California Attorney General Updates

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October 18, 2019Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced the indictment and arrest of three individuals on a 121-count felony indictment for allegedly operating a mortgage fraud scheme throughout California. The scheme resulted in a combined loss of over $7 million. The victims, many of whom were elderly and in financial distress, sought mortgage relief services from Grand View Financial in the Counties of San Diego, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, Placer, Solano, Mendocino, San Francisco, El Dorado, and Sacramento. The operators of Grand View Financial—Steven Rogers, Robert Sedlar, and Audrey Gan—were indicted by [...]
Fri, Oct 18, 2019
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
October 18, 2019Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today co-led a coalition of attorneys general in opposition to a new proposal that would weaken federal protections intended to safeguard against housing discrimination. Under the proposed rule, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) would make it far more difficult to initiate a disparate impact claim under the U.S. Fair Housing Act (FHA) and, as a result, make American communities more vulnerable to discriminatory housing policies. In a comment letter, the attorneys general urge HUD to rescind the proposal and leave the existing, court-approved system [...]
Fri, Oct 18, 2019
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
October 17, 2019Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, as part of a bipartisan coalition of 30 attorneys general, today called on Department of Education Secretary DeVos to exercise her authority to help student loan borrowers who were defrauded by schools operated by Dream Center Education Holding LLC (The Dream Center). The Dream Center's schools — including Argosy University, the Art Institutes, and South University — closed in 2018, just 18 months after being acquired by the Dream Center, and after extensive fraud and mismanagement came to light. Under federal law, student loan borrowers have a right [...]
Thu, Oct 17, 2019
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
October 17, 2019Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, leading a coalition of 13 attorneys general and the City of New York, filed a comment letter calling on the Department of Energy (DOE) to withdraw its proposed rule to undermine current energy efficiency standards for residential dishwashers. The proposed rule, issued at the request of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, attempts to carve out a class of dishwashers from energy efficiency standards by creating a new, unnecessary category of dishwashers defined only by shorter cycle times. Attorney General Becerra and the coalition assert that the proposal is unlawful, [...]
Wed, Oct 16, 2019
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
October 16, 2019Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govCalifornia Attorney General Xavier Becerra today published an article, excerpted below, to highlight legislation sponsored by the California Department of Justice (DOJ) that has recently been signed into law. By Attorney General Becerra: Each year, my office sponsors legislation to help better the lives of everyday Californians. From education to healthcare, gun reform to data privacy, our DOJ-sponsored legislation tackles some of the most pressing issues of our time. Here are just a few of the bills we sponsored that recently became law. Thank you to all of our bill authors, advocates, the California Legislature, and Governor Newsom [...]
Wed, Oct 16, 2019
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
October 12, 2019Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) today applauded Governor Gavin Newsom for signing into law AB 1130, a bill that protects consumers by strengthening California's data security laws. Effective January 1, 2020, AB 1130 will update the state's existing data breach notification law by requiring businesses to maintain reasonable security measures to protect government-issued identification numbers and biometric information from breach, and to notify consumers when such information is compromised. “With the passage of AB 1130, California has once again proven it deserves its reputation as the nation's leader [...]
Sat, Oct 12, 2019
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
October 12, 2019Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, leading a multistate coalition, filed a motion for partial summary judgment to block the Trump Administration from unilaterally and unlawfully diverting $3.6 billion in military construction funds toward construction of a border wall. The funds in question were appropriated by Congress for specific military construction projects, not a border wall. Congress has rejected multiple attempts to fund the border wall through budget appropriations, and has twice passed resolutions – in March 2019 and again in September 2019 – terminating President Trump's false national emergency declaration. The states ask [...]
Sat, Oct 12, 2019
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
October 11, 2019Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today issued a consumer alert following the Governor's declaration of a state of emergency in Los Angeles and Riverside Counties due to several fires, including the Saddleridge, Eagle, Sandalwood, Reche, and Wolf fires. Attorney General Becerra reminds all Californians that price gouging during a state of emergency is illegal under Penal Code Section 396. “Families in Los Angeles and Riverside counties are dealing with devastating and destructive fires threatening their homes and safety,” said Attorney General Becerra. “These communities shouldn't have to worry about being cheated while dealing with [...]
Sat, Oct 12, 2019
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
October 11, 2019Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today issued the following statement after California Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation to further strengthen California's common-sense gun-safety laws. The new laws will be critical to closing loopholes and strengthening ammunition background checks. Attorney General Becerra is committed to strengthening and protecting California's gun-safety measures. Attorney General Becerra sponsored both Senate Bill 376, introduced by Senator Anthony Portantino, and Assembly Bill 1669, introduced by Assemblymember Rob Bonta. “California continues to lead when it comes to implementing common-sense measures that protect our communities from gun violence,” said Attorney General Becerra. “The [...]
Fri, Oct 11, 2019
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October 15, 2019Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey today led a multistate coalition in opposition to the Trump Administration's rule illegally limiting access to the asylum process. Under the rule, individuals entering the United States at the southern border, except in limited circumstances, are no longer able to seek asylum unless they applied for and were denied protection in at least one country they transited through prior to their arrival. In an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union in East Bay Sanctuary [...]
Fri, Oct 11, 2019
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY