City of Loveland ordered to pay attorneys fees in ‘banana republic’ case

Loveland Reporter-Herald: The Colorado Court of Appeals has ruled that the city of Loveland is on the hook for Mayor Jacki Marsh’s attorney fees in a 2022 case that prompted 8th Judicial District Judge Juan Villasenor to call Loveland a “banana republic.”

In a unanimous opinion handed down on Thursday, the state court affirmed the district court’s ruling that the city did not act in “good faith” when it initially withheld records requested by Marsh under the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA), making the mayor entitled to recover her estimated costs of $12,000 to $14,000 in the case.

“I’m happy that the appeals court upheld Judge Villasenor’s ruling,” Marsh said when reached for comment. “And my hope is that the city will move towards more transparency. It shouldn’t be a battle to get information  when somebody goes to the trouble of a CORA request.”

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