Judge Grants Comcast Future Access to Lafayette Resident’s Property Amid Lawsuit
A Boulder County District judge on Thursday granted Comcast’s motion for a preliminary injunction against Lafayette resident Andrew O’Connor, whose property has been at the crux of a months-long access dispute.
The motion, granted by 20th Judicial District Court Judge Thomas Mulvahill, allows the company access to the property, to which Comcast and Lafayette officials claim a right through an easement — with the help of police, if necessary — for the remainder of the case. O’Connor said Thursday he planned to appeal the ruling.
The decision comes nearly three months after O’Connor first refused to allow workers for the cable giant into his backyard to complete service — part of a larger fiber-optic expansion project across Lafayette — without payment.
O’Connor, who has reiterated that he is “standing up for his own private property rights,” demanded the company pay him $10,000 to access the above-ground unit on his lot, dismissing the notion that the company was allowed to access the site without his permission.
A federal judge earlier this month issued a writ of assistance, and Comcast workers on Wednesday completed the service on his property , accompanied by the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office.
Separately, O’Connor has filed a civil rights complaint against the company and various law enforcement agencies. After Wednesday’s incident — the family dog broke its tooth on a catchpole while being restrained by police during the course of Comcast’s work — O’Connor said he would amend the suit to include the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office and Mulvahill himself, and also would increase the damages sought to $50 million.
On Thursday, he again amended the complaint to include Comcast’s senior director of government and regulatory affairs, Jon Lehmann, and David Strauss, an attorney representing the company.
He also increased the amount of damages sought, to $75 million.
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