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Friday, October 21, 2016 – Austin
AG Paxton’s Child Exploitation Unit Helps Put 8 Child Predators Behind Bars
The Texas Attorney General’s Child Exploitation Unit and Fugitive Apprehension Unit collaborated with the Rockwall County Sheriff’s Office to arrest eight child predators for Online Solicitation of a Minor, a second degree felony punishable by two to twenty years in prison.
Thursday, October 20, 2016 – Austin
AG Paxton Files Lawsuit against Operators of Happie Hippie Smoke Shop for Selling Illegal Synthetic Drugs
This is the eleventh synthetic cannabinoid lawsuit the Attorney General has filed to block the sale of synthetic drugs in Texas. Under state law, it is a crime to manufacture, deliver or possess a synthetic cannabinoid.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 – Austin
AG Paxton Calls Attention to Domestic Violence on #PurpleThursday
“This is an excellent opportunity for all of us to come together to raise awareness about such a critical issue confronting our society,” said Attorney General Ken Paxton. “Far too many families are impacted by this epidemic of violence that simply cannot be tolerated. I am incredibly proud of the many ways our agency works to help victims and survivors of domestic violence establish and maintain a life free from abuse.”
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 – Austin
AG Paxton: Settlement Reached with Omnicare in Healthcare Fraud Lawsuit
Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that Texas, joined by other states and the federal government, has reached an agreement with Omnicare Inc. (Omnicare) to settle civil allegations that Omnicare conspired with Abbott Laboratories to increase overall utilization of Depakote—an anti-convulsant medication.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 – Austin
AG Paxton: Federal Court Reaffirms Nationwide Injunction Against the Obama Administration’s Illegal Guidance to Local Schools
“I am proud to lead a coalition of 13 states against the Obama Administration’s latest illegal federal overreach. The court’s reaffirmation of a nationwide injunction should send a clear message to the President that Texas won’t sit idly by as he continues to ignore the Constitution. The President cannot rewrite the laws enacted by the elected representatives of the people and then threaten to take away funding from schools to force them to fall in line.”
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 – Austin
AG Paxton Intervenes in Lawsuit to Stop the City of Austin from Permitting City Employees to Work for a Union at Taxpayer Expense
“The city of Austin has abused its taxing power and with it the public trust,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The city is siphoning money that should go to vital emergency services and redirecting it towards a labor union’s political activity. It is a basic tenet of democratic government that tax money be oriented towards a common good. An agreement that enriches a private organization at the cost of Austin residents’ health and safety cannot be allowed to stand.”
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 – Austin
AG Paxton Files Lawsuit to Halt Illegal Buck-a-Bag Fee in Brownsville
“No local government has the authority to violate Texas law just because it feels like it,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Clearly, Brownsville is raising taxes on its citizens through this unlawful bag fee. The rule of law must be upheld, and state law is clear – bags may not be taxed.”
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 – Victoria
Victoria Child Support Office Moves to New Location
“We are open for business and excited about serving our customers at the new convenient location,” said Jill Sklar, managing attorney of the Victoria office. “We appreciate the opportunity to help area children receive child support they depend on to cover their basic needs.”
Thursday, October 6, 2016 – Austin
AG Paxton: Arrest of CEO Shows Texas Doesn’t Tolerate Human Trafficking
“Making money off the backs of innocent human beings by allowing them to be exploited for modern-day slavery is not acceptable in Texas,” Attorney General Paxton said. “I intend to use every resource my office has to make sure those who profit from the exploitation and trafficking of persons are held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 – Austin
AG Paxton Joins Lawsuit to Protect Property Rights of Short-Term Rental Owners in Austin
“This blatant overreach by local government infringes upon the constitutional rights of people who own and stay at short-term rentals,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The city of Austin’s draconian ordinance defies logic and common sense, and must be struck down.”
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 – Austin
MEDIA ADVISORY - Wednesday, October 5: Barney Ronald Fuller, Jr. Scheduled for Execution
Pursuant to an order of the 349th Judicial District Court of Houston County, Fuller is scheduled for execution after 6:00 p.m. on October 5, 2016.
Monday, October 3, 2016 – Austin
AG Paxton Settles Suit with App Company Collecting Children’s Information
Attorney General Ken Paxton announced a settlement with California app developer Juxta Labs, Inc. for violating the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act. Juxta Labs signed an Assurance of Voluntary Compliance (AVC), approved by the Travis Country District Court, agreeing not to collect personal information from any child under the age of 13.
Monday, October 3, 2016 – Austin
AG Paxton Responds to Supreme Court’s Denial of Obama Administration’s Request to Rehear Immigration Case
“The State of Texas’ position has been validated by the U.S. Supreme Court today as they denied the Obama administration’s petition to rehear the immigration case. Rewriting national immigration law requires the full and careful consideration of Congress. This is the latest setback to the president’s attempt to expand executive power and another victory for those who believe in the Constitution’s separation of powers and the rule of law.”
