Bloch & Chapleau News

Colorado Supreme Court Overturns Black Hawk’s Bicycle Ban

Bloch & Chapleau Feb 25th, 2013 Personal Injury

On February 4, 2013, the Colorado Supreme Court struck down the city of Black Hawk’s controversial bicycle ban within the city’s limits. Black Hawk had enacted the ban in 2010 due to the rising number of commercial buses and increase in traffic in the gambling town, which has numerous narrow, shoulderless roads. The ban did […]

Read more

The Defendant Is Not Required To Testify in a Criminal Trial

Bloch & Chapleau Feb 22nd, 2013 Criminal Law

In a criminal case, the prosecution has the burden to prove all of the elements of the charged crime beyond a reasonable doubt. However, the prosecution is not allowed to use the testimony of the defendant to meet its burden. Moreover, the jury cannot draw any inferences based on whether or not the defendant has […]

Read more

Court of Appeals Rules that Great-Grandparents Do Not Have Visitation Rights

Bloch & Chapleau Feb 22nd, 2013 Family Law

On January 31, 2013, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled whether great-grandparents of a child have standing to request visitation under the Grandparent Visitation Statute, which is an increasingly prevalent area of family law. In this case, the child’s great-grandmother (grandmother of the child’s mother) requested visitation rights, which the child’s father opposed. Although the […]

Read more

Sudden Emergency Defense Abolished in Colorado

Bloch & Chapleau Feb 22nd, 2013 Personal Injury

Defendants in negligence lawsuits in Colorado used to be able to ask the jury to excuse their conduct when the defendant was confronted with a “sudden emergency,” such as a patch of ice in the road.  Not anymore.  In a victory for personal injury plaintiffs, the Colorado Supreme Court abolished the sudden emergency defense in […]

Read more

Introduction to Colorado Civil Trial Courts

Bloch & Chapleau Feb 22nd, 2013 Civil Law Other Matters

The Colorado court system has three basic levels of civil trial courts, each with its own jurisdictional limits and rules of procedure: (1) Small Claims Court; (2) County Court, and (3) District Court. Small Claims Court cases have a damages cap of $7,500, and generally do not allow attorneys to participate, unless the defendant chooses […]

Read more

Dog Bite Claims are On The Rise

Bloch & Chapleau Feb 22nd, 2013 Personal Injury

Dog attack law suits are on the rise. Insurance companies paid out about $479 million for dog bite and dog attack claims in 2011, according to a recent study by the Insurance Information Institute. These claims are typically paid under homeowner’s liability policies. In addition, the average amount paid per claim has risen 54% since […]

Read more

Commercial Trucks Can Pose A Danger to Other Drivers

Bloch & Chapleau Feb 22nd, 2013 Personal Injury

The United States economy relies on commercial trucks to deliver 70% of all freight transported annually. There are 15.5 million commercial trucks on the roads in the United States and the transportation industry logs well over 4 billion miles every year. With the legal weight of an 18-wheel truck at 80,000 pounds and an average […]

Read more