Disability Leave, Suit Says

    Raytheon Technologies Corp. demoted an employee for taking time off to treat his recurring migraines and for speaking up about the mistreatment of his team members, according to a suit filed against the defense contractor in Colorado federal court.

  • December 04, 2023

    Geothermal Co. Says Co-Founder's Dismissal Bid Hypocritical

    A geothermal energy startup said a co-founder can't credibly contend its Colorado federal lawsuit criticizing his work performance is too similar to claims in another case, writing in a brief that the co-founder made the opposite argument in his own lawsuit against the company.

  • December 04, 2023

    Justices Told Family's 10th Circ. Benefits Win Subverts ERISA

    United Behavioral Health and a Nokia-owned employee health plan asked the Supreme Court to review a Tenth Circuit decision faulting them for refusing to cover a middle schooler's inpatient mental health treatment and directly awarding a family benefits, arguing the decision defied precedent and contradicted federal benefits law.

  • December 04, 2023

    Colo. Landlord Firm Looks To Settle Debt Collection Suit

    A Colorado law firm accused in a proposed class action of using deceptive form letters to collect debts from tenants facing eviction has agreed to end the suit with a payout to the hundreds of tenants it allegedly misled.

  • December 01, 2023

    Justices Call O'Connor 'American Hero,' 'Perfect Trailblazer'

    Following news of retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's death at the age of 93, current and former high court justices paid public homage to her trailblazing career, devotion to the rule of law and illuminating charisma.

  • December 01, 2023

    Summit Investor Wants To Block $3.2B Deal Over Sparse Data

    An investor in Summit Materials Inc. has asked a Colorado federal court to block a $3.2 billion deal to combine it with a national cement producer, claiming the publicly traded construction materials company hasn't disclosed enough financial data for stockholders to vote on the deal.

  • December 01, 2023

    Former Clerks Say Justice O'Connor Still Worth Emulating

    BigLaw attorneys mentored by former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who died Friday after a lengthy battle with dementia, say she'll be remembered as an incisive jurist who always put facts and practical considerations above abstract ideological commitments, as well as a deeply gracious and down-to-earth woman who never let her dedication to the law overshadow her zest for life.

  • December 01, 2023

    Records Deletion Justifies Forest Service Redo, Enviros Say

    Environmental advocates have urged a Colorado federal judge to set aside an agency's green light for timber sales in the San Juan National Forest, alleging large portions of the administrative record behind the decision were "deliberately deleted" or are missing, meriting a whole new approval process.

  • December 01, 2023

    Pac-12 Ruling Could Have 'Absurd Results,' U. Of Wash. Says

    The University of Washington said a state trial court decision that booted 10 departing schools off the Pacific 12 Conference board misread conference rules and could lead to "absurd results," including a conference with no members.

  • December 01, 2023

    Executions Concentrated In 5 States As Fairness Doubts Grow

    Only a handful of states executed people in 2023 as more Americans think the death penalty is carried out unfairly than fairly for the first time, according to a year-end report released Friday by the Death Penalty Information Center.

  • December 01, 2023

    Colo. Accuses Vacation Home Venture Of Duping Investors

    Colorado's securities commissioner is seeking an injunction against a vacation property investment business that "resorted to misleading investors" about deals to buy up properties in New York, Hawaii and other destinations in order to cover up gaps in financing, according to a complaint filed in Denver district court.

  • December 01, 2023

    4 Decisions For Which Justice O'Connor Will Be Remembered

    Many of the hotly divided cases at the U.S. Supreme Court came down to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, a central force on the bench whose savviness at striking compromises and taking a pragmatic approach to resolve disputes is on full display in four opinions.

  • December 01, 2023

    NFL Says Flores Can't Ask 2nd Circ. To Undo Arbitration Move

    The National Football League has urged the Second Circuit to dismiss an appeal of a lower court's decision to compel arbitration by former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores and others for portions of their racial discrimination suit, arguing they have no right to such an appeal under federal arbitration law.

  • December 01, 2023

    Justice O'Connor Shattered Barriers, Built Bridges

    A Southwestern cowgirl who will always be known as the first woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor inspired those around her with an indomitable work ethic, a deep affection for public service and an innate ability to drive consensus among her colleagues.

  • December 01, 2023

    Sandra Day O'Connor, First Woman On Supreme Court, Dies

    Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the court's first female member, died Friday at 93, according to the court. Justice O'Connor's position at the ideological center of the court gave her outsized influence in controversial cases during her 25-year tenure.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Legal Profession Gender Parity Requires Equal Parental Leave

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    To truly foster equity in the legal profession and to promote attorney retention, workplaces need to better support all parents, regardless of gender — starting by offering equal and robust parental leave to both birthing and non-birthing parents, says Ali Spindler at Irwin Fritchie.

