California Attorney General Updates

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March 31, 2020Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra joined a coalition of 18 attorneys general in sending a letter to urge U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia to halt implementation of the joint employer liability rule during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Implementing the rule threatens to limit the legal right of workers to collect wages they are due from a joint employer. Given the current crisis, many workers face a higher risk of losing out on the ability to collect back wages if an employer becomes insolvent and this rule leaves them unable to then [...]
Tue, Mar 31, 2020
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March 31, 2020Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and New York Attorney General Letitia James, leading a coalition of eight attorneys general, filed a motion for summary judgment in their case against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for its unlawful reinterpretation of Section 1303 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which limits healthcare coverage including reproductive care. On December 27, 2019, HHS issued a final rule requiring qualified health plans participating in the state exchanges like Covered California to send and collect separate bills—one for a health insurance premium and one of [...]
Tue, Mar 31, 2020
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March 31, 2020Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today issued the following statement in response to the Trump Administration's announcement finalizing a rule rolling back the nation's Clean Car Standards: “The crippling consequences of the Trump Administration's weakening of our nation's health and safety standards are unfolding before our eyes. Now add to the list President Trump's zeal to roll back our nationwide Clean Car Standards,” said Attorney General Becerra. “Today the richest, most powerful nation in the world is telling its 300 million-plus people and its economy to shut down and stay put for fear [...]
Tue, Mar 31, 2020
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March 30, 2020Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today urged the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to provide promised relief for public servants who apply for student loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) and Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness (TEPSLF) programs. While many of the programs' applicants have completed the public service and payment requirements necessary to qualify for forgiveness of the balance on their federal student loans, nearly all of them have had their applications denied. In the comment letter, Attorney General Becerra urges ED to take immediate and decisive action [...]
Mon, Mar 30, 2020
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March 30, 2020Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, leading a coalition of eight attorneys general, today filed a motion for partial summary judgment in a lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration's illegal diversion of $3.8 billion for the construction of an unauthorized wall on the border. More than 20 percent, $890 million, of the diverted taxpayer funds had been allocated to National Guard units across the country for the purchase of equipment critical to responding to natural disasters and other emergencies. The coalition argues that an immediate permanent injunction is necessary so that the National Guard is [...]
Mon, Mar 30, 2020
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March 30, 2020Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO– California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today led a multistate coalition of 21 attorneys general in sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and its U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requesting that they increase access to reproductive healthcare, including safe and legal abortion, during the COVID-19 pandemic. The coalition urges the Administration to waive or utilize its discretion on enforcement of its Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) designation, which impedes women's access to the medication abortion prescription drug known as Mifepristone. The attorneys general call on the Administration [...]
Mon, Mar 30, 2020
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March 27, 2020Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today issued the following statement reminding businesses that California's law prohibiting price gouging during a time of emergency applies to all sellers, including retailers, wholesalers, and manufacturers. This means that California's price gouging law applies to transactions between manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, and retailers as it does between retailers and consumers. "During this difficult public health emergency, it's imperative that we stop price gouging anywhere in the supply chain," said Attorney General Becerra. "The Department of Justice has zero tolerance for price gouging against Californians — or [...]
Fri, Mar 27, 2020
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March 27, 2020Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today joined a coalition of 18 attorneys general in a letter calling on Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russell Vought to suspend the federal rulemaking process for the proposed regulation on Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 (Title IX) during the current COVID-19 pandemic, which has put unprecedented strain on schools and students across the country. Attorney General Becerra previously led a coalition of 19 attorneys general in filing a comment letter opposing the proposed changes to [...]
Fri, Mar 27, 2020
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March 26, 2020Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today issued the following statement in response to an appellate court decision that upholds a lower court judgment and injunction against Dish Network. Today's ruling in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirms the June 2017 trial court judgment holding the company accountable for engaging in an illegal nationwide telemarketing campaign. Dish Network, both directly and through its authorized direct marketing businesses, made millions of unwanted calls to people on the Do Not Call Registry and tens of millions of illegal robocalls, many directed to California residents. The [...]
Thu, Mar 26, 2020
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March 26, 2020Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today joined a multistate coalition of 27 attorneys general in submitting a comment letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos calling on her to immediately implement emergency measures to protect federal student loan borrowers in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. Under the Higher Education Relief Opportunities for Students Act of 2003 (“HEROES Act”), Secretary DeVos has the authority to waive or modify statutory or regulatory provisions applicable to student financial assistance programs during a national emergency. As a result of the COVID-19 public health crisis, hundreds of [...]
Thu, Mar 26, 2020
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March 26, 2020Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today issued a consumer alert to warn Californians about fraudulent charities during the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency. The virus has thus far infected 2,535 Californians and has resulted in a state-wide shelter in place order, issued by California Governor Gavin Newsom. Attorney General Becerra reminds all Californians to do their research before submitting donations to any charity, especially during a time of crisis. “Californians have a big heart. We come together and give back to our communities when crisis hits,” said Attorney General Becerra. “Sadly, there are also [...]
Thu, Mar 26, 2020
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March 26, 2020Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO– California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today led a coalition of 15 attorneys general in sending a letter to President Trump and the Department of Health and Human Services calling on the Administration to end its research ban on fetal tissue to aid the nation's medical response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Attorneys General argue that this exemption could help scientists develop vaccines and study the virus' impacts on pregnant women and children. “As we work together to combat the unprecedented threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, developing a vaccine and therapeutic treatments for the virus has [...]
Thu, Mar 26, 2020
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