Legal Lasso: Construction Workers Win in SkyHouse Wage Theft Dispute

by Tony Flesor

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IN LOCAL NEWS:

Construction Workers Win Wage Theft Suit
Denver construction workers who worked on Denver’s luxury SkyHouse Denver were on the receiving end of an $800,000 payout from construction companies involved in erecting the building. The workers claimed they were working overtime and not being adequately paid.

Eagle County Judge Joins DOJ
Eagle County Judge Katharine Sullivan left to take a job as the chief deputy director of the DOJ Office of Violence Against Women. Sullivan had been on the county bench for 11 years.

Get to Know Seif Ammus
A lot of lawyers find side gigs that make use of their writing skills. Not many of those side gigs involve rapping.

Spinning Studio Lawsuit
A Sloan’s Lake spinning studio is in a legal fight with its landlord over dance club-like volume levels of its music.

Filling a Seat on 10th Circuit Bench
The White House named New Mexico lawyer Joel Carson to fill a spot on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. Carson is a principal at Carson Ryan, a law firm specializing in oil and gas law, regulatory issues, litigation and appellate cases.

IN NATIONAL NEWS:

Age Discrimination Online
Several large companies, such as Facebook, Amazon and Verizon, were suspected to be targeting job ads at younger workers, drawing an age discrimination lawsuit against Facebook and questions about age discrimination at large.

DACA Document Order Returned to California Courts
Courts in California moved too fast in ordering the Trump administration to disclose documents about the end of the DACA program, according to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court instructed courts in California to consider two legal issues before requiring the documents.

Microsoft Gets Behind Sexual Harassment Change
Microsoft is supporting federal legislation preventing mandatory arbitration of sexual harassment claims. The company has some current employment contracts requiring arbitration for harassment claims but now will waive the contractual requirement.

Close Race in Virginia
A three-judge panel in Virginia pointed out a missed ballot that left an even tie between two candidates for a seat on the state’s House of Delegates. An eventual Democratic win would mean a 50-50 split in the House, disrupting Republican control for the first time in 17 years.

Kim Kardashian West Joining the Legal Profession?
Despite not being a lawyer or enrolled in law school, Kim Kardashian West is going to be an intern at entertainment law firm Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert.

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