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California school district reaches settlement with state over civil, constitutional violations

By Marian Johns | Feb 13, 2019

SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Justice (DOJ) has reached a settlement with one of the state's school districts and its police department to resolve allegations of civil and constitutional rights violations against African-American and Latino students as well as students with disabilities.

California attorney general backs Oakland's fight against coal storage, handling terminal

By Marian Johns | Dec 24, 2018

SACRAMENTO — A legal battle between the city of Oakland and the developer of a coal storage and handling terminal, currently in an appeals court, has received support from the California attorney general who filed an amicus brief in support of the city's right to prohibit the terminal.

California jury awards $8.8 million in case against veteran's charity scam operators

By Marian Johns | Nov 20, 2018

SAN DIEGO — A California jury handed the state a legal victory by rendering an $8.8 million award in the state's lawsuit against operators of a veteran's charity scam who used donated funds for personal expenses.

17-state attorneys general coalition opposes proposed SEC rules on broker-dealer incentives

By Marian Johns | Aug 16, 2018

SACRAMENTO — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is the latest to join a 17-state coalition opposing the Securities & Exchange Commission's (SEC) newly proposed rules that allow broker-dealers to collect incentives for steering consumers toward certain investments.

CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE: California’s Attorney General and Air Resources Board, Los Angeles City Attorney, and County of Los Angeles File $119.5 Million Settlement before Court in Aliso Canyon Gas Leak Litigation

By Press release submission | Aug 11, 2018

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, along with the California Air Resources Board (CARB), Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer (City Attorney), and the County of Los Angeles (County) announced a $119.5 million settlement with the Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) over the unprecedented natural gas leak from a ruptured well at its Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility in Porter Ranch, California.

California argues against federal government's dismantling of Borrower Defense Rule

By Marian Johns | Aug 1, 2018

SACRAMENTO — The state of California is arguing that the federal government's recent dismantling of the Borrower Defense Rule, designed to provide help for students defrauded by their school, is not in the best interest students.

California AG applauds state supreme court's ruling on gun microstamping

By Carol Ostrow | Jul 19, 2018

Following the California Supreme Court’s rejection of gun industry advocates’ complaints about “microstamping,” a weapons-identification system regulation, Attorney General Xavier Becerra praised the results, calling the state a leader that would “not go backwards.”

California attorney general secures $67 million in debt forgiveness for Corinthian Colleges students

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 20, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced June 14 that Balboa Student Loan Trust will provide $67 million in debt forgiveness to 34,971 residents of the state who had been allegedly victimized by Corinthian Colleges.

California attorney general secures $3.3 million from Cox Communications to settle hazardous waste allegations

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 1, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced May 24 that Cox Communications California LLC (Cox) and other related entities will pay $3,318,700 to resolve allegations of unlawfully disposing hazardous waste.

California secures $1.626 million from jewelry company that allegedly sold lead-bearing products

By Mark Iandolo | May 1, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced April 24 that Luxy Accessory Inc. (Luxy), a Los Angeles jewelry distributor, and its owner Hyun Sook Kim will pay $1.626 million after allegedly violating California’s Metal Containing Jewelry Law and the Unfair Competition Law.

California alleges federal PAID program undermines states' labor agencies

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 23, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newline) —California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced April 11 that he has joined a coalition of 10 other attorneys general in urging the U.S. Labor Department to condemn the Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) pilot program.

California attorney general: World's largest online brothel shut down

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 16, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced April 9 that Backpage.com, the largest online brothel in the world, and affiliated websites have been seized and shut down.

Northern California's largest hospital system charged with anti-competitive business practices

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 9, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced March 30 that he has filed a lawsuit against Sutter Health, Northern California’s largest hospital system, for allegations of anti-competitive practices resulting in higher costs of health care for consumers.

California attorney general seeks to combat state's growing underground economy

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 9, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced April 2 that he is working with Sen. Cathleen Galgani on legislation to permanently establish the Tax Recovery and Criminal Enforcement (TRaCE) Task Force within the California Department of Justice.

Home Depot settles hazardous waste allegations in California for $27.84 million

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 19, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced March 8 that Home Depot U.S.A. (Home Depot) will pay $27.84 million for allegedly allowing the disposal of hazardous waste at many of its stores and facilities in California.

California attorney general announces new Bureau of Environmental Justice

By Mark Iandolo | Feb 27, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Feb. 22 the establishment of the Bureau of Environmental Justice (Bureau) within the environment section at the California Department of Justice.

U.S. district court rules Energy Department must implement energy efficiency standards

By Marian Johns | Feb 20, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has ruled the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) must put national energy efficiency standards into effect and that the department violated its error correction regulation under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act.

California challenges EPA, Army Corp of Engineers over Clean Water Rule

By Mark Iandolo | Feb 20, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Feb. 6 that California will join a coalition of 11 states in suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) over their decision to suspend the Clean Water Rule, which was enacted in 2015 under the Obama administration.

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