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Rhode Island joins states reaching $575 million nationwide settlement with Wells Fargo

By Marian Johns | Jan 7, 2019

PROVIDENCE — The state of Rhode Island is part of a $575 million nationwide settlement https://www.ri.gov/press/view/34934 over the alleged fraudulent opening of millions of accounts and other illegal practices by Wells Fargo, according to the state's Attorney General's Office.

STATE OF RHODE ISLAND OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: Former State Representative John Carnevale Pleads to Perjury

By Press release submission | Aug 11, 2018

Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that John Carnevale (age 56), of Providence, RI, pleaded nolo contendere to one count of perjury before Superior Court Justice Bennett Gallo.

Others 0 for 2, but Rhode Island joining climate change litigation anyway

By John O'Brien | Jul 5, 2018

A judge on the other side of the country has ruled that it isn’t an issue for the courts, but that is not stopping Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, and the private lawyers he has hired, from suing the oil industry over alleged effects of climate change.

Rhode Island accuses opioid manufacturers, distributors of deceptive marketing

By Marian Johns | Jul 3, 2018

PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General has filed a civil lawsuit against several prescription opioid manufacturers and distributors, alleging deceptive and fraudulent marketing of opioids in the state.

Rhode Island sues over climate change, using similar claims the state Supreme Court has already rejected

By Daniel Fisher | Jul 3, 2018

R.I. AG Peter Kilmartin better hope Rhode Island courts import California’s concept of public nuisance law, since the last time a Rhode Island AG tried this tactic, over lead paint, the state Supreme Court rejected the claim entirely.

Rhode Island attorney general lauds legislature's passage of bad contractors bill

By Marian Johns | Jun 26, 2018

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has applauded the state legislature's recent passage of a bill that increases penalties for licensed contractors who are convicted of failing to comply with Contractors' Registration and License Board (CRLB) orders.

Rhode Island attorney general backs Minnesota in anti-discrimination case

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 27, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) — Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced March 14 that he has has joined a coalition of attorneys general in an amicus brief that supports an anti-discrimination law in Minnesota.

Rhode Island opposes 2019-2024 National Outer Continent Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 6, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) — Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced Feb. 28 that he has submitted formal comments to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in opposition to the 2019-2024 National Outer Continent Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program.

Rhode Island attorney general seeks to challenge proposed Invenergy power plant

By Marian Johns | Jan 22, 2018

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin says he will seek permission to file an amicus brief in the state's superior court to challenge the water supply plan for the proposed Invenergy power plant in Burrillville.

Rhode Island settles decade-long case targeting state's Department of Children, Youth, Families

By Mark Iandolo | Jan 15, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) — Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced Jan. 8 that the state has settled a decade-long civil action brought forth by Children’s Rights Inc. over the quality of care at the Rhode Island Island Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF).

Rhode Island attorney general joins lawsuit against EPA for protection against downwind pollution

By Marian Johns | Jan 8, 2018

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has joined seven other attorneys general in filing a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), seeking to force the agency to protect upwind states from downwind state's pollution, in accordance with the Clean Air Act.

Rhode Island attorney general seeks to ban credit bureaus from charging 'credit freeze' fees

By Mark Iandolo | Dec 8, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) — Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced Nov. 20 that his office will file legislation to ban credit bureaus from charging consumers in the state to place, temporarily lift, or remove security freezes on their accounts.

Rhode Island settles with U.S. after 2014 suit regarding Department of Corrections entrance exams

By Mark Iandolo | Oct 4, 2017

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and A.T. Wall, director of the Rhode Island Department of Corrections (DOC), announced Sept. 19 that the state has settled with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) over a 2014 Justice Department lawsuit regarding DOC entrance exams.

Rhode Island mortgage fraud bill advances in House, Senate

By Mark Iandolo | Jul 5, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) — Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced June 29 that his legislation prohibiting illegal practices in the mortgage industry has been advanced by both the state House and Senate, and will go before Gov. Gina Raimondo's desk for signature.

Rhode Island settles in principle with tobacco companies in MSA dispute

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 5, 2017

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin said his office has reached a settlement with various tobacco companies.

Rhode Island, 16 other states, D.C. intervene in appeal to defend CFPB's structure

By Mark Iandolo | Feb 3, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) — Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced Jan. 23 that he would join a group of 17 other attorneys general in claiming the structure of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is constitutional.

Rhode Island settles with Compass School over alleged APRA violations

By Mark Iandolo | Dec 9, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) — Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced Dec. 2 that The Compass School has agreed to settle and pay a $1,000 fine after allegations of violating the state’s Access to Public Records Act (APRA).

Official: MTBE contamination cleanup left Rhode Island 'out a lot of money'

By Carrie Salls | Sep 27, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) – Although a lawsuit filed by Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) against 34 gasoline manufacturers is still in its early stages, similar cases filed in other jurisdictions have resulted in positive results for plaintiffs looking to recover the costs related to the cleanup of gasoline additive methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE).

Rhode Island attorney general OKs affiliation between Westerly Hospital, Yale-New Haven

By Mark Iandolo | Sep 11, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) — Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin has announced the approval of the proposed affiliation between LMW Healthcare (Westerly Hospital) and Yale-New Haven Health Services Corporation.

Rhode Island targets gasoline manufactures for alleged role in MTBE problems

By Mark Iandolo | Sep 9, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) — Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin and Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) have announced a lawsuit against gasoline manufacturers in order to recover expenses associated with the cleanup of the gasoline additive methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE).

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