Notice of Rulemaking Hearing
A rulemaking hearing will be held on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at 2 PM, via Zoom. The purpose of the hearing is to aid in the efficient and fair administration of the investigative healing process for matters involving the Colorado Consumer Protection Act and Colorado Antitrust Act. View the Rulemaking Notice with the Zoom link to join. You may also view a copy of the Proposed Rules and Statement of Basis and Purpose, which is available on the Secretary of State’s website. The Attorney General completed a cost-benefit analysis. A copy can be found here.
The Colorado Attorney General is dedicated to protecting Colorado consumers and businesses by upholding Colorado and Federal laws designed to maintain a fair and competitive business environment while protecting consumers from being targets of fraud. Whether combating scammers attempting to concoct elaborate investment schemes, bait-and-switch advertising, unscrupulous lenders, or fraud on older Coloradans, Consumer Protection Section is devoted to keeping Coloradans safe.
Consumer Fraud Unit
The primary responsibility for the Consumer Fraud Unit is consumer complaint intake, investigation, and prosecution of violations of the Colorado Consumer Protection Act and the Charitable Solicitations Act. This Unit also handles much of the Section’s consumer education and outreach efforts.
The Colorado Legislature has called on us to investigate the rising price of prescription insulin drugs. We are also charged with making recommendations about how to improve the affordability and accessibility of this life-saving drug. Click here to complete a survey and share your experiences.
The Consumer Credit Unit regulates (through licensure/registration programs) companies and individuals involved in consumer lending, debt collection, and debt management. The Unit regulates supervised lenders, credit sellers, credit counseling and debt settlement companies, and collection agencies.
Consumer Credit Enforcement Unit
The Consumer Credit Enforcement Unit investigates and prosecutes violations of Colorado laws that provide protections for consumers in dealings with consumer lenders, finance companies, retail credit sellers, debt settlement companies, credit counseling agencies, and debt collectors. The Unit also investigates and prosecutes lenders who attempt to evade Colorado laws that cap consumer loan interest rates and fees.
This Unit enforces state and federal antitrust statutes to protect Colorado consumers from price-fixing, bid-rigging and attempts to reduce competition in Colorado that could result in higher prices for goods and services imposed on Colorado consumers.
Office of the Utility Consumer Advocate Unit
This Unit represents the State’s public advocate who represents residential, small business, and agricultural utility ratepayers before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. The Unit examines all applications made by utilities that could impose increased rates on consumers to determine if they are reasonable and fair.
The Opioid Unit supports the broad efforts of the Department of Law to address the opioid epidemic and its devastating impact on the state. The Opioid Unit works to hold accountable those who created and fueled this opioid crisis. The Opioid Unit is actively investigating and suing unscrupulous opioid manufacturers, distributors, and retailers that employ deceptive marketing and other irresponsible practices to fuel the opioid epidemic. These investigations and lawsuits seek to stop irresponsible marketing, prescribing, and use of opioids and seek monetary damages that can be used to support urgently needed drug treatment and recovery pathways that will be accessible to impacted Coloradans.