Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General News

Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., attorneys general seek to block Whitaker appointment

By Marian Johns | Nov 30, 2018

HARRISBURG, Pa. — As part of a 15-state coalition challenging the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting U.S. attorney general, an amicus brief has been filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland by the attorneys general of Pennsylvania and Washington D.C.

Pennsylvania alleges vehicle title lender charged up to 300 percent interest on loans

By Marian Johns | Nov 6, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — In a recently filed lawsuit, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro is requesting a $3 million refund from an out-of-state vehicle title lender accused of violating state usury and racketeering laws.

Pittsburgh lawsuit against Catholic Church doesn't seek money for victims, wants admission of sexual abuse cover-up

By Nicholas Malfitano | Oct 31, 2018

PITTSBURGH – As the aftermath of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office’s grand jury report into child sexual abuse committed statewide by members of the Roman Catholic Church continues, alleged victims have taken to suing the Church.

Pennsylvania court grants request for records of nation's largest student loan company

By Marian Johns | Oct 23, 2018

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania's Attorney General Josh Shaprio received a legal victory in his office's lawsuit against the nation's largest student loan company, Navient, as a court granted a request for the company to turn over loan records.

Pennsylvania attorney general reaches $357 million tobacco settlement

By Marian Johns | Jun 26, 2018

HARRISBURG — A settlement reached by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro with various tobacco companies has resolved 20 years of disputed payments from the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement and will bring the state nearly $357 million in settlement funds in addition to its annual $350 million received from tobacco companies.

Philadelphia judge grants states' motion for separate track in antitrust case over drug-pricing

By Amanda Thomas | Jun 20, 2018

PHILADELPHIA - A federal judge has granted a motion made by the attorneys general for 44 states, including Pennsylvania, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico for a separate government track in a multidistrict antitrust case involving the pricing of generic pharmaceuticals.

New leadership at the CFPB means state AGs will be more active in financial consumer protection

By Karen Kidd | Apr 10, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Some states will be even more active in financial consumer protection enforcement now that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's new director has made it clear the bureau will stay out of the way, an expert on state attorneys general said during a recent interview.

NYU Law sending free help to 10 Dem AGs for environmental causes; Marcellus Shale group 'alarmed' at message

By Nicholas Malfitano | Mar 6, 2018

NEW YORK – Democratic state attorneys general, like Pennsylvania's Josh Shapiro, are getting free help from New York University School of Law to bolster their environmental causes, though a Commonwealth business advocacy group worries this results in important work being outsourced to an out-of-state entity.

Pennsylvania judge allows lawsuit against financial company's 'rent-a-tribe' scheme to continue

By Mark Iandolo | Feb 12, 2018

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) — Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Feb. 5 that a federal judge has allowed the core of Shapiro’s lawsuit against Victory Park Capital Advisors LLC to continue.

Pennsylvania alleges funeral home director defrauded elderly citizens who prepaid for own funerals

By Mark Iandolo | Jan 29, 2018

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (Legal Newsline) — Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Jan. 22 that his office is suing a funeral home director in Fayette County for allegations of stealing $284,393 from senior citizen clients who had pre-paid for their own funerals.

Navient says it is the victim of a pointless, copycat lawsuit from Pennsylvania's AG

By Laura Halleman | Jan 17, 2018

HARRISBURG – Student loan provider Navient has filed a motion to dismiss a federal lawsuit brought by the state of Pennsylvania, calling it a copycat lawsuit that is "pointless" and legally deficient.

Litigation funder spending cash on political candidates like AGs of New York and Pennsylvania

By John O'Brien | Jan 4, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Companies that fund lawsuits can find themselves in the crosshairs of state regulators, and a recent New York Post article revealed that one such business has given tens of thousands of dollars to one of the nation’s most important public officials – who happens to have sued a competing company.

PayPal notifies Pennsylvania of data breach affecting possibly 1.6 million consumers

By Mark Iandolo | Dec 13, 2017

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) — Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Dec. 6 that PayPal has notified his office of a data breach possibly affecting 1.6 million U.S. and Canadian users.

Pennsylvania attorney general creates Consumer Financial Protection Unit

By Mark Iandolo | Jul 25, 2017

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) — Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced July 20 that he is creating a Consumer Financial Protection Unit that will work to keep state consumers protected from financial scams.

Pennsylvania charges Parma Pizza with failing to pay correct taxes

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 13, 2017

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) — Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced charges March 9 against Parma Pizza and owner Anthony Sottasante for allegations of failing to pay more than $68,000 in state taxes.

Pennsylvania settles with Vivint after company allegedly violated multiple state laws

By Mark Iandolo | Jan 24, 2017

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) — Pennsylvania Attorney General Bruce R. Beemer announced Jan. 11 that Vivint Inc., more commonly known as APX Alarm Security Solutions Inc., has agreed to settle allegations of violating the commonwealth’s Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law.

Pennsylvania reaches agreement for fees, expenses related to BuckleySander e-mail audit

By Mark Iandolo | Jan 24, 2017

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) — Pennsylvania Attorney General Bruce R. Beemer announced Jan. 11 that his office has reached an agreement with the law firm BuckleySander LLP that resolves the final amount owed to the firm for work reviewing emails captured on Office of Attorney General (OAG) servers.

Pa. AG suing construction company; Complaints include unfinished work on barn

By Mark Iandolo | Jan 17, 2017

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) – Pennsylvania Attorney General Bruce R. Beemer announced a civil lawsuit Dec. 20 against Lloyd A. Davis and his company, LD Construction LLC, for allegations of engaging in unfair and deceptive business practices.

Pa. AG files lawsuit against contractor

By Mark Iandolo | Jan 17, 2017

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) – Pennsylvania Attorney General Bruce R. Beemer announced a consumer protection lawsuit Dec. 20 against Shawn Gerety and BuildTREND Construction LLC for allegations of violating the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act (HIPCA) and the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law.

Pennsylvania targets auto business for allegedly selling unlicensed vehicles

By Mark Iandolo | Jan 10, 2017

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) — Pennsylvania Attorney General Bruce R. Beemer announced Jan. 3 that his office has filed 29 legal actions against individuals and automobile businesses that allegedly engaged in unlicensed car sales, selling un-roadworthy vehicles and publishing deceptive advertisements.

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