News & Press Releases 2013

COLORADO ATTORNEY GENERAL JOINS $7 MILLION MULTISTATE SETTLEMENT OVER GOOGLE STREET VIEW

DENVER —Attorney General John Suthers today announced Colorado joined 37 states and the District of Columbia in a $7 million settlement with Google over the company’s collection of data from unsecured wireless networks while Google took photographs for its Street View service between 2008 and March 2010. Colorado’s share of the settlement is approximately $125,000.

ATTORNEY GENERAL SUTHERS ASKS FDA TO MAKE GENERIC PAIN PILLS HARDER TO ABUSE

DENVER — Generic versions of popular pain relievers must be made harder to abuse, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers and 47 other state and territorial attorneys general told federal officials in a letter sent today by the National Association of Attorneys General to the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The letter encourages the FDA to adopt standards requiring manufacturers and marketers of generic prescription painkillers to develop tamper- and abuse-resistant versions of their products. 

COLORADO SEN. UDALL, ATTORNEY GENERAL SUTHERS WARN CONSUMERS ABOUT TAX-PREPARATION FRAUD

DENVER—U.S. Senator Mark Udall and Colorado Attorney General John Suthers warned consumers today to beware of tax-preparation fraud, a common scam where tax preparers change return documents to steal refunds and increase the return amounts.

ATTORNEY GENERAL UNVEILS TOP 2012 CONSUMER COMPLAINTS

DENVER — To mark the beginning of National Consumer Protection Week, the Consumer Protection Section of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office today unveiled its list of the top ten consumer complaints of 2012. During the 2012 calendar year, Colorado consumers filed 7,911 complaints with the Office of the Attorney General — an almost 10 percent increase over 2011’s total of 7,297 complaints.

ATTORNEY GENERAL ANNOUNCES WORLD WIDE READERS AND RELATED TELEMARKETERS DEFRAUDED CONSUMERS

DENVER-Attorney General John Suthers today announced that the Denver District Court ordered Michael Brian Patterson (D.O.B. 08/27/79) and his company, World Wide Readers Service, to pay $5 million in civil penalties and more than $1 million in consumer restitution for their participation in a magazine telemarketing scam based in the Denver area. 

BANKS’ GROSS RELIEF TOPS $45 BILLION IN ONGOING NATIONAL MORTGAGE SETTLEMENT

DENVER – Attorney General John Suthers today localized the latest report by Joseph A. Smith, Jr., Monitor of the National Mortgage Settlement outlining the consumer relief activities the five banks that are parties to the settlement have conducted since March 1, 2012.

COLORADO ATTORNEY GENERAL REACHES $29 MILLION SETTLEMENT OVER UNINTENDED ACCELERATION IN TOYOTA AND LEXUS MODELS

DENVER—Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today announced a $29 million multistate settlement with Toyota Motor Corporation and its related North America entities over allegations that Toyota concealed safety issues related to unintended acceleration in certain Toyota and Lexus models.

JEFFORY SHIELDS AND NICHOLAS SARTINI INDICTED FOR DEFRAUDING INVESTORS IN SECURITIES SCHEME

DENVER—Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today announced that a statewide grand jury has indicted Jeffory Shields (D.O.B. 10/01/1964) and Nicholas Sartini (D.O.B. 1/16/1968) on 16 counts of securities fraud. The indictment alleges that for approximately 11 months, beginning in January 2012, the two men solicited 21 investors from 13 states to invest in fraudulent exploration and drilling of oil and gas wells.

COLORADO ATTORNEY GENERAL SECURES GUILTY CONVICTION IN COCAINE AND METHEAMPHETAMINE-TRAFFICKING RING

DENVER—Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that Alan Johnson of Loveland (D.O.B. 03/15/1967) was found guilty of running a drug-trafficking criminal enterprise that distributed cocaine and methamphetamine throughout Northern Colorado and as far away as Montana. He was convicted in Larimer District Court of two felony violations of the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act and 18 felony violations of the Colorado Controlled Substances Act.

COLORADO ATTORNEY GENERAL ANNOUNCES LAWSUIT AGAINST STANDARD & POOR’S FOR RATINGS OF MORTGAGE BACKED SECURITIES

DENVER—Colorado Attorney General John Suthers filed a lawsuit today against Standard and Poor’s (S&P) in connection with the ratings that it issued on structured finance securities, including residential mortgage backed securities (RMBS) that were issued at the height of the market from 2004-2007. This lawsuit is part of a joint federal-state effort to hold those responsible for their part in the foreclosure and financial crisis.

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