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California gets $150 million of Moody's $863 million settlement related to alleged misconduct

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — California’s acting attorney general, Kathleen A. Kenealy, along with the U.S. Department of Justice and the attorneys general from 20 other states and the District of Columbia, announced Jan. 13 that Moody’s Corporation (Moody’s) will pay $863.8 million after allegations related to the company’s misconduct in inflating ratings of residential mortgage-backed securities.

California attorney general seeks help in locating violators of CalOPPA

SACRAMENTO (Legal Newsline) -- California Attorney General Kamala Harris is asking members of the public to help locate companies that violate the California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA). 

California AG asks Department of Education to revoke federal recognition of ACICS

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced that she has sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Education, asking it to revoke federal recognition of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).

California AG Harris announces Comcast will pay $33 million settlement for alleged privacy violations

Comcast will pay a $33 million settlement after allegations that personal information was posted online for customers participating in Voice over Internet Protocol phone service, announced California Attorney Kamala Harris

California AG: College's closure will help cheated students pick up the pieces

Corinthian College's announcement that it will close all of its California campuses is great news for students, California Attorney General Kamala Harris said on Monday, and that the college “continued to deceive its students to the end.” “Closure of these campuses should help students get out from under the mountains of debt Corinthian imposed upon them through its lies,” Harris said.

Attorney General Harris offering resource guide to trafficking and slavery disclosure

California Attorney General Kamala Harris released a resource guide to help companies doing business in California with disclosing efforts to prevent and eliminate human trafficking and slavery in their product supply chains on Monday.

S&P agrees to $1.5 billion settlement over financial crisis

California will benefit from a $1.5 billion settlement with Standard & Poor's Financial Services, LLC (S&P) and its parent company after S&P allegedly inflated investment vehicle notes and mortgage-backed securities, Attorney General Kamala Harris announced on Tuesday.

AT&T agrees to $23.8 million settlement with California for electronic waste

AT&T will pay a $23.8 million settlement to the state of California that will resolve allegations that it illegally disposed of hazardous waste in the state over a nine-year period, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced on Thursday.

Calif. reaches $28.4 million settlement with rent-to-own company

California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris reached a $28.4 million settlement with Aaron's Inc. on Monday, resolving allegations that America's second largest rent-to-own company violated the state's consumer protection and privacy laws.

Calif. gov looks to AG's staff for state EPA post

Brown SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - California Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed the state's chief deputy attorney general to serve as secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency.

Villaraigosa eschews local candidates, backs Harris for Calif. attorney general

Kamala Harris (D) LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline)--Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is not expected to endorse either the former city attorney or the county prosecutor in their runs for state attorney general.

Calif. officials target small tobacco companies

Pedro Nava (D) SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-California officials want money from the nation's small tobacco companies that have avoided paying into an escrow account for the states.

Eastman loses battle over ballot designation

John Eastman (R) SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-California attorney general candidate John Eastman on Thursday lost his lawsuit to call himself an "assistant attorney general" in voter materials.

Calif. AG candidate sues over ballot designation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-California Republican attorney general candidate John Eastman has filed a lawsuit asking that he be allowed put his occupation as "assistant attorney general" in voter materials.

Eastman's proposed job title on ballot sparks criticism

John Eastman (R) SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-If California Republican attorney general candidate John Eastman has his way, his job description on the June primary ballot will be "assistant attorney general," a designation that has sparked some controversy.

Calif. AG hopeful touts private rights of action

Ted Lieu (D) SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-Amid dwindling state resources, it will largely be up to California's trial lawyers to enforce consumer protection laws, a leading state lawmaker and candidate for attorney general said.

Republicans seek probe into secretly recorded calls

Jerry Brown (D) SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-Republicans in the California state Legislature say they want an independent prosecutor to head an investigation into the secret taping of conversations with Attorney General Jerry Brown.

Brown cracks down on doctor shopping

Jerry Brown (D) LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline)-California Attorney General Jerry Brown said a crackdown on rampant prescription drug fraud has turned up fifty abusers who average more than 100 doctor and pharmacy visits seeking huge quantities of addictive drugs like Valium, Vicodin and Oxycontin.

Calif. state workers to get full pay

Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-California state workers will receive their full pay at least this month because of when a hearing was scheduled to resolve a legal dispute between the state controller and the governor, who wants to cut state worker pay until a budget is approved.

State attorneys could get no pay until budget passed

Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-Attorneys in the California Department of Justice could receive no pay until a state budget is signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, an official said.