DA slapped with small-claims lawsuit

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By Chase Olivarius-Mcallister
Durango Herald staff writer

A lawsuit filed in small claims court by a Pagosa Springs man against 6th Judicial District Attorney Todd Risberg illustrates how easily someone can take legal action for cheap and without a lawyer.

Trevor Peterson is suing Risberg for $5,000 on grounds that he experienced “emotional and psychological trauma” after hearing stories that Risberg used drugs.

Small claims court caters to do-it-yourself lawsuits and deals with claims involving damages of only $7,500 or less. According to the Small Claims Handbook, the “participation of attorneys in Small Claims Court is discouraged.”

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