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MUCH NEEDED CASH INFUSION GRANTED: The Colorado Supreme Court on Thursday threw a $1.5 million lifeline to the cash-strapped agency charged with providing legal services to lower income residents. Colorado Legal Services will receive $750,000 each of the next two years in a move that could save up to 15 positions within the organization and will likely maintain the group’s level of legal representation. The action follows a formal request by the Colorado Bar Association’s board of governors in February asking the court to approve transferring money from the state’s fund of attorney registration fees. The bar’s recommendation didn’t specify an amount, but state officials had hoped for between $500,000 and $1 million for each of the next two years.
CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE OR CRIME? An environmental activist is asking the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn his conviction stemming from his disruption of an oil lease auction, the Associated Press reports. His attorneys argue that his action lacked criminal intent and was a form of civil disobedience.
WORKING TO BAN OUTDOOR ADS: Colorado’s main medical-marijuana lobby is pushing Denver’s City Council to ban outdoor advertising, such as billboards and sign-flippers, for such businesses across the city in an effort to further legitimize the industry.
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BAD NEWS JUST KEEPS COMING AT DEWEY: The gradual demise of Dewey & LeBoeuf continued on Thursday as more partners defected for Am Law 200 shops and a spin-off boutique. Plus, the struggling firm found itself hit with its first suit under theWorker Adjustment and Retraining Act (WARN), and federal regulators moved to take over its underfunded pension plans. Vittoria Conn, whose LinkedIn page identifies her as a document specialist who has worked at Dewey since 1999, filed an 11-page complaint against the firm in U.S. district court in Manhattan. She accuses Dewey of failing to abide by state and federal laws requiring employers to provide between 60 and 90 days’ notice of a mass layoff of more than 100 employees.
TEACHER SUES FORMER SCHOOL: Ashlie Simpson, a 31 year-old student services advisor, claims she was fired from Colorado Christian University in January, 2012 after being questioned if she was “living in sin” with her boyfriend. ”I was shocked to learn that CCU was concerned about my personal life, and even more distressed when they chose to fire me because of it,” Simpson told ABC News.
PROBLEMS CONTINUE IN MARICOPA COUNTY: The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday sued Sheriff Joseph Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz., along with his office and county, following an almost four-year investigation into allegations that the controversial lawman and his staff discriminated against Latinos.
SUIT AIMS TO HOLD BOTH TEXTERS LIABLE: A husband and wife injured by a texting teenaged driver are trying to break new legal ground by suing the person with whom he was exchanging messages right before the crash. (subscription required)
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