Colorado Supreme Court News

Colorado court: If you sue your lawyer for a lost judgment, you must prove it would have been collectible

By Charmaine Little | Feb 7, 2019

DENVER (Legal Newsline) – On Jan. 28, Justice Monica Márquez of the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that a plaintiff bears the burden of providing evidence that a lost judgment in an attorney malpractice case is collectible.

Colorado SC says commission did not abuse discretion when it declined engaging rule regarding permits

By Gabriel Neves | Jan 23, 2019

DENVER (Legal Newsline) – The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that the state commission that oversees oil and gas resources that declined to engage in rulemaking regarding new permits for oil and gas drilling in the state properly declined to do so.

Split Colorado Supreme Court says stroke victim's recording not protected by attorney-client privilege

By Karen Kidd | Dec 11, 2018

DENVER (Legal Newsline) – A stroke victim must turn over to the chiropractic practice she is suing a recording of her initial consultation with her attorney following a sharply spit Colorado Supreme Court opinion that the tape is not protected by attorney-client privilege.

Colorado Supreme Court rules tort claim not a debt

By Takesha Thomas | Oct 31, 2018

DENVER (Legal Newsline) – The Colorado Supreme Court has upheld an appellate court ruling in a lawsuit involving attorneys who represented State Farm in a case.

Litigation funding not subject to Georgia's interest rate laws, state Supreme Court rules

By John Breslin | Oct 22, 2018

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) - Funding provided to plaintiffs while their lawsuit is pending is not a loan under Georgia law, the state's Supreme Court ruled Monday, and therefore regulations setting maximum interest rates that can be charged won't apply.

Attorney can't be sued by non-client, Colo. court rules; Dispute arose over condo parking spaces

By Asia Mayfield | Oct 10, 2018

DENVER (Legal Newsline) – The Colorado Supreme Court determined that a non-client plaintiff was barred from suing an attorney because he lacked standing to assert his claim.

Colorado Supreme Court rules conversation with late doctor is inadmissible in malpractice case

By Asia Mayfield | Oct 10, 2018

DENVER (Legal Newsline) – The Colorado Supreme Court used the state's Dead Man’s Statute to reverse an earlier ruling in a medical malpractice suit.

Alternate juror joining in on deliberations is 'harmless' in personal injury case, Colorado Supreme Court rules

By Charmaine Little | Oct 2, 2018

DENVER (Legal Newsline) – On Sept.17, the Colorado Supreme Court reversed an appeals court ruling that a trial court erred when it permitted an alternate juror to take part in jury deliberations despite objections.

NYC Bar: Lawyers shouldn't split fees with litigation funders

By John Breslin | Aug 22, 2018

New York City's bar association has decided that it is unethical for lawyers to enter into agreements with companies that finance lawsuits in exchange for a percentage of the recovery.

Colorado ruling in water case goes against Coors Brewing

By Mary Ann Magnell | Aug 6, 2018

DENVER (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Colorado upheld a water court’s ruling in a lawsuit against Coors Brewing Co. on June 25, specifying that the company's "native" water use is limited and that it can no longer lease its return-flow water to other companies downstream without a new water right.

Font in arbitration agreement good enough, despite not being in bold, Colo. SC rules

By Elizabeth Alt | Jun 28, 2018

DENVER (Legal Newsline) – In a June 11 opinion, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that arbitration agreements under the Health Care Availability Act can still be enforced even if they do not strictly follow the statute requirements for the language.

Third-party litigation funding a topic of discussion at plaintiffs lawyer seminar

By John Breslin | Apr 17, 2018

LAS VEGAS (Legal Newsline) – Plaintiff lawyers and those in legal marketing and funding businesses gathered last week in Las Vegas for an annual mass tort conference.

Georgia will soon decide controversial 'lawsuit lending' topic

By John Breslin | Feb 8, 2018

DUBLIN, Ga. (Legal Newsline) – Questions over the future of litigation funding remain in Georgia as the state Supreme Court prepares to decide the issue and another case continues to move through a federal court in the state.

Lawsuit lenders Oasis and LawCash to pay $2.3 million in Colorado predatory lending settlement

By Ann Maher | Jan 22, 2018

DENVER (Legal Newsline) - Lawsuit lenders Oasis Legal Finance and LawCash (Plaintiff Funding Holding, Inc.) have been ordered to pay in excess of $2 million to settle claims they charged Colorado consumers excessive interest rates.

Colorado Supreme Court invalidates local hydraulic fracturing bans

By Mark Iandolo | May 9, 2016

DENVER (Legal Newsline) — Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman has commented on a recent state Supreme Court decision to invalidate two voter-approved hydraulic fracturing bans enacted by Longmont and Fort Collins.

Appeals court judge selected to fill vacancy on Colorado SC

By Jessica Karmasek | Jun 29, 2015

Judge Richard Lance Gabriel will replace Justice Gregory J. Hobbs Jr.

Colorado Supreme Court rules in favor of workplace drug policies

By Shaun Zinck | Jun 23, 2015

Colorado employers have a right to a drug-free workplace after the state's Supreme Court's ruling last week, said Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman.

Calif. named worst 'judicial hellhole' by tort reform group

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Dec 17, 2013

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- California again is the nation's No. 1 "judicial hellhole," according to a report issued by the American Tort Reform Association Tuesday.

Defense bar files brief to U.S. SC in case over national security statute

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Sep 6, 2013

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- DRI: The Voice of the Defense Bar has filed an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court, saying a state high court's ruling that a commercial airline is not entitled to immunity in a defamation lawsuit brought against it by one of its pilots should be reversed.

Colo. SC: Trial courts need to be more 'hands-on' in managing discovery

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jun 26, 2013

DENVER (Legal Newsline) -- The Colorado Supreme Court, in a ruling this week, said state trial courts need to take a more "hands-on" role in managing discovery.

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