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Wednesday, May 27,2015
Beware of Scams: Tips to Avoid Fraud in Aftermath of Disaster

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton warned Texans of the risk of fraud and common scams in the wake of severe weather, tornadoes and flooding that began on May 4, 2015, and has continued at least through Memorial Day weekend, impacting communities across the state.

Tuesday, May 26,2015
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Denies Obama Administration’s Request to Implement Illegal Amnesty

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit today denied the Obama Administration’s request to begin implementing the president’s illegal amnesty plan after a federal judge halted the program in a Feb. 16 ruling. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton released the following statement:

“The separation of powers and checks and balances remain the law of the land, and this decision is a victory for those committed to preserving the rule of law in America,” said Attorney General Ken Paxton. “Telling illegal aliens that they are now lawfully present in this country, and awarding them valuable government benefits, is a drastic change in immigration policy. The president’s attempt to do this by himself, without a law passed by Congress and without any input from the states, is a remarkable violation of the U.S Constitution and laws. We will continue to fight the brazen lawlessness that has become a trademark of the Obama Administration.”

Monday, May 25,2015
Attorney General Paxton Memorial Day Statement

“As someone who grew up on military bases, my earliest years were spent in the company of individuals who stood ready to defend our nation, no matter the cost. Our nation has always been blessed beyond measure to have among us patriots who so love their country, and the principles it was founded upon, that they are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice so that freedom might live. We are forever in their debt.”

Thursday, May 21,2015
Attorney General Paxton Statement on Passage of Pastor Protection Bill

"Across our nation, religious values have come under assault, and today’s bipartisan action in the Texas House is a clear step forward in the ongoing effort to preserve our first freedom: religious liberty. This overwhelming vote shows undisputable support for protecting our faith leaders and standing up against government’s attempts to force Texans to act against their sincerely held beliefs. I commend Sen. Craig Estes and Rep. Scott Sanford for championing this legislation, as well as the pastors who have shared testimony and the lawmakers who fought for the core values of our state and citizens."

Wednesday, May 20,2015
Attorney General Paxton Calls for Increased Oversight of Obama Administration in Executive Amnesty Case

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed a response to the Obama Administration’s April 30 and May 7 advisories, which confirm the unwieldiness of the President’s illegal amnesty plan. The Texas-led, bipartisan coalition of 26 states continues to hold the Obama Administration accountable for its misrepresentations to a federal district court and its admitted violation of a court order in prematurely implementing executive amnesty. In today’s filing with the federal district court, the states argued for increased oversight of the administration's compliance with the court's injunction, and for the opportunity to look into whether the defendants should be sanctioned for their misrepresentations to the court.

Wednesday, May 20,2015
Attorney General Paxton Announces Agreement to Protect Consumer Privacy in RadioShack Case

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced a settlement regarding RadioShack’s proposed sale of its customers’ personally identifiable information in connection with the sale of RadioShack’s trademark and intellectual property. A coalition of 38 states, led by Texas, joined together to oppose the sale of consumer data. Under the terms of the settlement agreement reached after mediation, the overwhelming bulk of RadioShack’s consumer data will be destroyed, and no credit or debit card account numbers, social security numbers, dates of birth or even phone numbers will be transferred.

Tuesday, May 19,2015
Attorney General Paxton Announces Multistate Settlement Against Deceptive Cancer Charities

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, as part of a coalition with 49 other states, the District of Columbia and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), today announced settlements with deceptive cancer charities and their operators, who scammed more than $187 million from consumers throughout the country. The settlements with two organizations and three individuals net judgments of nearly $137 million, while litigation continues against those who have not yet settled.

Friday, May 15,2015
Attorney General Investigation Lands Corpus Christi Man in Jail on Three Counts of Child Pornography

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced the Attorney General’s Child Exploitation Unit successfully executed a search warrant at a residence in Corpus Christi resulting in the arrest of Francisco Granillo Jaczan, 47, for three counts of Possession of Child Pornography.  It was the second arrest for Possession of Child Pornography this week in Corpus Christi following an investigation by the Child Exploitation Unit. 

