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California joins opposition to Trump administration's opening coast to offshore drilling

SACRAMENTO — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has joined a coalition of more than a dozen state attorneys general who are calling on the Trump administration to halt its proposed opening of California's coast to offshore drilling.

California joins U.S. Supreme Court case supporting public employee fees in collective bargaining

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Jan. 19 that he has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in a U.S. Supreme Court case about public employees paying fees for representation during collective bargaining.

California leads coalition in defending the Clean Power Plan from potential dismantling

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Jan. 9 that he is leading a coalition of 19 states and municipalities in defending the Clean Power Plan (CPP). The coalition drafted a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) about proposed rulemaking to dismantle the CPP.

California attorney general: BP overcharged state, to pay $102 million in penalties

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Jan. 11 that BP Energy Company and affiliates (BP) will pay $102 million to resolve allegations of intentionally overcharging the state for natural gas purchased between March 2003 and August 2012.

California urges Congress to enact cannabis industry banking legislation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Jan. 16 that he has joined a bipartisan coalition of 18 attorneys general to urge Congress to advance cannabis industry banking legislation.

California: Royal Bank of Scotland to pay $125 million for alleged role in financial crisis

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Dec. 22 the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), a financial conglomerate with holdings throughout the world, will pay $125 million after allegations of misrepresentations about residential mortgage-backed securities sold to CalPERS and CalSTRS, the state’s public employee and teacher pension funds.

California, New Mexico continue defense of Waste Prevention Rule, sue Trump administration

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a lawsuit Dec. 19 against the Trump administration over a decision to suspend the Waste Prevention Rule.

California to receive $857,000 as part of multistate settlement with pharmaceutical firm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Dec. 20 that Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. (BIPI) has settled allegations of deceptive and misleading marketing of prescription drugs with a $13.5 million multistate penalty. California will get $857,000.

California attorney general alleges jewelry manufacturer sells items with lead to children

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced a lawsuit Dec. 5 against Los Angeles jewelry manufacturer Luxy Accessory Inc. (Luxy), and its owner Hyun Sook Kim, for allegations of selling jewelry with elevated levels of cadmium and lead.

IMDb.com argues new age discrimination law is unconstitutional

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – IMDb.com, the Internet movie database website, has filed a motion for summary judgment in its lawsuit against the Attorney General of California, arguing that the passage of California Assembly Bill 1687 restricts its right to free speech and is also not necessary.

California attorney general: Major hospital system to pay $2 million after massive data breaches

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Nov. 22 that Cottage Health System and its affiliated hospitals will pay $2 million after allegations of failing to properly protect patient medical information.

California leads coalition urging Federal Highway Administration to enforce greenhouse gas measure

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Nov. 6 that he is leading a coalition of six attorneys general in urging the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to keep and enforce the Greenhouse Gas Performance Measure.

California, New Mexico urge Trump administration to enforce Waste Prevention Rule

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Nov. 6 that they have urged the Trump administration to keep and enforce the Waste Prevention Rule.

California joins 36-state coalition urging Supreme Court to reconsider 'physical presence' retail rule

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Nov. 3 he has joined a bipartisan coalition of 36 attorneys general urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider the “physical presence” rule.

California asks DeVos: Don't exempt student loan servicers from state law enforcement

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Oct. 24 that he has joined a coalition of attorneys general in a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, urging her to reject attempts by student loan servicers to secure immunity from enforcement and oversight.

California receives $29 million in multi-state settlement with Deutsche Bank

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Oct. 25 that Deutsche Bank will pay $220 million in a multi-state settlement after allegations of fraudulent manipulation of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR). California will receive about $29 million of the settlement funds.

DeVos' delay of Gainful Employment Rule sparks California suit

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced a lawsuit Oct. 17 against the U.S. Department of Education over allegations of unlawfully delaying parts of the Gainful Employment Rule.

California files concurrent complaint, settlement against Gatorade for alleged misleading marketing

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Sept. 21 a concurrent complaint and settlement against The Gatorade Company. Gatorade will pay $300,000, of which $120,000 will be used to fund education and research on water consumption.

California leads coalition suing Trump administration over fuel efficiency standard delays

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Sept. 11 that he is leading a coalition of five attorneys general suing the Trump administration for its allegedly illegal delay of a fuel efficiency standards rule.

California joins 18-state coalition in challenging constitutionality of Wisconsin redistricting plan

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Sept. 6 that he has joined a coalition of 18 states and the District of Columbia in supporting voters rights in the Gill v. Whitford case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court.