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Tax appraisal districts cannot move boundary lines between school districts, Paxton opines

By Karen Kidd | Nov 17, 2017

AUSTIN – A tax appraisal district cannot unilaterally move a boundary line between two contiguous Texas school districts, such as a state lawmaker alleges happened in Montgomery County in 2016, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a recently issued opinion.

Paxton's amicus brief in illegal immigrant's abortion battle doesn't change outcome of case

By David Hutton | Nov 17, 2017

AUSTIN – In an effort to prevent Texas from becoming a sanctuary state for illegal immigrants seeking abortions, Attorney General Ken Paxton headed an eight-state coalition to head off abortion on demand for aliens who are in the United States illegally without success.

Texas AG files more suits against businesses accused of price gouging during Harvey

By David Yates | Nov 14, 2017

AUSTIN – On Nov. 13, Attorney General Ken Paxton filed more price gouging lawsuits against businesses accused of taking advantage of Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Texas AG praises Trump and Congress for rescinding ‘unconstitutional’ Arbitration Rule

By David Yates | Nov 7, 2017

AUSTIN – Attorney General Paxton praised President Trump for signing into law a joint resolution passed by the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives that rescinds the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s “unconstitutional” Arbitration Rule.

FTC honors Consumer Protection Division with Partner Award

By Angela Underwood | Oct 30, 2017

AUSTIN – A federal organization has recognized the Texas Attorney General Consumer Protection Division with an award for its efforts to combat fraud and deception.

Texas AG files suit over ‘unlawful and discriminatory’ federal child placement law

By David Yates | Oct 26, 2017

AUSTIN – On Oct. 26, Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court alongside a Texas foster family challenging the Indian Child Welfare Act, which Congress created in 1978.

Paxton joins bipartisan coalition seeking to preserve states’ oversight of student loan industry

By David Yates | Oct 24, 2017

AUSTIN – Joining a bipartisan coalition of 25 states, Attorney General Ken Paxton on Oct. 24 called on U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to reject a campaign by student loan servicers and debt collectors to dismantle state oversight of the student loan industry.

Texas AG leads 10-state coalition supporting Trump’s latest immigration order

By David Yates | Oct 24, 2017

AUSTIN – Leading a coalition of 10 states, on Oct. 24 Attorney General Ken Paxton filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit supporting the Trump administration’s motion for a stay of a ruling blocking the latest travel ban.

Texas AG reaches $120M settlement with GM over defective ignition switch

By David Yates | Oct 19, 2017

AUSTIN – On Oct. 19, Attorney General Ken Paxton announced a $120 million multi-state settlement with General Motors Company over allegations GM concealed safety issues related to ignition-switch-related defects in GM vehicles.

Texas AG files brief in 5th Circuit defending state’s voter ID law

By David Yates | Oct 18, 2017

AUSTIN – On Oct. 17, Attorney General Ken Paxton detailed his support of Texas’ voter ID law in a brief filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit ahead of a hearing scheduled for the week of Dec. 4 in New Orleans.

Paxton files amicus brief in case regarding unaccompanied minor's request for abortion

By Dee Thompson | Oct 18, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO – A pregnant 17-year-old unaccompanied immigrant known only as Jane Doe has been added to a case pending in the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California that seeks to preserve her right to have an abortion in Texas.

‘Vexatious litigant’ has appeal dismissed in suit against Texas AG

By David Yates | Oct 16, 2017

AUSTIN – The 3rd Court of Appeals has dismissed an appeal brought by an individual labeled as a “vexatious litigant” after filing suit against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

School districts barred from operating buses in another without agreement, says Paxton

By John Breslin | Oct 16, 2017

AUSTIN – A school district cannot operate a bus in another unless there is an agreement between the two, Attorney General Ken Paxton has stated in an Oct. 3 opinion.

Texas AG applauds Trump repeal of ‘unlawful’ Clean Power Plan

By David Yates | Oct 11, 2017

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton is praising the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to repeal the unlawful Obama-era Clean Power Plan, a “job-killing regulation” that Texas, West Virginia and 22 other states successfully challenged all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Attorney general says law enforcement officers can receive naloxone prescriptions

By Dee Thompson | Oct 11, 2017

AUSTIN – On Oct. 4, Attorney General Ken Paxton released an opinion stating that under the Texas Health and Safety code law enforcement officers are authorized to receive prescriptions of naloxone to individuals who have overdosed on opioids.

Texas AG: Beware of buying flood-damaged vehicles in aftermath of Harvey

By David Yates | Sep 27, 2017

AUSTIN – On Sept. 27, Attorney General Ken Paxton advised any Texan considering a used car purchase to be wary of vehicles for sale that might have suffered flood damage from Hurricane Harvey.

Paxton dismisses lawsuit against U.S. government that challenged DACA

By Kacie Whaley | Sep 27, 2017

AUSTIN – As a response to the Trump Administration phasing out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allowed some individuals who came to the U.S. as undocumented minors to remain in the country, Attorney General Ken Paxton on Sept. 5 dismissed a lawsuit that the state of Texas filed against the U.S., according to a press release.

Lone Star Chamber

By Mark Pulliam | Sep 27, 2017

Texas’s top law officer, Ken Paxton, faces an unjustified legal gauntlet.

Paxton states county clerks must file affidavit of adverse possession if it meets requirements

By John Sammon | Sep 26, 2017

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton wrote in an opinion rendered on Sept. 12 that county clerks are duty bound to accept and file property claims for ownership under “adverse possession,” in other words, claiming property owned by someone else.

Texas AG praises 5th Circuit ruling on SB 4

By David Yates | Sep 25, 2017

AUSTIN – On Sept. 25, Attorney General Ken Paxton praised a unanimous 3-to-0 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit that allows Texas to enforce the core provisions of Senate Bill 4 while the state appeals a lower court ruling that blocked the law banning sanctuary cities from taking effect Sept. 1.

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