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Monday, July 25, 2016 – Austin
AG Paxton: Final Default Judgment Granted Against Companies for Subscription Scam
The Office of the Attorney General secured a Final Default Judgment on Friday halting three Oregon-based corporations from offering subscription renewal services. The judgment stems from a lawsuit against Liberty Publishers Inc., Express Publishers Service, Inc. and Orbital Publishing Group, Inc. who violated the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.
Friday, July 22, 2016 – Austin
AG Paxton Reaches Settlement with Software Resellers over Anticompetitive Conduct
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced two settlements against MCCi, LLC and VP Imaging Inc., doing business as DocuNav Solutions. The settlement stems from an antitrust investigation into agreements the companies made not to compete in the market for enterprise content management software.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 – Austin
Texas Attorney General Responds to Fifth Circuit Ruling on Voter ID
“It is imperative that the State government safeguards our elections and ensure the integrity of our democratic process. Preventing voter fraud is essential to accurately reflecting the will of Texas voters during elections, and it is unfortunate that this common-sense law, providing protections against fraud, was not upheld in its entirety.”
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 – Austin
Fort Worth ISD Policy Changes Mirror AG Paxton’s Opinion
“I applaud the Fort Worth Independent School District for revising its guideline to ensure it complies with state law and my recent attorney general opinion. This guideline now allows school officials to consider the needs of students and their families on a case-by-case basis while considering the health and safety of all students. As a result, the Fort Worth guideline is in line with a policy adopted by Harrold Independent School District. Unfortunately, the Obama administration disagrees with allowing school officials to make common-sense, case-by-case choices. My office is proudly representing Harrold ISD in litigation against the federal government and stands ready to do the same for Fort Worth ISD.”
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 – Austin
AG Paxton: Fifth Circuit Blocks EPA Regional Haze Rule
Texas has “demonstrated a strong likelihood of success in establishing that the EPA acted arbitrarily, capriciously, and in excess of its statutory authority when it disapproved the Texas and Oklahoma implementation plans and imposed a federal implementation plan.”
Thursday, July 14, 2016 – Austin
AG Paxton: Don’t Get Taken by Scammers Who May Try to Capitalize on the Dallas Shootings
Texans are known for opening their hearts and their wallets to others in times of need. Attorney General Ken Paxton today encouraged any citizens who want to donate to the victims of the Dallas shootings to give compassionately, but give carefully.
Thursday, July 14, 2016 – Austin
Texas AG Files Settlement Against Florida Company for Nationwide Tech Support Scam
Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced a settlement with a Florida tech company, PC Cleaner, Inc. The settlement stems from the state’s investigation into the company and CEO Cashier Myricks for violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA).
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 – Austin
AG Paxton: Beware of E-mail Scams Containing Malicious Software
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today warned Texans of suspicious e-mails containing malicious software seemingly coming from the Office of the Attorney General (OAG). The e-mail claims to come from the Consumer Protection Division to inform business owners that a complaint has been filed against their organization. A link to the complaint is provided and once clicked on it downloads harmful software onto the computer.
Friday, July 8, 2016 – Austin
Attorney General Paxton Extends Support for Law Enforcement Officers in Dallas
“My heart goes out to the victims’ families and their loved ones. I have directed my office to provide all necessary resources to support the efforts of law enforcement to investigate, prosecute and hold accountable those responsible for last night’s horrific attack. The loss of the five officers in Dallas in the line of duty is a somber reminder of the heroic sacrifices these brave men and women perform each day to keep us safe. Today, we must all come together to honor their selfless service and sacrifice.”
Thursday, July 7, 2016 – Austin
Mobile Site Offers Convenience to Child Support Customers
“The Office of the Attorney General is committed to providing excellent customer service to mothers and fathers who pay and receive child support. I am pleased that CSI Mobile is available because it will provide more convenience to the families we serve.”
Thursday, July 7, 2016 – Austin
AG Paxton: Statement Regarding Lawsuit Filed by Three UT Professors
“This lawsuit is not only baseless, it is an insult to the millions of law abiding gun owners in Texas and across this country. The Texas Legislature passed a constitutionally sound law, and I will vigorously defend it. Adults who are licensed by the State to carry a handgun anywhere in Texas do not suddenly become a menace to society when they set foot on campus. The right to keep and bear arms is guaranteed for all Americans, including college students, and must be vigilantly protected and preserved.”
Wednesday, July 6, 2016 – Austin
Thirteen States Seek Nationwide Injunction Against Obama’s Bathroom Rules
“The nation’s schools, and every place of employment, are now in the crosshairs of the Obama Administration, which maintains it will punish those who do not comply with its orders,” said Attorney General Ken Paxton. “Schools are facing the potential loss of funding for simply exercising the authority to implement the policies that best protect their students. Every employer is now being threatened for not bowing to anyone that identifies as the opposite sex.”
Friday, July 1, 2016 – Austin
AG Paxton: TX Obtains Order to Halt Tobacco Shop’s Sale of Synthetic Drugs
Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that his office obtained a temporary restraining order (TRO) against Tobacco Junction #1, Tobacco Junction #2, its owners, and Kassi Business, Inc., prohibiting the sale of synthetic marijuana. The TRO stems from the joint operation of the Texas Attorney General’s Office and Corpus Christi Police Department’s Narcotic Vice Investigation Division (NVID) and found that the tobacco shop’s owners were in violation of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practice Act.
