Legal Lasso: Staying Outside the Scope of the Polar Vortex

by Tony Flesor

It could be the cold snap hitting a large swath of the country, or it could be my current out-of-work reading habits, but climate change is on my brain right now. This fascinating piece discusses effects already hitting the country. And then there’s also this local article about a subject very near and dear to my heart (coffee). And then there’s this article diving into just how unbearably cold the Midwest is right now. Be glad we’re outside the Polar Vortex.

IN LOCAL NEWS

CADA Sues Over Vehicle Emission Standard
The Colorado Automobile Dealers Association is suing over Colorado’s low-emission vehicle standards set by Gov. John Hickenlooper at the end of his time in office. The association said they thought it was illegal for the state to impose the high standard.

Teachers Union, District Back to the Bargaining Table
Negotiations will resume tomorrow between Denver Public Schools and the teachers union that represents its teachers. In the meantime, parties are still waiting to hear whether the state will intervene in the discussions.

Supreme Court Won’t Reconsider Oil and Gas Case
Late last week, litigants in Martinez v. Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission asked the state Supreme Court to reconsider the case due to a disciplinary issue involving the Court of Appeals judge who had heard the case. The Supreme Court rejected the request on Monday with no explanation.

Kill Committees Not as Deathly
The legislature’s “kill committees” aren’t functioning how they normally do with Democratic leadership.

High School Administrators Cleared of Charges
A Denver County judge dismissed criminal charges against a former East High School principal and three other staff members who were charged with failing to report a sexual assault of a female student at the high school.

IN NATIONAL NEWS

Arizona Short a U.S. Attorney
Two years into his term, President Donald Trump has yet to appoint a U.S. Attorney in Arizona. And Arizona is getting unhappy about that.

Immigration Courts Really Slow After Shutdown
More information about how the slowdown at immigration courts is affecting the people going before the court: It could take up to an additional four years for those affected by the government shutdown to get their day in court.

A Major iPhone Bug
An iPhone bug allowed some people to listen in on others without actually being in a call. And of course, that has led to some privacy trouble for at least one attorney who had a deposition eavesdropper.

A Side Effect of #MeToo
One unintended consequence of the #MeToo movement is that male managers are reporting that they’re squeamish about mentoring women. Some have said they’ve avoided interaction with female employees out of risk management.

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