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The People of the State of Colorado v. Oliver Benton Hyde

The Supreme Court of the State of Colorado

On February 10, 2015, just after midnight, Aurora Police Department (“APD”)
officers responded to an accident at Iliff Avenue and I-225, where the defendant had
driven his pickup truck into a light pole, despite seemingly safe driving conditions.
One of the first officers to arrive on the scene found Hyde unconscious, pinned in the
driver’s seat, with blood gurgling from his m... More...
   $0 (04-19-2017 - CO)

U.S. Specialty Insurance Company v. Estate of John Charles Earley, Jr.

John Earley, Jr. was the named insured on an aircraft insurance contract (the
Policy) with U.S. Specialty Insurance Company (U.S. Specialty). Earley and Michael
Schlarb died during an instructional flight when an aircraft listed in the Policy crashed
shortly after takeoff. U.S. Specialty sought a declaratory judgment that the Policy doesn’t
cover any potential claims arising from t... More...
   $0 (03-05-2017 - CO)

Brandon Coats v. Dish Network, LLC

This case requires us to determine whether the use of medical marijuana in compliance with Colorado’s Medical Marijuana Amendment, Colo. Const. art. XVIII,
§ 14, but in violation of federal law, is a “lawful activity” under section 24-34-402.5,

C.R.S. (2014), Colorado’s “lawful activities statute.” This statute generally makes it an unfair and discriminatory labor practice ... More...
   $0 (06-15-2015 - CO)

United States v. Howard Kieffer

Although Kieffer does not have a law degree and is not licensed to practice law, he
has represented clients in various federal courts, including district courts located in North
Dakota and Colorado. These actions have resulted in convictions in both districts. In the
District of North Dakota, Kieffer was convicted in 2008 of mail fraud in violation of 18
U.S.C. § 1341 and making ... More...
   $0 (02-02-2016 - CO)

Tulips Investments, LLC v. State of Colorado

At issue in this case is judicial enforcement of an administrative investigatory
subpoena for documents of a corporation located outside of Colorado that is suspected
of conducting business within Colorado in violation of its two leading consumer
protection statutes.1 Tulips Investments, LLC (“Tulips”) is a Delaware corporation the
State of Colorado contends is conducting a lo... More...
   $0 (02-01-2016 - CO)

The People of the State of Colorado v. Robert Keith Ray

On July 4, 2004, defendant attended an outdoor musical event
at Lowry Park in Aurora. Also attending were defendant’s wife,
defendant’s sister, and defendant’s friend, Sir Mario Owens. As the
event was ending, defendant’s wife and sister attempted to drive
their vehicle out of the parking lot, but pedestrians leaving the
event refused to move and then insulted the women.... More...
   $0 (12-11-2015 - CO)

Charles D. Leone, II v. Steven C. Owsley; Drew M. Hayworth

In 2012, appellant Charles D. Leone II resigned his position as a principal
of Madison Street Partners, LLC (“MSP”). Pursuant to the terms of MSP’s
Operating Agreement, fellow principals Steven Owsley and Drew Hayworth
elected to buy Leone’s interest in MSP. The agreement required the purchase
price to be set at fair market value, as determined in good faith by MSP’s
managers, ... More...
   $0 (11-25-2015 - CO)

Meridian Service Metropolitan District v. Ground Water Commission

Throughout 1967 and into 1968, the Commission held hearings in the matter of
the determination of a designated ground water basin in the Upper Black Squirrel
Creek Basin (the Basin). Objectors raised numerous challenges to the proposed
designation, including that the ground water in the proposed basin did not meet the
statutory definition of “designated ground water.”
¶5 ... More...
   $0 (11-16-2015 - CO)

Gina Holub v. Chris Gdowski

After Adams 12 Five Star Schools terminated Gina Holub’s employment as an
internal auditor for the School District, she brought this action against the School
District and two of its officials, Superintendent Chris Gdowski and Chief Financial
Officer Shelley Becker. Holub raised First Amendment and state law claims, alleging
the defendants terminated her employment in retalia... More...
   $0 (09-24-2015 - CO)

Regional Transportation District v. 750 West 48th Ave., LLC.

