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Archives for September 13, 2016

Colorado Supreme Court: Request to Change Restitution Payee Is Not New Restitution Request

The Colorado Supreme Court issued its opinion in Johnson v. People on Monday, September 12, 2016.


This case presents the narrow question of whether the People’s motion to change a restitution payee from one victim identified in a restitution order to other victims identified therein (whom the first victim was obliged to pay but did not pay) constitutes a new restitution request that must comply with the statutory requirements for making restitution requests. The county court rejected petitioner’s argument that the People’s request to change the restitution payee was effectively a new restitution request and was untimely, and it granted the People’s motion to change the restitution payee. The district court affirmed on appeal, and the Supreme Court then granted certiorari. Like the district court, the Court concluded that on the facts presented here, the People’s motion to change the restitution payee did not constitute a new restitution request. Accordingly, the Court affirmed.

Summary provided courtesy of The Colorado Lawyer.

Colorado Supreme Court: Officer Entitled to Bring Interlocutory Appeal Regarding Whether Sovereign Immunity Applied

The Colorado Supreme Court issued its opinion in Martinez v. Estate of Bleck on Monday, September 12, 2016.

Colorado Governmental Immunity Act—Interlocutory Appeal—Sovereign Immunity—Willful and Wanton Conduct.

Bleck was injured when Officer Jeffrey Martinez’s firearm  discharged during an attempt to subdue Bleck. Bleck filed a state law battery claim against Martinez, and Martinez filed a motion to dismiss, claiming immunity under the Colorado Governmental Immunity Act (CGIA). The trial court found that Bleck had adequately pleaded willful and wanton conduct by Martinez and thus denied Martinez’s motion. Martinez then filed an interlocutory appeal with the Court of Appeals. The Court of Appeals held that it lacked jurisdiction to hear the appeal because Martinez was only entitled to qualified immunity, which is not appealable on an interlocutory basis, not sovereign immunity, which is. The Supreme Court reversed and concluded that whether a public employee’s conduct is willful and wanton under the CGIA implicates sovereign immunity. Thus, the plain language of the CGIA affords Martinez a right to an interlocutory appeal. The Court further held that the trial court erred in (1) not deciding the issue of whether Martinez’s conduct was willful and wanton, and (2) using a negligence standard to define willful and wanton. Accordingly, the Court remanded the case for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.

Summary provided courtesy of The Colorado Lawyer.

Colorado Supreme Court: Corporate Defendant Not “Essentially At Home” in Colorado, Therefore Jurisdiction Did Not Attach

The Colorado Supreme Court issued its opinion in Magill v. Ford Motor Co. on Monday, September 12, 2016.

Constitutional Law—Personal Jurisdiction—General Jurisdiction—Corporations and Business Organizations—Related or Affiliated Entities.

The Supreme Court issued a rule to show cause to review the trial court’s  conclusion that defendant Ford Motor Company (Ford) is subject to general personal  jurisdiction in Colorado and that venue was proper in Denver County. The Court  concluded that, under Daimler A.G. v. Bauman, 134 S. Ct. 746 (2014), the record does not support a finding that Ford is “essentially at home” in Colorado. Therefore, Ford is not subject to general personal jurisdiction in Colorado. Because the trial court did not  determine whether Ford was subject to specific jurisdiction, the Court did not reach that issue. The Court also held that maintaining a registered agent in the state does not convert a foreign corporation to a resident. Because none of the parties reside in Denver and the accident did not occur there, venue was not appropriate in Denver County.

Summary provided courtesy of The Colorado Lawyer.

Tenth Circuit: Unpublished Opinions, 9/12/2016

On Monday, September 12, 2016, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued one published opinion and four unpublished opinions.

Spurlock v. Townes

McDonald v. Colorado’s 18th Judicial District

Steak N Shake Enterprises, Inc. v. Globex Co., LLC

United States v. Claycomb

Case summaries are not provided for unpublished opinions. However, some published opinions are summarized and provided by Legal Connection.