CBS Denver Discusses Reilly Pozner LLP Case in Article Titled “Hickenlooper Tests AG Coffman’s Power to Sue Federal Government”

 

November 4, 2015

Denver, Colorado

Gov. John Hickenlooper asked the Colorado Supreme Court on Wednesday to rule that he, not the state’s attorney general, has the final say on whether to sue the federal government.

Hickenlooper’s petition comes after he complained that Attorney General Cynthia Coffman should not have joined about two dozen other states in suing the Environmental Protection Agency over new air pollution rules without his authorization.

Coffman said the rules are an illegal overreach. The governor supports the rules and is trying to implement them.

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Reilly Pozner LLP Lawsuit Covered in The Coloradoan Article Titled “Hickenlooper Tests AG’s Power to Sue Federal Government”

 

November 4, 2015

Denver, Colorado

Gov. John Hickenlooper asked the Colorado Supreme Court on Wednesday to rule that he, not the state’s attorney general, has the final say on whether to sue the federal government.

Hickenlooper’s petition comes after he complained that Attorney General Cynthia Coffman should not have joined about two dozen other states in suing the Environmental Protection Agency over new air pollution rules without his authorization.

Coffman said the rules are an illegal overreach. The governor supports the rules and is trying to implement them.

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Governor Hickenlooper’s Press Release on Lawsuit Filed Against Colorado Attorney General

 

DENVER — Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today filed a petition asking the Colorado Supreme Court to issue a legal rule that the governor, not the attorney general, has the ultimate authority to decide on behalf of the state when to sue the federal government in federal court.

“The attorney general has filed an unprecedented number of lawsuits without support of or collaboration with her clients,” said Jacki Cooper Melmed, chief legal counsel to the governor. “This raises serious questions about the use of state dollars and the attorney-client relationship between the governor, state agencies and the attorney general.”

The petition states “The Governor’s disagreement with the Attorney General’s filings is not based on the legal merits of the federal lawsuits; it is about the direction of Colorado [executive department] policy, which is he is empowered to direct under our constitution and laws.”

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Reilly Pozner Case Discussed in Law360 Article Titled “Judge Hits OPM With Latest Class Action Over Data Breaches”

 

August 10, 2015

New York, New York

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management failed to address deficiencies in its security systems and thus allowed hackers to steal the personal information of millions of current, former and potential government workers, according to an administrative law judge’s proposed class action filed Friday in Colorado federal court.

Social Security Administration Judge Teresa J. McGarry’s suit is the latest proposed class action triggered by two recently announced data breaches that compromised more than 22 million applicants’ personnel and security files, alleging that OPM failed for years to correct cybersecurity weaknesses identified by Office of Inspector General audits.

“Since at least 2007, OPM has been on notice of significant deficiencies in its cyber security protocol,” the complaint said. “OPM not only failed to cure the weaknesses, but OIG found that in many areas OPM’s performance actually got worse.”

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Larry Pozner Interviewed by Denver Post in “Jury Rejects Insanity Plea in Aurora Theater Shooting Trial”

 

July 17, 2015

Denver, Colorado

The jury on Thursday found James Holmes guilty of all 24 first-degree murder charges, launching the case into what could be a month-long death penalty sentencing hearing. During that hearing of possibly three parts — which are likely to be just as emotional as the 12 weeks of trial — jurors could deliberate up to three more times and will again be forced to weigh Holmes’ mental health.

“I think there was room for the jury to go either way,” said Larry Pozner, a Denver defense attorney and legal analyst. “I do not believe this is a signal that they are ignoring the enormous mental health issues.”

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RP Partner Sean Connelly Quoted in Denver Post Article Titled “Amendment 23 School Funding Lawsuit Debated Before Colorado Supreme Court”

 

June 6, 2015

Denver, Colorado

Arguments over whether the state has violated the intent of a constitutional amendment passed by Colorado voters were presented in front of the state Supreme Court on Wednesday.

