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Thursday, October 19, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Reaches $120 Million Settlement with General Motors Company Over Defective Ignition Switch
Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced a $120 million multi-state settlement with General Motors Company (GM) over allegations GM concealed safety issues related to ignition-switch-related defects in GM vehicles. The settlement, reached between the attorneys general of 49 states and the District of Columbia, concludes a multistate investigation into the auto manufacturer’s failure to timely disclose known safety defects associated with unintended key- rotation-related and/or ignition-switch-related issues in several models and model years of GM vehicles. GM agreed to pay the participating attorneys general a total of $120 Million, of which Texas’ share is $7,353,446.
Thursday, October 19, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: ACLU Cannot Turn Texas into a Sanctuary State for Abortions
“The D.C. Circuit made the right decision to temporarily stay the district court’s order, which contradicts U.S. Supreme Court precedent and harms the public interest because it effectively creates a right to abortion for anyone who entered the U.S. illegally, no matter how briefly,” Attorney General Paxton told the court. “Texas must not become a sanctuary state for abortions.”
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Leads Eight-State Coalition to Protect the Unborn
“An unlawfully-present alien with no substantial ties to this country has no constitutional right to abortion on demand,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Texas has a legitimate and substantial intereset in preserving and promoting fetal life. Texas must not become a sanctuary state for abortions.”
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Files Brief in 5th Circuit Defending Texas’ Voter ID Law
“The plaintiffs cannot identify a single person who faces a substantial burden to voting under this reasonable-impediment exception,” Attorney General Paxton wrote. “As the 5th Circuit panel noted, each of the 27 voters identified in the record – whose testimony underlies plaintiffs’ claims – can now vote without photo ID. Accordingly, the case should be over.”
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton’s Consumer Protection Division Wins FTC’s Partner Award for Outstanding Collaborative Work
“We are honored that the Federal Trade Commission recognized the hard work of our Consumer Protection Division to ensure a fair marketplace for Texas consumers,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The men and women of this office are deeply dedicated to the law and fully deserve this recognition. We thank the FTC and look forward to continuing to work with it to protect Texans.”
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Take Up Texas’ Congressional Redistricting Case
“It’s fitting that the Supreme Court hear this case, given that it ordered the district court in San Antonio to draw the congressional maps in 2012 that were adopted by the Legislature in 2013 and used in the last three election cycles in Texas,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The lower court’s decision to invalidate parts of the maps it drew and adopted is inexplicable and indefensible. We’re eager for the high court to take up the case.”
Friday, October 13, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Joins 13-State Coalition Urging U.S. Senate Passage of a Bill to Curb Federal Government Overreach
“Eight years of federal government overreach and disregard for the rule of law during the Obama-era created an environment of regulatory uncertainty and fostered burdensome regulations that hurt the economy,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Passing the Regulatory Accountability Act will introduce more regulatory stability and produce smarter and more efficient rulemaking, which will ultimately reduce costs, create jobs, and grow the economy.”
Friday, October 13, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: Deceptive Student Loan Relief Company Halted During FTC Nationwide Crackdown
“This crackdown holds scammers accountable for their abusive practices, and will protect hardworking Texans as they pay back their student loans,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Students are among Texas’ most valuable resources, and my office will not allow deceptive loan relief companies to take advantage of their aspirations to further their education.”
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Welcomes U.S. Supreme Court Dismissal of Travel Ban Case
“We argued all along that the Trump administration’s travel ban is a lawful exercise of statutorily authorized executive power over foreign affairs and national security, and a tailored response to a very real threat to our national security,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The president is fulfilling his solemn duty to protect Texans and all Americans.”
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Applauds Trump Administration’s Repeal of the Unlawful Obama-Era Clean Power Plan
“We appreciate the Trump administration’s recognition that the Clean Power Plan is unlawful and bad energy policy for Texas and the rest of the nation,” Attorney General Paxton said. “It’s gratifying that our lawsuit against Obama-era federal overreach was a catalyst for repeal of the plan. We look forward to working with the administration to craft a new strategy that will protect the environment without hurting jobs and the economy.”
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: Texas Must Not Become a Sanctuary State for Abortions
“No federal court has ever declared that unlawfully-present aliens with no substantial ties to this country have a constitutional right to abortion on demand,” Attorney General Paxton said. “If ‘Doe’ prevails in this case, the ruling will create a right to abortion for anyone on earth who enters the U.S. illegally. And with that right, countless others undoubtedly would follow. Texas must not become a sanctuary state for abortions.”
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Secures Permanent Injunction Halting Dangerous Synthetic Drug Sales in Dallas
“My office will not stand by as the health and safety of Texans is endangered by drug peddlers looking for a quick buck,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The sale of dangerous, deadly drugs must be put to a stop. Businesses that sell synthetic drugs will not escape punishment.”
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Releases Statement On Texas Tech University's Fallen Officer
“Texans are shocked and saddened by the senseless murder of a courageous Texas Tech University police officer. Our deepest sympathy and prayers are with this officer's family and the Texas Tech community today and in the days ahead. I will be in Lubbock today meeting with law enforcement officials and Texas Tech administrators to offer the entire support of this agency to the university and their police department. Please join Angela and me as we pray for all those impacted by this tragedy.”
