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OSHA Development

You likely heard of the new budget deal agreed to by Congress a week ago. This Federal Budget Agreement, which was worked out behind closed doors, includes surprise provisions authorizing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to increase penalties for the first time since 1990. The Agreement requires OSHA to make a one-time “catch-up” increase to compensate for more than two decades of no increases. The catch-up increase can't...
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Construction Defect Ordinances

Construction Defect Ordinances
WHEREAS, existing Colorado law concerning construction defects needs a major overhaul to reduce litigations risks to developers while maintaining consumer protections … So begins the pre-amble to Littleton’s ordinance attempting local construction defect litigation reform. Many cities along the Front Range are suffering from a lack of owner-occupied multifamily development, particularly near regional transportation hubs.  The unwillingness to develop multifamily projects is largely blamed on the toxic climate spawned from...
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Two Can Be As Bad As One

Two Can Be As Bad As One
It is hard to believe that it has already been four years since we opened Ruebel & Quillen, with the hope of being a different kind of law firm.  Unintentionally, I marked our four year anniversary the same way I marked the first official day R&Q opened its doors – out of town.  Away from our busy practice, I had some time to reflect on how some things have changed,...
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Court: An Appraisal Is Not An Arbitration

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ARBITRATION is the determination of a matter or matters of difference between contending parties, by one or more unofficial persons, chosen by the parties. Legally, an arbitration award can be confirmed as a judgment after due process and evidentiary procedures are completed and the award is filed with a court of appropriate jurisdiction. MEDIATION is the act of a third person who interferes between two contending parties with a view...
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July 2015 Case Law Updates

July 2015 Case Law Updates
COLORADO CASE LAW UPDATE Colorado Court of Appeals Ackerman v. City and County of Denver – Red Rocks is a natural condition for purposes of GIA (CA 07/16/15). While attending a concert, Plaintiffs were struck and injured by rocks that fell from a rock formation that abuts one side of the Red Rocks Park amphitheater. The trial court determined that Denver’s immunity from suit had been waived and the City...
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