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.
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Austin federal court grants motions to dismiss University of Texas professors' complaint on carry law
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
AUSTIN – Texas’ Attorney General has reached a settlement with a New Jersey distributor of contact lenses, which was alleged to have violated state law.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 – 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
AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton is urging President Trump to lead a regulatory reform effort to protect individual rights from federal overreach.
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.
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.