We’re working away on our last print issue of the year — Legal Lasso will be in your inbox on Thursday and Friday of next week, but Law Week subscribers won’t receive another print issue until Jan. 7. In the meantime, here’s the legal news for today.
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IN LOCAL NEWS
Annabel Bowlen Looks to Enter Legal Fray
The wife of Broncos owner Pat Bowlen has entered the dispute between her husband’s trustees and his brother, Bill Bowlen, by filing a motion to intervene in the case. She’s being represented by Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell partner Hugh Gottschalk.
Criminal Defendants Won’t Pay for Ankle Monitors
The Denver Department of Safety announced yesterday that people charged with crimes in Denver will no longer have to pay for ankle monitoring before trial, which can cost defendants about $1,000 per case regardless of whether they ultimately are convicted.
The Legislature’s Vacancy Appointments
One in four Colorado legislators got their seat at some point through vacancy appointments, and in 2019, at least five — and possibly as many as eight — lawmakers plan to depart their seats.
Michael Bennet Says He’s Looking to Run
File this one under not-so-news: Sen. Michael Bennet confirmed in an interview for a Yahoo News podcast that he is considering a run for president in 2020.
On the Basis of Sex’s Armie Hammer on his Denver Connections
This one has a tenuous legal connection, but stay with me here. Armie Hammer told the Denver Post’s “The Know” that he and his wife, Elizabeth Chambers, are opening a bakery in Denver. Hammer is playing a major supporting role in “On the Basis of Sex,” a biopic about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg that opens Dec. 28.
IN NATIONAL NEWS
Whitaker Will Oversee Mueller Investigation
Despite recommendations from a DOJ ethics officer that acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker recuse himself from overseeing the Mueller investigation, Whitaker has opted not to do so.
Firms Losing With Lengthening Billing Cycle
As corporate counsel clients look to keep their costs down, they’re pushing back on some of their legal bills. Firms have seen lagging collection times, and in the end, a firm on average can lose 20 percent of its original billing amount.
Judge Allows Opioid Case to Proceed
A federal judge overseeing one lawsuit against opioid-makers is allowing RICO and public nuisance claims to go forward.
Trump’s Shutdown Warning
Although both the House and Senate have found agreements (though different ones) on how to keep the government operating at full capacity, President Donald Trump warned that “there will be a shutdown that will last for a very long time” if the Senate fails to pass a spending bill that includes border wall funding.
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