By Debra Vey Voda-Hamilton, Esq./Mediator
Hamilton Law and Mediation, PLLC
On January 29th 2016, in Commerce City, Colorado, dog owner Gary Branson and the city of Commerce City reached a settlement that enabled the parties to avoid an emotional and expensive trial. Mr. Branson’s attorney, Jay Swearingen, filed a lawsuit against Commerce City in federal civil court requesting compensation for seized property under the 4th amendment in the death of Branson’s beloved dog, Chloe. It is the largest settlement, at $262,500.00, to be paid in a lawsuit of this kind in the United States.
The facts as reported in local newspapers and TV are…