Friday, September 30, 2016 – Austin
AG Paxton Obtains $13.2 Million in Relief for Texans in Multistate Settlement with Retailer Who Victimized Military Members and Vets
Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that Texas, 48 other states and the District of Columbia reached a settlement with USA Discounters to resolve the states’ claims of deceptive trade practices against the company. In its marketing, USA Discounters promised to provide credit to all military members, veterans and government employees for purchases of consumer goods from the retailer.
Thursday, September 29, 2016 – Austin
AG Paxton Obtains Injunction to Clean Up Hazardous Scrap Tire Site
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today obtained a temporary injunction from a Travis County District Court against Eclipse Renewables, LLC, (Eclipse), a company that owns a 36-acre scrap tire storage site in San Antonio.
Thursday, September 29, 2016 – Austin
AG Paxton Files Lawsuit to Protect Homeowners’ Tax Cuts
“Local governments cannot be allowed to simply ignore laws that they do not like,” Attorney General Paxton said. “This is a blatant attempt by a school district to take away from Texas homeowners, without their vote or consent, what rightfully belongs to them – their own money. I am confident that the local taxpayers and the State will prevail in this lawsuit and the suits to come.”
Thursday, September 29, 2016 – Austin
Texas AG Ken Paxton Files Lawsuit to Stop Obama Administration From Handing Control Over the Internet to International Organization
“Trusting authoritarian regimes to ensure the continued freedom of the internet is lunacy,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The President does not have the authority to simply give away America’s pioneering role in ensuring that the internet remains a place where free expression can flourish.”
Friday, September 23, 2016 – Austin
AG Paxton's Criminal Investigations Division Helps Put Child Predator Away for Life
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced the successful conviction of John David Payne, 37, to life in prison for Online Solicitation of a Minor in Montgomery County. The conviction stems from undercover operations conducted by the Conroe Police Department, the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and testimony from the Texas attorney general’s Criminal Investigations Division (CID).
Friday, September 23, 2016 – Austin
AG Paxton Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Reinstate Texas' Voter ID Law
“Safeguarding the integrity of our elections is essential to preserving our democracy,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Voter ID laws both prevent fraud and increase the public’s confidence in our elections. Texas enacted a common-sense voter ID law and I am confident that the U.S. Supreme Court will ultimately reinstate it.”
Friday, September 23, 2016 – Austin
AG Paxton’s Office Assists Travis County Constable in Child Support Roundup
“Caring for your children is the fundamental and moral responsibility of any parent,” Attorney General Paxton said. “I commend everyone involved in holding accountable those who attempt to evade child support. Their efforts help ensure better care and better lives for Texas children.”
Thursday, September 22, 2016 – Austin
Attorney General Paxton Halts the Sale of Unsafe Contact Lenses in San Antonio
The Office of the Attorney General today obtained settlements with 21 convenience and dollar stores in the San Antonio area. The retail stores violated the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and the Texas Optometry Act by selling contact lenses without requiring a prescription upon purchase.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 – Austin
Texas AG Ken Paxton and Nevada AG Adam Laxalt Lead Coalition of 21 States Against the Obama Administration’s Illegal “Overtime Rule”
“Once again, President Obama is trying to unilaterally rewrite the law,” Attorney General Paxton said. “And this time, it may lead to disastrous consequences for our economy. The numerous crippling federal regulations that the Obama administration has imposed on businesses in this country have been bad enough. But to pass a rule like this, all in service of a radical leftist political agenda, is inexcusable.”
Friday, September 16, 2016 – Austin
Investigation Lands 25 Child Predators in Jail for Online Sex Solicitation
“This effort demonstrates the strength and effectiveness of law enforcement when it works together to crack down on child predators,” Attorney General Paxton said. “I commend everyone involved in the operation who helped identify and capture the predators before they could victimize children in Texas or elsewhere.”
Thursday, September 15, 2016 – Austin
AG Paxton Files Lawsuit to Protect Homeowners’ Tax Cuts
“It is a clear sleight-of-hand reduction in the local option homestead exemption by a handful of school districts.” said Attorney General Paxton. “This is an attempted money-grab, pure and simple. These districts clearly intend to undermine state law and negate the tax break. Not only is this lawsuit about standing up for the homeowners in these school districts, but also voters across the state.”
Monday, September 12, 2016 – Dallas
Attorney General Paxton Names Conroe Child Support Employee Managing Attorney of the Year
Regional administrator Michael Wise said, “Mr. Collum is a very dedicated individual. When he shares his thoughts on topics of discussion, his passions come out and people listen. I enjoy working with Mr. Collum and look forward to even greater things from him and his team.”