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Tuesday, August 23, 2016 – Austin
Attorney General Paxton Files Suit to Protect Texans and Physicians from New Obamacare Mandate
“This is the thirteenth lawsuit I have been forced to bring against the Obama Administration’s continued threats on constitutional rights of Texans,” said Attorney General Paxton. “The federal government has no right to force Texans to pay for medical procedures designed to change a person’s sex. I am disappointed in the Obama Administration’s lack of consideration for medical professionals who believe that engaging in such procedures or treatment violates their Hippocratic Oath, their conscience, or their personal religious beliefs, which are protected by the Constitution and federal law.”
Monday, August 22, 2016 – Austin
Federal Court Rejects Request to Block Enforcement of Campus Carry Law
“I am pleased, but not surprised, that the Court denied the request to block Texas’ campus carry law. There is simply no legal justification to deny licensed, law-abiding citizens on campus the same measure of personal protection they are entitled to elsewhere in Texas. The right to keep and bear arms is guaranteed for all Americans, including college students, and I will always stand ready to protect that right.”
Monday, August 22, 2016 – Austin
Texas Attorney General Obtains TRO to Stop Unauthorized Legal Service Operation in El Paso
Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that a state district court in El Paso issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) for Moises Eloy Castillo and Servicios Profesionales, L.L.C. for violations of the Texas Deceptive Practices Act (DTPA) and the Texas Notary Public Act. The lawsuit seeks civil penalties of up to $20,000 per violation of the DTPA.
Monday, August 22, 2016 – Austin
Ruling in Favor of School and State Rights, Federal Court Stops Enforcement of Obama Public Schools Bathroom Directive Nationwide
“We are pleased that the court ruled against the Obama Administration’s latest illegal federal overreach. This President is attempting to rewrite the laws enacted by the elected representatives of the people, and is threatening to take away federal funding from schools to force them to conform. That cannot be allowed to continue, which is why we took action to protect States and School Districts, who are charged under state law to establish a safe and disciplined environment conducive to student learning.”
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 – Austin
AG Paxton’s Child Support Division Wins Prestigious National Award
“Parents fleeing abusive situations may be reluctant to seek child support because they fear retaliation or renewed contact with the other parent,” said Attorney General Paxton. “I’m proud that our Child Support Division has worked so diligently to ensure that custodial parents can safely receive the support their children need and deserve. This national award is richly deserved for everyone involved – from CSD Director Mara Friesen to the dedicated staff and attorneys who work tirelessly to improve outcomes for Texas families.”
Monday, August 15, 2016 – Austin
Federal Court Agrees with Texas Brief and Rejects Proposed Class Action Settlement for Benefiting Lawyers Instead of Class Members
A federal district court in California, last Wednesday, rejected the proposed settlement of a class action lawsuit against Similasan Corporation (Allen v. Similasan Corp., Case N. 12-cv-376-BAS-JLB, S.D. Cal.). Among other claims, the company was accused of engaging in false and deceptive labeling of their homeopathic products. A proposed settlement class counsel and Similasan presented to the court would have only paid class attorneys and two plaintiffs, while affected consumers would not receive any monetary compensation and would waive their claims for compensation.
Friday, August 12, 2016 – Austin
Attorney General Paxton Defends School and State Rights Against Federal Overreach
“We are confident that the court will rule against the Obama Administration’s latest illegal federal overreach. This President is attempting to rewrite the laws that were enacted by the elected representatives of the people, and is using the threat of losing federal funding to get schools to conform; that cannot be allowed to continue. The Obama Administration’s directive unlawfully invades areas that are better left to local schools and parents to balance the needs of students, including their safety, privacy and dignity.”
Thursday, August 11, 2016 – Austin
AG Paxton Announces Temporary Restraining Order Stopping Sale of Dangerous Synthetic Drugs
The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) obtained a temporary restraining order (TRO) against Spice Boutique in Houston for violating the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA) and the nuisance statute. The OAG also sued Spice Boutique’s owners, brothers Minh Dang and Tuan Dang. The lawsuit is based on an investigation by the Houston Police Department Narcotics Division (HPD) into 16 synthetic marijuana overdoses that happened in Hermann Park in June 2016.
Friday, August 5, 2016 – Austin
Attorney General Paxton Joins with 48 Other States to Secure Settlement with Cephalon Over Drug Monopoly
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced a $125 million, 49-state settlement with Cephalon, Inc., and affiliated companies. The settlement ends a multistate investigation into anticompetitive conduct by Cephalon seeking to extend its monopoly on its narcolepsy drug, Provigil. That conduct delayed generic versions of Provigil from entering the market for several years.
Friday, August 5, 2016 – Austin
AG Paxton: Joint Investigation Lands Three Men in Jail for Online Solicitation of Minors
“The three individuals who have been arrested this week no longer pose a threat to the children of Texas,” said Attorney General Paxton. “Unfortunately, the dangers of the world can infiltrate any home via computers, tablets, or even a phone. I am grateful for the individuals working in our Child Exploitation Unit and the dedicated law enforcement officials they work with who bring individuals like these to justice.”
Thursday, August 4, 2016 – Austin
AG Paxton: Texas Leads 13-State Coalition for School’s Rights
“We are proud to lead a 13-state coalition against the Obama Administration’s latest illegal federal overreach. This President is attempting to rewrite the laws that were enacted by the elected representatives of the people, and is using the threat of losing federal funding to get schools to fall into line. That cannot be allowed to continue.”
