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Colorado v. Stellabotte  
Date: July 2, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 66
Docket Number: 16SC661

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent John Stellabotte owned a towing company that he used to illegally tow cars and then demand payment from the owners. At the time he did this, his thefts constituted a class 4 felony. But before he had been conv...

Colorado v. Patton  
Date: July 2, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 67
Docket Number: 16SC744

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent James Patton stole two camcorders worth about $1700 total in 2009. At the time, theft for the value of the two camcorders constituted a class 4 felony. But in 2013, the Colorado General Assembly changed the th...

Colorow Health Care, LLC v. Fischer  
Date: July 2, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 52M
Docket Number: 16SC814

Justia Opinion Summary: When Charlotte Fischer moved into a nursing home, she received an admissions packet full of forms. Among them was an agreement that compelled arbitration of certain legal disputes. The Health Care Availability Act (“HCAA...

Castillo v. Colorado  
Date: June 25, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 62
Docket Number: 14sc990

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Andres Castillo admitted he fired a shotgun at several people, including two police officers, in a crowded parking lot after a night out celebrating his wife’s birthday in downtown Denver. But he claimed he ac...

In the Matter of James C. Wollrab
Date: June 25, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 64
Docket Number: 17sa165
In re Rains  
Date: June 25, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 61
Docket Number: 17sa248

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was whether the trial court abused its discretion in granting the plaintiffs’ motion for a new trial after a jury found that the defendants, two pilots, were not negligent during a near collision th...

Coors Brewing Co. v. City of Golden  
Date: June 25, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 63
Docket Number: 17sa55

Justia Opinion Summary: This case centered on Coors Brewing Company’s application to amend its decreed augmentation plans to authorize the reuse and successive use of return flows from water that Coors diverted out of priority pursuant to those...

McMullin v. Hauer  
Date: June 18, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 57
Docket Number: 15SC701

Justia Opinion Summary: This land dispute concerned the ownership of seventeen acres of “common open space” in a purported common-interest community. Petitioners Crea and Martha McMullin (“the McMullins”) acquired thirty acres of land in Rio Bl...

U.S. Welding, Inc. v. Advanced Circuits, Inc.  
Date: June 18, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 56
Docket Number: 16SC365

Justia Opinion Summary: U.S. Welding sought review of the court of appeals’ judgment affirming the district court’s order awarding it no damages whatsoever for breach of contract with Advanced Circuits. Notwithstanding its determination followi...

City of Boulder v. Public Service Company of Colorado  
Date: June 18, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 59
Docket Number: 16SC894

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose from respondent Public Service Company of Colorado’s (“Xcel’s”) challenge to the City of Boulder’s attempt to create a light and power utility. Xcel argued that the ordinance establishing the utility, Ord...

Roberts v. Bruce  
Date: June 18, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 58
Docket Number: 17SC55

Justia Opinion Summary: This case concerned the improper administration of a trust and resulting litigation. Della Roberts created the trust at issue with the help of her only son, James Roberts, shortly before she died in 1996. James Roberts w...

Colorado v. Stackhouse  
Date: June 18, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 60
Docket Number: 18SA26

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008, James Stackhouse was charged with one count of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust, a class-three felony, one count of sexual assault on a child, a class-four felony, and the sentence enhance...

Verigan v. Colorado  
Date: June 11, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 53
Docket Number: 15SC931

Justia Opinion Summary: After pulling over Kimberlie Verigan’s car during a traffic stop, police noticed potential contraband in the car. Police then searched the car and without providing Miranda warnings. After Verigan admitted to possessing...

Rocky Mountain Exploration, Inc. and RMEI Bakken Joint Venture  
Date: June 11, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 54
Docket Number: 16SC305

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose from a series of transactions in which petitioners Rocky Mountain Exploration, Inc. and RMEI Bakken Joint Venture Group (collectively, “RMEI”) sold oil and gas assets to Lario Oil and Gas Company (“Lario”...

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