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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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