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton’s Opinion: Law Enforcement Agencies Are Eligible for Prescription Drug That Helps Save Lives from Opioid Overdoses
“With regard to distributing an opioid antagonist, the statute provides that a ‘person or organization acting under a standing order . . . may distribute an opioid antagonist.’ Thus, the Legislature made clear its intent that the law authorizes both individuals and law enforcement agencies to obtain opioid antagonists by prescription,” Attorney General Paxton concluded.
Friday, September 29, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: Texas Reaches $2 Million Settlement with Fraudulent Lead Generation Company
Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that Texas secured an Assurance of Voluntary Compliance (AVC) with LowerMyBills, a lead generation company that misled consumers toward Credit Alliance Group (CAG), which falsely advertised its accreditation and debt management process. This AVC secured $2 million in restitution for eligible consumers.
Friday, September 29, 2017 – Austin
OAG’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests Navarro County Man for Possession of Child Pornography
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced today that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested 29-year-old Michael Allen Carter, of Rice, on five counts of Possession of Child Pornography, a third-degree felony. Carter could face up to 10 years in prison per charge if convicted.
Thursday, September 28, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Files Brief With 5th Circuit Defending the Constitutionality of Texas’ Sanctuary Cities Law
“Senate Bill 4 represents an important decision by the Legislature to set a statewide policy of cooperation among federal, state and local law enforcement to protect Texans from dangerous criminals being released back into our communities,” Attorney General Paxton said. “As a nation of laws, it is imperative that SB 4 is fully honored in Texas. We look forward to presenting our arguments before the 5th Circuit on this undoubtedly constitutional law.”
Thursday, September 28, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Releases Statement on President Trump’s Nominations of Three Former Texas AG Staffers to the Fifth Circuit
“For months, I recommended to the President Justice Willett, James Ho, and Kyle Duncan as potential nominees for the Fifth Circuit. Each was a key member of the Texas Attorney General’s office. I am confident that all four nominees will faithfully adhere to our country’s founding principles embodied in the Constitution.”
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Issues Consumer Alert: Beware of Buying Flood-Damaged Vehicles in Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey
“While most Texas businesses and individuals are law-abiding, there are always those looking to take advantage of consumers by selling them flood-damaged vehicles in the months following a hurricane,” Attorney General Paxton said. “A cleaned-up vehicle could be a ticking time bomb with unseen damage, posing mechanical and safety risks to the buyer. If you suspect fraud, report it to the Consumer Protection Division of my office at 1-800-621-0508. We will aggressively investigate and prosecute cases.”
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Begins Accepting Sanctuary City Complaints
“The 5th Circuit quickly confirmed what my office and I long maintained: Senate Bill 4 is a common sense measure that prevents governments in Texas from standing in the way of federal enforcement of immigration law,” Attorney General Paxton said. “By enforcing the key provisions of SB 4, we will prevent dangerous criminals from being released back into our Texas communities.”
Monday, September 25, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: 5th Circuit Sides with Texas on Senate Bill 4
“We are pleased today’s 5th Circuit ruling will allow Texas to strengthen public safety by implementing the key components of Senate Bill 4,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Enforcing immigration law helps prevent dangerous criminals from being released into Texas communities. I am confident Senate Bill 4 will be found constitutional and ultimately upheld.”
Monday, September 25, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: Judge Upholds Texas Deer Breeding Rules
“TPWD’s lawful rules regulating the movement of breeder deer reduce the probability of CWD being spread from deer-breeding facilities, where it may exist, and increase the chances of detecting and containing CWD if it does exist,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The rules also serve to protect Texas’ 700,000 licensed deer hunters, along with the thousands of people in rural communities across the state whose livelihoods depend on deer hunting.”
Friday, September 22, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Asks 5th Circuit to Allow Implementation of Senate Bill 4
“We delivered a strong case for allowing Senate Bill 4 to take effect, pending our appeal, because of the far-reaching public safety consequences of the lower court’s order,” Attorney General Ken Paxton said. “Enforcing immigration law helps prevent dangerous criminals from being released into Texas communities. Supreme Court precedent for measures similar to Texas’ law make clear that Senate Bill 4 is entirely consistent with the cooperative system of government that the Constitution created.”
Thursday, September 21, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Obtains $9.5 Million Judgment Halting Synthetic Drug Sales at Houston Smoke Shop
“Synthetic drugs are not just illegal, they pose a number of potentially devastating health risks to users,” Attorney General Paxton said. “These smoke shops put young lives at risk by selling them dangerous substances falsely advertised as safe and legal. My office will continue to do everything within its power to protect Texans from this growing threat.”
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 – Austin
Gov. Abbott and AG Paxton Urge President Trump to Authorize FEMA Disaster Assistance for Houses of Worship in Wake of Hurricane Harvey
“Churches have opened their doors to feed, shelter, comfort, and rebuild their communities – even hosting FEMA operations in the process – but this policy has made those very same churches ineligible for assistance because their primary use is, by nature, religious,” Gov. Abbott and Attorney General Paxton wrote. “The policy of denying relief funds for churches discriminates on the grounds of religion and is nothing more than the relic of an administration that preferred rewriting laws to faithfully executing them.”

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