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The $38 billion in federal budget cuts announced by Congress this month will affect a number of Colorado programs, including Colorado Legal Services. The statewide legal service will lose $170,000 of federal aid, and other cuts will probably total more than $500,000, Colorado Legal Services Executive Director Jonathan Asher said. The nonprofit offers free legal… Continue Reading Federal cuts have legal aid cutting service to the bone

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While law firm merger and acquisition activity on the East coast continues at strong pace, it’s grinding to a halt in the Western U.S. Chalk it up to a difference in culture. Local attorneys say law is practiced in a decidedly different manner in the West than in other parts of the country. Lawyers are… Continue Reading Lawyers in West, Springs resist the ‘urge to merge’

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Testimony will be heard today in federal court in yet another lawsuit that challenges the consitutationality of the health care reform law. This time, the National Federation of Independent Businesses – the only business organization to file a suit – will argue that the federal government doesn’t have the authority to mandate that individuals purchase… Continue Reading NFIB arguing against health reform in federal court

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Bender named Colo. Chief Justice

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Colorado Supreme Court Justice Michael L. Bender has been chosen  as Colorado’s 44th chief justice. Bender succeeds Mary Mullarkey, who announced her retirement in June. Mullarkey, a justice since 1987 and chief justice since 1998, is to retire from the court on Nov. 30. Bender has been on the state high court since 1997. He… Continue Reading Bender named Colo. Chief Justice

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The federal court in Denver is down two judges and the chief judge says the shortage is slowing down justice. The U.S. District Court for Colorado has five active judges. Two judgeships remain vacant and overseers have recommended that a third judgeship be added. Denver lawyer William Martinez has been nominated to fill one of… Continue Reading ‘Judicial emergency’ – state federal court down 2 judges

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Changes to Colorado’s title insurance statutes that remove hidden fees from the process went into effect earlier this month. ‘When purchasing a home, having title insurance in good order helps buyers be sure there are no problems with the home’s title, and that the seller really owns the property,” said Colorado Insurance Commissioner Marcy Morrison. “The… Continue Reading Changes make title insurance costs more transparent

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A longtime Colorado judge has been fired after issuing an arrest warrant for a teenager over an overdue library DVD. Municipal Judge James Kimmel issued the warrant after 19-year-old Aaron Henson failed to show up in court Jan. 14 over the overdue DVD, “House of Flying Daggers.” On Jan. 25, police stoped the teen for… Continue Reading Colo. judge fired over teen arrest for overdue DVD

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Lawyer one who knows the rules of the road

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Eleven-mile mountain road jobs don’t come along every day for highway construction firms. This one would be worth millions of dollars to the winning bidder, Colorado Springs-based Schmidt Construction. The project was completed on time and on budget in 2001, but within a few weeks the county officials who awarded the contract called, accusing the… Continue Reading Lawyer one who knows the rules of the road

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Governing companies of any size not an easy task

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Corporate resolutions are deceptively simple documents which must be approved by the board of directors of any given corporation in order to legally transact vital corporate business. Such resolutions contain three key elements. A listing of individuals who are authorized to conduct specified actions on behalf of the company. The specific actions that the named… Continue Reading Governing companies of any size not an easy task

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Changing the state’s medical malpractice laws has failed twice in the General Assembly – but the bill might have nine lives. Supported by the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, House Bill 1344 was written to raise non-economic caps for medical malpractice lawsuits from $300,000 to $460,000. But the bill didn’t have enough votes and sponsor Christine… Continue Reading Trial lawyers not giving up on malpractice legislation

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