In 2011, Regional Transportation District (“RTD”) filed a petition in
condemnation against 750 West 48th Ave., LLC (“Landowner”) to acquire the
approximately 1.6-acre property for development of the Gold Line light rail project
being constructed between Union Station and Arvada. Landowner was leasing the
property to a commercial waterproofing business (“Tenant”).1 Over the ye... More...
   $0 (09-14-2015 - CO)

United States of America v. Spaulding

This case presents a significant jurisdictional question: Does 18 U.S.C.
§ 3231, which grants district courts original jurisdiction over federal criminal
cases, allow a district court, absent government objection, to set aside a criminal
judgment that contains a term of imprisonment at any time and for any reason?
Or, instead, is a district court empowered to set aside such a judgm... More...
   $0 (09-01-2015 - CO)

Rushton v. SMC Electrical Products

C.W. Mining Company, a coal-mining company, was forced into bankruptcy after
creditors filed a petition for involuntary bankruptcy on January 8, 2008. Several months
before the petition was filed, C.W. Mining had entered into its first contract with SMC
Electrical Products, Inc.—an agreement to purchase equipment with a view toward
greatly increasing coal production by convert... More...
   $0 (08-10-2015 - CO)

Merilyn Cook v. Rockwell International Corporation and DOW Chemical Company

Harnessing nuclear energy is a delicate business. So is the statute before
us. Originally passed in the 1950s in an era captivated by the promise of nuclear
power and amended in the 1980s in the aftermath of the Three Mile Island
meltdown when prevailing public sentiment was perhaps less sanguine, the Price-
Anderson Act seeks both to promote the private nuclear energy industry and... More...
   $0 (06-23-2015 - CO)

Miguel Angel Pena-Rodriguez v. The People of the State of Colorado

¶1 This case involves the interplay between two fundamental tenets of the justice system: protecting the secrecy of jury deliberations and ensuring a defendant’s constitutional right to an impartial jury. After entry of a guilty verdict, defense counsel obtained juror affidavits suggesting that one of the jurors exhibited racial bias against the defendant during deliberations.... More...
   $0 (05-18-2015 - CO)

United States of America v. Robert T. McAllister

Mr. Robert McAllister was an attorney charged with conspiracy, wire
fraud, and bankruptcy fraud. He and the prosecutors entered a plea
agreement, stipulating to certain facts. In the plea agreement, the
government agreed not to take any positions inconsistent with the
stipulated facts. Based on this agreement, Mr. McAllister pleaded guilty.
At sentencing, the government recomme... More...
   $0 (05-04-2015 - CO)

United States of America v. Howard O. Kieffer

Defendant-Appellant Howard Kieffer has appealed from the district court’s
First, Third, and Fourth Amended Judgments sentencing him. After entering the
First Amended Judgment, the district court entered a Second Amended Judgment,
only to later vacate and replace it with the Third and Fourth Amended Judgments.
Mr. Kieffer asserts that the district court lacked authority to enter t... More...
   $0 (12-22-2014 - CO)

Brandon Alberts, et al. v. The Board of County Commissioners of Jefferson County, Colorado, et al.

Current and former employees (Employees) of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s
Office (County) brought a collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA),
alleging they were paid overtime at a lower rate than required by the statute during 2010,
2011, and 2012. The district court granted the County’s motion to dismiss the
Employees’ Third Amended Complaint and the Empl... More...
   $0 (11-13-2014 - CO)

Gorsuch, Ltd. v. Wells Fargo National Bank Association

In 2008, Wells Fargo extended a $14 million line of credit to Gorsuch, Ltd., a ski
equipment, apparel, and home furnishing company. In 2009, when Gorsuch, Ltd.’s
winter sales were lower than expected, Wells Fargo suspended the line of credit.
Gorsuch, Ltd. and the Gorsuch Entities—Gorsuch, Ltd., B.C.; Gorsuch, Limited at
Aspen; Gorsuch, Limited at Keystone Mountain; and Gorsuch... More...
   $0 (11-04-2014 - CO)

United States of America v. Abel Sanchez-Leon a/k/a Raul Marez-Ortiz, a/k/a Joel Lopez

Drug Enforcement Agency (“DEA”) officers searched Mr. Sanchez-Leon’s home,
where they discovered methamphetamine, firearms, and cash. A federal grand jury
charged Mr. Sanchez-Leon with violating various federal drug laws. On the first day of
trial, he changed his plea to guilty. He later moved to withdraw his guilty plea, which the
district court denied. The district court se... More...
   $0 (08-25-2014 - CO)

Cellport Systems, Inc. v. Peiker Acustic GMBH & Co., K.D.

