California Attorney General Updates

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December 13, 2018Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govAG Becerra leads coalition of attorneys general from Delaware, Maryland, New York and Virginia SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued the following statement regarding today's decision in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in State of California, et al v. Alex Azar, II, et al. This legal challenge, led by California, seeks to protect access to cost-free birth control coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). “A woman's health decisions should be made by a woman and her doctor – not her employer or politicians,” said Attorney General Becerra. “Congress made [...]
Thu, Dec 13, 2018
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
December 13, 2018Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced the sentencing of Ramil “Randy” Abalkhad, owner of Romano's Jewelers, for felony conspiracy to engage in illegal financing and debt collection practices targeting sailors and marines in San Diego. Attorney General Becerra filed criminal charges against Mr. Abalkhad on October 7, 2017. Today, Mr. Abalkhad was sentenced to three years of felony probation, including a requirement that he serve 90 days in jail. Mr. Abalkhad will also be required to pay restitution to the victims identified in Attorney General Becerra's complaint and to cancel outstanding MBNB [...]
Thu, Dec 13, 2018
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
December 11, 2018Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.gov Changes to Public Charge would hurt hardworking immigrant families, including children Proposed regulation would undermine California's work to protect and promote programs and policies that advance better health, safety, education, and economic prosperity SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra urged the Trump Administration not to move forward with their proposal to rewrite rules that limit who can become a citizen based on the use of publicly-funded programs. In a comment letter, Attorney General Becerra opposed changes that seek to limit or take away access to critical and lifesaving programs and services such [...]
Tue, Dec 11, 2018
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
December 11, 2018Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.gov Coalition Urges Trump Administration to Maintain Clean Car Standards and Clean Power Plan SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood today delivered a multistate letter calling on the Trump Administration to withdraw proposed rules that would weaken restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions for motor vehicles and power plants. The letter, written to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler in light of new information from a recently-published report, cites dire warnings from the federal government's recent “Fourth National Climate Assessment” that the harmful effects of climate change [...]
Tue, Dec 11, 2018
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
December 10, 2018Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.gov SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Becerra today joined a bipartisan multistate coalition of 43 attorneys general in a letter urging the prioritization of updates to the Social Security Administration's (SSA) electronic databases and verification methods, so that institutions can instantly check for and flag synthetic identity theft. By statute, the users of the system — namely banks and their service providers — pay fees to cover the cost of developing and operating the system. Synthetic identity theft occurs when identity thieves use real Social Security numbers, along with fictitious names and birthdates, to manufacture [...]
Mon, Dec 10, 2018
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
December 7, 2018Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced that he has joined a bipartisan working group of 40 state attorneys general seeking to end illegal robocalls. The coalition is reviewing the technology that major telecommunications companies are pursuing to combat illegal robocalls, and is working to ensure that consumer protection remains the companies' highest priority. “As families gather around the dinner table each night, they shouldn't be bombarded by unwanted robocalls,” said Attorney General Becerra. “But robocalls made from fake numbers are more than just a nuisance – they're illegal. We should be doing everything [...]
Fri, Dec 07, 2018
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
December 6, 2018Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSixty-five local government agencies receive grants to support efforts to combat the illegal sale of tobacco to minors SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced the recipients of the California Department of Justice's Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Proposition 56 Tobacco Grant Program. The grant recipients are 56 local government agencies located throughout the state, and grant funds will support programs to reduce illegal tobacco sales, particularly to minors. Funded activities include retailer training programs, decoy operations, youth outreach and prevention programs, tobacco retail license inspections, training for sworn peace officers, and the installation of vapor [...]
Thu, Dec 06, 2018
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
December 6, 2018Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govToday, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is featured in the annual “Bloomberg 50,” Bloomberg Businessweek's list featuring leaders across the business, entertainment, finance, politics, and technology and science sectors “whose 2018 accomplishments were particularly noteworthy.” Attorney General Becerra was recognized for his work protecting California's residents, environment, resources, and values. Excerpt below: Xavier Becerra, California Attorney General “Becerra will soon help California set a record for the number of times a state has sued one administration, surpassing the previous mark held by Texas, which took a relatively leisurely eight years to sue Barack Obama 48 times—three suits [...]
Thu, Dec 06, 2018
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
December 6, 2018Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a multistate amicus brief filed in support of a lawsuit brought by the ACLU, which challenges the Trump Administration's efforts to prevent people who have not entered the country at a “port of entry” from applying for asylum in the United States. In the brief, the Attorneys General urge the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to grant a preliminary injunction suspending the Trump Administration's Final Interim Rule on the grounds that it exacerbates inhumane conditions at our borders, causes significant harm to the [...]
Thu, Dec 06, 2018
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
December 5, 2018Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO - California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, together with 24 local government attorneys, today announced a $7.4 million statewide settlement, including enhanced environmental compliance measures and injunctive terms, with Minnesota-based Target Corporation (Target). The settlement resolves allegations that Target violated state laws and injunctive terms from a 2011 stipulated judgment regarding the company's handling and disposal of retail hazardous waste. The current settlement follows investigations of Target's conduct alleging that between 2012 to 2016 the company committed violations by improperly disposing hazardous waste into landfills. The waste included items such as electronics, batteries, aerosol cans, [...]
Wed, Dec 05, 2018
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY