Texas Attorney General News

Recent news from the Office of the Attorney General

09/20/2017 08:37 PM
AG Paxton Obtains $9.5 Million Judgment Halting Synthetic Drug Sales at Houston Smoke Shop
“Synthetic drugs are not just illegal, they pose a number of potentially devastating health risks to users,” Attorney General Paxton said. “These smoke shops put young lives at risk by selling them dangerous substances falsely advertised as safe and legal. My office will continue to do everything within its power to protect Texans from this growing threat.”

09/19/2017 09:20 PM
Gov. Abbott and AG Paxton Urge President Trump to Authorize FEMA Disaster Assistance for Houses of Worship in Wake of Hurricane Harvey
“Churches have opened their doors to feed, shelter, comfort, and rebuild their communities – even hosting FEMA operations in the process – but this policy has made those very same churches ineligible for assistance because their primary use is, by nature, religious,” Gov. Abbott and Attorney General Paxton wrote. “The policy of denying relief funds for churches discriminates on the grounds of religion and is nothing more than the relic of an administration that preferred rewriting laws to faithfully executing them.”

09/19/2017 05:48 AM
AG Paxton: 41-State Investigation Requests Documents from Companies that Manufacture and Distribute Highly Addictive Opioid Drugs
“Protecting Texans is a top priority of my office. The goal of this phase of our investigation is to collect enough information so that the multi-state coalition can effectively evaluate whether manufacturers and distributors engaged in unlawful practices in the marketing, sale, and distribution of opioids,” Attorney General Paxton said. “We’ll determine an appropriate course of action once it’s determined what role these companies may have played in creating or prolonging the opioid crisis.”

09/13/2017 09:32 PM
AG Paxton Issues Consumer Alert: Beware of Hurricane Harvey Repair and Clean-Up Scams
“Unfortunately, scams involving contractors failing to perform work they were paid to do are not uncommon following a disaster such as Hurricane Harvey,” Attorney General Paxton said. “I encourage hurricane victims in Texas to take the extra time to evaluate and hire the right contractor to avoid being swindled. The consumer protection hotline will remain open and we stand ready to assist anyone who has been preyed upon after this disaster. Please call my office at 800-621-0508 to report scams.”

09/12/2017 04:35 AM
AG Paxton Applauds Supreme Court Rulings on Redistricting
"The Supreme Court confirmed what the rest of us already knew: Texas should be able to use maps in 2018 that the district court itself adopted in 2012 and Texas used in the last three election cycles," Attorney General Paxton said. "In 2012 the Supreme Court ordered the district court to adopt lawful maps, and we believe it did so. We are eager to proceed with this case in the high court."

09/12/2017 03:19 AM
AG Paxton Files Suit Against Three Businesses for Price Gouging During Hurricane Harvey
“It’s unconscionable that any business would take advantage of Texans at their most vulnerable – those who are displaced from their homes, have limited resources, and are in desperate need of fuel, shelter and the basic necessities of life,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Texas has tough price gouging laws, and my office will continue to aggressively investigate and prosecute cases arising from Hurricane Harvey.”

09/11/2017 08:58 PM
AG Paxton Issues Consumer Alert Following Equifax Data Breach Reportedly Affecting Nearly 12 Million Texans
“My office has been in contact with Equifax and is working to get to the bottom of how this massive data breach occurred, and how we can protect the 12 million Texans it reported who are at potential risk of identity theft,” Attorney General Paxton said. “We will do what’s necessary to hold Equifax accountable. In the meantime, I encourage Texans to educate themselves about how to best protect their personal information and to file a complaint with my office if they have any concerns about this breach.”

09/10/2017 08:55 PM
AG Paxton Files Suit Against ‘Reputation Management’ Company
“At every step in its so-called reputation management process, Solvera repeatedly employed false, deceptive and misleading practices,” Attorney General Paxton said. “My office will not allow Texas consumers, attorneys, and courts to be confused and deceived by this unlawful behavior.”

09/07/2017 04:31 AM
AG Paxton Releases Statement on First Assistant AG Jeff Mateer’s Nomination by President Trump to Federal Bench
“Jeff Mateer is a principled leader—a man of character—who has done an outstanding job for the State of Texas as First Assistant Attorney General,” said Attorney General Paxton. “I knew when I appointed him eighteen months ago that a greater calling could come, and I couldn’t be happier for Jeff and his family for this well-deserved appointment and high honor. Judges who rule by the Constitution and the law are desperately needed today, and I am confident a Judge Mateer will faithfully fulfill this duty.”

09/06/2017 11:39 PM
AG Paxton Leads 20-State Coalition Defending Religious Liberty
“The Supreme Court has the opportunity to affirm that the First Amendment contains robust protections for people who choose to operate their businesses consistent with their faith,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop should be allowed to choose what he will or won’t create without fear of being unjustly punished by the government.”