California Department of Justice News

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

By Mark Payne | Feb 4, 2015

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

By Mark Payne | Nov 21, 2014

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

By Ashley Perry | Oct 14, 2014

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

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jul 13, 2011

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

By Chris Rizo | Apr 16, 2010

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

By Chris Rizo | Apr 13, 2010

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

By Chris Rizo | Apr 1, 2010

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

By Chris Rizo | Mar 26, 2010

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

By Chris Rizo | Mar 19, 2010

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

By Chris Rizo | Feb 19, 2010

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

By Chris Rizo | Nov 5, 2009

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

By Legal News Line | Sep 30, 2008

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

By Chris Rizo | Aug 20, 2008

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

By Chris Rizo | Aug 6, 2008

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.

Brown urged to adopt Transparency Code

By Chris Rizo | Apr 18, 2008

Jerry Brown SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-One of California's leading taxpayer advocates Friday took aim at Attorney General Jerry Brown for filing legal actions against greenhouse gas emitters, including governments at all levels, at the same time the Golden State faces a historic cash crunch.

Deputy AGs in California could see big pay raise

By Chris Rizo | Apr 15, 2008

Sen. Don Perata SACRAMENTO (Legal Newsline)-Deputy attorneys general in California could see a big pay increase if legislation carried by the Senate leader is approved.

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