California Attorney General Updates

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April 18, 2019Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has joined a multistate comment letter to oppose an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal undermining emission standards for power plants. The proposal would unlawfully remove justification for Clean Air Act regulation of mercury and air toxics emissions from coal-and oil-fired power plants. These power plants are the largest sources of airborne mercury emissions that cause serious and widespread public health, environmental, and economic harms. “The EPA's proposal to weaken or eliminate standards protecting against hazardous pollutants endangers public health and poisons our environment,” said Attorney General Becerra. “Once again [...]
Thu, Apr 18, 2019
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April 15, 2019Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, with Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O'Malley and San Mateo County District Attorney Stephen M. Wagstaffe, today announced a $4.6 million settlement involving Advantage Rent A Car and its affiliate E-Z Rent-A-Car (Advantage) following a multi-year joint investigation into violations of California's consumer protection laws. The settlement – incorporated into a stipulated judgment which also includes comprehensive injunctive terms to prevent future misconduct – resolves allegations that Advantage frequently charged its customers artificially inflated prices for rental vehicle repair. “Advantage and its affiliate caused real economic harm to [...]
Tue, Apr 16, 2019
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April 15, 2019Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govRule would exclude a majority of California's waterways from protection SACRAMENTO — Attorney General Becerra today joined a multistate comment letter urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) to withdraw a proposed rule that would exclude much of our nation's waterways from vital federal protections. The proposal is the most recent step in the Trump Administration's plan to dismantle long-standing pollution control measures in the Clean Water Act. The proposed rule seeks to repeal the Clean Water Rule enacted during the Obama Administration and replace it with [...]
Mon, Apr 15, 2019
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April 12, 2019Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO- California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today issued the following statement in response to a district court ruling striking down the Trump Administration's unlawful repeal of a rule that ensures taxpayers and states receive fair value for oil, gas, and coal extracted from public and tribal lands: “Today we protected a commonsense rule, and thus the American people, to the tune of $71 million a year," said Attorney General Becerra. "The biggest winners today are the American taxpayers who will now receive their fair share of royalties from private companies that profit from oil, coal, and [...]
Sat, Apr 13, 2019
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April 12, 2019Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govPoacher found to have killed protected birds, including hawks SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced the conviction and sentencing of Richard Earl Parker of Lassen County for poaching hawks and other nongame birds. Parker pled guilty to illegal taking of birds after an investigation by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) found the defendant shot hawks and other birds on his ranch in Lassen County. As part of the investigation, CDFW recovered more than 150 dead birds, many of which were protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. CDFW also [...]
Fri, Apr 12, 2019
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April 15, 2019Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced a lawsuit against Earl Feldman, a San Diego attorney who allegedly misappropriated funds from charitable trusts that he oversaw as the trustee. The Attorney General's petition alleges that Feldman misappropriated more than $2 million in charitable trust funds for his personal gain, travel, furniture and insurance, instead of donating the funds to charitable organizations. “Generous Californians often make the serious choice to donate their life savings to a charitable trust. My office takes seriously our duty to ensure that these charitable assets are used accordingly," said Attorney [...]
Fri, Apr 12, 2019
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April 12, 2019Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today led a coalition of 22 Attorneys General in filing a brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, supporting Mississippi's last abortion clinic in Jackson Women's Health Organization, et al. v. State Health Officer of the Mississippi Department of Health, et al. The case challenges House Bill 1510, which prohibits doctors from providing abortion services past 15 weeks. California's coalition argues that state laws cannot prohibit a woman from her constitutionally protected right to terminate her pregnancy before viability under Roe v. Wade. [...]
Fri, Apr 12, 2019
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April 10, 2019Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Assemblymember Mark Stone announced that AB 1270, legislation that seeks to strengthen the California False Claims Act (CFCA) has passed the Judiciary Committee. The legislation, authored by Assemblymember Stone and sponsored by Attorney General Becerra, strengthens the ability of the Office of the Attorney General and other California prosecuting authorities to investigate fraudulent claims. AB 1270 will provide false claims whistleblowers with greater protections from retaliation for reporting fraud to the government. Additionally, the bill gives all prosecuting authorities the ability to pursue tax fraud as a [...]
Wed, Apr 10, 2019
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April 10, 2019Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO - California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Assemblymember Luz Rivas (D-Arleta) have announced that their sponsored bill, Assembly Bill 1313, passed the Committee on Higher Education. The bill prohibits postsecondary schools from withholding transcripts from students who owe the schools a debt. The bill, which ensures that students are not handcuffed in pursuing educational and career opportunities by the practices of certain schools and colleges, will now be heard by the Assembly Appropriations Committee. “Students with debt are currently in a Catch-22. They can't access their transcripts if they have school debt, which limits opportunities [...]
Wed, Apr 10, 2019
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April 5, 2019Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra secured a stay of the district court's decision in Duncan v. Becerra. This allows California's nearly twenty-year-old prohibition on the acquisition of new large-capacity ammunition magazines to remain in effect pending appeal of the district court's decision holding that the ban is unconstitutional. Attorney General Becerra has appealed that decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. “California leads the nation when it comes to common-sense gun laws. We should all be ensuring the safety of our communities, not fighting against long-standing laws that improve public [...]
Fri, Apr 05, 2019
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