California Attorney General Updates

Today
August 14, 2020Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced approval by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) of final regulations under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). Proposed final regulations were submitted to the OAL by Attorney General Becerra on June 1, 2020. During OAL's review process, additional revisions were made to the proposed regulations. The approved regulations go into effect immediately. "In California, privacy is an inalienable right. Californians should control who possesses their personal data and how it's used,” said Attorney General Becerra. “With these rules finalized, California breaks ground and leads the nation [...]
Fri, Aug 14, 2020
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
Earlier
August 13, 2020Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today slammed the Trump Administration's announcement of a final rule gutting standards that limit emissions of methane and other harmful pollutants from new, reconstructed, and modified facilities in the oil and natural gas industry. Methane is a super-pollutant up to 87 times more potent than carbon dioxide in its ability to trap heat over a 20-year timeframe. Oil and natural gas operations – production, processing, transmission, and distribution – are the largest single industrial source of methane emissions in the U.S. Today's rule will increase emissions of methane, [...]
Thu, Aug 13, 2020
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August 11, 2020Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today issued the following statement in response to a decision by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York declaring unlawful and blocking an attempt by the Trump Administration to reinterpret the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to withdraw longstanding protections for migratory birds. “Migratory birds, including the bald eagle, are not only national symbols of freedom and liberty – they are vital for our country's ecosystem,” said Attorney General Becerra. “Today's decision recognizes the critical importance of protecting our precious wildlife and upholding the rule of [...]
Tue, Aug 11, 2020
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August 11, 2020Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.gov SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced the arraignment and plea of Gary Cheung for tax evasion and insurance fraud related to the Sam Woo restaurants he owned and operated in Los Angeles County. He pleaded guilty to multiple felonies for which he will be sentenced to prison and required to pay restitution in the amount of $2,964,375.93. “For his egregious crimes, Gary Cheung will pay nearly $3 million in restitution and face prison time,” said Attorney General Becerra. “Tax fraud hurts taxpayers and the state's ability to provide vital public services to [...]
Tue, Aug 11, 2020
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August 11, 2020Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.gov Rule seeks to expand non-ACA compliant healthcare by allowing healthcare sharing ministries as coverage SACRAMENTO - California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, leading a coalition of 20 attorneys general, submitted a comment letter opposing the Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) proposed rule which seeks to treat payments made to healthcare sharing ministries (HSMs) as deductible medical expenses under Section 213(d) of the Internal Revenue Code —expanding non-ACA compliant coverage in the market. The letter urges the agencies to withdraw the proposed rule, arguing that allowing tax deductions for payments made to Healthcare [...]
Tue, Aug 11, 2020
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August 10, 2020Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra — alongside the City Attorneys of Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco — today secured a preliminary injunction against unlawful employee misclassification by Uber and Lyft, requiring the companies to rightfully classify their drivers as employees while litigation is ongoing. Per the court order, the preliminary injunction is stayed for a period of 10 days. In addition, the court denied Uber's and Lyft's attempts to dismiss the case and stay proceedings. The decision comes after the Attorney General and City Attorneys filed for a preliminary injunction alleging [...]
Mon, Aug 10, 2020
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August 10, 2020Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO - California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today, as part of a coalition of 16 attorneys general and the City of New York, delivered a notice of intent to sue the Department of Energy over its failure to review and amend energy efficiency standards for 25 categories of consumer and commercial or industrial products. The Department of Energy has missed multiple mandatory deadlines for updating these efficiency standards in violation of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. In the notice, the attorney generals urge the Department of Energy to take immediate action to update these [...]
Mon, Aug 10, 2020
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August 10, 2020Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.gov SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced the arraignment and charges against Eric Nguyen and Khan “Tina” Tran, who were charged in connection with an alleged gambling scheme that resulted in the theft of approximately $4 million from the 580 Casino in Livermore, California. “My office stands ready to fight back against those who try to get rich quick by breaking the law,” said Attorney General Becerra. “Mr. Nguyen and Ms. Tran now face serious criminal charges for their actions. The California Department of Justice will do its part to [...]
Mon, Aug 10, 2020
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August 10, 2020Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govTrump proclamations bar families from re-uniting and are based on a flawed understanding of how the economy actually works SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and New York Attorney General Letitia James today led a coalition of 23 attorneys general in an amicus brief supporting a challenge to President Trump's unlawful proclamations that indefinitely disrupt vast portions of the country's immigration system. On April 22 and June 22, President Trump signed two different immigration-related proclamations that effectively suspend access to immigrant visas and certain non-immigrant visas, including those used by students, tech workers, and the [...]
Mon, Aug 10, 2020
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August 7, 2020Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govBrief argues misinterpretation of the California Penal Code led to the arrest of Chelsea Becker weeks after stillbirth SACRAMENTO - California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today filed an amicus brief in support of granting Chelsea Becker's petition to end the prosecution and all criminal proceedings against her. Ms. Becker was arrested and charged with murder after delivering a stillborn child in Kings County. The Kings County District Attorney alleged that Ms. Becker's methamphetamine use led to the death of the fetus and constituted murder. The District Attorney charged Ms. Becker with violating section 187 of [...]
Fri, Aug 07, 2020
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