DENVER— Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman announced today that Colorado and 46 other states, the District of Columbia, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have reached a $136 million settlement with Chase Bank USA N.A. and Chase Bankcard Services Inc. (“Chase”). The settlement resolves allegations that, between 2009 and 2013, Chase employed unlawful debt collection practices, including the “robo-signing” of affidavits, to collect approximately $4.5 billion in defaulted credit card debt.
DENVER— A popular telephone scam targeting older citizens has taken a threatening new twist. The grandparent scam is often perpetrated when an older adult is called by someone pretending to be a grandchild or relative. The caller may claim they were arrested in a foreign country for drunk driving or were involved in a car accident. They ask the potential victim to send money so they can return home safely and not to tell anyone so they don’t get into more trouble.
DENVER—The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit rejected Apple Inc.’s challenge to the ruling in State of Texas, et al. v. Penguin Group (USA) Inc., et. al. The appellate court affirmed the lower court’s finding that Apple conspired with several publishers to set prices on eBooks, an agreement that raised prices for consumers.
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 United States Supreme Court today rejected a legal challenge to Oklahoma’s capital punishment method in Glossip v. Gross, a lawsuit seeking to ban the use of Midazolam as the preliminary drug in the three-drug lethal injection protocol. The Colorado Attorney General’s office joined 13 other state attorneys general in an amicus brief supporting Oklahoma. The Alabama Attorney General’s office authored the brief; other states signing on to the brief included Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.
DENVER—The Colorado Supreme Court today 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.
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