California Attorney General News

14-state coalition argues consumer board should continue to enforce Equal Credit Opportunity Act

By Marian Johns | Sep 14, 2018

SACRAMENTO — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is the latest to join a 14-state coalition expressing concern with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) re-examining its enforcement of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) which is designed to stop creditors from discriminating based on race, national origin, sex, marital status, age and other characteristics.

Plains All American Pipeline guilty of felony, misdemeanor charges relating to Pacific oil spill

By Marian Johns | Sep 14, 2018

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — A jury has found an oil pipeline company guilty of a felony and eight misdemeanor charges for its failure to properly maintain its highly pressurized pipeline that caused crude oil to discharge into the Pacific Ocean.

California local government, agencies eligible for $28.5 million to reduce illegal tobacco sales

By Marian Johns | Sep 14, 2018

SACRAMENTO — California's local governments and agencies can apply for the state's Department of Justice Tobacco Grant Program, which will distribute $28.5 million to recipients to help reduce illegal sales of tobacco products, especially to minors, according to the state attorney general.

California attorney says comment period on proposed Clean Car Standard rollbacks should be extended

By Marian Johns | Sep 7, 2018

SACRAMENTO (Legal Newsline) – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is asking the Trump Administration to extend the comment period on a proposed rollback of a 2010 unified national program designed to set greenhouse gas emission and fuel efficiency standards.

Twenty-state coalition comments on U.S. Department of Education's efforts to change borrower defense regulations

By Marian Johns | Sep 7, 2018

SACRAMENTO (Legal Newsline) – California's attorney general is the latest to join a 20-state coalition of attorneys general criticizing the U.S. Department of Education and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos for their proposal to change borrower defense regulations designed to protect defrauded students.

12-state attorneys general coalition seeks to block new association health plans rule

By Marian Johns | Sep 3, 2018

SACRAMENTO — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is the latest to join a 12-state coalition filing an expedited judgment in an effort to block the Trump administration's rule that would allow nationwide employers to group together in Association Health Plans (AHPs).

17-state attorneys general coalition opposes proposed SEC rules on broker-dealer incentives

By Marian Johns | Aug 16, 2018

SACRAMENTO — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is the latest to join a 17-state coalition opposing the Securities & Exchange Commission's (SEC) newly proposed rules that allow broker-dealers to collect incentives for steering consumers toward certain investments.

Southern California Gas reaches $119.5 million settlement for leak that released methane

By Marian Johns | Aug 16, 2018

LOS ANGELES — The Southern California Gas Company and the state's attorney general have reached a $119.5 million settlement over a ruptured well that caused a natural gas leak in Porter Ranch for months and released methane into the environment.

CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE: California’s Attorney General and Air Resources Board, Los Angeles City Attorney, and County of Los Angeles File $119.5 Million Settlement before Court in Aliso Canyon Gas Leak Litigation

By Press release submission | Aug 11, 2018

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, along with the California Air Resources Board (CARB), Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer (City Attorney), and the County of Los Angeles (County) announced a $119.5 million settlement with the Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) over the unprecedented natural gas leak from a ruptured well at its Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility in Porter Ranch, California.

California joins 12-state coalition opposing U.S. Labor Department over AHP changes

By Marian Johns | Aug 2, 2018

SACRAMENTO — California has become the latest state to join a 12-state coalition filing a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Labor for a new regulation that allows employers to group together as Associated Health Plans (AHPs).

California argues against federal government's dismantling of Borrower Defense Rule

By Marian Johns | Aug 1, 2018

SACRAMENTO — The state of California is arguing that the federal government's recent dismantling of the Borrower Defense Rule, designed to provide help for students defrauded by their school, is not in the best interest students.

California calls on HHS to withdraw proposed Medicaid state payment requirements

By Marian Johns | Aug 1, 2018

SACRAMENTO — California's Attorney General Xavier Becerra is calling on the Trump administration to withdraw its proposed rule to alter Medicaid state payment requirements, a move the attorney general says will hurt the state's 400,000 home care workers as well as the half-million with disabilities under their care.

California AG applauds state supreme court's ruling on gun microstamping

By Carol Ostrow | Jul 19, 2018

Following the California Supreme Court’s rejection of gun industry advocates’ complaints about “microstamping,” a weapons-identification system regulation, Attorney General Xavier Becerra praised the results, calling the state a leader that would “not go backwards.”

California Attorney General alleges Navient mishandled student loans

By Carol Ostrow | Jul 19, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra recently sued federal student loan servicer Navient Corporation and two subsidiaries, alleging misconduct in loan administration and collection affecting up to 1.5 million Californians.

9 state attorneys generals join legal effort challenging EPA directive

By Marian Johns | Jul 2, 2018

SACRAMENTO — Attorneys generals for nine states have joined forces to file an amicus brief in support of plaintiffs who are fighting an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) directive which prohibits scientists who received EPA grants from serving on the agency's advisory committee.

California attorney general secures $67 million in debt forgiveness for Corinthian Colleges students

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 20, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced June 14 that Balboa Student Loan Trust will provide $67 million in debt forgiveness to 34,971 residents of the state who had been allegedly victimized by Corinthian Colleges.

California attorney general receives support fight against Texas' attempt to end ACA

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 20, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced June 14 that his office’s opposition to Texas and 19 other states’ motion to stop the Affordable Care Act has received support in the form of amicus briefs from a diverse group of patient groups, legal experts, economists, medical associations and public health experts.

California attorney general supports EPA's decision on pesticides

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 20, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced June 14 that he has issued a following comment on the decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to implement safeguards for agricultural workers to protect them from harmful pesticides.

Democrat AGs add fourth to latest brief supporting climate change lawsuits

By John O'Brien | Jun 12, 2018

New York State's new attorney general, who recently took over when her predecessor resigned following an abuse scandal, has joined three Democratic colleagues in support for New York City’s climate change lawsuit.

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