Attorney’s Fees for the Wrong of Another
Most states, including Colorado, follow the American Rule when it comes to awarding attorney’s fees. This means that attorney’s fees are not awardable to the winning party in a lawsuit unless a contract or statute allows it. Attorney’s fees are also awardable for certain constitutional claims. The doctrine of wrong of another is a further…Read More
Can I sue a dissolved company?
A dissolved company can be sued. Under C.R.S. §7-80-803, a dissolved limited liability company continues in existence for the purpose of winding up its affairs and discharging of liabilities. Corporations similarly continue their existence for winding up the affairs of the company. The dissolution only prohibits the company from engaging in future transactions – not…Read More
Derivative Action on Behalf of an LLC
Sometimes a LLC may refuse to take legal action to pursue a legal claim of the LLC. A derivative action allows a member of the LLC to sue on behalf of the LLC when it refuses to act. The general rule is an individual member of an LLC cannot maintain a personal action against a…Read More
Should I File a Lawsuit?
Should I file a lawsuit? My entire practice is filing and defending business and commercial lawsuits. So, I get this question a lot. Deciding to file a lawsuit is a business decision as much as a legal tactical analysis. For any case, it’s a three-legged stool. First, there has to be liability – a legal…Read More
When Out of State Companies Can’t Sue in Colorado
There is a scenario where an out of state company can’t sue in in Colorado. Colorado law prohibits an out of state company from defending or maintaining a lawsuit against a Colorado resident unless they have filed certain paperwork with the Secretary of State: No foreign entity transacting business or conducting activities in this state…Read More
What are the rights of LLC members?
An LLC is a legal entity created by statute. Therefore, the rights of LLC members are governed by statute. The rights and responsibilities of managers of an LLC are also controlled by statute. While the members of an LLC can change some of these by agreement, some of these cannot be changed even by agreement. Duties…Read More
COVID-19 and the Courts
The world completely changed a few weeks ago. Colorado has implemented a stay-at-home Order and most non-essential businesses and schools are closed through at least April 30th. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has determined that the virus is widespread in Colorado and a state of emergency has been declared. Many clients have questions…Read More
Frivolous Lawsuits Defense
For a small business a frivolous lawsuit is not just a nuisance. If it’s not handled competently and efficiently – it can significantly impact profitability. There have been several noteworthy frivolous lawsuits reported. People contesting the authority of the U.S. Government to levy an income tax (the 16th Amendment is pretty clear on this). The lawsuit…Read More
Credibility in the Courtroom
I was in a mediation recently with a retired judge as the mediator. He is a respected jurist that served for more than 40-years in various judicial roles. During the downtime between the long back and forth of the mediation, we talked about his time on the bench, the cases he decided and the lawyers…Read More
Colorado’s Anti-SLAPP Law
Colorado recently became the 31ststate to enact an Anti-SLAPP law. The Anti-SLAPP (strategic lawsuits against public participation) law is meant to quickly end lawsuits brought against people that exercise their 1stAmendment right to free speech. SLAPP lawsuits are used to intimidate someone into keeping quiet even though the plaintiff knows they can’t win the lawsuit. The…Read More