News & Press Releases 2014

ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE SEEKS EXPEDITIOUS RESOLUTION OF COLORADO’S SAME-SEX MARRIAGE ISSUES

DENVER—In an effort to quickly bring legal clarity to same-sex marriage issues in Colorado, this afternoon the Colorado Attorney General’s Office filed a motion with the support of the governor’s office and the Denver and Jefferson County clerks that would effectively suspend contentious litigation while higher courts consider the question. The motion acknowledges that the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals’ recent decision overturning laws similar to Colorado’s will apply to Colorado’s laws as well, if and when it becomes final.

ATTORNEY GENERAL RESPONDS TO RULING BY CHIEF JUDGE KRIEGER IN GUN CASE

DENVER – Today, U.S. District Court Judge Marcia S. Krieger has issued an order in the case known as Colorado Outfitters Association et al v. Hickenlooper, finding that gun laws passed by the Colorado General Assembly in 2013 are constitutional. Judge Krieger found that the ban on “large capacity magazines” exceeding 15 rounds and expanding mandatory background checks to recipients of firearms in some private transfers does not violate the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

ATTORNEY GENERAL SUTHERS’ STATEMENT REGARDING BOULDER COUNTY CLERK AND RECORDER’S ISSUANCE OF INVALID SAME-SEX MARRIAGE LICENSES

DENVER – Today, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a 2-1 ruling finding Utah's ban on same-sex marriage to be in violation of the United States Constitution's guarantees of equal protection and due process. The 10th Circuit itself delayed the effect of its order pending resolution of the case by the United States Supreme Court. Subsequent to that decision, the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder announced Wednesday afternoon that the office would begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses.  

COLORADO REACHES $550 MILLION STATE-FEDERAL SETTLEMENT WITH SUNTRUST MORTGAGE

DENVER—Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today announced a $550 million nationwide state-federal settlement with mortgage lender and servicer SunTrust Mortgage Inc. to remedy mortgage origination, servicing, and foreclosure abuses. To resolve past SunTrust abuses, some Colorado borrowers are now eligible for $4,448,533 in principal reduction loan modifications, refinancing for underwater mortgages, foreclosure payments and other relief.

COLORADO ATTORNEY GENERAL ANNOUNCES $105 MILLION CONSUMER SETTLEMENT WITH GLAXOSMITHKLINE CONCERNING ADVAIR

DENVER —Colorado Attorney General John Suthers banded with 44 other state attorneys general today to announce a $105 million consumer protection settlement with GlaxoSmithKline, LLC (NYSE: GSK) to resolve allegations that the company unlawfully promoted its asthma drug, Advair®, and antidepressant drugs, Paxil® and Wellbutrin®.

COLORADO ATTORNEY GENERAL PROSECUTES INSURANCE FRAUD RING

DENVER – Based on a joint investigation with the National Insurance Crime Bureau, the Colorado Attorney General’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit today announced that Chiniece Carter (D.O.B. 11/24/86) pled guilty to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from numerous insurance companies by filing fraudulent claims.

FIVE MEN INDICTED IN OPERATION ‘STEAMROLLER’ THAT TARGETED SENIOR CITIZENS IN HOME REPAIR SCAM

DENVER Colorado Attorney General John Suthers and Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett  today announced the dismantling of an asphalt paving and roofing ring that targeted and scammed Colorado senior citizens. In a 66-count statewide grand jury indictment Rickey Gene Fite (D.O.B.

COLORADO ATTORNEY GENERAL ANNOUNCES FOURTH CIVIL LAWSUIT AGAINST RETAILER SELLING ‘SPICE’ PRODUCTS

DENVER – The Consumer Protection Section of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office today filed a lawsuit against a Colorado Springs convenience store, PoPo Wee Mart, LLC, its owner Jin Ju Kim (DOB 8/25/1957) and her husband Wanhee Lee (DOB 8/16/1957), for selling “spice.” The defendants are accused of selling spice products in packages falsely labeled as “herbal incense,” “botanical sachet,

COLORADO ATTORNEY GENERAL ANNOUNCES CIVIL LAWSUIT AGAINST O’s PIPE AND TOBACCO IN WAKE OF RECENT ‘SPICE’ OUTBREAK

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General Suthers announced today that the Consumer Protection Section of his office filed a civil lawsuit against Orlando Martinez (D.O.B 09/26/43) and his Denver store, O’s Pipes & Tobacco for illegally selling “spice” products that contributed to an illness outbreak.

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