In October 2004, Cellport Systems, Inc. (“Cellport”) and Peiker Acustic GMBH &
Co. KG (“Peiker”) entered into an agreement concerning Cellport’s technology for the
hands-free use of cellphones in vehicles. In 2009, Cellport filed suit against Peiker,
alleging breach of that agreement and seeking royalties for seven Peiker products. The
district court awarded Cellport roya... More...
   $0 (08-05-2014 - CO)

United States of America v. Manuel Antonio Rosales-Miranda

Defendant-Appellant Manuel Rosales-Miranda was convicted of illegal
reentry after being deported, in violation of 8 U.S.C. §§ 1326(a) and 1326(b)(2).
The district court applied a sixteen-level enhancement to Mr. Rosales-Miranda’s
offense level pursuant to § 2L1.2(b)(1)(A)(ii) of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines
(“U.S.S.G.” or “the Guidelines”), which allows for such an e... More...
   $0 (07-07-2014 - CO)

In re: Reson Lee Woods, a/k/a Lee Wood, d/b/a Bar LS Farms, f/d/b/a Bar LS Properties, Inc.

Appellant First National Bank of Durango (“First National Bank”) appeals from the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel’s (“BAP’s”) decision affirming the bankruptcy court’s confirmation of the Chapter 12 bankruptcy plan of Appellees Reson and Shaun Woods (“Debtors”). Although First National Bank raises several issues on appeal, we only reach the first: whether Debtors are permitted to seek... More...   $0 (02-19-2014 - CO)

Alva J. Hickerson, a/k/a Al J. Hickerson v. Vessels, Personal Representative

¶1 We granted certiorari to review the Court of Appeals’ judgment in Vessels v. Hickerson,No. 11CA0317, 2012 WL 503664 (Colo. App. Feb. 16, 2012), which held that the doctrine of laches is not available as a defense to an action for collection of a debt that is timely filed within a statute of limitations period.1 Here, the trial court allowed the laches defense, but the court of ap... More...
   $0 (01-13-2014 - CO)

The People of the State of Colorado v. Mark Ashly Steen

¶1 Petitioner, Mark Ashly Steen, was convicted in county court of misdemeanor offenses. In this original proceeding pursuant to C.A.R. 21, Steen challenges orders issued by the county court and district court denying his motions under section 16-2-114(6), C.R.S. (2013), and Crim. P. 37(f) to stay execution of his sentence pending his appeal of the convictions to the district court. We issued... More...   $0 (02-03-2014 - CO)

ECCO Plains, LLC v. United States of America

The Federal Depository Insurance Corporation (FDIC), while acting as receiver1 of the New Frontier Bank (the Bank), used proceeds from the sale of cattle belonging to a limited liability company (LLC) to pay down a loan of one of the two LLC members. According to the complaint, the FDIC had no authority to do so because the payment was contrary to the members’ agreement. Ignoring the separate en... More...   $0 (09-04-2013 - CO)

Cristina Zvunca v. Greyhound Lines, Inc.

In these consolidated appeals, Tiberiu Klein appeals the district court’s dismissal of his wrongful death suits. While this case was pending before our court, the Illinois settlement order on which the district court based its dismissal was vacated by the Illinois Appellate Court. Cushing v. Greyhound Lines, Inc., No. 1-10-3194, 2013 IL App (1st) 103197 (Ill. App. Ct. May 16, 2013). Exercising j... More...   $0 (07-23-2013 - CO)

Lockheed Martin Corporation v. Administrative Review Board, United States Department of Labor

Lockheed Martin Corp. (“Lockheed”) seeks to set aside a decision of the Administrative Review Board of the Department of Labor (the “ARB” or the “Board”) concluding Lockheed violated Section 806 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (“Sarbanes-Oxley” or the “Act”). See 18 U.S.C. § 1514A(a). The Board affirmed the decision of an administrative law judge (“ALJ”), who concluded L... More...   $0 (06-04-2013 - CO)

Spacecon Specialty Contractors, LLC v. Richard Bensinger

Richard Bensinger produced and screened a film about Spacecon Specialty Contractors, LLC. Claiming the film conveyed several defamatory statements, Spacecon filed suit against Bensinger in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, based on diversity jurisdiction, asserting a state-law claim for defamation per se. The district court granted Bensinger’s motion for summary judg... More...   $0 (04-16-2013 - CO)

Kathleen Mills v. The Prudential Insurance Company of America

Kathleen Mills filed a complaint in federal court seeking to challenge a beneficiary designation made by her husband, Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) H. Roger Mills, with regard to a Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance Act (SGLIA) policy issued through Defendant Prudential Insurance Company of America. While Ms. Mills and CWO Mills were in divorce proceedings, CWO Mills changed his life insurance b... More...   $0 (03-14-2013 - CO)

Curtis Vagneur v. City of Aspen

¶1 We granted certiorari review to consider whether two citizen-initiated proposed ordinances regarding the design and construction of a state highway entrance to the City of Aspen are administrative in character and therefore outside the scope of the initiative power reserved to the people under article V, sections 1(1) and 1(9) of the Colorado Constitution.1

