2012 Annual Report
ATTORNEY GENERAL JOHN W. SUTHERS
To my fellow Coloradans,
It is a great privilege to serve as your Attorney General. Since becoming Colorado’s 37th Attorney
General, I have had the honor of working with hundreds of dedicated public servants at the
Colorado Department of Law.
The 2012 Annual Report of the Colorado Department of Law is only a snapshot of the work we
do on behalf of the people of Colorado and our clients throughout state government. From protecting
Colorado’s water, to defending the state against frivolous lawsuits, the work of the Department
of Law’s affects Coloradans throughout the state.
Here are a just few of the Department of Law’s accomplishments from 2012:
- We announced that 100 % of the $51.17 million in mortgage foreclosure prevention efforts
were distributed and that approximately 3,700 Colorado homeowners have benefitted.
- The Colorado Natural Resource Damages Trustees awarded $10,150,000 in funding for
11 conservation projects in the vicinity of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife
Refuge. The projects encompass more than 800 acres comprising the Rocky Mountain
Greenway Project and are expected to leverage another $31 million in additional
funding to build a regional, integrated greenway and open space network.
- Our work with our Mexican peers to seek justice and improve public safety was deepened
as we welcomed Mexico Ambassador Arutro Sarukhán to Colorado.
- My office announced several settlements with pharmaceutical companies for improperly
marketing drugs. Chief among them was a $4.5 million settlement with GlaxoSmithKline
and was the largest health care fraud settlement in history.
- We arrested twelve individuals, including the “Johns” and self-reported members of the
Crips gang and accused them of running a domestic, human-trafficking operation involving
- We reached an antitrust settlement with three U.S. publishing companies, Hachette,
HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster over allegations they were price-fixing E-Book.
- We indicted a medical marijuana dispensary and its owners for selling out its back door
and distributing medical marijuana to other states in a distribution ring that violates
the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act.
We will continue to provide ethical representation and legal advice of the highest caliber to our
client agencies and service of the highest quality to the people of Colorado.
JOHN W. SUTHERS