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Red Rocks Opening Appeal Brief

Red Rocks Opening Appeal Brief

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Red Rocks Opening Appeal Brief
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 COURT OF APPEALS, STATE OF COLORADO 2 East Fourteenth Avenue Denver, Colorado 80203
COURT USE ONLY
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Case Number: 13CA1561 District Court, Jefferson County The Honorable Christopher C. Zenisek Civil Action No. 12-CV-3705 Plaintiffs-Appellees: JENNIFER ACKERMAN, DAVID SCHEUERMANN, FORREST HUDSPETH, AND ADAM KINNARD, v. Defendant-Appellant: CITY AND COUNTY OF DENVER. Barry A. Schwartz, #17981 Assistant City Attorney Denver City Attorney’s Office Litigation Section 201 West Colfax Ave., Dept. No. 1108 Denver, CO 80202-5332 Telephone: (720) 913-3100 Facsimile: (720) 913-3182 Barry.Schwartz@denvergov.org 
 Attorney for the Defendant-Appellant
CORRECTED OPENING BRIEF
 
 
CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE
I hereby certify that this brief complies with all requirements of C.A.R. 28 and C.A.R. 32, including all formatting requirements set forth in those rules. Specifically, I certify that this brief complies with C.A.R. 28(g) because it contains no more than 9,500 words. It complies with C.A.R. 28(k) because it contains under a separate heading: (1) a concise statement of the applicable standard of appellate review with citation to authority; and (2) a citation to the precise location in the record, not to an entire document, where the issue was raised and ruled on.
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s/ Barry A. Schwartz
Barry A. Schwartz
Counsel of record for Defendant-Appellant, City and County of Denver
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 C.A.R. 28(e) directs that “[r]eferences to the electronic record shall be by ID number and appropriate page and line number.” This Court’s April 4, 2014 Policy on Citation to the Record provides conventions for citing to electronic records. Here, the record on appeal contains three portions – “court file,” “transcripts,” and minute orders. The “court file,” which consists of pleadings, motions and orders, contains no ID numbers,
 per se
, but the individual pages in the record are sequentially numbered on the bottom right as “COA 000XXX.” References to it will simply be to those page numbers. References to transcripts will follow the convention set forth in the Policy on Citation to the Record.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
 CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE .........................................................................
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 TABLE OF AUTHORITIES .................................................................................. IV STATEMENT OF ISSUES PRESENTED FOR REVIEW ...................................... 1 STATEMENT OF THE CASE .................................................................................. 2 A. Nature of the Case, Course of Proceedings, and Disposition Below .............. 2 B. Statement of the Facts .................................................................................... 10 SUMMARY OF THE ARGUMENT ...................................................................... 20 ARGUMENT ........................................................................................................... 22 A. The district court erred in determining that Creation Rock is a component of a ‘public facility’ and that immunity under the CGIA is therefore waived ......................................................................................... 22 1. Standard of Review ............................................................................. 22 2. The facts do not establish that Creation Rock was incorporated into the Amphitheatre such that it became an integral part of, and was essential for the intended use of, the Amphitheatre. ........................... 23 B. The evidence presented at the
Trinity
 hearing does not support the conclusion that Plaintiff’s injuries were caused by a ‘dangerous condition’ as that phrase is defined by the CGIA. ........................................ 26 1. Standard of Review ............................................................................. 26 2. Rocks falling from Creation Rock do not meet the definition of ‘dangerous condition’ under the CGIA ............................................... 26
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