U.S. Supreme Court Remands Kerr v. Hickenlooper to Lower Court
DENVER—The U.S. Supreme Court today vacated the decision by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Kerr v. Hickenlooper, a lawsuit challenging the Colorado Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) under the U.S. Constitution’s Guarantee Clause. The Attorney General defended the case in the trial court and on appeal to the Tenth Circuit.
DENVER—The Colorado Supreme Court this week ruled against a Douglas County Board of Education program that allowed 500 students from the Douglas County School District to use state funds to help pay tuition at participating private schools of their choice.
DENVER—Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman along with twelve other Western states and state agencies filed a lawsuit seeking to vacate U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules defining the “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act.
DENVER—This spring, Colorado has experienced extreme weather, leaving many homeowners with costly damage from water and hail. Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman is reaching out to homeowners to warn them of phony home repair contractor scams.
DENVER—Today, a Wyoming federal judge granted a request by four states— Colorado, North Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming—to prevent new hydraulic fracturing rules issued by the federal Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) from going into effect tomorrow.
DENVER—Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman announced today that her office has sent out checks totaling approximately $450,000 to homeowners who were improperly charged posting and title foreclosure costs by the former foreclosure law firm The Law Office of Michael P. Medved. Homeowners were overcharged by having to pay the law firm’s fees as part of making their mortgage current when they stopped their foreclosure through cure or reinstatement.
DENVER—Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman and Solicitor General Frederick Yarger today accepted the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) “Best Brief Award” at the organization’s 2015 summer conference in San Diego, California. NAAG exists to “create an environment of cooperative leadership” among attorneys general and to “facilitate interaction among (them) as peers.”
DENVER— The Colorado Supreme Court unanimously affirmed the Colorado Court of Appeals’ decision in Coats v. Dish Network, a lawsuit challenging an employer’s decision to terminate an employee for testing positive for marijuana during a random workplace drug screening. The Colorado Attorney General’s office participated in argument and briefing as a friend-of-the-court, explaining the critical importance of workplace drug policies for employers in the State.
Operation Chump Change has netted 273 pounds of brown heroin valued at $40 million
DENVER—Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman, in partnership with the DEA, U.S. Attorney, IRS Criminal Investigation, and law enforcement, today announced the largest and most complex heroin bust in the history of the Rocky Mountain region. Operation Chump Change was launched in 2013 to investigate a heroin trafficking organization and a related money laundering operation based in the Denver metropolitan area.
$120 million will be returned to eligible consumers
DENVER—Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman announced today a $158 million settlement with Verizon and Sprint regarding wireless cramming charges. This agreement resolves allegations that Verizon and Sprint charged wireless customers for unauthorized third-party services. Of the $158 million, approximately $120 million will go directly to consumers who were victims.