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Backing Down on the Colorado War of Initiatives

Political reality prevails in Colorado -- for the moment -- as the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association agrees to pull back nine proposed initiated measures, while a sponsor of a measure limiting contingency fees also drops his ballot plans. "John Sadwith, executive director of the Colorado Trial Lawyer's Association (CTLA) said the decision was made late Tuesday after continuing talks with the group promoting the restrictions on how much lawyers could collect in successful civil actions. From the Denver Business Journal: "We didn't think it was the best interests of working people in the state" to go forward with gathering signatures and putting the measures on the November ballot, Sadwith said. " Alternative explanation: We looked like hubristic jerks, confirming the worst prejudices against trial lawyers. Earlier Point of Law post here. Still leaves more than 100 proposed initiated measures.

UPDATE (1:55 p.m.): More from the Rocky Mountain News, and the CTLA news release is here. The more we think about it, it seems possible that national leaders and Democratic officials could well have put pressure on the Colorado group to withdraw its initiatives. With the Democratic National Convention in Denver, nine intiated measures would have drawn unwanted attention to the cash connection between the plaintiff's bar and presidential candidates. Sure would be an interesting line of inquiry for Colorado reporters.

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Rafael Mangual
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