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Personal Email Use Creates Headaches For Employers

By Doug Chartier, LAW WEEK COLORADO Amid the controversy over Hillary Clinton’s use of her personal email account to conduct official business as Secretary of State, employers wonder if a similar scenario could present a hazard to their businesses, namely in terms of data security, regulation violations and e-discovery. When employees use private or external accounts […]

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Supreme Court Clarifies Claims-Based Coverage Rules

By Doug Chartier, LAW WEEK COLORADO A recent Colorado Supreme Court decision established that the notice-prejudice rule, a Colorado-specific insurance statute, only applies to occurrence policies and not claims-made policies. The decision, which many insurance-focused lawyers considered predictable, nonetheless might be a teachable moment for businesses on the timely reporting of commercial insurance claims. Occurrence coverage […]

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Sony Hack Yields Lessons for Lawyers

By Doug Chartier, LAW WEEK COLORADO In the wake of Sony Pictures’ catastrophic data breach in 2014, corporate lawyers will have a deeper involvement in enterprise data security efforts than ever before. This often forces the in-house counsel to advise on technological details that might not necessarily be in his or her wheelhouse, but experts say […]

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Changes to CADA Increase Likelihood Of Discrimination Suits

By Doug Chartier, LAW WEEK COLORADO When the Job Protection and Civil Rights Enforcement Act Of 2013 went into effect at the start of this year, it brought Colorado’s anti-discrimination laws more in line with those at the federal level. Specifically, it expanded the remedies employee claimants can seek under the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act and broadened […]

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Can SEC Greenlight Cannabis IPOs?

By Doug Chartier, LAW WEEK COLORADO The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has allowed a marijuana-associated company to register its shares, leaving some to wonder if cannabis company IPOs are not far behind. On Jan. 28, Terra Tech, a California-based hydroponic equipment company, was allowed registration to resell shares it had originally acquired from Dominion Capital […]

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Most Wage Theft Committed In Error

By Doug Chartier, LAW WEEK COLORADO With fresh labor law changes and renewed attention to the issue of wage theft, now may be an especially good time for businesses to review their compensation practices. New amendments to the Colorado Wage Claim Act went into effect at the start of the year, strengthening the Colorado Division of […]

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Extended Jury Duty Can Pose Labor Obstacles

By Doug Chartier, LAW WEEK COLORADO As the Arapahoe County Court continues filtering through thousands of potential jurors for the James Holmes trial, the prospect of an estimated five-month trial can make employers nervous. For most companies, an employee’s selection to jury duty — and subsequent absence from work — can be commonplace when the trial […]

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Going In-House

By Doug Chartier, LAW WEEK COLORADO It’s a question nearly all lawyers ask themselves at some point: Should I go in-house? Perhaps after a few years of private practice, one imagines what life would be like without tracking billable hours or juggling clients, and suddenly an in-house position seems more appealing. While practicing law in […]

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