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Judge Grants Receiver, Injunction For Colorado Humane Society

DENVER -- Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today announced that his office has secured a court order that will give a receiver solitary control of the Colorado Humane Society and its assets, including all its sheltered animals. The motion, which was filed in Arapahoe County Court this morning, immediately removes Mary C. Warren, Robert Warren, and Stephenie L. Gardner from their management roles with CHS, and bars them from any control of its assets.   

Attorney General Announces $12 Million Settlement With Mattel Over Lead Paint In Toys

DENVER -- Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today announced a 42 state, $12 million settlement with Mattel, Inc. and its subsidiary, Fisher-Price, Inc., resolving a 16-month investigation into a voluntary recall of the company’s toys for excessive lead paint during 2007. The agreement, filed today in Denver District Court, requires Mattel to pay $12 million to the States by January 30, 2009, $228,800 of which will be paid to the State of Colorado.

Attorney General Files Suit Against Colorado Humane Society

DENVER -- Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today announced that his office has filed a civil lawsuit against Colorado Humane Society & S.P.C.A., Inc., and its principals for alleged violations of Colorado law. As part of the lawsuit, Attorney General Suthers has requested the appointment of a custodian to take over management of the charity in an effort to preserve the long-term viability of the organization.

Attorney General Suthers Shuts Down Charity Targeting Holiday Donors

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today announced that his office has shut down a Lakewood-based charity, Family Relief Fund, which used donations earmarked for veterans and the elderly for personal expenses, including the solicitors’ rent payments.

Attorney General Argues Case To U.S. Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today argued before the United States Supreme Court on behalf of the State of Colorado in the case Kansas v. Colorado. The argument marked the first time a sitting Attorney General from Colorado has argued in front of the nation’s highest court since Gale Norton defended Colorado’s ballot initiative process in Buckley v. American Constitutional Law Foundation in October of 1998.

Career Criminal Convicted In Four-Corners Crime Ring

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today announced that Jaydee Russell, (DOB 8/14/67) of Bloomfield, New Mexico, has been convicted on four felony counts for his role in a crime ring which stole automobiles and heavy equipment in the Four Corners area during 2004 and 2005. More than twenty motor vehicles, valued at in excess of $300,000, were taken from both Colorado and New Mexico, and then traded for methamphetamine imported from Mexico.

Attorney General Announces Mortgage Fraud Cases

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today announced numerous actions his office has taken to crackdown on deceptive mortgage brokers and foreclosure rescue firms. These actions are part of the Attorney General’s ongoing effort to help protect Colorado borrowers from deceptive lending practices and to shield borrowers facing foreclosure from fraudulent activity. 

Suthers Welcomes Mexican Investigators

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today welcomed nine investigators from Baja, Mexico to Colorado for a four-day training seminar, sponsored by USAID through the Conference of Western Attorneys General.

Attorney General Suthers Announces Settlement With American Engine Installations

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today announced that settlements have been reached with Dallas-based American Engine Installations and its Colorado franchises in Commerce City (located at 4850 Olive Street) and Colorado Springs (3455 Astrozon Court). The Attorney General filed a Consumer Protection Act lawsuit against AEI in June of last year, alleging that AEI and its franchises low-balled engine repair estimates, only to raise the estimate an average of 60 percent after consumers had paid an $800 deposit and after their cars were dismantled.

Attorney General’s Office Releases Annual Lending Data

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John W. Suthers today issued several reports on the state’s high-cost consumer lending activity in 2007. The reports include only lenders supervised by the Attorney General’s Office, and do not include data on most mortgages. They show the effect of payment plan requirements for some payday loans, continued high levels of high-interest payday and small installment lending, debt dependency, and significant decreases in mortgage-related credit.

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