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Johnson v. Schonlaw  
Date: September 17, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 73
Docket Number: 16SC114

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Albert Johnson sought review of the court of appeals’ judgment reversing jury verdicts in his favor on personal injury claims against Ryan Schonlaw and VCG Restaurants of Denver, Inc. At the close of the case,...

James v. Colorado  
Date: September 17, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 72
Docket Number: 16SC81

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Dustin James sought review of the court of appeals’ judgment affirming his conviction for possession of methamphetamine. Upon realizing that it had failed to discharge the alternate juror before the jury retir...

Colorado v. Gutierrez  
Date: September 17, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 75
Docket Number: 17SA183

Justia Opinion Summary: Jairo Perez was shot and killed in his garage. A witness later positively identified defendant Daniel Gutierrez as the murderer in a police photo array. Gutierrez filed several motions that required pretrial evidentiary...

Perfect Place v. Semler  
Date: September 17, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 74
Docket Number: 17SC115

Justia Opinion Summary: This quiet title action called on the Colorado Supreme Court to determine whether the owner of a garage condominium unit could validly subdivide that unit under section 38-33.3-213, C.R.S. (2018) of the Colorado Common I...

Lewis v. Taylor  
Date: September 17, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 76
Docket Number: 17SC241

Justia Opinion Summary: Steve Taylor unwittingly invested millions of dollars in what proved to be a massive Ponzi scheme. Before the scheme’s collapse, Taylor fortuitously withdrew his entire investment, plus nearly half a million dollars in p...

Colorado v. Brooks  
Date: September 17, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 77
Docket Number: 18SA90

Justia Opinion Summary: Based on acts that defendant Curtis Brooks committed when he was fifteen years old, prosecutors charged him as an adult with felony murder and other crimes. After a jury convicted Brooks on multiple counts, including the...

Zoll v. Colorado  
Date: September 10, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 70
Docket Number: 15SC163

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury found petitioner Matthew Zoll guilty of second degree assault on a peace officer, criminal impersonation, and two counts of resisting arrest. The trial court adjudicated Zoll a habitual criminal and sentenced him...

Przekurat v. Torres  
Date: September 10, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 69
Docket Number: 17SC15

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, Defendants Mitchell Davis, Samuel Stimson, Peter Stimson, and Christopher Torres threw a party at a house they were renting in Boulder to celebrate one defendant’s birthday and another’s college graduation. They...

Munoz v. Am. Fam. Ins. Co.  
Date: September 10, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 68
Docket Number: 17SC247

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue before the Colorado Supreme Court in this matter was the issue of whether an insured was entitled to collect prejudgment interest when he settles an uninsured motorist claim (“UM claim”) with his insurer in lieu...

Colorado v. Pappan  
Date: September 10, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 71
Docket Number: 18SA56

Justia Opinion Summary: The State brought this interlocutory appeal seeking review of a trial court’s order suppressing evidence of two laser-sight rifles seized during a warrantless search of defendant Michael Pappan’s residence. Around 6:40 i...

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...

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