August 23, 2019

Colorado Supreme Court: Record Did Not Contain Statutorily Required Findings Necessary for Denial of Application

The Colorado Supreme Court issued its opinion in Mile High Cab, Inc. v. Colorado Public Utilities Commission on Monday, April 22, 2013.

Administrative Law—Burdens of Proof—Preponderance of Evidence—CRS § 40-10.1-203.

Mile High Cab, Inc. (Mile High) appealed the district court’s judgment affirming the denial of its application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity. After a lengthy hearing, the administrative law judge (ALJ) to whom the application had been assigned issued a recommended decision, finding that the several incumbent carriers opposing the application had proved by a preponderance of the evidencethat public convenience and necessity did not require granting the application, and that the issuance of the certificate would be detrimental to the public interest. Although it initially ordered a remand for further evidence, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) ultimately granted the intervening carriers’ motions for reconsideration and adopted the ALJ’s recommendation to deny the application. The district court affirmed Mile High’s petition for judicial review.

The Supreme Court reversed the district court’s judgment and remanded the case with directions to return the matter to the PUC for further action. The Court held that the record did not clearly contain the finding statutorily required for a denial of Mile High’s application, and that the issuance of a certificate would actually be detrimental to the public interest.

Summary and full case available here.

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