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Attorney Michael McCormick on 9/1 Tom Martino Troubleshooter Radio Show to discuss Colorado Eminent Domain Issues

On September 1, 2017, Mr. Martino spoke with a caller that recently received an offer from the government to purchase 1700 square feet of her property for only seven hundred dollars (44 cents per square foot) for a bike path on a highway project. The property included trees and landscaping for which the government offered no compensation. The government also offered a “bonus” if the resident “acted quickly and signed the paper...
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Nate Osborn Presents at 35th Annual Colorado Real Estate Symposium

Nate Osborn presented on real estate technology at the 35th Annual Colorado Real Estate Symposium. 

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Michael R. McCormick is quoted in a Denver Post article about Eminent Domain Law in Colorado

Colorado’s growth spurs government land grabbing – and it’s getting expensive
Expensive eminent domain cases swell in face of Denver infrastructure projects. [Read the article at denverpost.com]

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Courtney J. Cline Co-Chairs CLE

Courtney J. Cline co-chaired the Family Law Evidence Program held on June 29, 2017, co-sponsored by the CBA Family Law Section.  This evidence practicum is held annually and focuses specifically on family law.  The speakers and coaches are comprised of family law judicial officers and well-respected practitioners.  As in past years, the practicum sold out in 2017 due to its popularity.

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Echo Ryan and Will Ross File successful Amicus Brief

The parents of a child hit by a car when he was allegedly frightened by the defendants’ dogs when the dogs allegedly rushed the fence behind which they were contained brought a claim of negligence against the owner of the dogs.  On June 26, 2017, the Colorado Supreme Court entered an opinion agreeing with the Amicus Curiae that there is no duty imposed upon dog owners to prevent a dog from f...
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Echo Ryan Obtains Acquittal for Client.

On March 22, 2017, Echo Ryan obtained an acquittal on a charge of harassment in a municipal matter after demonstrating to the Court the alleged victim had made similar false reports to authorities in the past.

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Colorado Court of Appeals Affirms Ruling Dealing with Short Term Rentals

The Colorado Court of Appeals recently dealt with yet another short-term rentals dispute.  In O'Neil v. Conejos County Board of Commissioners, the O'Neils owned a vacation home that they would visit and rent out to short-term renters.  The County Assessor, for property tax purposes, reclassified the home as a commercial property because of the short-term renting practice.  The O'Neils appealed.  The Board of Assessment Appeals overturned the Assessor's action and returned...
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Nebraska Court Finds That Jury Trial Waiver in Escrow Agreement is Enforceable

A Nebraska District Court recently held that a jury trial waiver provision in an escrow agreement was enforceable.  In DAB Incorporated v. Sunbelt Rentals, Inc., a real estate purchase agreement incorporated the terms of an escrow agreement.  A term of the escrow agreement was, in short, that the contracting parties agreed to waive their right to a jury trial for any dispute "arising out of or in any way related to...
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Court Rules on Title Insurance Closing Protection Letter Issues

A recent Georgia case discussed the limited scope of liability for a title insurance underwriter under a closing protection letter.  In Nutter & Company v. Old Republic National Title Insurance Company, Nutter & Company extended 11 reverse mortgages to various borrowers.  A closing protection letter was issued to a lender in each transaction.  Under the closing protection letters, Old Republic agreed to, in short, reimburse the respective lender for losses that...
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Wyoming District Court Dismisses Personal Injury Lawsuit Against Architect

Chris Taravella and Erin Nave recently obtained a dismissal of a case against a Wyoming architect after a worker was seriously injured in an accident on a job site.  The Wyoming District Court granted the firm's motion to dismiss all claims against the architect, holding that the architect had no duty to supervise work site safety.  

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