News & Press Releases 2014

DENVER—In response to today’s Colorado Supreme Court ruling regarding the issuing of same-sex marriage licenses, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers issued the following comment.

“Today, the Colorado Supreme Court restored order to the state’s legal process by making it clear that all clerk and recorders should comply with existing state law. We are pleased that the focus may now return to the important constitutional issues posed by the same-sex marriage cases pending in Colorado and around the country.”

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14 State Attorneys General and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Obtain $92 Million Judgment Permanently Banning Rome Finance from Lending

DENVER—The Colorado Attorney General’s Office joined with 13 state attorneys general and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to secure approximately $92 million total in debt relief from Rome Finance, which also did businesses as Colfax Capital Corporation and Culver Capital, LLC, for approximately 17,000 U.S. service members and other consumers harmed by the company’s predatory lending scheme.

DENVER— The Boulder District Court today ruled that the City of Longmont may not ban hydraulic fracturing and the storage and disposal of hydraulic fracturing waste. In ruling in favor of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, Judge Mallard found that the ban is invalid and stayed her ruling until further order from a higher court. 

DENVER— U.S. District Court Judge Raymond Moore granted a temporary stay of Colorado’s same-sex marriage law until a higher court rules on this issue.

“We are gratified Judge Moore agreed with us that additional litigation in that court would be wasteful given that our laws' status will be decided by the Supreme Court’s decision in the Utah's case. We expect the court of appeals to continue the stay, as it and the supreme courts of the U.S. and Colorado have in similar cases,” said Colorado Attorney General John Suthers.

DENVER— Colorado Attorney General John W. Suthers today announced a settlement of a lawsuit against Apple Inc. related to the company’s participation in a price-fixing conspiracy in the market for e-books. Consumers nationwide will receive $400 million if the district court’s liability holding is ultimately affirmed. If the appellate courts do not affirm, consumers may receive substantially less (or no compensation) from Apple. The settlement is subject to approval by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today announced the filing of civil law enforcement actions against the two largest foreclosure law firms in Colorado.  In separate filings, the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Section charged The Castle Law Group, its principals and affiliated foreclosure-related businesses, as well as Aronowitz & Mecklenburg, its principals and affiliated foreclosure-related businesses with violating the Colorado Consumer Protection Act, the Colorado Antitrust Act, and the Colorado Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

DENVER— In recognition of National Military Consumer Protection Day July 16, the Consumer Protection Section of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office unveiled its list of the top military consumer complaints gathered during the second quarter of 2014. Unfortunately, service members are an attractive target for scam artists because they face a number of demands on their time and resources, including deployments. Since March 1, 2014, the Consumer Protection Section received 156 reports of fraud from consumers who voluntarily selected their military affiliation.

DENVER— The Colorado Attorney General’s Office is taking additional steps today to try to reach an expedited final resolution of the legal challenges to our state marriage laws while also bringing a measure of certainty and consistency throughout Colorado while that process reaches its conclusion. First, the State has appealed the decision of the Adams County District Court, which declared Colorado’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, directly to the state Supreme Court rather than to the Colorado Court of Appeals. 

DENVER—Today Boulder County District Court Judge Andrew Hartman denied the state’s motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall for issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The essence of Judge Hartman’s order is that even if the licenses are invalid, the state of Colorado suffers no irreparable harm from their issuance. Yesterday, Adams County Judge C.

DENVER—In a summary judgment order issued today in Adams County District Court, Judge C. Scott Crabtree found Colorado’s Constitutional ban on same-sex marriage violates the United States Constitution. However, like the 10th Circuit Court, the judge also stayed his ruling pending appeal finding that “a stay is necessary to avoid the instability and uncertainty which would result in the state of Colorado if the Court did not stay its ruling and for the orderly administration of justice.”

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