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 – Austin
Attorney General Paxton Files Brief to Defend Campus Carry
“It is a frivolous lawsuit and I’m confident it will be dismissed because the Legislature passed a constitutionally-sound law,” Attorney General Paxton said. “There is no legal justification to deny licensed, law-abiding citizens on campus the same measure of personal protection they are entitled to elsewhere in Texas.”
Monday, August 1, 2016 – Austin
AG Paxton: Nueces County District Court Finds Jovan Miles Guilty of Human Trafficking; Sentenced to 40 Years
“Human trafficking is an egregious crime, and cases like this one are the very reason my office has launched a section dedicated to combating it,” said Attorney General Paxton. “Thanks to the hard work of the Nueces County District Attorney’s Office and my office’s Human Trafficking and Transnational Organized Crime Section, a vile predator is incarcerated and will be unable to harm anyone again. I will continue the fight against human trafficking and will work tirelessly with law enforcement officials and advocacy groups to rid our state of this detestable crime.”
Monday, August 1, 2016 – Austin
AG Paxton: Compensation Rates Increased to Help Crime Victims Rebuild Their Lives
“The untold story in the aftermath of violent crime is the deep financial toll it can take on survivors and their families who face crime-related expenses not reimbursed by other sources,” Attorney General Paxton said. “While no amount of money can erase the pain inflicted on victims of violent crime, these increases in Texas CVC claim limits will help provide peace of mind for Texans already facing enormous difficulties in their road to recovery.”
Friday, July 29, 2016 – Austin
AG Paxton: Texas Joins in Fighting EPA Federal Overreach
The Office of the Attorney General, on Thursday, filed a petition challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final rule, Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Emission Standards for New, Reconstructed, and Modified Sources.
Thursday, July 28, 2016 – Austin
AG Paxton: Civil Commitment of Sexually Violent Predators Constitutional
Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced a victory for the State against sexually violent predators. The Beaumont Court of Appeals reversed a trial court order that declared the statute mandating civil commitment of sexually violent predators unconstitutional and immediately released sexually violent predator Alonzo May from commitment.
Thursday, July 28, 2016 – Austin
AG Paxton Files Suit Against City of Austin to Defend Open Carry Law
“I will always make sure that governments do not trample on the Second Amendment rights of Texans,” said Attorney General Ken Paxton, “and if they do, we will sue.”
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 – Conroe
Attorney General Ken Paxton Names Conroe Child Support Employee Assistant Attorney General of the Year
Ms. Quindt demonstrates excellent teamwork by volunteering to help wherever needed, including handling walk-in appointments, ensuring coverage for off-docket settings, and coordinating workloads among the legal team.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 – Longview
Attorney General Ken Paxton Names Longview Child Support Employee Assistant Attorney General of the Year
Cannon was chosen because of her dedication and value to the child support mission. After receiving a promotion and transfer to the Longview office in 2015, Cannon willingly and effectively covered vacancies in her former office, learning her new job while demonstrating her ability to process a high volume of casework with accuracy and speed.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 – Austin
Attorney General Ken Paxton Names Austin Child Support Employees Assistant Attorneys General of the Year
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has singled out Andrea Roberts and Clayton Richter, assistant attorneys general in the Child Support Division’s Austin offices, for their commitment to Texas children. Roberts has been named Assistant Attorney General of the Year for the 39-county region based in Austin. Richter was selected Assistant Attorney General of the Year for the division’s main office, also in Austin. Both Roberts and Richter received the award Friday at the Statewide Assistant Attorneys General Conference in Houston
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 – Brownsville
Attorney General Ken Paxton Names Brownsville Child Support Employee Assistant Attorney General of the Year
Moore is a graduate of the University of Houston School of Law. She joined the Office of the Attorney General in 2014 and represents the State of Texas in paternity cases. Moore also establishes, enforces, and modifies court orders that require parents to provide child support and medical support.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 – Lubbock
Attorney General Ken Paxton Names Lubbock Child Support Employee Assistant Attorney General of the Year
Tesch was chosen because she is a true professional in her dealings with customers, attorneys and judges. She routinely covers dockets in every corner of her region, answers calls for the customer service centers and trains both assistant attorneys general and child support officers.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 – Arlington
Attorney General Ken Paxton Names Arlington Child Support Employee Assistant Attorney General of the Year
Fox was chosen to be the region’s Assistant Attorney General of the Year after consistently volunteering for the hardest cases. Respected and trusted by judges and private attorneys, his guidance and leadership have made him a valuable resource for everyone in his office.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 – Dallas
Attorney General Ken Paxton Names Dallas Child Support Employee Assistant Attorney General of the Year
Beauduy was chosen because he effectively served as the “go to” man for dealing with the region’s toughest legal issues. He is able to distill complex legal concepts into clear, concise instructions. Further, he developed an approach to enroll more noncustodial parents into court-ordered job training, resulting in an increase in paying cases.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 – San Antonio
Attorney General Ken Paxton Names San Antonio Child Support Employee Assistant Attorney General of the Year
Ritter was chosen because he is an outstanding attorney, a mentor to new employees and a positive force in his office. He successfully negotiates agreements in most of his cases and reviews twice as many cases as any other attorney in the region.