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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.

Paxton files brief with U.S. Supreme Court in support of travel ban

By Angela Underwood | Apr 10, 2018

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed a friend-of-the-court brief signed by other state attorneys general with the U.S. Supreme Court in regards to President Donald Trump's travel ban.

Paxton files brief with appeals court over Austin's short-term rental policy

By Robert Davis | Apr 4, 2018

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed an appellant brief regarding a decision from the 53rd Judicial District Court in Travis County that denied a motion for summary judgment and excluded parts of the state's summary judgment evidence in a case against an Austin city ordinance that phases out short-term rental permits by 2022.

Paxton challenges ruling over redistricting in U.S. Supreme Court

By Elizabeth Alt | Mar 29, 2018

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is challenging a U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas ruling that declared Texas district maps were drawn with the intent to discriminate against minorities.

Records show all-out, unsolicited attorney scramble to sign up Texas counties for opioid litigation

By David Yates | Mar 29, 2018

BEAUMONT – A new lawyer feeding frenzy has swept through Texas – a rush to push counties onboard the opioid litigation train before the state can pull into the station.

Attorney General says constables can also serve as weight-enforcement officers

By Kristin Emery | Mar 28, 2018

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on March 21 weighed in on the issue of whether elected constables and deputy constables may also serve as weight-enforcement officers.

The right to protect ourselves against tyrants

By David Yates | Mar 27, 2018

It's hard to tell sometimes if proponents of gun control are purposely being disingenuous in their arguments or just have zero understanding of the Second Amendment.

Texas ‘anticipates’ suing opioid manufactures, AG Office keeping quiet on which law firms will represent state

By David Yates | Mar 20, 2018

AUSTIN – The Lone Star State may soon join the dozens of Texas counties that have already filed suit against the makers of opioids, as an open records request revealed the state has indeed received “suggested case theories” from “prospective co-counsels” and “anticipates” litigation.

Appeals court rules against Waller County in open carry lawsuit, Texas AG praises decision

By David Yates | Mar 16, 2018

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton is applauding the First Court of Appeals for finding Waller County lacks jurisdiction to sue a private citizen who complained that the county was unlawfully banning firearms from its government building.

Texas AG praises 5th Circuit ruling to uphold state’s sanctuary cities law

By David Yates | Mar 14, 2018

AUSTIN – On March 13, Attorney General Ken Paxton praised a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit upholding all but application of one word of Senate Bill 4, a measure that bans sanctuary cities in Texas.

Paxton sends letters to school districts accused of unlawful electioneering

By Michael McGrady | Feb 28, 2018

AUSTIN – The Office of Attorney General Ken Paxton recently sent cease and desist letters three school districts ordering them to end what the office claims is unlawful electioneering on the dime of taxpayer funds.

Paxton clarifies longevity pay concern regarding employees with state-supplemented salaries

By Angela Underwood | Feb 22, 2018

AUSTIN – If a county policy does not reduce a county judge's salary because the judge receives pay funded by the state, that county may deny the judge longevity pay, according to Attorney General Ken Paxton.

Paxton: City resources can be used by chamber of commerce free of charge if council agrees

By Angela Underwood | Feb 20, 2018

AUSTIN – Government property and resources can be used for commerce events if the city council approves, according to the attorney general.

Texas dispatches letters to three school districts to halt 'unlawful electioneering'

By David Yates | Feb 14, 2018

AUSTIN – On Feb. 14, Attorney General Ken Paxton tdispatched cease and desist letters to Brazosport, Holliday and Lewisville Independent School Districts regarding violations of the Texas Education Code for unlawful electioneering.

Texas AG joins coalition urging Congress to end secret sexual harassment settlements

By David Yates | Feb 13, 2018

AUSTIN – On Feb. 12, Attorney General Ken Paxton joined a bipartisan coalition of 56 states and territories urging Congress to end secret, forced arbitration in cases of workplace sexual harassment.

Paxton says he'll keep defending Texas law on the humane disposition of fetal remains

By David Yates | Jan 29, 2018

AUSTIN – On Jan. 29, Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that his office will continue fighting to honor the dignity of the unborn after a U.S. District Court issued a temporary restraining order blocking implementation of Texas’ new law on the humane disposition of fetal remains.

Texas AG praises Trump nomination of Deputy Solicitor General Campbell Barker to federal court in Tyler

By David Yates | Jan 23, 2018

AUSTIN – On Jan. 23, Attorney General Ken Paxton praised President Donald Trump’s nomination of Deputy Solicitor General J. Campbell Barker to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

Prosecutorial Collusion in the Fourth Estate: Anatomy of a Witch Hunt, Part 4

By Mark Pulliam | Jan 23, 2018

Mark Pulliam analyzes the baseless and politically-motivated prosecution of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, exploring the disturbing collusion between the news media and the special prosecutors.

Paxton part of coalition asking Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reduce utility rates

By Sara McCleary | Jan 16, 2018

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is taking part in a bipartisan coalition aimed at reducing consumers’ utility rates as a result of recent tax reforms.

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