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Legal pot a windfall for screening companies

Colorado recreational marijuana dispensaries aren’t the only businesses to benefit from Amendment 64. Local drug-testing centers also have seen more business since recreational pot’s retail debut at the beginning of the year. Lynette Crow-Iverson is CEO of Conspire in Colorado Springs, a local drug-screening company on Garden of the Gods Road that also specializes in… Continue Reading Legal pot a windfall for screening companies

Heath receives sentence for identity theft, tax fraud

Randall Vannoy Heath, 52, of Colorado Springs was sentenced Feb. 18 to serve 84 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release. Heath was found guilty of aggravated identity theft and for filing a false claim with the Internal Revenue Service, according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release. Heath was… Continue Reading Heath receives sentence for identity theft, tax fraud

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Year in review: Legal matters

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September 3 Court: Argent, Friese borrowed $12 million … then didn’t pay it back Former Colorado Springs banker and resident Chad Friese and his firm, The Argent Company, borrowed nearly $12 million from dozens of individuals and their retirement accounts, but did not pay it back, according to court documents. A civil lawsuit filed in… Continue Reading Year in review: Legal matters

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Mining venture disintegrates into legal action

Since 2004, Shannon P. Murphy of Colorado Springs has sought to develop several gold mining claims on the slopes of Tenderfoot Hill near Cripple Creek. He has formed a number of companies to carry out mining operations, including Murphy Mining and Exploration (MME) and Murphy Mining International (MMI). Outside investors have put millions into the… Continue Reading Mining venture disintegrates into legal action

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Patriarch’s death leads to business dispute

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Patriarch’s death leads to business dispute

Ray Jafari believes Mohsen Bagherian owes him access to financial records in seven businesses owned by them both. Bagherian believes Jafari owes him $501,000 in repayment of several loans. The two business partners have taken each other to court, each alleging the other has harmed the businesses and each asking the court to decide who… Continue Reading Patriarch’s death leads to business dispute

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In a patent-stealing case that pitted a small toy company against one of the country’s toy making giants, the little guy won. A Louisiana federal jury has awarded nearly $1.6 million in damages to a game company, owned by UCCS professor Michael Larson, that accused MGA Entertainment of copying its patented laser beam strategy board… Continue Reading Local game inventor wins $1.6 million settlement

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Religious liberty in the United States is under siege like never before, says one local attorney who specializes in religion and legal issues. Continue Reading Religious lawsuits fill court dockets

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Four indicted for counterfeit, eBay scam

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Four people were indicted in Denver this week for computer crime, filing false tax returns and trademark counterfeiting, said Colorado Attorney General John Suthers. The four are accused of selling counterfeit cycling jerseys and bicycle components on the Internet. Counterfeit items seized from apartments have an estimated suggested retail value of $285,306, according to a… Continue Reading Four indicted for counterfeit, eBay scam

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Judge Doug Anderson, president of the Pikes Peak Pro Bono Project, said he’s been getting calls for the last few years from people in various stages of foreclosure who need help, but he hasn’t been able to find qualified attorneys to take the cases. The reason is that most general practice attorneys in this area don’t have… Continue Reading Foreclosure boot camp preps local lawyers to take on difficult cases

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When police knocked on Josh Brewer’s door to check for marijuana, even one of the nation’s most liberal medical marijuana laws was put to the test. Officers were fine with the two pounds 10 ounces he and a cousin had grown, harvested, and processed. That was under the pound and a half each allowed by… Continue Reading New debate: When is medical marijuana “usable?”

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