Tuesday, May 12,2015
Attorney General Ken Paxton Announces Arrest of Corpus Christi Man for Possession of Child Pornography

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced the Attorney General’s Child Exploitation Unit executed a search warrant at a residence in Corpus Christi resulting in the arrest of Ronald Eugene Lowrey, 44, for three counts of Possession of Child Pornography. 

Tuesday, May 12,2015
Attorney General Ken Paxton Announces $158 Million Mobile Cramming Settlements with Sprint and Verizon

Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Texas Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division—along with the Attorneys General of the other 49 States and the District of Columbia, and the federal government—reached settlements with Sprint Corporation (“Sprint”) and Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless (“Verizon”) that resolve charges of “mobile cramming” against the companies. The settlements include $158 million in payments, and resolve allegations that Sprint and Verizon placed charges for third-party services on consumers’ mobile telephone bills that were not authorized by the consumers, a practice known as “cramming.” 

Tuesday, May 12,2015
Attorney General Paxton: Regents Have Right to University Information

Attorney General Ken Paxton today issued an opinion regarding the right of university regents to access records in the possession of the university that a regent believes are necessary to review in order to fulfill his/her duties as a regent.

Tuesday, May 12,2015
Attorney General Paxton Warns Texans of Price Gouging in Wake of Disaster

Following severe weather, tornado and flooding that began on May 4, 2015 impacting North Texas communities, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today warned Texans that state law prohibits price gouging in the wake of a declared disaster.

Monday, May 11,2015
Media Advisory: Derrick Dewayne Charles scheduled for execution

Pursuant to a court order by the 184th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Derrick Dewayne Charles is scheduled for execution after 6:00 p.m. on May 12, 2015.

Monday, May 11,2015
Attorney General Ken Paxton Announces Arrest of Nine Suspected Child Predators

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced the arrest of nine suspected child predators following a joint sting operation between the Attorney General’s Child Exploitation Unit and the Copperas Cove Police Department. This effort was the Office of the Attorney General’s most successful joint operation-to-date targeting child predators.

Friday, May 08,2015
Attorney General Paxton Statement on DOJ Admitting Thousands More Granted Expanded Work Permits

After the Obama Administration admitted that more than 100,000 illegal immigrants were already issued expanded work permits under the president’s lawless amnesty plan in direct contradiction to what they told the federal court, the federal government yesterday advised the judge that two thousand more individuals were prematurely granted expanded work permits. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today released the following statement:

Wednesday, May 06,2015
Attorney General Ken Paxton Promotes Importance of Internet Safety

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today spoke to students at Leadership Prep School about safe online practices, including creating secure passwords and avoiding scams. The event was part of Google’s Online Safety Roadshow to discuss the importance of Internet safety.

Tuesday, May 05,2015
Attorney General Paxton to Challenge Obama Administration’s EPA Carbon Rule

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced Texas intends to challenge the Obama Administration’s so-called Clean Power Plan Rule (“Carbon Rule”) being considered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and set to be finalized this summer.  

Tuesday, May 05,2015
Attorney General Paxton Files Brief Defending Court Order Halting President Obama’s Illegal Amnesty

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed a brief defending the preliminary injunction issued by a federal district court, which stopped the Obama Administration’s lawless executive amnesty.  The brief was filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Friday, May 01,2015
Attorney General Paxton: DOJ Withholds Documents about Scope of its Misleading Statements

After being ordered by a federal district court to produce documents related to misleading statements made during a hearing earlier this year, the Department of Justice (DOJ) responded by providing no substantive documents for review, instead producing a heavily-redacted, 200-page privilege log in which almost every responsive document was withheld from suing states, along with material that had already been made public. In response to this brazen disregard for a legal order, General Paxton released the following statement.

Tuesday, April 28,2015
Attorney General Paxton: Voter ID Essential to Safeguarding the Integrity of Elections

The Texas Attorney General’s Office today defended the state’s Voter ID law before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller presented arguments on behalf of the State of Texas before Chief Judge Carl E. Stewart and Judges Catharina  Haynes and Nannette Jolivette Brown (USDJ-ELA). Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton released the following statement:





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