Kay Sieverding has responded to a federal magistrate's recommendation that her lawsuit against the Colorado Bar Association and several other defendants be dismissed.
In addition to the Colorado Bar Association, the more than 30 defendants in the lawsuit include the city of Steamboat Springs, several current and former City Council members, several city officials, several attorneys and the Steamboat Pilot & Today.
On Oct. 14, Magistrate Judge O. Edward Schlatter issued a recommendation for dismissal of all claims in the federal civil case, Kay Sieverding et al. vs. Colorado Bar Association et al. In addition to recommending dismissal of all claims, Schlatter recommended that the plaintiffs be ordered to pay attorney fees and costs for the defendants. The 59-page recommendation was filed with the U.S. District Court in Denver.
Schlatter also advised all parties that they had 10 days to respond to his recommendations.
Sieverding has filed numerous motions for summary judgment or other relief in response to Schlatter's recommendation.
Schlatter issued a new order Friday recommending that these motions be stricken from the case because they do not conform to the rules for filing an objection to Schlatter's recommendation. Sieverding has until Nov. 14 to respond to this latest recommendation from Schlatter.
In an article published Oct. 15, 2003, Steamboat Today incorrectly reported that the lawsuit had been dismissed. Actually, Schlatter's filing is merely a recommendation to federal District Judge Edward W. Nottingham, who ultimately will decide the case. No timetable had been set for Nottingham's decision, attorneys said.