California Attorney General Updates

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January 27, 2021Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govLaunches Operation SAFE to further protect elders and Californians living in skilled nursing facilities in response to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced the expansion of the department's existing program to protect California's most vulnerable citizens and safeguard the state's Medicaid program (Medi-Cal). In response to significant increases in Medi-Cal enrollment and the increased need to protect elders and nursing home residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, Attorney General Becerra has directed additional resources toward the California Department of Justice's Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse and has [...]
Wed, Jan 27, 2021
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
January 25, 2021Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govBureau to protect Californians with disabilities from discrimination and other harms SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced the establishment of the Bureau of Disability Rights (Bureau) within the Civil Rights Enforcement Section (Section) of the California Department of Justice. The Bureau will focus on matters that seek to ensure that the rights of persons with disabilities are advanced through specific investigations and litigation. The Bureau will also expand on the Section's work to vindicate the rights of persons with disabilities on issues including discrimination in education, healthcare, employment, access to public services, [...]
Mon, Jan 25, 2021
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
January 22, 2021Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced a $40 million nationwide settlement with Apria Healthcare Group, Inc. and Apria Healthcare LLC (together, Apria) resolving allegations that the respiratory services provider violated the Federal False Claims Act (FCA), along with numerous state anti-fraud laws by seeking Medicaid reimbursement for ventilation machines that were not medically necessary or reasonable. Of the $40 million nationwide settlement, $4,812,000 relates to violations of Medicaid laws. California's share of the Medicaid-related settlement is $206,338.30. “When a healthcare company gets lazy and neglects its duty to stay within the bounds of [...]
Fri, Jan 22, 2021
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
January 22, 2021Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today secured a conviction in a false imprisonment case against Johnathon Lomeli, a former Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent. As a result, Lomeli has been sentenced to complete two years of felony probation, 60 days in county jail, and 52 classes to address sexual compulsion. In addition, Lomeli will no longer be allowed to work as a security guard and will be required to pay any applicable victim restitution. “We all have the right to be treated with dignity and respect in all places. And no one is [...]
Fri, Jan 22, 2021
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
January 22, 2021Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced a settlement with Workrite Ergonomics (Workrite) today, resolving allegations that the manufacturer of ergonomic office equipment overcharged state agencies in the government contracting process. For approximately eight years ending in 2016, Workrite allegedly concealed information and failed to provide discounts owed to public agencies under the procurement process. “Californians trust their government to vigilantly conserve public dollars,” said Attorney General Becerra. “Cheating government is cheating the people. At the California Department of Justice, we will continue working to bring perpetrators like these to justice.” Attorney General Becerra alleges that [...]
Fri, Jan 22, 2021
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
January 22, 2021Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced he is launching a civil rights investigation of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD), the largest sheriff's department in the United States. The investigation will seek to determine whether LASD has engaged in a pattern or practice of unconstitutional policing. The California Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation comes on the heels of allegations of excessive force, retaliation, and other misconduct, as well as a number of recent reported incidents involving LASD management and personnel. Today's action by DOJ also comes in response to the absence [...]
Fri, Jan 22, 2021
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
January 21, 2021Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today joined a coalition of 18 attorneys general standing up for voting rights in an amicus brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee. The case centers around consolidated challenges to a set of Arizona election rules, which were found to discriminate against Black, Latino, and Native American voters in the state. In the friend-of-the-court brief, the coalition urges the U.S. Supreme Court to affirm the Ninth Circuit's decision striking down the discriminatory rules and upholding long-standing nationwide protections under the Voting Rights [...]
Thu, Jan 21, 2021
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January 19, 2021Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today joins a coalition of 18 attorneys general in challenging the Trump Administration's final rule requiring the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to prioritize public disclosure over scientific integrity, and give less weight to or even ignore evidence from private health data about the harms of pollution. The EPA, like all agencies involved with public health research, regularly utilizes scientific studies that rely on confidential private health data, a common and accepted scientific practice that protects individuals' sensitive and personal information. In today's lawsuit, the coalition argues that the [...]
Tue, Jan 19, 2021
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
January 19, 2021Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today, as part of a multistate coalition, filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration's final rule allowing manufacturers to set their own test procedures for compliance with energy efficiency standards. Test procedure regulations promulgated by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) specify how a product must be tested to determine its compliance with energy efficiency standards. The final rule seeks to undermine this process by requiring the DOE to automatically grant interim waiver applications after 30 days and removing the one-year deadline for making a permanent waiver determination, [...]
Tue, Jan 19, 2021
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
January 19, 2021Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today joined a multistate coalition in challenging the Trump Administration's final rule weakening longstanding protections for migratory birds. The final rule purports to limit the scope of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) to no longer protect migratory birds from killings incidental to human activities, such as the operation of facilities like wind farms, power lines, and oil waste pits. Experts estimate that the final rule would increase migratory bird deaths by tens of millions each year. In the lawsuit, the coalition argues that the final rule is [...]
Tue, Jan 19, 2021
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY