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Colorado Trio of Activities: Legislate, Litigate, Initiate

Colorado's business groups and trial lawyers are fighting their latests battles via the initiated measure. Or measures, to be more precise. From The Rocky Mountain News.

The latest spate of ballot initiatives aimed at Colorado businesses comes from a group of lawyers that wants voters to back limits on executive pay and real estate commissions.

In an apparent retaliation for an earlier filing to limit attorney fees, the head of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association has filed with the state to put nine measures on the November ballot.

"For too long, corporate interests have been put ahead of consumer interests in this state," said John Sadwith, executive director of the 1,200-member trial lawyers' group. "Real people in this state deserve a break."

In March, former State Treasurer Mike Hillman filed a proposed initiative to limit amount of money attorneys can collect in contingency fees -- to 30 percent for the first $250,000 recovered for clients; 25 percent for awards of more than $250,000 but less than $500,000; 10 percent for awards of more than $500,000.

The Denver Business Journal has more in "Battle raging again with dueling Colorado ballot initiatives." The trial bar's measures target doctors, real estate brokers, corporate executives and homebuilders.

According to the Secretary of State's office, initiated measures require 76,047 valid signatures to qualify for the ballot. The lawyers' language is not yet on the Election Divisions' website list of proposed ballot measures. The Colorado Trial Lawyers Association doesn't have anything on the measures yet on its website, although there's this:

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