The hearing was for a lawsuit filed last summer by a group of parents and education advocates that claims the state is unconstitutionally cutting school districts’ funding by changing the formula that calculates how much each district gets.

“They say, as a matter of budgetary necessity, we are going to cap funding,” Sean Connelly, an attorney for the group filing the lawsuit, told the justices. “The formula is not driving spending anymore. What’s driving spending is a preset funding cap, and then they back into the numbers.”

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RP Associate John McHugh Quoted in The New York Times Article Titled “Rising Dissent and Lawsuits Pushed Scouts to Change”

 

May 22, 2015

New York, New York

As Robert M. Gates, the president of the Boy Scouts of America, called Thursday for an end to the organization’s ban on openly gay leaders, the group was already facing state civil rights investigations in New York and Colorado and the looming threat of lawsuits that the Scouts seemed almost certain to lose.

In his powerful speech to the Scouts’ national meeting in Atlanta, Mr. Gates, the former secretary of defense, said that unexpectedly swift changes in society as well as swelling dissent among local Scout councils required bold action. But he also warned bluntly that the Boy Scouts’ exclusionary rule left them vulnerable to painful court-ordered change.

The large New York City affiliate of the Boy Scouts had forced the issue, flouting national policy with an announcement in April that it had hired Pascal Tessier, an 18-year-old Eagle Scout and gay activist, as a summer camp counselor.

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Reilly Pozner Associate John McHugh Interviewed in Colorado Independent Article Titled “Colorado Eyes High Court for News on Gay Marriage”

 

April 28, 2015

Denver, Colorado

The U.S. Supreme Court today is hearing arguments in a case that will push the most-recent chapter in the breakneck story of American gay marriage toward a major conclusion. Coloradans on all sides of the issue are watching for clues on what to expect here in the Centennial State, where over the last 11 years same-sex marriage was banned by voters, then side-stepped with civil unions, then caught up in state court, then de-facto legalized by a federal court, and then made real on the ground in the offices of inspired and determined county clerks.

The Supreme Court justices likely will hand down a ruling in the Obergefell v. Hodges case in June. (Audio of arguments is being loaded here in stages as they take place.) The justices are considering two questions: First, must all states issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and second, if they don’t have to, must they recognize those issued by other states?

The high-court case consolidates four cases heard in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a conservative jurisdiction that stretches from the Canadian border with Michigan through Midwestern Ohio and into Old South Kentucky and Tennessee.

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RP Case Subject of St. Louis Business Journal Article Titled “$490 Million Judgment in Prearranged Funeral Civil Case”

 

March 10, 2015

St. Louis, Missouri

A jury has awarded $490 million to state life and health guarantee associates and a receiver in the civil trial surrounding the massive $600 million National Prearranged Services Inc. prepaid funeral scheme.

PNC Bank, a successor to Allegiant Bank, was the defendant. Shaun Hayes’ Allegiant was a trustee for National Prearranged from 1998 to 2004. Hayes sold Allegiant to National City, which was later sold to PNC Bank.

The jury’s verdict said PNC Bank must pay $355 million in compensatory damages and $35.5 million in punitive damages, according to Betty Ann Skrien, judicial assistant in U.S. District Judge Richard Webber’s court. It also ruled that Forever Enterprises, which is now defunct and was controlled by the Cassitys, must pay $100 million.

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RP Case Discussed in Kansas City Business Journal Article Titled “Jury Awards $490M in St. Louis Funeral Scam Case”

 

March 10, 2015

Kansas City, Missouri

A federal jury in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri has awarded almost $500 million in damages, the St. Louis Business Journal reports.

The case centered on a massive $600 million prepaid funeral scheme that defrauded funeral homes and consumers.

St. Louis-based National Prearranged Services Inc. promised customers money they paid for prearranged funerals would be held in a trust, and claims were to be funded by the trust. But the defendants in a previous criminal case spent the trust money, and money from new clients was used to pay claims. Six officers and employees related to National Prearranged were sentenced to prison time in November 2013 for their roles in the scheme.

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