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Travelers Prop. Cas. Co. v. Stresscon Co.
Date: May 23, 2016
Citation: 2016 CO 22M
Docket Number: 13SC815

Justia Opinion Summary: Travelers Property Casualty Company of America (Travelers) petitioned for review of a court of appeals judgment affirming the district court’s denial of its motion for directed verdict in a lawsuit brought by its insured...

Open Door Ministries v. Lipschuetz
Date: May 23, 2016
Citation: 2016 CO 37
Docket Number: 14SC787

Justia Opinion Summary: In June 2010, the Denver City Council passed Ordinance 333, replacing the old zoning code but including an exception that allowed any person seeking to “erect or alter structures” to apply for a permit under the old zoni...

Carson v. Reiner
Date: May 23, 2016
Citation: 2016 CO 38
Docket Number: 15SA292

Justia Opinion Summary: On October 27, 2015,one week before the November 3 regular biennial school board election for Mesa County Valley School District 51, three registered electors of the school district, Kent Carson, James “Gil” Tisue, and D...

E.S.V. v. Colorado in the Interest of C.E.M.
Date: May 23, 2016
Citation: 2016 CO 40
Docket Number: 15SC514

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, E.S.V. (“mother”) challenged the termination of her parental rights with respect to C.E.M. and M.F.M. (“children”). Mother’s treatment plan included as one of its objectives that mother would “demonstrate...

Colorado in the Interest of J.G.
Date: May 23, 2016
Citation: 2016 CO 39
Docket Number: 15SC57

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury found that the environment of M.L.’s four children was injurious to their welfare, the trial court adjudicated the children dependent or neglected. The Colorado Supreme Court granted certiorari in this case...

Colorado v. Roberson
Date: May 16, 2016
Citation: 2016 CO 36
Docket Number: 13SA268

Justia Opinion Summary: The State challenged a district court order denying the probation department's complaint to revoke Bryan Roberson's sex offender intensive supervision probation (SOISP). The State sought to revoke probation because Rober...

Colorado v. Corson
Date: May 16, 2016
Citation: 2016 CO 33
Docket Number: 13SC216

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2001 when he was twenty-eight years old, respondent David Corson had a sexual relationship with "K.B.," a seventeen-year-old client of the residential treatment facility where Corson worked. Two years later, he pled g...

Colorado v. Ruch
Date: May 16, 2016
Citation: 2016 CO 35
Docket Number: 13SC587

Justia Opinion Summary: As a condition of probation, the trial court ordered Carl Ruch to complete a sex offender polygraph and participate in sex offense specific treatment intervention. Ruch refused such treatment, contending that participati...

Liberty Mortg. Corp. v. Fiscus
Date: May 16, 2016
Citation: 2016 CO 31
Docket Number: 14SC586

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Branch Banking and Trust Company (BB&T) petitioned the Colorado Supreme Court for review of whether a deed of trust securing a promissory note was a negotiable instrument under Colorado's Uniform Commercial Co...

Colorado v. Penn
Date: May 16, 2016
Citation: 2016 CO 32
Docket Number: 14SC951

Justia Opinion Summary: Brian Penn was convicted by jury of unlawful sexual contact. On appeal, he argued that the county court erred in allowing an investigating officer to testify that he "had reason to arrest the defendant for a crime that h...

In the Matter of the Title, Ballot Title and Submission Clause for 2015
Date: May 16, 2016
Citation: 2016 CO 34
Docket Number: 16SA51

Justia Opinion Summary: Initiative #63 would establish a right to a healthy environment in Colorado by amending the state Constitution. Petitioners argued the text of the Initiative filed a motion to the Title Board, arguing the Initiative as w...

The People of the State of Colorado v. Lindsey Thomas Harding
Date: May 10, 2016
Docket Number: 13SC582

City of Littleton v. Indus. Claim Appeals Office
Date: May 2, 2016
Citation: 2016 CO 25
Docket Number: 12SC871

Justia Opinion Summary: Littleton firefighter Jeffrey Christ was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme (“GBM,” a type of brain cancer). After undergoing surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, he returned to work, but ultimately died as a result...

Indus. Claim Appeals Office v. Town of Castle Rock
Date: May 2, 2016
Citation: 2016 CO 26
Docket Number: 13SC560

Justia Opinion Summary: Castle Rock firefighter Mike Zukowski was diagnosed with melanoma. He had three surgeries to remove the melanoma and was then released to return to work on full duty. He sought both medical benefits and temporary total d...

City of Englewood v. Harrell
Date: May 2, 2016
Citation: 2016 CO 27
Docket Number: 14SC123

Justia Opinion Summary: The Colorado Supreme Court accepted this case from the court of appeals because it had granted certiorari in two other cases involving similar issues ("City of Littleton v. Industrial Claim Appeals Office," 2016 CO 25, _...

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