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Monday, June 18, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton’s Office, FTC Team Up to Stop Scams Against Small Businesses
“My office is proud to partner with the FTC in Operation Main Street,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Small businesses in Texas and across the nation are the cornerstone of the economy and deserve to be treated honestly and fairly. Our Consumer Protection Division will continue to crack down on scam artists who take advantage of small businesses through fraud and deception.”
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Issues Statement Supporting a Dismissal of New York City’s Job Killing Climate Change Lawsuit
Attorney General Ken Paxton today issued the following statement on today’s hearing in the Southern District of New York and the request to dismiss New York City's frivolous tort lawsuit against several energy companies.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Named Best in the Nation
“Medicaid fraud drives up the cost of health care for all of us and steals from taxpayer-funded programs that help Texans receive medical care,” Attorney General Paxton said. “All Texans should be proud that they have the best Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in the country working for them. My office will continue to crack down on anyone who schemes to evade the law and profit from defrauding the Medicaid program.”
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit Reaches New Milestone with 10,000 Total Arrests
“This major milestone is a testament to our Fugitive Apprehension Unit’s hard work and dedication. These courageous law enforcement officers have successfully arrested 10,000 fugitives and provided invaluable protection for Texans,” Attorney General Paxton said. “I am proud of the bravery and valor they demonstrate every day while keeping Texas strong, safe and just.”
Monday, June 4, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Applauds SCOTUS Decision Protecting the Unborn
“The Supreme Court made the right decision to vacate the D.C. Circuit’s ruling creating a right to abortion for anyone who enters the U.S. illegally,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The previous ruling not only cost a life, but could have paved the way for extending American citizens’ rights to all unlawfully-present aliens with no substantial connection to this country. Texas will not become a sanctuary state for abortions, and will continue the fight to protect and promote fetal life.”
Monday, June 4, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton: SCOTUS Agrees with Texas-led Coalition on Landmark Religious Liberty Case
“This is a landmark victory for our first liberties of religious freedom and freedom of speech,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The Supreme Court’s ruling affirms that the First Amendment contains robust protections for people who choose to operate their business consistent with their faith. Every American should have the freedom to choose what they will or won’t create without fear of being unjustly punished by the government.”
Monday, June 4, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton’s Office Urges 5th Circuit to Uphold Texas’ Decision to Defund Planned Parenthood
“We provided conclusive evidence to the 5th Circuit that Planned Parenthood’s practices constitute serious breaches of medical and ethical standards. Such illegal and unethical behavior more than justifies Texas’ decision to withhold taxpayer funding from the organization,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Planned Parenthood’s shocking and repugnant conduct, captured in the raw video footage, proves that it is not a ‘qualified’ provider under the Medicaid Act. An organization that is willing to subject women to abortion procedure modifications that can put their health at risk without their consent does not deserve a dime of Texas taxpayers’ money.”
Friday, June 1, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Preserves Academic Records for Texans Who Attended ITT Technical Institute
“ITT pulled the rug out from under Texans who were attempting to better their lives through education, and their record of classroom work could have vanished forever had we not taken legal action,” Attorney General Paxton said. “I’m pleased that my office has helped secure the academic records of former ITT students, who’ll be able to use official transcripts to obtain professional licenses, gain employment and transfer ITT credits to other institutions.”
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Reaches $15.2 Million Settlement with Fraudulent Medicaid Providers
“Protecting taxpayer funds and the financial integrity of the Texas Medicaid program is a priority for my office,” Attorney General Paxton said. “This case sends a clear message to providers that it doesn’t pay to cheat Medicaid. We will hold violators accountable with personal liability and exclusion from the program as provided by Texas law.”
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton’s Office Continues Investigation of Illegal Voting Scheme Tied to City of Edinburg’s 2017 Election
“These arrests further demonstrate my office’s commitment to ensuring that the voting process is secure and fair in all Texas elections,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Anyone who attempts to deprive the people of Texas of their voice by undermining the integrity of elections will be brought to justice and penalized by the full extent of the law.”
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Leads 10-State Brief Supporting Legislative Immunity in Arkansas Supreme Court Case
“At stake in this case is the fundamental right of any legislator to speak his or her mind with impunity while engaged in legislative work,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The ACLU’s deposition requests threaten to violate that independence and undermine the important principle of legislative immunity that our founders incorporated into the U.S. Constitution.”
Friday, May 25, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Asks 5th Circuit for Emergency Stay of Lower Court’s Voter Registration Ruling
“An emergency stay is necessary to maintain Texas’ current legislatively enacted voter registration procedures while the 5th Circuit reviews our case,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The district court’s flawed ruling goes way beyond what federal law requires and the court never had jurisdiction on this voter registration case from plaintiffs who were already registered.”
Thursday, May 24, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Commends Trump Administration Proposal to Allow Health Providers to Follow Conscience in Federal Title X
“It is imperative that citizens have access to health-centered family planning services, and it is just as important that Title X health providers are protected from a government directed violation of religious and moral convictions,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Abortion and family planning cannot be conflated without dismissing the sanctity of life. By scrapping the requirement that health providers must promote abortion as an option, President Trump has taken a large step toward preserving individual freedoms and the respect for human life, including unborn life.”
