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What factors should be considered when determining whether information meets the definition of "personal data" under the Colorado Privacy Act?

The Colorado Privacy Act defines personal data as data that can be: "REASONABLY BE USED TO INFER INFORMATION ABOUT, OR OTHERWISE BE LINKED TO, AN IDENTIFIED OR IDENTIFIABLE INDIVIDUAL, OR A ...
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What does NOT count as personal data under the Colorado Privacy Act?

The Colorado Privacy Act defines personal data rather vaguely. It is data that can "REASONABLY BE USED TO INFER INFORMATION ABOUT, OR OTHERWISE BE LINKED TO, AN IDENTIFIED OR IDENTIFIABLE ...
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Can I use lethal force to protect myself and others from an on duty officer if he or she starts shooting up the location?

I know that in Colorado we have the castle law for self defense which allows people to protect themselves with lethal force on or inside their property as long as they believe their life and family ...
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What is the legal process for a patient under psychiatric hold (or their representative) to request a transfer to a different facility?

Suppose a patient is involuntarily committed to a psychiatric facility in Colorado. However, the patient feels that they are receiving inadequate care at their current facility, and would prefer to be ...
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Can I legally leave the scene of an accident if I have a reason to believe that my life would be endangered if I remained at the scene?

Suppose I get involved in an accident, but the other driver appears to be such a maniac that I have reason to suspect that any further interaction with the driver will result in me being seriously ...
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Is it a violation to pass a school bus while moving in traffic?

I am in Colorado. This morning I accidentally got in the wrong lane, and my only opportunity to move into the correct lane was if I cut off a school bus. Traffic was moving along (including the bus) ...
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Under what circumstances in Colorado can a judge sentence below a mandatory minimal sentence?

The facts around the case of Rogel Aguilera-Mederos seem pretty clear cut, however unfair. A jury found him guilty The judge didn't want to sentence him to 110 years. The judge had to sentence him to ...
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Is it legal to attempt to investigate a crime, if in doing so you obstruct the police investigation of the same crime?

Suppose your friend's been murdered. The detective over the case warns you that should you attempt to assist the detective with their investigation or initiate your own investigation, without being ...
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Dog bite (i.e. charge of owning an aggressive animal)

I'm curious to understand better the details of the Aggressive Animals Prohibited charge. I found a relevant discussion here: How accountable are dog owners for their animals' actions?, but I'd ...
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Can a car seller refuse to sell the car after the contract has been signed and the deposit has been paid?

My friend (buyer) tried to purchase a car from a private individual (seller). They agreed on a price, drew up a contract, and signed it. The buyer paid the seller the deposit they agreed on. The ...
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How long do I have to wait to dispose of evidence after nobody comes to collect it?

Suppose I find evidence of a murder on property I use for hunting purposes and I report it to the local sheriff. I don't know how my property ended up looking like that, but I do know that the ...
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Can a new driver legally drive themselves while waiting for their license card to be mailed to them?

My sister just passed her driver's test. According to the DMV, her license is being processed and will be mailed to her, but they do not issue temporary licenses. In the meantime, she may need to ...
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Misrepresentation of a lease

Is misrepresentation grounds to terminate a lease, and what is the standard for determining misrepresentation? Colorado Law preferred if possible.
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My roommate keeps putting their stuff on my nightstand without my permission. Is this legal or illegal?

I regularly come home to find that my roommate left her stuff on my nightstand without my permission. Is this non-consensual use of my nightstand prohibited by law? Like maybe theft (depriving me of ...
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Can residents who are running for election to the POA or Metro board hold a Meet & Greet in a Metro building

Our ranch, in Colorado, has a both a POA board and a Metro board. According to the ranch website, “The (Metro) is a quasi-governmental tax district that was originally formed by a vote of the SFTR ...
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How does Colorado law protect victims of odometer fraud?

I'm trying to understand how Colorado law regards odometer fraud, and also what actions may be taken (and when) to follow up on odometer fraud. First question: Is odometer fraud a felony or a ...
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Temporary Theft

If something is legally considered your property and someone knowingly took it without your consent with the intent to return it, say a week or a month later, is this considered theft?
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Healthcare professional and non-disclosure agreements

I'm just curious if it's legal for a healthcare professional to sign non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) in order to hide certain things from their patient? And also, if the patient asks the healthcare ...
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Where is the line between a breach of ToS, a tort, and a crime regarding use of a site?

It does not seem to be clear what the difference is, because of the language of the CFAA. Which of these can be categorized in each of the categories above (in increasing order of severity)? Using a ...
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Is this "Works for Hire" language enforceable?

I am reviewing a job offer that includes this Works for Hire clause: Works for Hire During the term of your employment, you may create an idea, process, trademark, invention, technology, program, ...
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Can a contract be designed to prohibit an employee from quitting?

Suppose a company were to specify, in a contract, that a candidate is bound to remain an employee, with all the work obligations that come with the role, unless and until one of two things happens: ...
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Who investigates the Kidnapped Sheriff?

Assume the mob kidnaps the sheriff of a county of Colorado (18 USC 351 does not apply to the Sheriff, right?) and they never cross the state border. During the kidnapping, the mob's enforcers wound a ...
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Called court to learn status of warrant but there’s no record of one

I was hoping to resolve a warrant, as I should most definitely have one, in Colorado Springs, El Paso County. However, I called the county's warrant office and the clerk said they did not have me in ...
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Make my Day... in the office?

Assume Adam, Esquire, is working in Colorado. He has an office different from his home. Let's say Downtown in a sleepy town that has no extra gun control laws. It's 3 AM and he is working on the ...
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What is a "Notice of Right to Cure Default"?

