Texas Office of the Attorney General News

Paxton says Fort Bend Independent School District must have voter approval to make tax changes

By Zachary Lewis | Aug 7, 2017

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is refuting Representative John Zerwas and Fort Bend Independent School District’s argument for bypassing tax legislation to reduce their tax rates without a tax ratification election.

Austin federal court grants motions to dismiss University of Texas professors' complaint on carry law

By Zachary Lewis | Aug 1, 2017

AUSTIN – The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas at Austin granted motions to dismiss three University of Texas professors’ complaints against Attorney General Ken Paxton, the University of Texas and the Campus Carry Law on July 6.

Blackard drops suits challenging Paxton prosecutors’ fees, says Collin County Commissioners Court stepping up

By David Yates | Jul 26, 2017

COLLIN COUNTY – On July 25, taxpayer Jeff Blackard declared victory in his years-long challenge to the excessive fees the Collin County Commissioners Court has been paying to three Houston attorneys to prosecute Attorney General Ken Paxton.

Texas AG joins West Virginia, 3 other states, in Supreme Court brief to over 2nd Amendment rights

By David Yates | Jul 26, 2017

AUSTIN – On July 25, Attorney General Ken Paxton joined West Virginia’s amicus brief in Robinson v. United States along with Indiana, Michigan and Utah in the U.S. Supreme Court to protect against unjustified frisk searches occurring on the suspicion that a citizen is armed.

Texas AG obtains $25M in illegal debt colleting suit, Houston attorney was a defendant

By David Yates | Jul 18, 2017

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton recently obtained a final judgment and permanent injunction against Samara Portfolio Management and the Law Office of Joseph Onwuteaka for violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices—Consumer Protection Act, Texas Debt Collection Act and the Identity Theft Protection and Enforcement Act.

Texas AG obtains $900K judgment against Pearland developer of illegal subdivision

By David Yates | Jul 10, 2017

AUSTIN – On July 7, Attorney General Ken Paxton announced the entry of a $900,000 agreed judgment against Pearland developer Richard J. Burns in connection with his sale of property in an illegal Caldwell County subdivision known as Century Oak Estates.

Paxton joins 20-state coalition of attorneys general in letter to EPA regarding WOTUS rules

By Karen Kidd | Jul 6, 2017

AUSTIN – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army are moving to rescind the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) following a 20-state coalition, including Texas, calling for the preservation of the states' role in protecting the nation’s water sources.

Paxton reaches settlement with contact lens distributor Fine and Clear

By Chandra Lye | Jul 3, 2017

AUSTIN – Texas’ Attorney General has reached a settlement with a New Jersey distributor of contact lenses, which was alleged to have violated state law.

5th Circuit Court overturns preliminary injunction against Mississippi religious freedom law

By Carrie Salls | Jul 3, 2017

NEW ORLEANS – The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals threw out a preliminary injunction granted to plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union that challenged the state of Mississippi’s Religious Liberty Accommodations Act (HB 1523), according to a statement from the office of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

Paxton files amicus brief with Supreme Court regarding Laredo's plastic bag ban

By Andrew Burger | Jun 28, 2017

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and his office have filed an amicus brief with the state Supreme Court advocating in support of the Laredo Merchants Association’s contention that the city of Laredo’s ban on the use of plastic bags violates the Texas Solid Waste Disposal Act.

New judge to preside over Paxton's securities fraud case

By Sara McCleary | Jun 26, 2017

DALLAS – A new judge has been assigned to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s criminal case after Paxton successfully petitioned to have the case’s original judge removed.

Texas AG threatens legal action against Cali insurance commissioner

By The SE Texas Record | Jun 20, 2017

AUSTIN – On June 20, Attorney General Ken Paxton joined 12 states in calling on California Insurance Commissioner David Jones to cease and desist from requiring insurance companies to publicly disclose investments in fossil fuels and urging companies to sign a “pledge” to divest from the coal industry.

AG Paxton joins 10-state coalition supporting sanctuary cities executive order

By David Yates | Jun 19, 2017

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton has announced that Texas joined a 10-state coalition filing an amicus brief supporting the constitutionality of President Trump’s Executive Order regarding sanctuary cities.

Texas AG urges FCC to reject broadband industry petition to strip states of consumer protection powers

By David Yates | Jun 19, 2017

AUSTIN – In an effort to protect Texas consumers, Attorney General Ken Paxton on June 19 urged the Federal Communications Commission to deny a petition by the broadband industry to strip states of their authority to investigate and settle claims over false and misleading advertising about broadband Internet speed.

Texas AG announces ongoing investigation to help address opioid crisis

By David Yates | Jun 15, 2017

AUSTIN – On June 15, attorney General Ken Paxton announced that his office is working with a bipartisan coalition of a majority of state attorneys general on an investigation to evaluate whether manufacturers have engaged in unlawful practices in the marketing and sale of opioids.

Non-profits can raffle off booze, Texas AG opines

By David Yates | Jun 14, 2017

AUSTIN – The Office of the Texas Attorney General recently found that a court would likely conclude current law does not prohibit nonprofits from raffling off alcohol as a prize.

San Antonio files suit against state over immigration law

By Russell Boniface | Jun 12, 2017

SAN ANTONIO – On June 1, the city of San Antonio filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to stop the state's new immigration enforcement law, Senate Bill 4.

Paxton leads 16-state coalition urging President Trump to protect individual rights from regulatory overreach

By David Yates | Jun 6, 2017

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton is urging President Trump to lead a regulatory reform effort to protect individual rights from federal overreach.

AG Paxton Reaches Settlement with Vivint, warns of door-to-door sales tactics

By David Yates | May 31, 2017

AUSTIN – On May 31, Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that his office reached a settlement with home security company Vivint over allegations it violated the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

Texas, 42 other states reach $33M settlement with Johnson & Johnson

By David Yates | May 25, 2017

AUSTIN – On May 24, Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that Texas will receive more than $2.2 million in a $33 million, 43-state settlement with pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson.

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