  • How Cannabis Cos. Are Adapting In Shifting Bankruptcy Arena

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    Recent bankruptcy cases show that federal courts have begun to demonstrate more openness to downstream businesses in the cannabis industry, and that even though receivership can be a viable option for those denied access to the bankruptcy system, it is not without its own risks and complexities, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • Series

    Writing Thriller Novels Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Authoring several thriller novels has enriched my work by providing a fresh perspective on my privacy practice, expanding my knowledge, and keeping me alert to the next wave of issues in an increasingly complex space — a reminder to all lawyers that extracurricular activities can help sharpen professional instincts, says Reece Hirsch at Morgan Lewis.

  • What Lawyers Must Know About Calif. State Bar's AI Guidance

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    Initial recommendations from the State Bar of California regarding use of generative artificial intelligence by lawyers have the potential to become a useful set of guidelines in the industry, covering confidentiality, supervision and training, communications, discrimination and more, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Industry Must Elevate Native American Women Attys' Stories

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    The American Bar Association's recent research study into Native American women attorneys' experiences in the legal industry reveals the glacial pace of progress, and should inform efforts to amplify Native voices in the field, says Mary Smith, president of the ABA.

  • 3 AI Regulation Developments Insurers Must Follow

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    Insurance regulators continue to actively develop regulations and guidance on the use of artificial intelligence, so insurers should be aware of recent developments from the Colorado Division of Insurance, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and the New York Department of Financial Services, say attorneys at Willkie.

  • Understanding Discovery Obligations In Era Of Generative AI

    Excerpt from Practical Guidance
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    Attorneys and businesses must adapt to the unique discovery challenges presented by generative artificial intelligence, such as chatbot content and prompts, while upholding the principles of fairness, transparency and compliance with legal obligations in federal civil litigation, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • How Mental Health Ruling Paves Road For Equal Coverage

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    The Tenth Circuit’s recent ruling in E.W. v. Health Net, which clarified the pleading requirements necessary to establish a Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act violation, is a win for plaintiffs as it opens the door to those who have been denied coverage for behavioral health treatment to prove a mental health parity violation, says Mark DeBofsky at DeBofsky Law.

  • An Overview Of Circuit Courts' Interlocutory Motion Standards

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    The Federal Arbitration Act allows litigants to file an immediate appeal from an order declining to enforce an arbitration agreement, but the circuit courts differ on the specific requirements for the underlying order as well as which motion must be filed, as demonstrated in several 2023 decisions, says Kristen Mueller at Mueller Law.

  • The Case For Post-Bar Clerk Training Programs At Law Firms

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    In today's competitive legal hiring market, an intentionally designed training program for law school graduates awaiting bar admission can be an effective way of creating a pipeline of qualified candidates, says Brent Daub at Gilson Daub.

  • Attorneys Have An Ethical Duty To Protect The Judiciary

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    The tenor of public disagreement and debate has become increasingly hostile against judges, and though the legislative branch is trying to ameliorate this safety gap, lawyers have a moral imperative and professional requirement to stand with judges in defusing attacks against them and their rulings, says Deborah Winokur at Cozen O'Connor.

  • AI Can Help Lawyers Overcome The Programming Barrier

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    Legal professionals without programming expertise can use generative artificial intelligence to harness the power of automation and other technology solutions to streamline their work, without the steep learning curve traditionally associated with coding, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • How Legal Teams Can Prep For Life Sciences' Tech Revolution

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    The life sciences and health care industries are uniquely positioned to take advantage of new efficiencies created by cloud computing and generative artificial intelligence, but the sensitivity of their data also demands careful navigation of an expanding legislative and regulatory landscape, say Kristi Gedid, Zack Laplante and Lisa LaMotta at Ernst & Young.

  • What To Expect After Colo. Nixes Special Standing Rules

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    Two recent Colorado Supreme Court decisions have abandoned a test to preclude standing in lawsuits challenging government decisions brought by subordinate government entities, which will likely lead to an admixture of results, including opening the door to additional legal challenges between government entities, says John Crisham at Crisham & Holman.

  • Preparing Law Students For A New, AI-Assisted Legal World

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    As artificial intelligence rapidly transforms the legal landscape, law schools must integrate technology and curricula that address AI’s innate challenges — from ethics to data security — to help students stay ahead of the curve, say Daniel Garrie at Law & Forensics, Ryan Abbott at JAMS and Karen Silverman at Cantellus Group.

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