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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.

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).

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