California Attorney General Updates

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April 16, 2018Contact: (415) 703-5837, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today filed three misdemeanor charges against Melissa “Missy” Echeverria, a real estate agent, for allegedly raising the monthly rent on property she owns in Novato, California by more than 10 percent following the devastating fires in Northern Bay Area counties last year. Due to the blazes, Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency on October 9, 2017. Price gouging during a state of emergency is illegal under Penal Code Section 396. “In times of crisis, the overwhelming majority of Californians do what is right: we come together and [...]
Mon, Apr 16, 2018
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
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April 12, 2018Contact: (415) 703-5837, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govFerrer pleads guilty to conspiracy and money laundering Prosecution against Backpage.com shareholders James Larkin and Michael Lacey continues SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced that defendant Carl Ferrer, Chief Executive Officer of online sex advertising website Backpage.com, has pled guilty to one charge of conspiracy and three counts of money laundering. The defendant entered the guilty plea in Sacramento County Superior Court, resolving charges against him in the criminal case People of the State of California v. Carl Ferrer, Michael Lacey, and James Larkin. This plea follows the permanent shutdown of Backpage.com announced on [...]
Thu, Apr 12, 2018
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April 11, 2018Contact: (415) 703-5837, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govState AGs to Labor Secretary: We intend to pursue every available option to ensure that workers' rights to fair pay and overtime are protected to the fullest possible extent SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and a coalition of 10 fellow attorneys general today sent a letter to U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta condemning the Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) pilot program. The PAID Program allows employers who violate labor laws to avoid prosecution and penalties in exchange for simply paying the back wages their employees were already owed under federal law. The Program [...]
Wed, Apr 11, 2018
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April 10, 2018Contact: (415) 703-5837, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its illegal repeal of a longstanding policy that requires major sources of hazardous air pollutants – such as petroleum refineries and chemical plants – to permanently take action to reduce their emissions. Known formally as the “Once In, Always In” policy, this critical guidance has been in effect since 1995. Attorney General Becerra and CARB filed the lawsuit in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. The purpose of the [...]
Tue, Apr 10, 2018
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April 9, 2018Contact: (415) 703-5837, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – Today, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced that the world's largest online brothel, Backpage.com, and affiliated websites have been seized and shut down. The website's closure follows a joint law enforcement effort involving the California Department of Justice (CA DOJ), United States Attorney's Office for the District of Arizona, United States Department of Justice's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, the United States Attorney's Office for the Central District of California and the office of the Texas Attorney General. “Last Friday, the world's largest online brothel was taken down,” said Attorney General Becerra. “We welcome [...]
Mon, Apr 09, 2018
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April 9, 2018Contact: (415) 703-5837, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued the following statement after appealing portions of the district court's order in The People of the State of California, et al v. United States of America, et al. to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit: “When we said that a medieval wall along the U.S.-Mexico border does not belong in the 21st century, we meant it. There are environmental and public health laws in place, and we continue to believe that the Trump Administration is violating those laws. We will not stand idly by. We [...]
Mon, Apr 09, 2018
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April 9, 2018Contact: (415) 703-5837, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govMotion to intervene seeks to protect healthcare for millions SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, joined by 16 attorneys general, today filed a motion to intervene in Texas et al. v. United States et al., a lawsuit filed in federal district court in Texas which seeks to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Texas lawsuit imperils health care coverage and funding for all Americans, particularly more vulnerable groups like seniors, children, and people with chronic medical conditions or disabilities. Leading the coalition, Attorney General Becerra seeks to enter the lawsuit to vigorously defend the [...]
Mon, Apr 09, 2018
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April 5, 2018Contact: (415) 703-5837, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – Joining a coalition of 15 Attorneys General and the City of Chicago, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its failure to reduce methane emissions from existing oil and natural gas operations, as required under federal law. Methane is many times more dangerous in trapping heat than carbon dioxide, and the majority of methane emissions from the oil and natural gas sector – up to 90 percent – comes from existing equipment. The Attorneys General filed today's lawsuit in the U.S. District Court [...]
Thu, Apr 05, 2018
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April 4, 2018Contact: (415) 703-5837, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has filed a criminal complaint alleging 38 individuals defrauded the United States Veterans Administration (VA) out of $4.3 million. According to the complaint, five of the charged defendants operated the Alliance Trucking School in Chatsworth, California, and falsely claimed to have enrolled veterans as students to obtain commercial driver's licenses. The school received tuition payments from the VA for nonexistent classes. The complaint also charged other individuals who received a variety of VA benefits — often exceeding $50,000 per individual — based on their enrollment in the trucking [...]
Wed, Apr 04, 2018
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April 3, 2018Contact: (415) 703-5837, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – Today, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued the following statement following the publication of a quarterly report on DACA applications filed by the federal government. Last night by court order, United Citizenship and Immigration Services produced data on the number of DACA applications that have been renewed or await a pending decision as a result of the nationwide injunction California AG Becerra secured in January. As a result of the injunction, the court ordered the federal government to publish updated statistics, which revealed that at least 30,000 Dreamers have been able to renew [...]
Tue, Apr 03, 2018
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