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Texas AG leads multi-state coalition win in suit to protect Texans and physicians from Obamacare mandate
AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton today applauded the United States District Court for declaring unlawful a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regulation that redefined discrimination on the basis of “sex” to include “gender identity” and “termination of pregnancy.” The federal rule intruded into the doctor-patient relationship, and would have forced doctors to perform controversial operations and abortions, even if they believed the procedures were not in the best interests of their patients, or violated their deeply held religious or conscientious beliefs.
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Two decades ago, Texas legislators revised rules for government agencies hiring outside lawyers, thenceforth requiring contingency-fee contracts to be submitted to the state comptroller for approval, capping contingency fees at 35 percent, establishing strict requirements for keeping billing records, and prescribing a method for calculating fees.
Texas AG says Prude Pharma bankruptcy filing expected, states to get billions to address opioid epidemic
AUSTIN – Purdue Pharma filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Sunday was not unexpected, says Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
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AG Paxton: San Antonio agrees to deliver records over city’s decision to ban Chick-fil-A from airport
AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton recently announced that his office reached an agreement with the City of San Antonio regarding an April 11 open records request for documents related to the City’s decision to exclude Chick-fil-A from the San Antonio International Airport based on the restaurant chain’s donations to religious ministries.
AUSTIN – On July 22 Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that a coalition of 50 attorneys general reached the largest data breach settlement in history with Equifax, resolving an investigation into a massive data breach first disclosed by the company in September 2017.
HOUSTON – By remaining silent, Randy Sorrels, the new president of the State Bar of Texas, declined to continue an opinion request made by his predecessor, which tasked the attorney general to answer whether the collection of mandatory dues is constitutional.
Paxton co-leads 27 attorneys general effort to protect against potential class-action abuse in opioid MDL
AUSTIN – In a June 24 letter he co-authored with California from a bipartisan group of 27 states and territories, Attorney General Ken Paxton asked a U.S. District Court judge presiding over all the federal cases involving opioid lawsuits to delay a ruling that could potentially result in class-action abuse and confusion regarding a proposed novel settlement structure.
Paxton tells education commissioner that civil remedies still exist for violations of Texas Open Meetings Act
AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, in a recent response to an inquiry from Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath regarding the state's Open Meetings Act, said a governmental body is in violation of the Texas Open Meetings Act (TOMA) if it “deliberates about public business within the jurisdiction of the body outside of a meeting authorized by the (TOMA) through multiple communications each involving fewer than a quorum.”
Texas AG sues for access to public records on San Antonio’s ‘discriminatory exclusion’ of Chick-fil-A from its airport
AUSTIN – On Monday, Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a petition in Travis County District Court against the City of San Antonio as part of his office’s investigation into the city’s exclusion of Chick-fil-A from an airport concession contract.
AUSTIN – Texas municipalities do not have the authority to regulate firearm and ammunition sales through zoning and other regulations, Attorney General Ken Paxon said in an opinion issued May 24.