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Delta County tries to finesse the Public Information Act

By David Yates | Sep 5, 2018

Our state’s Public Information Act wouldn’t be worth much if governmental bodies did not suffer any consequences for purposely ignoring valid information requests from the public or were not penalized for intentionally providing inadequate responses.

Texas AG finds county violated state law in request for opioid lawyers' billing records

By Dan Fisher | Aug 31, 2018

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has found that a Texas County has violated state law by refusing to comply with a request for the billing records of private attorneys the county hired to sue opioid manufacturers and distributors

Contingency-fee contracts for opioid suits could be invalidated

By The Record | Aug 29, 2018

In response to revelations during our state’s tobacco litigation in the 1990s about the excessive contingency fees awarded and the political payoffs that accompanied them, and the subsequent conviction and imprisonment of former Texas Attorney General Dan Morales for illegally attempting to divert $500 million in fees to a friend, Texas legislators overhauled the rules applying to government agencies hiring outside lawyers.

Paxton opinion: Special assessments related to PACE Act treated similar to real estate taxes

By Dawn Geske | Aug 29, 2018

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton has stated that contractual assessments related to an act regarding property improvements to decrease water demand and consumption are treated similar to real estate taxes.

TEXAS OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: AG Paxton Wins Multistate Obamacare Tax Lawsuit, Recoups Over $839 Million, Including Nearly $305 Million for Texas Taxpayers

By Press release submission | Aug 24, 2018

Attorney General Ken Paxton commended a U.S. District Court decision ordering the Internal Revenue Service to repay Texas and five other states more than $839 million because of an unlawful Obamacare tax on state Medicaid programs. Of that total amount, Texas stands to be repaid $304,730,608.

TEXAS OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: AG Paxton Leads 12-State Coalition in Brief Supporting First Amendment in Public Policy Debates

By Press release submission | Aug 15, 2018

Leading a 12-state coalition, Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a friend-of-the-court brief in defense of the First Amendment.

TEXAS OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: AG Paxton Recovers $110 Million for Texas in Medicaid Fraud Settlements

By Press release submission | Aug 11, 2018

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca agreed to pay $110 million to the state of Texas to settle lawsuits alleging that the company falsely and misleadingly marketed two of its drugs in violation of the Texas Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act.

TEXAS OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: AG Paxton Continues Pressing for DACA Phase Out in U.S. District Court

By Press release submission | Aug 11, 2018

Leading a 10-state coalition, Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a response brief in U.S. District Court in advance of Wednesday’s hearing where the states seek to end the unlawful Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Among other points, the brief corrects misrepresentations made in a business coalition’s brief opposing the lawsuit.

Texas AG: We're suing to repeal DACA because no president should have that much power

By Attorney General Ken Paxton | Aug 9, 2018

Obama acted outside his constitutionally provided powers when he created DACA. We are suing to end DACA and send it to Congress where it belongs.

Paxton recovers $110M for Texas in Medicaid fraud settlements

By David Yates | Aug 8, 2018

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Aug. 7 that pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca agreed to pay $110 million to the state of Texas to settle lawsuits alleging that the company falsely and misleadingly marketed two of its drugs in violation of the Texas Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act.

TEXAS OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: AG Paxton Commends Department of Labor for Heeding His Request to Rescind the Unlawful Obama-Era Persuader Rule

By Press release submission | Jul 21, 2018

Attorney General Paxton today commended the U.S. Department of Labor after it rescinded the Obama-era Persuader Rule, which violated the federal Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act.

TEXAS OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: AG Paxton Defends Constitutionality of Texas Law on the Humane Disposition of Fetal Remains

By Press release submission | Jul 18, 2018

Attorney General Ken Paxton said he’s confident that by the end of an expected weeklong trial that began in U.S. District Court today, lawyers from his office will firmly establish the constitutionality of a Texas law that provides new rules on the humane disposition of fetal remains.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton reports $7.2 Million cash on hand

By David Yates | Jul 18, 2018

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton maintains a formidable balance in his campaign finance account of $7,238,791 based on his mid-year campaign finance report.

Texas AG commends Department of Labor for heeding request to rescind Obama-Era Persuader Rule

By David Yates | Jul 18, 2018

AUSTIN – On July 17, Attorney General Paxton commended the U.S. Department of Labor after it rescinded the Obama-era Persuader Rule, which violated the federal Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act.

TEXAS OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: AG Paxton Leads 14-State Brief Challenging Constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

By Press release submission | Jul 15, 2018

Leading a coalition of 14 states, Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, challenging the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

TEXAS OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: AG Paxton Releases Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

By Press release submission | Jul 15, 2018

Attorney General Ken Paxton released the following statement regarding President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court: “Brett Kavanaugh is an extraordinarily well-qualified Supreme Court nominee, in the mold of Justice Gorsuch, President Trump’s superb first pick for the high court.

AG Paxton leads 11-state coalition in brief to prevent Texas from becoming a sanctuary state for abortions

By Press release submission | Jul 10, 2018

Leading an 11-state coalition, Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit defending the federal government’s refusal to facilitate abortions for unlawfully-present minor aliens who were apprehended while attempting to enter the country.

AG Paxton’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Collaborates on Multi-Agency Arrests of 12 Individuals in Houston-Area Health Care Fraud Takedown

By Press release submission | Jul 7, 2018

Attorney General Ken Paxton commended the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of his office for its role in the arrests of 12 Houston-area individuals as part of the largest health care fraud enforcement action in American history.

Texas Supreme Court affirms Laredo's bag-ban is illegal

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 5, 2018

AUSTIN –The Texas Supreme Court upheld the 4th Court of Appeals decision that a city cannot impose an ordinance banning single-use plastic or paper bags by merchants, a ruling that could end the statewide single-use bag bans.

U.S. Supreme Court decision upholds Texas' district maps

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 2, 2018

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court recently released a court opinion to uphold the majority of Texas’ House and Congressional district maps, ending the years-long debate over whether Texas’ legislatures intentionally drew districts to discriminate against minorities.

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