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Gatorade's settlement over anti-water videogame could be problem for comparative advertising

Dee Thompson Oct. 12, 2017, 8:00am

OAKLAND, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – A videogame promoted by Gatorade encouraged users to pass up water in favor of its product, but the company's settlement with a state prosecutor could be a sign that companies should avoid similar marketing.

California attorney general leads coalition against Trump's bid to repeal 2015 Clean Water Rule

Mark Iandolo Oct. 3, 2017, 3:01pm

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Sept. 28 that he and eight other attorneys general submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers opposing the Trump administration’s attempt to repeal the 2015 Clean Water Rule.

California joins coalition supporting legal right of workers to join in collective action waivers

Mark Iandolo Aug. 22, 2017, 9:37am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Aug. 16 that he has joined a coalition of 16 attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in support of workers to take collective action.

California attorney general opposes FCC's proposal to repeal net neutrality rules

Mark Iandolo Jul. 26, 2017, 9:07am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced July 17 that he opposes the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) proposal to repeal net neutrality rules.

California targets Trump administration's delay in implementing Waste Prevention Rule

Mark Iandolo Jul. 12, 2017, 9:18am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced July 5 that he has filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration alleging an illegal delay in implementing the Waste Prevention Rule.

California alleges Department of Education unlawfully delayed implementation of regulations

Mark Iandolo Jul. 12, 2017, 9:16am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced July 6 that he has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education (DOE). Becerra alleges the DOE is unlawfully delaying a regulation that would protect students from deceptive practices and fraud.

California attorney general urges U.S. Senate to oppose Regulatory Accountability Act

Mark Iandolo Jul. 5, 2017, 10:07am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced June 28 that he has drafted a letter urging U.S. Senate leaders to oppose legislation that would halt the federal regulatory process and obstruct the implementation of laws aimed at protecting consumers from predatory companies, toxic chemicals and more.

California objects to EPA administrator's decision to deny ban on pesticide chlorpyrifos

Mark Iandolo Jun. 19, 2017, 1:20pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced June 6 that he has joined with the attorneys general of New York, Massachusetts, Washington, Maine, Maryland and Vermont in submitting legal objections to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt’s decision to drop a proposed ban on chlorpyrifos.

California urges U.S. to act on student loan relief requests in Corinthians case

Mark Iandolo Jun. 12, 2017, 1:37pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced June 5 that he has urged the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) to act quickly on requests for student loan relief for students victimized by Corinthian Colleges Inc.

California urges Trump administration to close so-called 'bomb train' loophole

Mark Iandolo May 31, 2017, 9:08am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced May 25 that he has urged the Trump administration to close a loophole that allows highly flammable, highly explosive crude oil to be shipped by freight rail via so-called “bomb trains” through communities in California.

California challenges Energy Department's delay in enforcing energy efficiency standards

Mark Iandolo Apr. 24, 2017, 9:28am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced April 3 that he has joined a coalition of state attorneys general in opposing the U.S. Department of Energy’s delay in enforcing several energy efficiency standards.

California participates in multistate settlement with Western Union

Mark Iandolo Apr. 18, 2017, 8:53am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced April 12 a multistate settlement with Western Union that resolves allegations that third parties were using the service to defraud consumers.

California urges EPA not to withdraw information collection request for oil companies' methane emissions

Mark Iandolo Apr. 12, 2017, 9:16am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced April 3 that he has joined eight attorneys general in sending a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt.

California joins coalition to oppose Trump's potential rollback of Clean Power Plan

Mark Iandolo Apr. 5, 2017, 3:40pm

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced March 28 that he has joined a multistate coalition in opposing President Donald Trump’s executive order rolling back the country’s Clean Power Plan rule.

California court orders gas station owners to pay $3 million in civil penalties

Mark Iandolo Mar. 29, 2017, 8:50am

Several gas station owners operating underground storage tanks around Northern California have been ordered to pay $3 million in civil penalties stemming from environmental violations, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has announced.

California joins 39 other states in suit against generic drugmakers for alleged conspiracy

Mark Iandolo Mar. 9, 2017, 8:53am

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced March 1 that the state has joined a federal antitrust lawsuit with 39 other states against six generic drugmakers. The lawsuit alleges the defendants conspired to divide customers and markets as well as increase prices for two generic drugs.  

Public policy group sees First Amendment liberties at risk in Backpage.com case

Glenn Minnis Feb. 2, 2017, 11:43am

OAKLAND, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – Critics continue to argue that actions like those that recently forced classified-ad website Backpage.com to shutter its “adult” section are unconstitutional and in violation of freedom of speech rights.

California secures additional $66 million from Volkswagen after landmark environmental case

Mark Iandolo Jan. 4, 2017, 9:04am

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced Dec. 20 an additional $66 million settlement with Volkswagen.

California not happy with Interior Department's fracking assessment

Mark Iandolo Jan. 4, 2017, 8:38am

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and the California Coastal Commission announced a lawsuit Dec. 19 challenging the U.S. Department of the Interior's (DOI) final environmental assessment concerning fracking off the coast of California.

Bristol-Myers Squibb settles with 43 states over Abilify

Mark Iandolo Dec. 13, 2016, 9:54am

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced Dec. 8 that California, along with 42 other states and the District of Columbia, reached a $19.5 million settlement with Bristol-Myers Squibb over allegations the pharmaceutical company illegally marketed popular atypical antipsychotic drug Abilify. California will receive $1.3 million of the overall settlement.