Four people injured by falling rock at a 2011 STS9 Red Rocks concert are suing Denver

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A photo taken at the STS9 show the night before the incident in 2011.
Four people who were injured by falling rocks at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in September 2011 are suing the City of Denver, which owns Red Rocks. In all, seven people were hit by rocks during the encore of a Sound Tribe Sector 9 show, but only four have filed lawsuits. They claim that the city was lax in its efforts to prevent such an incident. Even though the engineers hired by the city repeatedly recommended that the rocks be inspected and maintained every year, city officials didn't follow that advice.

The city's attorneys have asked that the lawsuit be dismissed. They argue that Denver can't be held liable because it's protected under the Colorado Governmental Immunity Act, which was designed to shield cities and towns from gratuitous personal injury lawsuits. But in August 2013, a judge rejected that argument and declined to dismiss the lawsuit. The city is now appealing the judge's decision to the Colorado Court of Appeals.

For the full story -- including first-hand accounts from the concertgoers who were hit by rocks and details about what Red Rocks did and didn't do in terms of rockfall mitigation -- read this week's cover story, "Rocks and Roll."

COVER STORY: Fans sue Red Rocks over rockfall injuries

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DonkeyHotay
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 They argue that Denver can't be held liable because it's protected under the Colorado Governmental Immunity Act, which was designed to shield cities and towns from gratuitous personal injury lawsuits.


Wrong -- the Immunity Act is designed to protect the Government from ANY liability for harm or injury they cause ... unless they consent to being held liable.



manik
manik

I use to work at red rocks and at the time the staff talked about how it was kids climbing on Creation rock and throwing rocks... But I will also say that the city treats the place like shit!!! they just band aid things and hope for the best. the are cheap and the company that they hire to run the park (ARAMARK) is even cheaper...They all half ass their work... instead of replacing broken things they just try to do tiny fixes and hope it holds out a little longer... The city is cheap even though we all know they make enough money from the shows to fix up things the right way they would rather be cheap and sit around with their thumbs up their assess... Dont even let me get into the health concerns I have for people that stop by the Trading Post at Red Rocks to grab a cup of coffee from their JAVA CITY...It is so unclean and nasty due to the worker that runs it...she is the trading post's manger's daughter...and because of that she thinks that the rules for health and safety don't apply to her... never wares gloves when making the fudge there, and re heats the milk at the coffee bar, never follows the drink cards for the drinks, adds crap to them she shouldn't like sweat n low. never cleans anything...Never washes her hands after smoking about a pack and a half at work every day.. its super bad... And when i went to the boss about it of curse nothing happened since it was her daughter...well not to her any ways... I got treated like shit and forced to quit because her and her mommy didn't like me any more... 

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