¶2 In 2007, Pet... More...
   $0 (02-11-2013 - CO)

Steven Pham v. State Farm Automobile Insurance Company

¶1 Steven Pham, representing the estate of the driver of a car involved in a traffic accident, along with the deceased driver’s parents and the five passengers in his car at the time, sought review of the court of appeals’ judgment in Pham v. State Farm Mut. Auto Ins. Co.,No. 09CA0768 (Colo. App. May 27, 2009) (not published pursuant to C.A.R. 35(f)). The court of appeals affirm... More...
   $0 (03-04-2013 - CO)

Jose Cardoza v. United of Omaha Life Insurance Company

Jose Cardoza brought this lawsuit pursuant to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, 29 U.S.C. § 1001 to § 1461 (“ERISA”), challenging United of Omaha Life Insurance Company’s (“United of Omaha”) calculation of his long-term disability benefits (“LTD benefits”). United of Omaha answered, asserting its calculation was appropriate, and counterclaimed, demanding that Car... More...   $0 (02-27-2013 - CO)

Richard Bedor v. Michael E. Johnson

¶1 In this negligence action, we review whether the court of appeals erred when it held that the trial court correctly instructed the jury on the sudden emergency doctrine after the Respondent, Michael E. Johnson, lost control of his vehicle in winter driving conditions and collided with Petitioner, Richard Bedor. We hold that the trial court abused its discretion when it tendered the sudden... More...   $0 (01-22-2013 - CO)

Ward Churchill v. The University of Colorado at Boulder

¶1 In this appeal, we review the court of appeals’ opinion in Churchill v. Univ. of Colo. at Boulder,No. 09CA1713, 2010 WL 5099682 (Colo. App. Nov. 24, 2010). The underlying civil action involves claims brought by Professor Ward Churchill pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 (2011) after his tenured employment was terminated by the Board of Regents of the University of Colorado. Churchill alleges... More...   $0 (09-10-2012 - CO)

Communication Workers of America v. Avaya, Inc.

Avaya Inc. (“Avaya”) appeals from the district court’s ruling compelling arbitration of its labor dispute with the Communication Workers of America (“CWA”) over the legal status of a class of Avaya employees called “backbone engineers.” The union views the backbone engineers as non-represented “occupational” employees and legitimate objects for its organizing campaigns, while Ava... More...   $0 (09-12-2012 - CO)

Gary Lederman v. Frontier Fire Protection, Inc.

Gary Lederman sued his former employer, Frontier Fire Protection, Inc., to recover overtime pay he alleged was owed to him under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). A jury found Frontier liable and awarded Lederman $17,440.86 in damages. Frontier challenges the jury instructions issued by the district court. Because we find the district court should not have instructed the jury that Frontier bore... More...   $0 (07-11-2012 - CO)

Michael L. Zinna v. Judy Congrove

Michael Zinna appeals the district court’s attorneys’ fee award following a FILED United States Court of Appeals Tenth Circuit June 5, 2012 Elisabeth A. Shumaker Clerk of Court -2- successful 42 U.S.C. § 1983 civil rights suit against James Congrove, a county official. On its consideration of the jury verdict favoring Zinna, the district court determined the damage award was nominal and the v... More...   $0 (06-05-2012 - CO)

Bridger Coal Company v. Director, Officer of Workers' Compensation Program, United States Department of Labor

Under the Black Lung Benefits Act (“the Act”), a coal miner who is totally disabled due to pneumoconiosis1 from coal mine employment is entitled to lifetime benefits. 30 U.S.C. § 901(a). If the miner dies due to pneumoconiosis from coal mine employment, the miner’s surviving spouse is entitled to benefits. Id. In 2005, pursuant to the Act’s administrative provisions, an Administrative Law... More...   $0 (02-28-2012 - CO)

Kandace Williams v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company

In this dispute over long-term disability benefits, Kandace Williams appeals from the district court’s summary judgment in favor of Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (MetLife), AT&T Long Term Disability Plan for Occupational Employees, and AT&T Integrated Disability Service Center. Williams contends the claims administrator of her long-term disability plan abused its discretion because (1) its... More...   $0 (02-07-2012 - CO)

Olivea Marx v. General Revenue Corporation

Plaintiff-Appellant Olivea Marx appeals from the district court's judgment in favor of Defendant-Appellee General Revenue Corporation (“GRC”). After a bench trial, the district court found no violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) and awarded costs to GRC in the amount of $4,543. We have jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1291, and we affirm.


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   $0 (12-21-2011 - CO)

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