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Titus County sues Texas AG following opinion ordering opioid time and expense records released

By David Yates | Oct 18, 2018

AUSTIN – For the past year, numerous Texas counties pursuing opioid litigation against pharmaceutical giants have been subject to open records requests. The requests have sought a wide-range of information, including attorney solicitation emails, contract details with outside counsel and, in some cases, even time and expense records.

Facing complaints of excessive fees, Texas counties release billing records of their opioid lawyers for free

By Daniel Fisher | Oct 10, 2018

Texas counties that demanded tens of thousands of dollars to provide billing records from outside attorneys representing them in opioid lawsuits have mostly agreed to hand them over for free

Texas AG finds county violated state law in request for opioid lawyers' billing records

By Dan Fisher | Aug 31, 2018

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has found that a Texas County has violated state law by refusing to comply with a request for the billing records of private attorneys the county hired to sue opioid manufacturers and distributors

Astra Zeneca to pay Texas $100 million for alleged Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act violations

By Marian Johns | Aug 15, 2018

AUSTIN — Astra Zeneca has agreed to pay the state of Texas $100 million to settle lawsuits which allege the pharmaceutical company violated the state's Medicaid Fraud and Prevention Act by falsely marketing some of its drugs.

Texas joins 26-state coalition urging Kavanaugh's confirmation to Supreme Court

By Marian Johns | Aug 7, 2018

AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is part of a 26-state coalition of attorneys general who are encouraging members of the U.S. Senate to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court, saying he will protect the role of individual states.

14-state coalition challenges Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's constitutionality

By Marian Johns | Aug 6, 2018

AUSTIN — Texas is leading a 14-state coalition that recently filed a "friend-of-the-court" brief challenging the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

Texas secures $15.2 million from companies that allegedly conspired to defraud Medicaid

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 12, 2018

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced May 30 that six individuals and four companies have agreed to pay a total of $15.2 million after allegedly violating the Texas Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act.

Texas targets Purdue Pharma for alleged role in opioid epidemic

By Mark Iandolo | May 25, 2018

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced May 15 that his office has filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma for allegedly fueling Texas' and the nation’s opioid epidemic.

Texas attorney general settles with 37 stores accused of illegal contact lenses sales

By Mark Iandolo | May 14, 2018

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced May 7 that his office’s Consumer Protection Division has secured assurances of voluntary compliance with 37 store owners and wholesale distribution companies that agreed to stop selling contact lenses in Texas that are allegedly dangerous and unlawful.

Texas settles with third dental supply companies for alleged collusion

By Mark Iandolo | May 1, 2018

AUSTIN (Legal Newsline) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced April 20 that Patterson Companies Inc., a distributor of dental supplies, will pay $200,000 after allegations of violating state antitrust laws through the operation of an illegal group boycott of an online rival.

As Boulder sues, 15 states - including Colorado - oppose global warming lawsuits

By John O'Brien | Apr 21, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – Two days after local officials in the Boulder, Colo., area filed a lawsuit that attempts to hold large energy companies liable for the alleged effects of global warming, the state’s top lawyer showed that she disagrees with their legal argument by voicing her opposition to similar lawsuits in California.

Records show all-out, unsolicited attorney scramble to sign up Texas counties for opioid litigation

By David Yates | Mar 29, 2018

BEAUMONT – A new lawyer feeding frenzy has swept through Texas – a rush to push counties onboard the opioid litigation train before the state can pull into the station.

Texas challenges lower court ruling invalidating 2 state congressional districts

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 6, 2018

AUSTIN (Legal Newsline) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Feb. 26 that he will challenge a lower court ruling that invalidates two of Texas’ 36 congressional districts (27 and 35) and nine state Houston districts.

Final judgment reached after Kilgore ISD taxed citizens more than legal amount

By Marian Johns | Feb 28, 2018

AUSTIN — A final judgement has been reached allowing a Gregg County court's grant for relief in a homestead exemption case that involves the Kilgore Independent School District (ISD) taxing citizens at least $4 million more than the legally permitted amount.

Texas attorney general urges district court to uphold Arizona law preventing Israel boycott

By Mark Iandolo | Feb 19, 2018

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Feb. 9 that he and Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich filed an amicus brief in a U.S. District Court case regarding an Arizona law that prevents state-funded contractors from boycotting Israel.

Texas targets vegetation management company's role in massive 2011 fire that killed 2

By Mark Iandolo | Jan 30, 2018

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Jan. 19 that his office is suing Asplundh Tree Expert Company for alleged neglect that caused a fire at the Bastrop Complex in 2011.

Texas attorney general targets gas price gouging during Hurricane Harvey

By Marian Johns | Jan 9, 2018

AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed two additional lawsuits against businesses for alleged price gouging of gasoline during Hurricane Harvey.

Texas secures relief funds for homeowners after illegal school district tax

By Mark Iandolo | Dec 19, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Dec. 8 that the Gregg County Court has granted all relief to homeowners in the state after the Kilgore ISD allegedly violated Texas Senate Bill 1.

Texas: Alleged tech support scam operators temporarily barred from conducting business

By Mark Iandolo | Dec 19, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Dec. 8 the Travis County District Court has temporarily barred operators of an alleged tech support scam from conducting businesses.

Texas accuses 'reputation management' company of abusing legal system

By Mark Iandolo | Sep 19, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Sept. 11 that he has filed a petition in Harris County District Court against Solvera, an online reputation management company, for allegations of violating the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

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