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IN LOCAL NEWS:

Tightening Oil Lines
The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission proposed new rules for shutting down oil and gas pipelines in order to prevent future explosions.

Deception by Immigration Agents
The daughter of an Adams County man facing deportation said that ICE “deceived her” and said her father was approved for permanent residency before taking him into custody.

Lawsuit Claims Steamboat Councilperson Didn’t Pay for Ranch
A lawsuit against a former Steamboat Springs councilperson claims that he failed to pay $2.3 million to former owners of a ranch he purchased years earlier.

No Charges for Maketa Co-Defendant
Prosecutors pursuing corruption charges against former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa dropped all charges against a co-defendant, saying the case fell apart at the last minute.

No Charges for Cheerleading Coach
Denver DA Beth McCann said the city would not pursue any charges against the high school coach who physically forced a cheerleader to do splits at a camp or the school who employed him. McCann said she didn’t believe she could bring child abuse charges against the coach.

IN NATIONAL NEWS: 

Bryan Cave in Merger Talks
Bryan Cave confirmed that the firm is in merger talks with London-based law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner. The combined firm would have 1,500 lawyers with 32 offices in 12 countries.

Tribal Immunity a Non-Issue For Now in Patent Case
Allergan, a pharmaceutical company that sold its patents to a Native American tribe in order to seek tribal immunity, had its patents invalidated. With the patents no longer valid, the tribal immunity tactic remains one left to be addressed by either the courts or Congress.

Racial Discrimination Case Filed Against Tesla
Tesla is being sued by three workers who claim a factory where they worked was a hostile work environment and that they were the targets of racism.

Guilty Plea for Immigrant Smuggler
The truck driver who hauled undocumented immigrants across Texas in scorching heat, causing 10 deaths, pleaded guilty to human smuggling charges.

Weinstein as a Case Study
Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment claims are providing an example in the gaps in workplace harassment policies and workplace realities, according to labor lawyeres.

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