Legal Lasso: Law Firm Faces Lawsuit Over Lost Settlement

by Tony Flesor

Happy snowy Friday, readers. It’s good to see some moisture hitting our city. It should be a good weekend to ski or stay in and watch a movie — whichever is more your pace. In the news, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is gearing up for a possible reelection and one local law firm is serving as a cautionary tale about having solid cybersecurity.

IN LOCAL NEWS

High-Value Cautionary Tale
Still not convinced cybersecurity is a big deal? Law firm Hearn & Fleener is facing a lawsuit from a client after cybercriminals swooped in on $200,000 worth of settlement funds.

Hancock Asking for Four More Years
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is officially asking for another four years in his job. He said in return he will work toward economic and social equity in the city.

Cutter at the Capitol
We at Law Week know Rep. Lisa Cutter from her days as a law firm public relations professional. You’ll probably get to know her now as a Colorado state representative.

Polis’ Power Plans
Gov. Jared Polis signed his first executive order yesterday, intended to increase the number of zero-emission vehicles in the state and directing transportation officials to prepare for more electric vehicles on the road.

If You Missed It…
Gov. Jared Polis and Colorado Supreme Court Justice Melissa Hart joined U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse for his swearing-in ceremony for Congress at CU Law School. CU has the photos.

IN NATIONAL NEWS

Sources Say Trump Directed Cohen to Lie
According to confidential law enforcement officials, President Donald Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

As Painless as Possible
The Trump administration is trying to make the partial government shutdown “as painless as possible,” but some say that is stretching the limits of federal law.

Comparing Writing Styles
Two arbitration-related opinions delivered by the U.S. Supreme Court this week show how the two newest justices differ in writing style. At least according to one legal writing expert, Kavanaugh can be “a bit dry” while Gorsuch can be “a bit labored.”

Gorsuch’s Arbitration Opinion
According to this opinion article Colorado favorite son Justice Neil Gorsuch contradicted himself by penning an opinion inconsistent with a previous one.

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