CH2M Hill Lawsuit Judge’s Opinion Delayed Until Later Today

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Issues arising in another unrelated trial have delayed the expected release of Judge Kay Bates' rulings on motions in the suit between CH2M HILL and Community Press.  The matter is set to go to trial in less than 48 hours on Friday.  Depending on how the judge rules, the trial may not be needed. is monitoring the situation and will post any news on-line as soon as it occurs.  The law clerk at Judge Bates' office has confirmed that an opinion is scheduled to be issued some time this afternoon.  Check for updates.


  1. mike mannino

    July 22, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Where is the story on the Mayor reatining an attorney in this matter ?

    • dave

      July 22, 2010 at 10:43 am

      I am certain everyone in this lawsuit has an attorney, including CH2M HILL and Community Press. I do not get notification when a party hires an attorney or files a motion. If I were a party to the lawsuit, I would. If indeed I did report on any party to the suit hiring an attorney, I would present both sides of the possible rationale behind doing so, and if I were to raise speculative questions about possible motives for doing so, which I am fairly certain I would not, since that is speculation and not news, I would first ask the individual and I would question the motives of all parties.

      I found out last night 25 minutes after my deadline that the Mayor had hired an attorney and could not have printed it even if I thought it was newsworthy. Mike, when did you find out? And, if you felt it was newsworthy and should be shared with the people of Central why did you not contact me and let me know about it?


  2. Kyle

    July 22, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Why is the mayor retaining an attorney news worthy? If you were supoeaned to court, wouldn’t you seek legal advice? Once again, you can’t go by just what you read in the Central City News.

  3. Kyle

    July 22, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Because Dave, you would have printed “the facts”, and all the false rumors and slanderous comments that these other people have been posting on their other sites would have been refuted. I’m surprised some of them haven’t been sued yet for libel or slander.

  4. mike mannino

    July 22, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Give it a rest. All forms of media draw conclusions from events and state their opinion as news. Thats what MSNBC, FOX and CNN do all day everyday.

    As far as what CCN printed today, what is not factual ? He actually left out a key part of this, that the mayor had retained an attorney, though its implied. Furthermore, if you check with an attorney, because I have, an elected official has a much higher threshold when it comes to slander. Comes with the territory. Now I may agree with you if they were private citizens, some of this may cross the line. But as the attorney told me, it is very difficult, if not impossible to prove slander because it has to be willful intent. If you would see some of the messages that some of the ladies at CCN get, they DEFINITELY cross way over the line as far as slander but you dont see them whining.

    As far as this being news, if you dont understand either you are blatantly biased or you are naive. Why would possibly and I say possibly because we dont even know if there will be a trail yet, answering simple questions require a lawyer ? Why has the seemingly minor issue of disclosing who authorized an ad become such an issue that it has CH2 spending nearly 100,000 on it so far and people scrambling to get personal attornies ? I have some of the answers but in Daves tradition, I wont post without proof to respect his paper.

  5. I heard it myself

    July 22, 2010 at 4:14 pm


    I am quite certain that YOU do not know the facts, and the facts that Dave knows are only what is being strategically fed to him! So, there is CCN on one side of the issue and CS on the other side. Sounds like politics as usual to me. I will say that since CCN has taken off the rose colored glasses about this city, I enjoy reading that paper much more. The truth will be seen when our revered mayor opens his mouth and addresses the issues. I hope the judge denies his motion and forces him to testify!

  6. dave

    July 22, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Let me state, as I did earlier today on another thread on this site, thet I wil print all verifiable facts that are responsible to print. Please feel free to test my claim and send me your facts. However, send me ALL of the facts that can be known. Facts, when presented selectively, can lead people to other conclusions than the truth. Thanks. Dave

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