Texas Office of the Attorney General News

TEXAS OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: AG Pax­ton: HHS Pro­pos­es Rule that Would Pro­tect Health­care Con­science Rights, and Undo Unlaw­ful Oba­macare Rule that Texas Suc­cess­ful­ly Challenged

By Press release submission | May 28, 2019

Trump administration opened the public comment period on its potential repeal of an unlawful Obama-era health care regulation that redefined sex discrimination to include gender identity and abortion.

Free the lawyers!

By The Record | Apr 30, 2019

Early this month, several Texas attorneys filed suit against the State Bar Board of Directors, arguing that being obliged to pay dues to the bar violates their First Amendment rights. State Attorney General Ken Paxton has since filed a brief in support of that suit.

TEXAS OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: AG Pax­ton Com­mends Gov­er­nor Abbott’s Appoint­ment of Assis­tant Texas Solic­i­tor Gen­er­al Kristofer Mon­son to Chief Admin­is­tra­tive Law Judge

By Press release submission | Mar 25, 2019

Attorney General Ken Paxton applauded Governor Greg Abbott’s appointment of current Texas Assistant Solicitor General Kristofer Monson to Chief Administrative Law Judge for the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH). The Chief Administrative Law Judge oversees SOAH, which is a forum for the conduct of adjudicative hearings in the executive branch of state government.

TEXAS OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: AG Pax­ton Applauds Pres­i­dent Trump’s Nom­i­na­tion of Texas Deputy First Assis­tant Attor­ney Gen­er­al Brant­ley Starr to a U.S. Dis­trict Court in Dallas

By Press release submission | Mar 11, 2019

Attorney General Ken Paxton today commended President Trump’s nomination of current Texas Deputy First Assistant Attorney General Brantley Starr to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas in Dallas.

TEXAS OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: AG Pax­ton Announces Start of Wells Far­go Con­sumer Redress Review Program

By Press release submission | Mar 5, 2019

Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced the start of Wells Fargo’s consumer redress review program, which is a key requirement of the bank’s recent $575 million settlement with Texas, 49 other states and the District of Columbia over violations of consumer protection laws.

TEXAS OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: AG Pax­ton Recov­ers Record $236 Mil­lion for Texas in Med­ic­aid Fraud Settlement

By Press release submission | Feb 25, 2019

Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that Xerox Corporation and several of its former subsidiaries – including Conduent, Inc. – agreed to a $235.9 million settlement.

TEXAS OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: AG Pax­ton Announces $120 Mil­lion Set­tle­ment with John­son & John­son for False­ly Mar­ket­ing Hip Replace­ment Devices

By Press release submission | Jan 28, 2019

Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that Texas will receive $8.5 million as part of a $120 million multistate settlement with Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopaedics unit resolving alleged unfair and deceptive marketing of two hip replacement devices.

Texas AG announces $575M settlement with Wells Fargo

By David Yates | Dec 31, 2018

AUSTIN– On Dec. 28, Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that Wells Fargo Bank N.A. will pay $575 million to resolve claims that the bank violated consumer protection laws in Texas, 49 other states and the District of Columbia through alleged unfair and deceptive trade practices.

Recreational vehicle park guests could be tenants for eviction purposes, Paxton says

By Gabriel Neves | Dec 4, 2018

AUSTIN – An agreement between an RV park and a guest staying at the park's premises may establish a landlord-tenant relationship, Attorney General Ken Paxton says.

TEXAS OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Divi­sion Attor­neys Receive Ris­ing Star Award for Obtain­ing $25 Mil­lion in Ille­gal Debt Col­lec­tion Lawsuit

By Press release submission | Oct 31, 2018

The Texas Attorney General’s Office today announced that Consumer Protection Division Assistant Attorneys General Rick Berlin and Stephanie Eberhardt received the prestigious Rising Star award from the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC).

Titus County sues Texas AG following opinion ordering opioid time and expense records released

By David Yates | Oct 18, 2018

AUSTIN – For the past year, numerous Texas counties pursuing opioid litigation against pharmaceutical giants have been subject to open records requests. The requests have sought a wide-range of information, including attorney solicitation emails, contract details with outside counsel and, in some cases, even time and expense records.

Facing complaints of excessive fees, Texas counties release billing records of their opioid lawyers for free

By Daniel Fisher | Oct 10, 2018

Texas counties that demanded tens of thousands of dollars to provide billing records from outside attorneys representing them in opioid lawsuits have mostly agreed to hand them over for free

Paxton addresses legal disclosure obligations in question sent by Tarrant County attorney

By Mary Ann Magnell | Oct 1, 2018

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton responded on Sept. 24 to a request by Tarrant County’s Criminal District Attorney Sharen Wilson to clarify the legal disclosure obligations of her office under article 39.14 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

Texas AG reaches $148M settlement with Uber for data breach

By David Yates | Sep 27, 2018

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton and his counterparts from 49 other states and the District of Columbia on Sept. 26 announced a $148 million settlement with California-based ride-sharing company Uber Technologies, Inc. over its one-year delay in reporting a data breach regarding Uber drivers.

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.

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