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Roth v. Green, 05-1129, 05-1272

A sanction award against counsel and a fee award against two individual plaintiffs arising out of a 42 U.S.C. section 1983 action are reversed and vacated, respectively, and remanded where certain letters from defendants were not sufficient to satisfy the requirements of Fed. R. Civ. P. 11(c)(1)(A), and the district court failed to take into consideration the ability of plaintiffs to pay the fee amount.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 10/31/2006
  • Published 10/31/2006


  • BRISCOE, Circuit Judge., Before BRISCOE, McCONNELL, Circuit Judges, and SILER, Circuit Judge.


  • United States Tenth Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • Robert J. Mulhern, Telluride, Colorado, for Plaintiffs-Appellants.

  • For Appellees:
  • Katherine Taylor Eubank of Fowler, Schimberg & Flanagan, Denver, Colorado, (Daniel M. Fowler of Fowler, Schimberg & Flanagan;  Jonathan A. Cross and Sean J. Lane of Cross Sands and Sares, Glendale, Colorado;  Earl G. Rhodes, Jodie L. Behrmann and Jeffrey A. Wells of Younge & Hockensmith, Grand Junction, Colorado;  David R. Brougham of Hall & Evans, Denver, Colorado;  Danielle Moore, Assistant Attorney General, Colorado Attorney General's Office, Denver, Colorado;  Gordon L. Vaughan of Vaughan & DeMuro, Colorado Springs, Colorado, with her on the brief), for the Defendants-Appellees., Sean J. Lane of Cross Sands and Sares, Glendale, Colorado;  Gordon L. Vaughan of Vaughan and DeMuro, Colorado Springs, Colorado, for Defendants-Appellees, City of Cortez, Dennis Spruell, Danny Dufur and Roy C. Lane.

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