I am in the United States of America, specifically Colorado. I have an auto-loan. I made a living by delivering Chinese food, pizzas and burritos for a company. I crashed my car and I cannot deliver ...
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Is it kidnapping if I steal a car that happens to have a baby in it?

Suppose I steal a car, and there's a baby in the back seat. Did I just kidnap the baby?
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What is it called when you get a ticket for driving an automobile which is in sore need of repair?

I live in the United States Specifically, the state of Colorado. I am required to tell my new employer what crimes I have pled guilty to, or been convicted of in a court of law. In Colorado, you can ...
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Person's ex sends a suggestive picture after they have been told not to

The person sent the message "No innuendos or pictures until further notice". Shortly thereafter he received a picture of private parts in tight clothing. Not long after that, he received a ...
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Are digital signatures from Mac's Preview app legally valid?

Mac's Preview application allows users to take a photo of their handwritten signature and convert it into a digital signature, which can then be inserted into PDF documents presumably in place of a ...
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Certificate of Service for Colorado Notice To Quit

When serving a tenant with a Colorado Notice To Quit, must the Certificate Of Service of the Notice be notarized, either before or after serving the tenant?
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Colorado SOS doesn't take foreign credit cards. Default of acceptance?

Incorporator I. who is neither US citizen nor resident wants to incorporate a Colorado corporation which costs a filing fee of $50. The colorado secretary of state only accepts two payment methods: a)...
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Can a religious baker refuse service to an underage couple-to-be, in accordance with his deeply-held religious beliefs?

As previously asked, bakers in certain US states can legally refuse service on the basis of sexual orientation. For the purposes of this question, assume that the state is Colorado. Child marriage is ...
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Legallity of contract that obliges a signatory to perform oral sex?

In the American animated series South Park, in Season 11 episode 10, a character is contractually obligated to perform oral sex. I imagine this contract would be illegal to enforce? My suspicion is ...
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We sold a salvage car as-is. The buyer can't get it Titled. Do we have to fix it?

We recently sold a car that we weren't aware there was a salvage title on. The money has already been exchanged and the title signed over to them. The buyers, discovering its salvage status, are now ...
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If the person named in an agreement is not the person who signed, is the agreement enforceable?

Here's a slight variation on this question: "If two spouses are named in an agreement but only one signs, is it valid?" In our case, I signed an agreement that only has my wife's name printed on it. ...
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is a finger squiggle on an iPad truly binding?

We recently had a massive hailstorm and, following that storm, we saw an endless stream of roofing contractors knocking on our door. We're in Boulder County, Colorado. A representative from one of ...
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Can a Last Will legally specify beneficiaries at a specified url?

Can a Last Will legally specify beneficiaries in an external document? For example, can the Last Will point to a url that shows a list of beneficiaries?
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How can you enforce repayment of a loan with no due date?

Suppose you loan someone money with an informal but written agreement. No due date is specified. You know they have since obtained a large sum of money, and could pay you back immediately. However, ...
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Landlord changed the locks but is demanding rent

Hello and thanks in advance! I was/am in a two-year lease on a house in Denver, CO. I found a new apartment and submitted a 60-day notice to vacate. A friend picked up a package on the last day of the ...
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Can an 18 year old with just a permit drive alone in Colorado?

If you are under 18 [with a permit], Colorado driving laws prohibit you to drive alone. You must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, a driver’s education instructor, or a licensed driver at ...
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Landlord provided photos and information for a different apartment

I recently rented a unit sight-unseen (moving across country while working). The building had good reviews from previous tenants and the property manager provided photos of the unit. Upon moving in, ...
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Is making a public comment about a girl's breasts illegal?

From a Washington Post's article about Columbine HS: A similar event happened at a Columbine wrestling match at Arvada High School. Pyne, "in front of everyone," said Harwick, broadcast to all ...
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What is a "listed natural gas appliance"?

My landlord mentioned that I can have a grill on my balcony as long as it is fueled by natural gas. As he is a fireman, I'm assuming he has some knowledge of the relevant laws. But before dropping ...
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Do Covenants and/or By Laws become null due to non-enforcement?

I seem to remember a lecture during my Business Law Classes which discussed nullification of Community Covenants or By-Laws (an HOA for example) when a certain rule has been violated for x-years and ...
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Can a company instruct employees to not call police?

As a manager, I received this email from my store manager that came from the district manager. Team, you cannot call the police without my approval, if I am not available it would fall to (Blank) or ...
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Can a lease specify reasons for withholding a security deposit beyond what the law lists as allowable

Context: Location: Colorado, USA I was renting with a lease agreement but I needed to leave early and break the lease. The landlord withheld my security deposit and correctly notified me with an ...
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Is recording a neighbors yard legal in Colorado, USA?

In my neighborhood, the neighbor has about 3 dogs. At least one is outside and barking, seemingly all the time. (Earliest is 5-6am. Latest is midnight.) The only "authority" in the community is the ...
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Membership cancellation and poking the bear

I would like to start wearing a shirt to ABCGym stating something to the effect of: ABCGym refuses to refund payment it accepted for membership to a gym ABCGym closed. ABCGym has substituted an ...
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Public Library Bannning "Problem Patrrons" : Scope and Source of Authority?

Public libraries in the USA many times add a “Code of Conduct” to their collection of “policies.” They typically include a provision for banning “problem patrons” from the library for as long as life....
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Can someone be fired for working less than 42.5 hours

In Colorado is it legal to fire an employee only on the basis that they have put in fewer than 42.5 hours weekly?
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