News & Press Releases 2014

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®.

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.

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.

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,

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.

DENVER —Senate Bill14-176, the Crimes Related to Motor Vehicles bill has passed the General Assembly and now awaits signature by the governor. If enacted, Colorado will join the company of fourteen other states and the federal government that have “chop shop” statutes. The FBI reports that in 2008, more than $6.4 billion was lost nationwide due to motor vehicle theft with an average loss per stolen vehicle totaling $6,751.

DENVER—The Colorado District Attorneys’ Council (CDAC) and the Colorado Attorney General’s Office today announced the formation of the Colorado Best Practices Committee. The committee will function as a think tank for prosecutors to stay informed of key issues, developing legal trends and technology advances. Through its formation, the committee will support state prosecutors’ mission of being leaders in thoughtful and effective legal practices that the public can trust.

DENVER—Colorado consumers will start receiving approximately $3.7 million in account credits or checks this week to settle an e-book antitrust lawsuit brought by the Colorado Attorney General’s Office and attorneys general of 32 other states.

MEXICO CITY—Beginning today, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers will attend a series of meetings with Mexican state and federal officials to share best practices regarding technology, information sharing and prosecution coordination. The annual meetings are organized by the Conference of Western Attorneys General and Colorado joins a delegation of that includes a bi-partisan delegation of attorneys general from California, Florida, Nevada and New Mexico.

DENVER – The Colorado Court of Appeals today issued an opinion finding that Colorado Amendment 64, which decriminalized possession of one ounce or less of marijuana for personal use, applies retroactively to defendants whose convictions under those provisions were subject to appeal or post-conviction motion on the effective date of the amendment.  The defendant in the case in question received probation for possession of methamphetamine, marijuana concentrate and less than an ounce of marijuana.

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