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Colorado's other revenge-initiative war, and the NYT

As Carter reported yesterday, trial lawyers in Colorado have apparently reached a truce with some of their critics: a former state treasurer won't try to qualify a ballot measure limiting contingency fees, and CTLA won't try to qualify nine (9!) separate counter-measures which sought to inflict pain on realtors, doctors and other nonlawyer groups. That skirmish having calmed down, however, there remains a ballot war very much in progress between organized labor and some of _its_ critics. Amendment 47 would add Colorado to the ranks of states with a "right to work" law preventing unions from negotiating contracts that require the dismissal of nonmembers. A Better Colorado, the group promoting that initiative, has thus far been backed mostly by CoorsTek, which is related to the large brewing interest. As revenge, a group called Protect Colorado's Future, whose biggest support has come from the politically active Service Employees International Union (SEIU), is pushing two business-bashing ballot measures, one to allow lawsuits over firings without "good cause", and the other to menace company executives with lawsuits if they so much as know about legal infractions at their firms, even if they do not themselves participate.

The New York Times showcased the executive-criminal-liability measure in a lengthy and overall quite flattering April 1 report, but omitted any discussion of the revenge initiative aspects or of the union backing, describing Protect Colorado's Future merely as "a coalition of advocacy groups that supports the initiative".

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Rafael Mangual
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