California Attorney General Updates

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February 18, 2019Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govFifteen states join California to block Trump's fabricated emergency and unlawful diversion of Congressionally-appropriated funding to pay for his border wall SACRAMENTO – California Governor Gavin Newsom and Attorney General Xavier Becerra, leading a 16-state coalition, today filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California challenging President Trump's declaration of a national emergency and his attempt to divert funding appropriated by Congress for other purposes. In the complaint, the coalition alleges that the Trump Administration's emergency declaration and diversion of funds is unconstitutional and otherwise unlawful. The states seek to [...]
Mon, Feb 18, 2019
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
February 14, 2019Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govAG Becerra also releases infographic and fact sheet to display how the opioid crisis is impacting California SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today urged health insurance providers to remove prior authorization requirements for medication-assisted treatment (MAT) of individuals with an opioid abuse disorder. In a letter addressed to 17 health insurance executives, Attorney General Becerra explained that authorization requirements for MAT burdens individuals suffering from opioid misuse and addiction by creating barriers to treatment. MAT medications such as buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone reduce drug use and overdoses. As of June 2016, the authorization requirements [...]
Thu, Feb 14, 2019
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
February 13, 2019Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSAN DIEGO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced the sentencing of Prakashumar ("Kash") Bhakta for operating a mortgage fraud scheme throughout Southern California and the Inland Empire that preyed on homeowners facing foreclosure. Today, Mr. Bhakta was sentenced to seven years and eight months in state prison. Restitution will be ordered in the amount of $256,000. Co-defendants Jacob Orona, Aide Orona, John Contreras, Marcus Robinson, and David Boyd previously pled guilty. They were sentenced to state prison terms ranging from four years to seven years and four months. “We have zero tolerance for scam [...]
Wed, Feb 13, 2019
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February 12, 2019Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has joined a multistate comment letter opposing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) proposal to revise its policy offering companies binding exemptions from oversight and consumer protection laws. The proposal would grant the CFPB additional authority to offer product- and industry-wide exemptions from CFPB-administered statutes and regulations. “By offering companies a free pass to evade the law, CFPB Director Kraninger puts American consumers and the entire U.S. financial system at significant risk with this proposal,” said Attorney General Becerra. “We urge the CFPB to withdraw this irresponsible proposal and [...]
Tue, Feb 12, 2019
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
February 11, 2019Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, as part of a coalition of 31 state attorneys general, responded today to the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) recent request for public comment concerning its review of the Identity Theft Rules that require financial institutions and some creditors to detect signs of identity theft. The coalition's letter describes the continued need for the existing rules and offers recommendations for updates that protect their relevance. “The Federal Trade Commission helps protect consumers' personal information and should continue to ensure banks do their part to stop identity theft,” said Attorney General [...]
Mon, Feb 11, 2019
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
February 8, 2019Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced that the State of California, along with Massachusetts and the District of Columbia, is leading a coalition of 22 Attorneys General in an amicus brief in Ramos v. Nielsen before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The brief supports the plaintiffs' efforts to prevent the potential deportation of hundreds of thousands of people who hold Temporary Protected Status (TPS). The brief asks the Ninth Circuit to uphold the preliminary nationwide injunction that plaintiffs obtained in the district court, blocking the U.S. Department of [...]
Fri, Feb 08, 2019
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
February 7, 2019Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the California Labor Commissioner's Office today announced the filing of a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, challenging the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) efforts to undermine the state's meal and rest break rules. The FMCSA's action comes in response to a petition by the American Trucking Association (ATA), incorrectly claiming that California labor protections for truck drivers are preempted by federal law. “It is well within a state's rights to establish standards for the welfare of our workers,” said Attorney General [...]
Thu, Feb 07, 2019
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February 6, 2019Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued the following statement denouncing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) rollback of the Payday Lending Rule that protects consumers from the worst harms associated with short-term payday lending: “It is senseless for the CFPB to scrap a rule that prevents harms associated with predatory lending,” said Attorney General Becerra. “This rule was intended to protect Americans from abusive and unfair practices by greedy payday and auto title lenders. These lenders take advantage of the most vulnerable – hardworking families, seniors, and people with disabilities. The CFPB should do [...]
Wed, Feb 06, 2019
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
February 5, 2019Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govTheme: Opening the Doors of Opportunity Excerpt: "Whether it's with marches on the streets or marches to the polling booths, with fights in the court or through Congress, we will do what's needed to ensure a strong and vibrant national Union." "Ya sea con marchas en las calles o marchas a las urnas de votación, con luchas en la corte o a través del Congreso, haremos lo que se necesita para asegurar una Unión nacional fuerte y vibrante." Excerpt: "Friends, believe me, we can bring down walls and open doors with our hands. More than that, we [...]
Wed, Feb 06, 2019
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
February 4, 2019Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today sent a letter to schools throughout the state to remind them of their legal obligations under California law to protect the civil rights of all students. Today's letter follows the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice rescinding critical portions of the School Discipline Guidance Package (2014 Guidance) previously issued by the same federal agencies in 2014. The 2014 Guidance provides valuable tools and information to California school administrators on how to achieve an equitable and safe classroom environment, without visiting unfair and unnecessary harm on students through [...]
Mon, Feb 04, 2019
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY