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Wednesday, November 25, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Texas Attorney General’s Office Files Brief in U.S. Supreme Court Challenging Constitutionality of Obamacare
The Texas Attorney General’s office today filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court that asserts Obamacare was not enacted in compliance with the Origination Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The amicus brief was filed in support of the certiorari petition in Matt Sissel v. Department of Health and Human Services.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 – San Antonio, Texas
Texas Attorney General Shuts Down Unlawful Dating Service Company’s Texas Operations
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced today a final judgment and permanent injunction has been filed in a Bexar County district court ordering Lone Star Introductions, Inc. also doing business as eLove Matchmaking to cease operations at its Texas offices, pay civil penalties and consumer restitution. The dating service company, a corporation based in Massachusetts, will have to shut down its San Antonio and Austin offices, and add a notification on its websites and advertising that it no longer provides dating services to Texas consumers.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Texas Attorney General Paxton and W.Va. Attorney General Morrisey Underscore Legal Limits of Obama Administration on Climate Accord
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey have called on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to fully acknowledge the legal limits faced by President Obama’s environmental agenda as the secretary negotiates at the upcoming United Nations summit on climate change, also known as Paris 2015 and COP21.
Monday, November 23, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Texas Attorney General’s Office Obtains Judgment Halting Unlawful Operations of Dallas-Area Solar Panel Company
The Texas Attorney General’s Office today filed an agreed final judgment and permanent injunction that resolves the State’s legal action against 1SolTech Inc. and its three principals, Sandy Fardi, Hossein “Zak” Fardi and Ali Enrique Razavi. Under the agreed judgment, filed in Travis County District court, the defendants are ordered to cease making misrepresentations on the geographical origin and certifications of their solar panels. 1 SolTech will pay $5.8 million in civil penalties and attorney’s fees, as well as more than $2.7 million in restitution to affected consumers.
Thursday, November 19, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Ken Paxton Delivers Opening Remarks at TPPF Energy Summit
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today addressed the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s (TPPF) Energy and Climate Policy Summit, where he discussed the state’s current lawsuits against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its overreaching and misguided regulations on emissions and water.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Purported Veterans Organization Ordered to Shut Down in Texas for Deceiving Texas Donors
“Donors have one thing in mind when they donate to charities: helping people in need,” said Attorney General Ken Paxton. “It is particularly outrageous that VSO cheated veterans in need of help and those good citizens who wanted to help them. Bad actors like these not only take advantage of people’s good intentions, they damage the good reputations of other charities that are operating in good faith. This judgment will permanently ban the defendants from operating in Texas, so they no longer can misrepresent to Texas donors that their donations help local veterans with work and housing.”
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Texas Attorney General’s Office Intervenes over Federal Red River Land Grab
“The borders of any state are a fundamental expression of its sovereignty, and are established through extensive surveys and legal precedent,” said Attorney General Paxton. “We will not allow the federal government to arbitrarily infringe upon Texas land and undermine the private property rights of our citizens. The federal government must follow the law and recognize our correct borders, consistent with decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court defining the boundary formed by the Red River.”
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Chief of Staff Bernard L. McNamee, Key Leader of AG Transition Team, Returning to Private Practice
Bernard L. McNamee, Chief of Staff in the Office of the Attorney General of Texas, announced today that he will be leaving his position and returning to private legal practice in Richmond, Virginia. Serving as Chief of Staff since January, McNamee, helped lead the transition efforts for the new administration and served a key role in legal, policy and administrative decisions for the office.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Media Advisory: Raphael Deon Holiday scheduled for execution
Pursuant to an order entered by the 278th District Court in Madison County, Raphael Deon Holiday is scheduled for execution after 6 p.m. on November 18, 2015. In 2002, a Madison County jury found Holiday guilty of capital murder and sentenced him to death for the murders of Tierra Shinea Lynch, Jasmine Rockell Dupaul, and Justice Nicole Holiday.
Friday, November 13, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Texas Attorney General Announces Settlement Requiring Two National Lenders to Comply with Antitrust Laws Before Completing Merger
“Without the proper protections in place, this acquisition would mean fewer choices for borrowers with limited credit options,” said Attorney General Paxton. “My office will continue to protect choices for Texas consumers by stopping those trying to take away competition through the acquisition of their rivals.”
Friday, November 13, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Paxton: HB 2 Elevates the Standard of Care for Texas Women
“The common-sense measures Texas has put in place elevate the standard of care and protect the health of Texas women. The state has wide discretion to pass laws ensuring Texas women are not subject to substandard conditions at abortion facilities. The advancement of the abortion industry’s bottom line shouldn’t take precedent over women’s health, and we look forward to demonstrating the validity of these important health and safety requirements in Court.”
Friday, November 13, 2015 – Austin, Texas
ICYMI: Texas a Top State in Combatting Human Trafficking
Shared Hope International, a Vancouver, Washington-based organization dedicated to preventing human trafficking, today recognized Texas as a top state in the fight against this brutal crime. Texas has long been a leader in such efforts and this year was one of only six states to receive the grade of “A” for 2015. The grades are based on state laws put into place to prevent trafficking, protect victims, and prosecute offenders.
Thursday, November 12, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Ken Paxton Announces New Senior Staff Appointments
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced the following key staff appointments to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG): Angela Colmenero, chief of the General Litigation Division; Amanda Crawford, associate deputy for general and legal counsel; Lesli Ginn, chief of the Financial Litigation and Charitable Trusts Division; Pricilla Hubenack, chief of the Environmental Protection Division; Austin R. Nimocks, associate deputy attorney general for Special Litigation; Al Ochoa, deputy director for policy, legal and program operations; and Robert O’Keefe, division chief of the Tax Division; Patrick K. Sweeten, senior counsel for civil litigation.
