California Attorney General Updates

Today
July 20, 2017Contact: (415) 703-5837, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced action against a proposed asset sale that could lead to higher gas prices for consumers in Northern California. Valero Energy Corporation is attempting to acquire the petroleum terminal in Martinez from Plains All American Pipeline, a move that raises significant competitive concerns. “I believe that this proposed acquisition would suffocate open competition in the area and raise gas prices for hardworking Californians. That's simply unacceptable,” said Attorney General Becerra. “As the state's chief law enforcement officer, I'm committed to ensuring that we have a thriving and competitive marketplace.” If [...]
Thu, Jul 20, 2017
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
July 20, 2017Contact: (415) 703-5837, agpressoffice@doj.ca.gov*** FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY *** SAN FRANCISCO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra will hold a press conference today at 11:00 AM to announce action against a proposed asset sale that could lead to higher gas prices for California families. Valero Energy Corporation is attempting to acquire the petroleum terminal in Martinez from Plains All American Pipeline. If this transaction is approved, all three critical petroleum terminals in Northern California would be controlled by refineries, which raises significant competitive concerns. WHO: Attorney General Xavier Becerra Severin Borenstein, E.T. Grether Professor of Business Administration and Public Policy, [...]
Thu, Jul 20, 2017
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
Earlier
July 17, 2017Contact: (415) 703-5837, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Becerra issued the following statement after filing a response brief to the U.S. Department of Justice and House Republicans request to the D.C. Court of Appeals to deny the motion to intervene in the lawsuit House v. Price by California and 17 other states: New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, North Carolina, Washington State and the District of Columbia. Without intervention from the attorney generals, millions of working families will be at risk of losing financial support from the Affordable [...]
Mon, Jul 17, 2017
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
July 17, 2017Contact: (415) 703-5837, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today expressed his strong opposition to the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) proposal to repeal net neutrality rules, which allow consumers to access online content without interference or manipulation by an internet service provider (ISP). If the rules were to be repealed, an ISP could force web content providers to pay fees for faster internet speeds, limiting consumers' ability to access the internet content of their choice. Attorney General Becerra and 12 attorneys general joined together to make clear in comments to the FCC that doing away with the [...]
Mon, Jul 17, 2017
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
July 14, 2017Contact: (415) 703-5837, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govLOS ANGELES– Attorney General Xavier Becerra today filed a friend-of-the-court brief in In re Denis G., a case involving an unaccompanied immigrant youth seeking legal immigration status. At the invitation of the Los Angeles Superior Court and the suggestion of the California Supreme Court, Attorney General Becerra weighed in on this issue of great importance regarding youth fleeing dangerous conditions in their home countries. “Imagine a child you know fleeing to our country because she was being abused, abandoned or neglected by her parents. As people, can we really turn our back on them? Californians have [...]
Fri, Jul 14, 2017
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July 13, 2017Contact: (415) 703-5837, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today criticized the U.S. Department of Education for proposing a new rulemaking process in order to replace two rules that protect students from deceptive practices and fraud. In a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Attorney General Becerra and 20 attorneys general underscore that the Borrower Defense Rule, which is now in limbo, would have provided a streamlined loan forgiveness process for students who have been defrauded by for-profit universities. The second rule, the Gainful Employment Rule, would have ensured that students attending vocational programs receive an [...]
Thu, Jul 13, 2017
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July 13, 2017Contact: (415) 703-5837, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govCanadian company owes California $13 million SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a lawsuit against a Canadian cigarette manufacturer, Grand River Enterprises Six Nations (GRE), for failing to comply with California laws regarding tobacco sales and illegally selling the product in California. In filing this lawsuit, the Attorney General is enforcing the law by continuing to ensure tobacco companies comply with California's financial and regulatory requirements, protect competition and, most importantly, prevent the sale of cheap, illegal cigarettes in the state. “Protecting Californians, especially youth, from cheap, illegal cigarettes is a public health priority,” [...]
Wed, Jul 12, 2017
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July 12, 2017Contact: (415) 703-5837, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govCalifornia Currently Enforces Higher State Standards SACRAMENTO – Attorney General Xavier Becerra is calling on the U.S. House of Representatives to oppose legislation that would force California to accept water quality standards that are over 22 years old and give up all enforcement of its own higher state standards. The so-called Gaining Responsibility on Water Act (H.R. 23) would forbid only California from regulating the waters within its own borders. “We have worked hard as a state to protect our rivers, lakes and waterways. They are important parts of our economic development and what makes California a [...]
Wed, Jul 12, 2017
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July 12, 2017Contact: (415) 703-5837, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govCalifornia Attorney General Xavier Becerra today issued a consumer alert following the Governor's declaration of a state of emergency in Butte County. Butte County, like other parts of the state, is currently dealing with a devastating wildfire that has burned hundreds of acres and forced residents to evacuate their homes. Attorney General Becerra reminds all Californians that price gouging during a state of emergency is illegal under Penal Code Section 396. “In times of crisis, Californians should be coming together and helping one another,” said Attorney General Becerra. “But too often, some engage in price gouging [...]
Wed, Jul 12, 2017
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July 11, 2017Contact: (415) 703-5837, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO - Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced that he is joining members of the California Black, Latino, and Asian & Pacific Islander Legislative Caucuses in sponsoring legislation to promote safety, transparency, and improved public trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve. The legislation, AB 284, the Deadly Force Evaluation Act, would require the California Department of Justice (DOJ) to conduct a first-of-its kind statewide evaluation of officer-involved shootings. AB 284 was introduced by Assemblymembers Kevin McCarty (District 7-Sacramento), Rob Bonta (District 18-Oakland), Reggie Jones-Sawyer (District 59-South Los Angeles) and co-authored by Senator [...]
Tue, Jul 11, 2017
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