THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS
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OAG Collaborates with Local Law Enforcement Agencies to Bring Child Predators to Justice in Gregg County
Friday, May 26, 2017 – Austin

During the weeklong operation, CEU investigators conducted a proactive undercover investigation online. The four suspects were arrested after they arrived at a predetermined location to meet with children they solicited for sexual contact. Individuals arrested by CEU investigators during the joint operation are: Johnny K. Houston, Jr., Joaquin Amilcar Pineda, Shane Jeffrey Chapman and Nehemias Pineda.

AG Paxton and 42 States Reach $33 Million Settlement with Johnson & Johnson Regarding the Quality of Over-The-Counter Drugs
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 – Austin

Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that Texas will receive more than $2.2 million in a $33 million, 43-state settlement with pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson. The settlement resolves allegations that a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson sold various over-the-counter drugs to consumers, even though some manufacturing facilities did not comply with federal standards.

AG Paxton: Texas Joins 10-State Coalition Urging President Trump’s Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 – Austin

Attorney General Ken Paxton today joined a 10-state coalition in sending a letter to President Trump, urging withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement. The letter states that the Paris agreement, adopted in December 2015, stands as a symbol of the Obama era “Washington knows best” approach to governing.

AG Paxton Announces $2 Million Settlement Payment to Baylor College of Medicine for Pediatric Neurological Research
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 – Austin

“Baylor College of Medicine has long been a leader in researching treatments for children with neurological problems,” said Attorney General Paxton. “We are pleased that this lawsuit and settlement will allow Baylor to continue its critical research.”

AG Paxton Announces $18.5 Million Settlement with Target to Resolve 2013 Data Breach
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 – Austin

“Cyber threats and identity theft are of increasing concern to Texas consumers,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Today’s settlement underscores that in the 21st century, a business that obtains consumers’ personal information must be proactive in maintaining reasonable safeguards to protect that information.”

AG Paxton Congratulates Employee on Winning Prestigious Award
Friday, May 19, 2017 – Austin

“Shelley Dahlberg’s sound judgment, keen instincts and work ethic make her a natural leader,” Attorney General Paxton said. “She is a model of professional excellence, a master of trial and appellate skills and a mentor to hundreds of lawyers who have dedicated their talents to public service.”

AG Paxton Calls on EPA to Suspend and Review Unlawful Regulations Harmful to Texans
Friday, May 19, 2017 – Austin

Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urging it to suspend, review and reconsider Obama-era EPA regulations that Texas challenged in 12 lawsuits that are still pending against the federal agency. The letter was sent Monday in response to a request for comments from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.

OAG’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests Williamson County Man for Possession of Child Pornography
Friday, May 19, 2017 – Austin

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced yesterday that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested 55-year-old Joe Lawrence Islas, of Round Rock, on three counts of Possession of Child Pornography, a third-degree felony. Islas could face up to 10 years in prison per charge if convicted.

AG Paxton Intervenes in Lawsuit to Protect Religious Freedom of Montgomery County Judge Wayne Mack
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 – Austin

“The lawsuit against Judge Mack is an affront to religious liberty and yet another attempt to push religious expression from public life. The commission’s prayer practice, like Judge Mack’s courtroom prayer, is completely consistent with our nation’s history of protecting religious expression.”

AG Paxton: Texas Joins 17-States Filing Amicus Brief to Support School Rights
Monday, May 15, 2017 – Austin

“Schools are facing the potential loss of federal funding all because local educators are exercising the authority to implement common-sense policies that best protect their students’ privacy, safety and dignity,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Texas has led the fight to prevent the Department of Education from unilaterally rewriting federal law. Title IX permits schools to maintain separate facilities, including bathrooms and locker rooms, and the 4th Circuit should recognize this principle.”

AG Paxton Applauds Court Ruling Affirming Dallas’ Rejection of Pornography Convention
Friday, May 12, 2017 – Austin

“It is vital that governmental entities have the ability to exclude sexually-oriented businesses from property that they own,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The City of Dallas, through its democratically-elected officials, rightfully decided that its convention center and taxpayer monies should not be home to an event where obscenity and criminal activity occurs.”

AG Paxton: City of Brownsville Agrees to Repeal Plastic Bag Fee
Thursday, May 11, 2017 – Austin

“I’m pleased that the city of Brownsville agreed to stop taxing its citizens through an unlawful bag fee,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Cities and municipalities in Texas are obligated to follow the rule of law. And in this case, a law passed by the Legislature clearly prohibits a sales tax on bags.”

AG Paxton Files Lawsuit to Uphold Constitutionality of Texas Sanctuary Cities Law
Monday, May 8, 2017 – Austin

“SB 4 is constitutional, lawful and a vital step in securing our borders,” Attorney General Paxton said. “SB 4 guarantees cooperation among federal, state and local law enforcement to protect Texans. Unfortunately, some municipalities and law enforcement agencies are unwilling to cooperate with the federal government and claim that SB 4 is unconstitutional.”

AG Paxton Statement Regarding President Trump’s Executive Order on Free Speech and Religious Liberty
Thursday, May 4, 2017 – Austin

“Recently, Governor Abbott and I called on Congress to pass the Free Speech Fairness Act. That legislation will fully restore the freedom of churches to participate in political debates by removing a 60 year old provision of the IRS code – the Johnson Amendment – which threatens churches with the loss of their tax-exempt status if they take a stand on legislation or candidates. Today’s executive order by President Trump is an important first step to protect our country’s first liberty – religious liberty. By enacting the Free Speech Fairness Act (H.R. 781 and S. 264), we can guarantee that the voices of churches and people of faith reclaim their rightful place in our democracy.”

AG Paxton Hails Victory Over Stream Protection Rule
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 – Austin

“Fighting federal overreach and protecting Texas sovereignty is a cornerstone of my office,” Attorney General Paxton said. “We are grateful to solidify yet another victory for Texans. We will continue to fight rules that trample state sovereignty and displace hardworking men and women.”

AG Paxton Warns Texans of Price Gouging in Wake of Disaster
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 – Austin

“Natural disasters can pull communities together, but, unfortunately, they can also pull in unscrupulous individuals looking to scam vulnerable citizens,” Attorney General Paxton said. “As East Texans rebuild and recover, my office will work to protect them from price gouging and any deceptive acts.”

AG Paxton Releases Statement on Tragic Events in Dallas and Austin
Monday, May 1, 2017 – Austin

“My office is assisting in both Texas tragedies today. Officers from our law enforcement division are working with authorities in Dallas and Austin to provide as much help as possible. I join with all Texans in praying for those impacted by today’s horrific and senseless acts of violence.”

Texas Leads 14-State Coalition Asking U.S. Supreme Court to Uphold Arizona’s Driver’s License Policy on Undocumented Aliens
Monday, May 1, 2017 – Austin

“We stand with Arizona against illegal federal overreach by the former president, who bypassed Congress to enact an immigration program he did not have the authority to create,” Attorney General Paxton said. “We’re hopeful the U.S. Supreme Court will review the case and conclude that states have the right to decide who gets a driver’s license.”