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Texas AG joins 19 other states in support of cake artist in same-sex marriage case

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and officials from 19 other states filed a brief with the Supreme Court of the United States supporting a bakery owner who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, according to a friend-of-the-court brief filed in September.

Paxton participates in three amicus brief coalitions this year supporting Trump travel ban

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been part of coalitions three times this year that filed friend of the court briefs in federal courts in support of President Donald Trump's executive order, or proclamation, enforcing a travel plan on some nations.

Texas AG joins coalition supporting Trump’s appointment of temporary CFPB director

AUSTIN – On Nov. 27, Attorney General Ken Paxton joined a coalition of five states led by West Virginia in support of President Trump’s authority to appoint temporary leadership at the nation’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau until a permanent director is nominated and confirmed.

Paxton gives opinion on authority concerning court registry accounts

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in an opinion released Nov. 13 said a

Tax appraisal districts cannot move boundary lines between school districts, Paxton opines

AUSTIN – A tax appraisal district cannot unilaterally move a boundary line between two contiguous Texas school districts, such as a state lawmaker alleges happened in Montgomery County in 2016, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a recently issued opinion.

Texas AG files more suits against businesses accused of price gouging during Harvey

AUSTIN – On Nov. 13, Attorney General Ken Paxton filed more price gouging lawsuits against businesses accused of taking advantage of Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey.

‘Vexatious litigant’ has appeal dismissed in suit against Texas AG

AUSTIN – The 3rd Court of Appeals has dismissed an appeal brought by an individual labeled as a “vexatious litigant” after filing suit against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

5th Circuit Court overturns preliminary injunction against Mississippi religious freedom law

NEW ORLEANS – The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals threw out a preliminary injunction granted to plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union that challenged the state of Mississippi’s Religious Liberty Accommodations Act (HB 1523), according to a statement from the office of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

AG Paxton files amicus brief to protect pregnancy center’s free speech

Austin – Attorney General Ken Paxton has joined a 10-state amicus brief urging a federal appeals court to support a religious organization’s right to freedom to speak about and offer alternatives to abortion.

Paxton files amicus brief on immigration order, says president has 'discretion to protect safety of the American people'

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton is throwing support to the president’s immigration order.

AG Paxton: 5th Circuit’s ruling preserves Texas’ stay of EPA Regional Haze Rule

AUSTIN –On March 23, Attorney General Ken Paxton praised a ruling by the 5th U.S.

Attorney general disagrees with federal ruling of gerrymandering of state congressional maps

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton disagreed with a ruling made by federal judges claiming Republican lawmakers used gerrymandering when redrawing congressional district lines and lessening the voting power of minorities.

States call for an end to EPA 'overreach' in letter

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and other attorneys general have written a letter to the Administrator of the Environment Protection Agency Scott Pruitt calling for an end to the "federal overreach" of the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a press release from Paxton's office.

Paxton, others withdraw federal transgender lawsuit

CHARLESTON — Declaring victory, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Texas counterpart Ken Paxton have withdrew their coalition’s 13-state lawsuit against former President Obama’s transgender directive.

Texas AG joins 14-state coalition seeking repeal of expansion of Endangered Species Act

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton joined a coalition of 14 states in sending a letter to the incoming Trump Administration urging it to immediately repeal two new rules that broadly expand the definition of critical habitat for endangered species promulgated by the U.S.

AG Paxton granted preliminary injunction in new Affordable Care Act rule

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was granted a nationwide preliminary injunction by a federal court this month in a lawsuit to impede the Affordable Care Act’s new federal health rules that would require doctors to provide patient services that conflict with their own medical advice or religious beliefs.

Paxton announces $8.45M settlement with MB2 Dental Solutions

AUSTIN – On Jan. 12 Attorney General Ken Paxton announced a settlement with MB2 Dental Solutions and 21 affiliated pediatric dental practices.

SCOTUS declines review of Texas Hazlewood Act, AG declares victory for veterans and taxpayers

AUSTIN – On Jan. 9 the U.S. Supreme Court’s opted not to review a ruling that upholding Texas’ Hazlewood Act, a decision Attorney General Ken Paxton praised and called a victory for veterans and taxpayers.

Paxton weighs in on lawsuit aiming to overturn state bar diversity laws

&&& AUSTIN – A federal court suit challenging the legality of the state of Texas’ attempts to diversify its State Bar governing board now has the official support of local Attorney General Ken Paxton.

Texas AG throws support behind suit challenging minority quotas at State Bar

AUSTIN – on Dec. 29, Attorney General Ken Paxton filed an amicus brief in a lawsuit challenging a sex and race quota for an open seat on the State Bar of Texas Board. Several weeks earlier, attorney Greg Gegenheimer had sued the State Bar Board of Directors, asserting the defendants are violating the Equal Protection Clause by maintaining a race and sex-based quota scheme.