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Democrat AGs push Ninth Circuit to allow climate change lawsuits

By Marian Johns | Mar 26, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) — A coalition of 11 attorneys general has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in support of two California cities that are suing the oil industry over climate change.

Proposed California law expands attorney general's role in consumer privacy

By Marian Johns | Mar 5, 2019

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — New California legislation that will add to the state's current data privacy law and expand the role of the state attorney general guidance on consumer privacy has been introduced in the state legislature.

California attorney general proposes bill to end pharmaceutical companies' 'pay-for-delay' deals

By Marian Johns | Feb 26, 2019

SACRAMENTO — California's attorney general along with a state assembly member have proposed a new bill to the state legislature that would stop pharmaceutical companies from using "pay-for-delay" agreements that they use to delay research, marketing and sales of a competing version of their drugs.

California legislation would add passport numbers to state's breach notification law

By Marian Johns | Feb 26, 2019

SACRAMENTO — In an effort to close a loophole in California's data breach notification law, the state's attorney general, along with a state assembly member have proposed legislation that would required businesses to give notice to customers if their passport numbers and "biometric information" have been compromised.

Californian who operated $4 million mortgage fraud scheme sentenced to 8 years in prison

By Marian Johns | Feb 20, 2019

SACRAMENTO — A California man who operated a $4 million mortgage fraud scheme throughout the southern part of the state has been sentenced to nearly eight years in prison and must pay more than $200,000 in restitution, according to the California Attorney General's Office.

California asks insurance execs to stop prior authorization requirements for opioid treatment

By Marian Johns | Feb 19, 2019

SACRAMENTO — California's attorney general is asking 17 health insurance companies to do away with requirements for prior authorization for opioid abuse disorder patient's medication assisted treatment (MAT), arguing the requirements place a burden on those trying to get treatment.

California school district reaches settlement with state over civil, constitutional violations

By Marian Johns | Feb 13, 2019

SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Justice (DOJ) has reached a settlement with one of the state's school districts and its police department to resolve allegations of civil and constitutional rights violations against African-American and Latino students as well as students with disabilities.

California attorney general blasts consumer bureau's recent rollback of payday lending rules

By Marian Johns | Feb 12, 2019

SACRAMENTO — California's attorney general has criticized the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) recent reversion of its Payday, Vehicle Title and Certain High-Cost Installment Loans rule, arguing the rule protects against predatory lending.

California attorney general, Labor Commission Office back meal, rest break rules for truckers

By Marian Johns | Feb 12, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO — California's attorney general and the Labor Commission Office have filed a petition as part of their on-going legal challenge with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regarding the state's meal and rest break rules for truck drivers.

Giving Children Hope charity allegedly inflated 'gift-in-kind' donations data

By Marian Johns | Feb 5, 2019

SACRAMENTO — A California-based charity that provides international assistance to children has settled allegations by the state of filing false reports that inflated the charity's "Gift-In-Kind" donations in order to mislead the public.

Aetna reaches $935,000 settlement with California over health privacy law violation

By Marian Johns | Feb 5, 2019

SACRAMENTO — Aetna Inc. (Aetna) has reached a $935,000 settlement with the state of California to resolve allegations that the insurance giant revealed the HIV status of nearly 2,000 residents, according to the state's Attorney General's Office.

Multistate coalition files amicus brief to support California counties in action against Chevron

By Marian Johns | Feb 5, 2019

SACRAMENTO — A multistate coalition has filed an amicus brief to support several California counties in their lawsuit against Chevron Corporation, which argues local governments should have the right to hold coal companies accountable for actions that lead to climate change.

L.A. bankruptcy court denies California's request for stay in Verity Health System hospital sale

By Marian Johns | Feb 5, 2019

SACRAMENTO — A Los Angeles bankruptcy court has denied California Attorney General Xavier Becerra's request for a stay in the sale of Verity Health Systems of California's (Verity) St. Louise and O'Connor hospitals in order to ensure the hospitals will honor a previous legal agreement to keep their essential healthcare services operating in certain communities.

19-state coalition urges Department of Education to abandon proposed Title IX changes

By Marian Johns | Feb 5, 2019

SACRAMENTO — A coalition of 19 state attorneys general is urging the federal government to end its proposal to alter Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 (Title IX), arguing that the proposed change would harm the law's protection of students from anti-discrimination, sexual harassment and violence.

California, Massachusetts lead coalition urging EPA to issue new 'asbestos reporting rule'

By Marian Johns | Feb 5, 2019

SACRAMENTO — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Massachusetts Attorney Maura Healey are leading a 15-state coalition urging the federal government to issue a new "asbestos reporting rule" that would take away exemptions relating to asbestos in the Chemical Data Reporting Rule.

Attorneys general coalition files reply brief in effort to defend Affordable Care Act

By Marian Johns | Jan 4, 2019

SACRAMENTO — A 17-state coalition of attorneys general has joined efforts to defend the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through a reply brief filed regarding a lower court's decision that declared the ACA unconstitutional in Texas v. U.S.

CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY GENERAL: Attorney General Becerra Announces $68 Million Multistate Settlement with UBS for Manipulating Key Interest Rate

By Press release submission | Dec 26, 2018

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced a $68 million multistate settlement with UBS for fraudulent conduct involving manipulation of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR).

EPA faces legal battle from 13-state coalition over proposed methane emissions standards rollbacks

By Marian Johns | Dec 24, 2018

SACRAMENTO — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is facing a battle from a 13-state coalition over the agency's proposed cutbacks of methane emissions standards which would do away with requiring companies' repair and prevention of pollution leaks.

Target OKs $7.4 million settlement with California over disposal of hazardous waste into landfills

By Marian Johns | Dec 10, 2018

SACRAMENTO — Target Corporation has agreed to a $7.4 million settlement with the state of California regarding allegations the company disposed of retail hazardous waste materials into the state's landfills.

California jury awards $8.8 million in case against veteran's charity scam operators

By Marian Johns | Nov 20, 2018

SAN DIEGO — A California jury handed the state a legal victory by rendering an $8.8 million award in the state's lawsuit against operators of a veteran's charity scam who used donated funds for personal expenses.

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