Monday, November 9, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Fifth Circuit Rules for Texas: Executive Amnesty ‘Unlawful’
“Today, the Fifth Circuit asserted that the separation of powers remains the law of the land, and the president must follow the rule of law, just like everybody else,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said. “Throughout this process, the Obama Administration has aggressively disregarded the constitutional limits on executive power, and Texas, leading a charge of 26 states, has secured an important victory to put a halt to the president’s lawlessness."
Monday, November 9, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Paxton Statement on SCOTUS Decision in Mullenix v. Luna
This is a victory for the men and women who risk their lives to protect and serve the people of Texas. Officer Mullenix acted reasonably to protect his fellow officers in a rapidly-developing car chase involving a fugitive threatening to kill law enforcement in his path. The Court properly determined that Mullenix had qualified immunity from a trial second-guessing his actions to protect other officers and the public. Today's decision recognizes that in the face of dangerous, life-threatening situations, our law enforcement officers must have the necessary latitude to make critical decisions in an instant to protect themselves and the public from harm.”
Monday, November 9, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Texas Attorney General’s Office and Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office Arrest Tarrant County Resident for Voter Fraud
The Texas Attorney General’s Office has arrested Tarrant County resident Rosa Maria Ortega for two counts of illegal voting, a second degree felony. The case is being prosecuted by the Criminal Prosecutions Division with assistance from Tarrant County District Attorney Sharen Wilson’s Office.
Friday, November 6, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Paxton: Protect the Free Exercise of Religion from Government Intrusion
“These important cases before the Supreme Court underscore the need for us to stand strong in the face of continued assaults on religious liberties in our nation,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said. “No citizen should be forced by the federal government to comply with mandates that violate their conscience, or pay fines just for living in accordance with their beliefs. We hope the Court will reaffirm our rights and protect the free exercise of religion from government intrusion.”
Friday, November 6, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General’s Office Secures Victory in Lawsuit Protecting Texas Taxpayers
“This ruling is a victory for the taxpayers of Texas. The City of Austin’s attempt to rewrite Texas law was beyond the scope of their authority and put all property owners in the state at risk of higher taxes. We are pleased the judge ultimately dismissed this lawsuit, giving Texans a voice against unlawful efforts to increase tax revenue without input from lawmakers or taxpayers.”
Wednesday, November 4, 2015 – New Orleans, Louisiana
State Argues We Must Preserve Hazlewood Act for Texas Veterans
“The Hazlewood Act provides an important benefit to Texans who make the choice to serve our nation and put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said. “It’s just one way that Texas gives back, while also helping us keep the valuable skills and experience these veterans offer in our state. However, if Texas is forced to expand the law beyond current eligibility requirements, the entire program will be at stake. We must preserve the Hazlewood Act as it is in order to ensure its financial sustainability, so the state can continue providing this benefit to Texas veterans.”
Wednesday, November 4, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Religious Freedom Must Continue To Be Protected in Texas
Our country was founded on the very concept of religious freedom, and our Founding Fathers understood that creating and maintaining a free society requires protecting religious expression and the rights of individuals to exercise their personally-held religious beliefs. While the federal and state constitutions, as well as federal and state statutes, contain numerous provisions that protect our religious liberties, religious freedom is still being threatened in Texas and across our great nation.
Tuesday, November 3, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Investigation Lands Cedar Park Man in Jail for Possession of Child Pornography
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced the Attorney General’s Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) successfully executed a search warrant resulting in the arrest of Gerardo Gamez, 44, of Cedar Park, for ten counts of possession of child pornography.
Friday, October 30, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Ken Paxton Addresses Texas Taxpayers and Research Association Annual Meeting
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today spoke at the Annual Membership Meeting of Texas Taxpayers and Research Association about what the Office of the Attorney General is doing to protect taxpayers across the state.
Thursday, October 29, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General’s Office Defends Texas Law Protecting Taxpayers; Files to Intervene in City of Austin
“The City of Austin has made it clear they want one thing and one thing only – more tax revenue,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Austin’s plan would expose every property owner in Austin, and ultimately all of Texas, to the potential of higher property taxes, and it’s the duty of this office to give Texas taxpayers a voice and defend state law.”
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 – Longview, Texas
Gregg County Sheriff Maxey Cerliano Leads Initiative to Arrest Delinquent Parents
Gregg County Sheriff Maxey Cerliano has arrested 23 Gregg County parents who violated court orders requiring them to pay child support. Along with support from the Texas Attorney General’s Child Support Division (CSD), others assisting Sheriff Cerliano in the roundup effort include Longview Police Chief Mike Bishop, Kilgore Police Chief Todd Hunter, Gladewater Police Chief Robert Vine, White Oak Police Chief Charles R. Smith, Lakeport Police Chief Wesley Freeman and Longview city marshals. The effort focused on parents who were the subjects of arrest warrants because of their failure to pay child support.
Monday, October 26, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Texas Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Unit Joins Austin Police in Undercover Operation During F1 Weekend
“These arrests reflect a coordinated state and local law enforcement effort to crack down on human trafficking during big scale events like F1,” said Attorney General Ken Paxton. “The Office of the Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Unit routinely participates in operations with other law enforcement agencies in an effort to identify possible victims of human trafficking, many times underage victims who fall pray of traffickers and are forced into prostitution.”