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton’s Office Teams Up with Local, Federal Law Enforcement to Arrest 13 People Involved in Organized Crime and Prostitution in Texas
Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that his office collaborated with local and federal law enforcement on a seven-month investigation that culminated in the arrests of 13 people allegedly involved in prostitution and human trafficking in Texas.
Monday, May 21, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Praises Trump Administration Proposal to Protect Life in the Federal Title X Family Planning Grant Program
“Sending taxpayer money to abortion providers is a bit like giving matches to an arsonist, so long as he promises he will use somebody else’s matches to start fires,” Attorney General Paxton said. “In making a true separation between family planning clinics and abortion providers a requirement for receipt of Title X funds, President Trump again demonstrated his commitment to protecting the sanctity of life and the conscience rights of millions of Americans. Attempts to conflate abortion and family planning have always violated the letter and the spirit of Title X. This decision is equal parts victory for the rule of law and for the unborn.”
Monday, May 21, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Reminds Texans of May 31 Deadline to Claim Western Union Refunds
“Texans who were tricked into sending funds via Western Union and qualify for refunds deserve justice, but many may not know about this opportunity,” Attorney General Paxton said. “My office is reminding affected consumers that May 31 is the deadline to submit a claim so they can get back funds lost to wire transfer scams.”
Friday, May 18, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Statement on Shooting in Santa Fe, Texas
“The thoughts and prayers of all Texans are with the people of Santa Fe and those affected by today’s tragic shooting. As horrific reports come out of Santa Fe High School, my office stands ready to assist local law enforcement as needed.”
Thursday, May 17, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests Kerr County Father and Son for Possession of Child Pornography
Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested a Kerrville father and son for offenses involving child pornography. Sixty-one-year-old Johnny Richard Ingram Sr. was charged with one count of possession of child pornography. His 39-year-old son, Johnny Richard Ingram Jr., who is a registered sex offender, was charged with three counts of promotion of child pornography. If convicted, Ingram Sr. could face up to 10 years in prison, and his son could face 60 years.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Announces Lawsuit Against Major Opioid Manufacturer Purdue Pharma for Violation of Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act
“My office is holding Purdue Pharma accountable for fueling the nation’s opioid epidemic by deceptively marketing prescription painkillers including OxyContin when it knew their drugs were potentially dangerous and that its use had a high likelihood of leading to addiction,” Attorney General Paxton said. “As Purdue got rich from sales of its opioids, Texans and others across the nation were swept up in a public health crisis that led to tens of thousands of deaths each year due to opioid overdoses.”
Monday, May 14, 2018 – Austin
MEDIA ADVISORY: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to Make Major Announcement to Combat the Nationwide Opioid Crisis
Announcing Texas’ efforts to combat the opioid crisis
Monday, May 14, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton’s Office to Prosecute Two Counts of Non-Citizen Voter Fraud from Harris County
“This case demonstrates my office’s commitment to protecting the integrity of elections,” Attorney General Paxton said. “We will continue to do everything in our power to safeguard the electoral process in Texas.”
Monday, May 7, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton’s Consumer Protection Division Stops Sales of Unlawful and Potentially Dangerous Contact Lenses at 37 Retailers and Distributors in Texas
“My office’s contact lens sweep is a reminder to Texans to safeguard their vision by using only contact lenses prescribed for them by a licensed practitioner,” Attorney General Paxton said. “We will continue to take appropriate action against retailers and businesses that endanger consumers by selling unlawful lenses. We strongly urge anyone who has found retailers selling lenses without a prescription to contact our office.”
Monday, May 7, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Urges HHS to Remove Obstacle Limiting Access to Health Services for Low-Income Women in Texas
“States have discretion in implementing the Medicaid Act, including in setting qualifications for providers,” Attorney General Paxton wrote. “Texas and the Healthy Texas Women program should not be penalized through the continued withholding of federal funds merely because Texas has exercised the authority that federal law has granted to it—namely, the authority to refuse to be a conduit for channeling taxpayer funds to abortion providers pursuant to state law.”
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Files for Nationwide Preliminary Injunction to Halt the Unlawful Obama-Era DACA Program
“It’s a travesty of justice that three unelected federal judges are forcing the Trump administration to leave an unlawful program like DACA in place indefinitely,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Activist judges should not stand in the way of the president fulfilling his constitutional duty. Our coalition is confident it will prevail with its lawsuit to end DACA, but in the meantime, the federal government must be enjoined from issuing or renewing any DACA permits under this unlawful program.”
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 – Austin
Video and Text of AG Paxton’s Remarks At Press Conference Announcing 7-State Lawsuit Challenging the Unlawful Obama-Era DACA Program
Attorney General Ken Paxton’s remarks from today’s news conference announcing a Texas-led seven state lawsuit against the federal government to end the unconstitutional Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

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