Posted inEnvironment, News

Conservation groups sue over coal mines in Colorado, Montana

Conservation groups filed lawsuits against state environmental agencies in Colorado and Montana this week targeting coal mines in the two states. On Tuesday, five organizations including the WildEarth Guardians and the Sierra Club filed a lawsuit against Colorado environmental agencies alleging they failed to ensure that the state’s largest coal mine, West Elk Mine, complied […]

Posted inEducation, News

Former Douglas County Superintendent Corey Wise sues school district, alleging retaliation and discrimination

Corey Wise has broken his silence — and the ousted superintendent is suing his former employers alleging retaliation, discrimination and that his infamous firing was illegal. The former Douglas County School District superintendent filed a lawsuit April 13 with the Colorado Civil Rights Division and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He claims the Douglas County […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Opinion: Civil courts remain an institution worthy of public confidence

There is a significant amount of public narrative and hand-wringing these days over the state of our public institutions, but we take hope from the resiliency of the civil-justice system and its ability to strengthen and re-orient our values. Yes, there have been stress tests on our democratic infrastructure, but there are many recent examples […]

Posted inCrime and Courts, News

Lawsuit claims Colorado is violating anti-slavery law by pressuring inmates to work despite health concerns

Two Colorado inmates who claim they were pressured into working despite health concerns are suing the state’s prison system, claiming it’s violating a constitutional ban on slavery and involuntary servitude. In the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Denver, Harold Mortis and Richard Lilgerose claim they effectively had days added to their sentences when they initially refused […]

Posted inCrime and Courts, News

Colorado web designer who didn’t want to create wedding websites for same-sex couples loses challenge to anti-discrimination law

By James Anderson, The Associated Press A U.S. appeals court has ruled against a web designer who didn’t want to create wedding websites for same-sex couples and sued to challenge Colorado’s anti-discrimination law, another twist in a series of court rulings nationwide about whether businesses denying services to LGBTQ people amounts to bias or freedom […]

Posted inCrime and Courts, Health, News, Politics and Government

Colorado expected to receive at least $300 million through opioid-crisis settlement — if local governments approve the deal

Colorado is expected to receive at least $300 million under a tentative settlement with major drug distributors and a manufacturer for their role in the opioid epidemic, if local governments sign on to the deal, state Attorney General Phil Weiser said Wednesday.  The funding from the settlement, worth $26 billion nationwide, would be paid out […]

Posted inCrime and Courts, Health, News

Colorado would get at least $50 million under proposed settlement of national opioid lawsuits against Purdue Pharma

Colorado would receive at least $50 million from a proposed multibillion dollar deal with Purdue Pharma and the family that owns the company to settle thousands of lawsuits over the bankrupt pharmaceutical giant’s alleged role in the opioid crisis. The deal comes after Colorado and 14 other states late Wednesday agreed to drop their opposition […]

Posted inGrowth, News, Transportation

Federal court dismisses Centennial Airport’s challenge to FAA’s NextGen flight paths

In what may serve as an anticlimactic end to a years-long dispute between metro Denver governments and the Federal Aviation Administration, a federal court has dismissed Centennial Airport’s challenge to the FAA’s plan to reroute airplane traffic in the Mile High City. “I think frankly the court punted on this — didn’t want to touch […]

Posted inCrime and Courts, News

Four Black girls, detained by Aurora police at gunpoint, file lawsuit

By Colleen Slevin, The Associated Press The families of four Black girls mistakenly detained by suburban Denver police at gunpoint last year after they were suspected of being in a stolen car sued police and the city of Aurora on Monday — claiming the officers’ actions permanently traumatized them and are part of a pattern […]

Posted inCrime and Courts, News, Politics and Government

Denver-based Dominion Voting System sues Rudy Giuliani over election claims

By Colleen Long, The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Dominion Voting Systems filed a defamation lawsuit on Monday against Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who led the former president’s efforts to spread baseless claims about the 2020 election. The lawsuit seeks more than $1.3 billion in damages for the voting machine company, a target for conservatives […]