Texas Office of the Attorney General News

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.

Texas AG snags $9.5M judgment halting synthetic drug sales at Houston smoke shop

By David Yates | Sep 21, 2017

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has announced that his office obtained a permanent injunction stopping Good Timez Boutique & Smoke Shop, its owners and landlord from selling highly-addictive and dangerous synthetic marijuana to consumers in Houston.

Texas AG applauds Supreme Court rulings on redistricting

By David Yates | Sep 13, 2017

AUSTIN – On Sept. 12, Attorney General Ken Paxton released a statement after the U.S. Supreme Court, in separate rulings, blocked two lower court rulings that invalidated parts of Texas' House and congressional maps.

Texas AG Paxton nails 3 companies with Harvey price gouging lawsuits

By David Yates | Sep 12, 2017

AUSTIN – On Sept. 13, Attorney General Ken Paxton filed lawsuits against three Texas businesses, accusing them of unlawful price gouging while consumers were in need of fuel, shelter and other essentials as a result of Hurricane Harvey.

Federal court enjoins SB4, Texas files appeal

By Angela Underwood | Sep 12, 2017

AUSTIN – The state's Senate Bill 4 has caught the attention of immigration, legal, labor and public groups.

AG Paxton files suit against ‘reputation management’ company

By David Yates | Sep 11, 2017

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton recently filed a petition with the Harris County District Court alleging that Solvera, an online reputation management company, violated the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act by abusing the legal system to deceive Harris County district court judges with its defamation lawsuits.

AG Paxton: Court ruling preserves Texas’ voter ID law

By David Yates | Sep 6, 2017

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton applauded a Sept. 5 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit that preserves Texas’ voter ID law.

Paxton announces debt relief for students who attended Corinthian College

By Chandra Lye | Sep 5, 2017

AUSTIN – More than 4,000 Texan students who were unwittingly part of an alleged scam involving student loans have been released of their requirement to pay back the money.

Paxton vows to defend cConstitutionality of SB 4

By David Yates | Aug 31, 2017

AUSTIN – On Aug. 30, Attorney General Ken Paxton vowed to continue fighting for Senate Bill 4 after a U.S. District Court judge ruled that the law is unconstitutional and that San Antonio is the proper venue for multiple lawsuits challenging the law.

Paxton files brief in support of Arlene's Flowers owner in LGBT discrimination suit

By Kacie Whaley | Aug 29, 2017

AUSTIN – A 14-state coalition has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court to defend the First Amendment right of Barronelle Stutzman, a Washington-based floral shop owner who was sued over allegations of sexual orientation discrimination, the Texas Attorney General's office reported.

AG Paxton: Texas will appeal voter ID ruling

By David Yates | Aug 24, 2017

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton promised to appeal an Aug. 24 federal court decision granting a permanent injunction against Texas’ voter ID law (Senate Bill 14).

Texas Political Prosecution; Another dubious case against a politician who riled the status quo

By Opinion | Aug 21, 2017

Texas has a history of politicized prosecutions that attempt to destroy careers only to be thrown out of court. Think Tom DeLay and Rick Perry. The latest target is Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, and on inspection the evidence and legal process against him so far look equally dubious.

Paxton leads coalition arguing against the federal government's Persuader Rule

By Dee Thompson | Aug 21, 2017

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has joined with 17 other state leaders to ask the U.S. Department of Labor to permanently rescind the Persuader Rule.

Texas AG reacts to court’s redistricting ruling

By David Yates | Aug 16, 2017

AUSTIN – Although an Aug. 15 decision upheld the vast majority of Texas congressional district map, Attorney General Ken Paxton expressed his disappointment with a portion of a federal court decision on maps that the district court itself adopted in 2012 and have been in effect for the last three election cycles.

Texas AG files intervenes in property tax suit against Dumas ISD

By David Yates | Aug 10, 2017

AUSTIN— On Aug. 9, Attorney General Ken Paxton intervened in a property tax lawsuit against Dumas Independent School District, stating that the district violated state law and the Texas Constitution when it reduced the district’s local option homestead exemption.

Texas AG files brief in 5th Circuit to defund Planned Parenthood

By David Yates | Aug 8, 2017

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton is urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit to overturn a district court decision that blocked Texas from cutting off state Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood.

Ken Paxton, nine other attorneys general pen letter asking for DACA repeal

By Sara McCleary | Aug 8, 2017

AUSTIN – On June 29, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton penned a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking the Trump administration to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program by Sept. 5.

Texas ACLU demands communications between Paxton and Trump on DACA

By David Yates | Aug 7, 2017

HOUSTON — On Aug. 7, the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, along with affiliates in 9 other states and the national ACLU, filed open records requests demanding copies of any communications between the Texas Office of the Attorney General and the federal government regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

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