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State Farm v. Fisher  
Date: May 21, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 39
Docket Number: 15SC472

Justia Opinion Summary: An underinsured motorist struck a car driven by Dale Fisher, causing Fisher injuries requiring over $60,000 in medical care. Fisher was not at fault, and he was covered under multiple State Farm underinsured motorist (“U...

Colorado Union of Taxpayers Found. v City of Aspen  
Date: May 21, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 36
Docket Number: 16SC377

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, the City of Aspen adopted an ordinance which imposed a regulatory scheme designed to meet the city council’s “duty to protect the natural environment and the health of its citizens and visitors.” Under the ordin...

City & Cty. of Denver v. Dennis ex. rel. Heyboer  
Date: May 21, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 37
Docket Number: 16SC851

Justia Opinion Summary: Doreen Heyboer was a passenger on a motorcycle involved in an accident with an automobile in Denver and suffered catastrophic injuries. As a result of her injuries, her conservator sued the City and County of Denver, all...

Jim Hutton Educ. Found. v. Rein  
Date: May 21, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 38
Docket Number: 17SA5

Justia Opinion Summary: The Jim Hutton Educational Foundation, a surface-water user, claimed that a statute prohibiting any challenge to a designated groundwater basin that would alter the basin’s boundaries to exclude a permitted well was unco...

Parocha v. Parocha  
Date: May 21, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 41
Docket Number: 17SC406

Justia Opinion Summary: Megan Parocha fled from New Jersey to Colorado to escape her abusive spouse. Her husband, who knew that she had come to join her family in Colorado, contacted her almost daily. When she expressed reservations about retur...

Colorado v. Ehrnstein  
Date: May 21, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 40
Docket Number: 18SA24

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellee David Ehrnstein was convicted by jury of incest against L.E. He filed a motion for a new trial, alleging that one of his trial prosecutors and the victim advocate in his case had instructed L.E. to avoid a defen...

Kuhn v. Williams
Date: May 14, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 30M
Docket Number: 18SA176
Colorado v. Rediger  
Date: April 30, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 32
Docket Number: 15SC326

Justia Opinion Summary: David Rediger drove to the Rocky Mountain Youth Academy (the “Academy”) to speak with Stacey Holland, the Academy’s owner and director. Holland and her husband had accused Rediger of stealing hay from their property, and...

Colorado in Interest of L.M.  
Date: April 30, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 34
Docket Number: 16SC287

Justia Opinion Summary: The Alamosa County Department of Human Services interviewed Mother, who admitted that she was addicted to prescription medications, although she denied selling drugs from her home. Mother had a history of prior referrals...

Colorado v. Smith  
Date: April 30, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 33
Docket Number: 16SC313

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case the Colorado Supreme Court considered two issues: (1) whether defendant Adam Smith waived or invited error with respect to his claim of a prejudicial simple variance when defense counsel stated that the prop...

Colorado in Interest of R.S.  
Date: April 30, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 31
Docket Number: 16SC970

Justia Opinion Summary: The Arapahoe County Department of Human Services filed a petition in dependency or neglect concerning minor child R.S., and naming both parents as respondents. The mother requested a bench trial to adjudicate the depende...

Colorado v. Taylor  
Date: April 30, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 35
Docket Number: 17SA110

Justia Opinion Summary: In an interlocutory appeal, the Colorado Supreme Court reviewed a district court order suppressing drug evidence that the defendant dropped on the ground when he was approached by the police on the street. The Supreme Co...

TABOR Foundation v. Regional Transportation District  
Date: April 23, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 29
Docket Number: 16SC639

Justia Opinion Summary: The Regional Transportation District and the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District were funded by a broad sales tax with a few exemptions. Over time, Colorado lawmakers added and removed exemptions. As the exemptio...

Kuhn v. Williams  
Date: April 23, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 30
Docket Number: 18SA176

Justia Opinion Summary: The Colorado Supreme Court ruled Representative Doug Lamborn could not appear on the primary ballot in his district because of a problem with his ballot petitions. The Court ruled a petition circulator working for Lambor...

Colorado v. Quick  
Date: April 16, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 28
Docket Number: 16SA320

Justia Opinion Summary: Following a stop and inventory search of his car, Therrold Quick was charged with possession of a weapon by a previous offender, violation of a protection order, driving under restraint, and violation of a traffic contro...

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