Thursday, June 30, 2016 – Austin
Attorney General Paxton Dismisses Lawsuit Against Virgin Islands AG
“The so-called 'investigation' by Walker was a constitutionally improper attempt to suppress the freedom of speech based only on the content being communicated. In America, we have the freedom to disagree, and we do not legally prosecute people just because their opinion is different from ours. We are glad that the abuse of power by Attorney General Walker, and those that he hired, has come to an end,” said Attorney General Ken Paxton. “Attorneys working for the government should be motivated by public interest, not financial gain.”
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 – Austin
AG Paxton: Texas Reaches $50 Million Partial Settlement with Volkswagen
“For years, Volkswagen intentionally mislead consumers about the environmental and performance qualities of the vehicles they sold in Texas,” said General Ken Paxton. “When companies willfully violate the public’s trust, we will hold these entities responsible. This settlement will both compensate the victims of Volkswagen’s fraud and punish the company enough to deter future fraud.”
Monday, June 27, 2016 – Austin
District Court Upholds the Sanctity of Attorney-Client Confidentiality
“Today is a victory for the preservation of the sanctity of attorney-client confidentiality. Every American knows that when they talk to a lawyer, their conversation is confidential. That confidentiality has been the cornerstone of the attorney-client relationship since before our nation’s founding. If information confidentially given to one’s attorney is also accessible by the federal government, it would damage the very foundation of our system of justice.”
Monday, June 27, 2016 – Austin
Texas Attorney General Responds to U.S. Supreme Court Ruling
“HB2 was an effort to improve minimum safety standards and ensure capable care for Texas women. It’s exceedingly unfortunate that the court has taken the ability to protect women’s health out of the hands of Texas citizens and their duly-elected representatives.”
Friday, June 24, 2016 – Austin
Texas Attorney General Halts Unlawful and Deceptive Conduct at Texas Law Firm
The Texas Attorney General’s Office has secured an Agreed Final Judgment and Permanent Injunction against a former immigration attorney, Paul A. Esquivel, his former associate attorney, Juan Carlos Penaflor, and former office manager, Olvia Martinez.
Thursday, June 23, 2016 – Austin
Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of Texas’s Sovereign Power: Hazlewood Act is Constitutional
“Texas passed the Hazlewood Act in 1923 to ensure the continued success of Texas military veterans who honorably served the United States,” said Attorney General Ken Paxton. “Education is vital in their transition back to civilian life and today’s ruling allows Texas to exercise its sovereign right to encourage Texas students to finish high school, volunteer for military service, and bring their skills back to Texas to pursue higher education. As the Court agreed, the State clearly has a rational basis for the qualifications set forth in the Hazlewood Act. This win is an affirmation of the Texas Legislature’s authority to establish State policy, as well as a win for taxpayers and veterans.”
Thursday, June 23, 2016 – Austin
U.S. Supreme Court leaves Fifth Circuit Ruling in Place: President Obama’s Immigration Action is Unlawful
“Today’s decision keeps in place what we have maintained from the very start: one person, even a president, cannot unilaterally change the law. This is a major setback to President Obama’s attempts to expand executive power, and a victory for those who believe in the separation of powers and the rule of law.”
Thursday, June 23, 2016 – Austin
U.S. Supreme Court Agrees with University of Texas’s Affirmative Action Policy
“Less than 10 years ago, the Supreme Court said that ‘[t]he way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.’ Sadly, the Court today has departed from that guiding principle,” said Attorney General Ken Paxton. “The University of Texas is one of the finest educational institutions in the world. The opportunities it offers should be available to all students based on their merit, not the color of their skin.”
Monday, June 20, 2016 – Austin
Texas E-book Purchasers to Receive Over $33 Million from Apple Price-Fixing Victory
“This is the final chapter in this long-fought litigation with Texas leading the pursuit of justice for consumers across the country,” said Attorney General Ken Paxton. “The investigation began over six years ago, and our Antitrust Section continues to maintain its commitment throughout this case: corporations that violate the laws to increase their own profits at the expense of the people of Texas will be held responsible.”
Friday, June 17, 2016 – Austin
Court Unanimously Rules for Texas in Southwest Royalties
“I am pleased that the Texas Supreme Court unanimously agreed that the law is clear and that Southwest Royalties does not qualify for a tax exemption. The Comptroller is faithfully executing the law and treating taxpayers fairly, in accordance with the wishes of the Texas Legislature. Bottom line: we saved the State, and taxpayers across the State, over $4 billion.”
Thursday, June 16, 2016 – Austin
Attorney General Paxton Obtains Court Order Halting Sales of Dangerous Synthetic Drugs at Houston Smoke Shop
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that his office obtained a temporary restraining order (TRO) stopping Good Timez Boutique & Smoke Shop, its owners, and landlord from selling dangerous and highly-addictive synthetic drugs to youth in the Houston area.
Thursday, June 16, 2016 – Austin
Texas Attorney General Responds to Ruling on Refugee Case
“I am disappointed with the court’s determination that Texas cannot hold the federal government accountable to consult with us before resettling refugees here,” said Attorney General Ken Paxton. “We are considering our options moving forward to guarantee the safety of Texans from domestic and foreign threats.”