DENVER — Colorado Civil Justice League today announced 48 state lawmakers from both parties who have earned the Common Sense in the Courtroom award for their votes to curb lawsuit abuse.
"CCJL awards legislators who take a stand against abusive lawsuits," said Jeff Weist, lobbyist for CCJL.
Winners will be honored at CCJL's Annual Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 7, at the Westin Tabor Center in Denver.
Senators honored by CCJL include: Sen. Greg Brophy (R-Wray), Sen. Bill Cadman (R-Colorado Springs), Sen. Ted Harvey (R-Highlands Ranch), Sen. Ken Kester (R-Las Animas), Sen. Keith King (R-Colorado Springs), Sen. Mike Kopp (R-Littleton), Sen. Kevin Lundberg (R-Berthoud), Sen. Linda Newell (D-Littleton), Sen. Shawn Mitchell (R-Broomfield), Sen. Josh Penry (R-Grand Junction), Sen. Scott Renfroe (R-Greeley), Sen. Mark Scheffel (R-Parker), Sen. David Schultheis (R-Colorado Springs), Sen. Nancy Spence (R-Centennial) and Sen. Al White (R-Hayden).
Representatives receiving accolades: Rep. Cindy Acree (R-Aurora), Rep. David Balmer (R-Centennial), Rep. Randy Baumgardner (R-Hot Sulphur Springs), Rep. Laura Bradford (R-Grand Junction), Rep. Edward Casso (D-Thornton), Rep. Kathleen Curry (U-Gunnison), Rep. Brian DelGrosso (R-Loveland), Rep. Bob Gardner (R-Colorado Springs), Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma), Rep. Cheri Gerou (R-Evergreen), Rep. Daniel Kagan (D-Denver), Rep. Jim Kerr (R-Littleton), Rep. Steve King (R-Grand Junction), Rep. Kent Lambert (R-Colorado Springs), Rep. Larry Liston (R-Colorado Springs), Rep. Beth McCann (D-Denver), Rep. Wes McKinley (D-Walsh), Rep. Frank McNulty (R-Highlands Ranch), Rep. Tom Massey (R-Poncha Springs), Rep. Mike May (R-Parker), Rep. Carole Murray (R-Castle Rock), Rep. Kevin Priola (R-Henderson), Rep. Joe Rice (D-Littleton), Rep. Jim Riesberg (D-Greeley), , Rep. Ellen Roberts (R-Durango), Rep. Christine Scanlan (D-Dillon), Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg (R-Sterling), Rep. Ken Summers (R-Lakewood), Rep. Amy Stephens (R-Monument), Rep. Spencer Swalm (R-Centennial), Rep. Scott Tipton (R-Cortez), Rep. Glenn Vaad (R-Greeley) and Rep. Mark Waller (R-Colorado Springs).
"At CCJL, we are grateful for the bipartisan coalition of legislators who understand the importance to Colorado's economy of a court system that promotes fairness and follows the rule of law," Weist added.
CCJL is the only organization in Colorado focused exclusively on stopping lawsuit abuse while preserving a system of civil justice that fairly compensates victims of wrongdoing.
This year, the General Assembly confronted several attempts to increase litigation costs, including legislation that would provide new incentives for employees to sue employers, tenants to sue landlords, and customers to sue store owners.
In addition to honoring lawmakers, CCJL's Awards Luncheon will feature keynote speaker Sherman "Tiger" Joyce, president of the American Tort Reform Association.