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Travelers Prop. Cas. Co. v. Stresscon Co.
Date: April 25, 2016
Citation: 2016 CO 22
Docket Number: 13SC815

Justia Opinion Summary: Stresscon Corporation, a subcontracting concrete company, filed suit against Travelers Property Casualty Company of America, alleging, among other things, that Travelers acted in bad faith, unreasonably delaying or denyi...

BP Am. v. Colo. Dept. of Revenue
Date: April 25, 2016
Citation: 2016 CO 23
Docket Number: 13SC996

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Supreme Court's review centered on whether 39-29-105(1)(a) permitted a deduction for the “cost of capital” associated with natural gas transportation and processing facilities. In ge...

Colo. Ethics Watch v. Indep. Ethics Comm'n
Date: April 25, 2016
Citation: 2016 CO 21
Docket Number: 15SA244

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2006, Colorado voters passed Amendment 41 and created Independent Ethics Commission (IEC), an independent commission tasked with investigating allegations of government officials’ misconduct. In an original proceedin...

In the Matter of the Title, Ballot Title and Submission Clause for 2015-2016 #73
Date: April 25, 2016
Citation: 2016 CO 24
Docket Number: 16SA48

Justia Opinion Summary: Proponents Mike Spalding and David Ottke proposed Initiative #73, which would amend article XXI of the Colorado Constitution to change the procedures leading to and the conduct of recall elections for state and local ele...

In re Colorado v. Chavez
Date: April 18, 2016
Citation: 2016 CO 20
Docket Number: 15SA165

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Saul Chavez was charged with one count of sexual assault. The alleged victim lived in a home with other members of her family. The State alleged that Chavez, a family friend, had been allowed to stay the nigh...

Colorado in the Interest of E.G.
Date: April 18, 2016
Citation: 2016 CO 19
Docket Number: 15SC298

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant E.G. was convicted of two counts of sexual assault on a child as part of a pattern of sexual abuse. Before trial, he filed a motion requesting court-ordered access to the scene of the crime, his grandmother’s...

Klingsheim v. Cordell
Date: April 4, 2016
Citation: 2016 CO 18
Docket Number: 14SC931

Justia Opinion Summary: The Cordells were the record owners of a tract of land in La Plata County (Tract1), and Mr. Cordell was also the record owner of an adjoining tract that had been deeded to him by his grandmother (Tract2). After the Corde...

Cty. of Boulder v. Boulder & Weld Cty. Ditch Co.
Date: March 21, 2016
Citation: 2016 CO 17
Docket Number: 14SA348

Justia Opinion Summary: Boulder County chose to develop "the Bailey Farm" into a public open-space park which would feature several ponds formed from abandoned gravel pits filled with groundwater. The County had to replace out-of-priority strea...

Colorado v. Graves
Date: February 29, 2016
Citation: 2016 CO 15
Docket Number: 12SC1005

Justia Opinion Summary: The Colorado Supreme Court granted the State's petition to review a district court's order that concluded that the "lewd fondling or caress" provision of the Colorado public indecency statute was unconstitutionally overb...

Colorado v. Dean
Date: February 29, 2016
Citation: 2016 CO 14
Docket Number: 12SC585

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Charles Dean was convicted by jury of second degree murder, the sentence for which carried a maximum presumptive sentencing range of twenty-four years. The trial court adjudicated him a habitual criminal and s...

Colorado v. Perez
Date: February 29, 2016
Citation: 2016 CO 12
Docket Number: 13SC465

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant-respondent Eduardo Perez was convicted of identity theft and criminal impersonation for using another person's Social Security Number in order to get a job. The issue his case presented for the Colorado Supreme...

Sebastian v. Douglas County
Date: February 29, 2016
Citation: 2016 CO 13
Docket Number: 13SC902

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Fabian Sebastian filed a 42 U.S.C. 1983 (2014) action against Douglas County, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, the Douglas County Sheriff David Weaver, and Deputy Greg Black. Petitioner alleged his Fourth...

Colorado v. Chavez-Barragan
Date: February 29, 2016
Citation: 2016 CO 16
Docket Number: 15SA286

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant-appellee Amadeo Chavez-Barragan was charged with possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute. After the trial court granted defendant's motion to suppress certain evidence, the State appealed. The Supr...

Mulberger v. Colorado
Date: February 22, 2016
Citation: 2016 CO 10
Docket Number: 12SC826

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue for the Colorado Supreme Court's review in this case required an interpretation of the statute that provided for challenges for cause to potential jurors in criminal cases. Specifically, the issue involved the...

Colorado v. Bonvicini
Date: February 22, 2016
Citation: 2016 CO 11
Docket Number: 13SC58

Justia Opinion Summary: The Colorado Supreme Court granted certiorari review of this matter to determine whether the trial court erred by denying a challenge for cause to a potential juror who was an employee of a privately owned and operated p...

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