Texas Office of the Attorney General News

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AUSTIN – On July 17, Attorney General Paxton commended the U.S. Department of Labor after it rescinded the Obama-era Persuader Rule, which violated the federal Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act.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

TEXAS OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: AG Paxton’s Office, FTC Team Up to Stop Scams Against Small Businesses

By Press release submission | Jun 22, 2018

Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that the Consumer Protection Division of his office took legal action against three companies, including a Houston-based labor poster operation, as a part of the Federal Trade Commission’s law enforcement sweep targeting scam artists who attempt to defraud small businesses.

Paxton has de Blasio’s number

By The Record | Jun 19, 2018

Randy Newman’s song became a kind of anthem for survivors of Katrina, but it actually was inspired by the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, which occurred after months of heavy rain made Old Man River rise to record heights and breach multiple levees.

Texas AG reaches $15.2 million in settlements with fraudulent Medicaid providers

By David Yates | May 30, 2018

AUSTIN – On May 30, Attorney General Ken Paxton announced $15.2 million in combined Medicaid fraud settlements with a group of Dallas-Fort Worth area Medicaid rehabilitation therapy providers.

Texas AG leads 10-state brief supporting legislative immunity in Arkansas Supreme Court case

By David Yates | May 30, 2018

AUSTIN – On May 30, Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a 10-state friend-of-the-court brief supporting Arkansas in its legal fight to preserve the venerable principle of legislative immunity that first appeared in the English Bill of Rights of 1689 and was incorporated into the Constitution at the founding to ensure that legislators can do their jobs without fear of retribution.

Texas AG aims opioid lawsuit at Purdue Pharma

By David Yates | May 15, 2018

AUSTIN – During a May 15 press conference, Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that his office has filed a consumer protection lawsuit against Purdue Pharma over the marketing and selling of opioids, including OxyContin.

Texas, six other states file suit alleging DACA program is unconstitutional

By Justin Stoltzfus | May 14, 2018

BROWNSVILLE – A lawsuit brought by Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina and West Virginia against federal officials and agencies alleges that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program is not based on firm constitutional ground.

Texas opioid lawsuit on its way

By David Yates | May 11, 2018

AUSTIN – The state of Texas will initiate opioid litigation before May 18, according a letter sent to the Texas MDL panel.

Attorney general says Abbott can call special election to fill Farenthold's seat

By Tomas Kassahun | May 2, 2018

AUSTIN – In a response written to Gov. Greg Abbott on April 23, Attorney General Ken Paxton said the governor may have authority to suspend state election laws and call an expedited special election to fill the vacancy in Congressional District 27, which occurred due to former-U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold's resignation.

Paxton, DOJ defend Texas’ redistricting maps at the U.S. Supreme Court

By David Yates | Apr 24, 2018

AUSTIN – On April 24, Attorney General Ken Paxton commended Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller and a top lawyer for the U.S. Department of Justice after they presented powerful oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in defense of Texas’ redistricting maps.

As Boulder sues, 15 states - including Colorado - oppose global warming lawsuits

By John O'Brien | Apr 21, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – Two days after local officials in the Boulder, Colo., area filed a lawsuit that attempts to hold large energy companies liable for the alleged effects of global warming, the state’s top lawyer showed that she disagrees with their legal argument by voicing her opposition to similar lawsuits in California.

Court orders White Deer ISD to refund property taxes to individual

By Robert Davis | Apr 18, 2018

AUSTIN – On April 11, Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that a final judgment from the 100th District Court of Carson County affirmed a summary judgment against White Deer Independent School District for violating Texas Senate Bill 1 by refusing to offer property owners tax relief granted by the Legislature in 2015.

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