California Attorney General Updates

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January 19, 2022Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govOAKLAND – California Attorney General Rob Bonta today led a coalition of state attorneys general in support of a challenge to an unconstitutional Arkansas law that prohibits healthcare professionals from providing transgender teenagers with medically necessary care. The coalition of 21 attorneys general filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit urging the court to affirm a district court judgment that blocked enforcement of Arkansas Act 626, the “Save Adolescents from Experimentation” or SAFE Act. Despite medical consensus that gender-affirming care has a positive impact on adolescents with gender [...]
Wed, Jan 19, 2022
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
January 19, 2022Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govApplauds federal efforts to undo harmful effects of Trump-era public charge rule OAKLAND – California Attorney General Rob Bonta today led a coalition of 21 attorneys general in a comment letter urging the U.S. Department of State (DOS) to formally withdraw its iteration of the Trump-era public charge regulation, which replicated the now-defunct rule previously put forward by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2019. The regulations unlawfully attempted to target immigrants and their families by turning the use of basic health, nutrition, and housing programs into barriers to lawful admission to the United [...]
Tue, Jan 18, 2022
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January 19, 2022Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govOAKLAND – California Attorney General Rob Bonta today announced the launch of a civil rights investigation into the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office (SCCSO). The investigation will seek to determine whether SCCSO has engaged in a pattern or practice of unconstitutional conduct amidst deeply concerning allegations relating to conditions of confinement in its jail facilities, resistance to lawful oversight, and other misconduct. “Public safety is built on trust,” said Attorney General Bonta. “When communities feel they are treated fairly and equitably by law enforcement, it increases trust and that in turn contributes to increased public safety. [...]
Tue, Jan 18, 2022
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January 19, 2022Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govArgues in brief to U.S. Supreme Court that Trump-era "ACE" rule was mistaken in interpreting Clean Air Act to limit EPA authority OAKLAND – California Attorney General Rob Bonta, as part of a multistate coalition, filed a response brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in defense of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants. In 2019, the Trump Administration repealed the Clean Power Plan and replaced it with the so-called “Affordable Clean Energy” (ACE) rule, claiming EPA's authority to regulate these [...]
Tue, Jan 18, 2022
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January 14, 2022Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govOAKLAND – California Attorney General Rob Bonta today joined a bipartisan multistate coalition in appealing the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging Facebook's illegal, anticompetitive behavior. In December 2020, California joined 47 state attorneys general in arguing that Facebook's acquisition of Instagram and WhatsApp was part of a broad buy-or-bury strategy designed to thwart competition at the expense of both users and advertisers. In their complaint, the coalition alleged that Facebook's monopolistic behavior violated federal antitrust laws, resulting in less user choice, reduced product quality, and degraded privacy protections. “Facebook is a monopolist. The company has made [...]
Fri, Jan 14, 2022
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January 14, 2022Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govOAKLAND – California Attorney General Rob Bonta today, along with New York Attorney General Letitia James and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), secured a court order instituting a lifetime ban against Martin Shkreli, the mastermind of a scheme to stifle competition of the lifesaving drug Daraprim. Attorney General Bonta applauded the decision today by a federal district court in New York to permanently ban Shkreli, also known as the “Pharma Bro,” from working in the pharmaceutical industry. Such relief ensures Shkreli will not be able to implement similar anticompetitive schemes in the future. In [...]
Fri, Jan 14, 2022
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January 13, 2022Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govVISALIA – California Attorney General Rob Bonta today announced the arrest of multiple members of the Sureño criminal street gang for their involvement in the 2020 murders of three teenagers at a local high school in Visalia. In July 2021, the Visalia Police Department requested assistance from the California Department of Justice's (DOJ) Special Operations Unit (SOU) with its investigation into the triple homicide. The investigation also uncovered a drug and firearm trafficking ring run by members and associates of the Sureños. Today, the SOU, the Visalia Police Department, the Tulare County Sheriff's Department, the [...]
Thu, Jan 13, 2022
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January 13, 2022Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSettlement includes $95 million in nationwide restitution for federal student loan borrowers and additional private student loan debt cancellation OAKLAND – California Attorney General Rob Bonta today announced a multistate settlement against Navient, one of the largest student loan servicers in the country, to resolve allegations of misconduct in the servicing and collection of federal student loans. The settlement includes $95 million in restitution for student loan borrowers and $1.7 billion in private student loan debt cancellation, including $11.5 million in direct restitution and approximately $261 million in debt cancellation for California borrowers. Many of [...]
Thu, Jan 13, 2022
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January 12, 2022Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govFiles lawsuit against Aliera and the Moses Family, the owners and operators of Sharity OAKLAND – California Attorney General Rob Bonta today announced a lawsuit against The Aliera Companies (Aliera) and the Moses family – the family that founded Sharity Ministries, Inc. (formerly called Trinity Healthshare, Inc.), a nonprofit corporation that purported to be a health care sharing ministry (HCSM). Aliera, a for-profit corporation, created, operated, and sold unauthorized health plans and insurance through Sharity/Trinity, collecting hundreds of millions of dollars in monthly premiums from thousands of Californians and others throughout the country. However, rather than [...]
Wed, Jan 12, 2022
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