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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers issued the following statement regarding today’s decision by the Colorado Supreme Court in the case Barber v. Ritter:

“I am pleased that the Court has agreed with the State’s position that the Legislature has the authority to move tax dollars among different funds within the state budget to deal with fiscal concerns. I greatly appreciate the hard work of the individuals in my office who successfully articulated the State’s position in this case.”

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