Attorney General Paxton

Paxton Launches Investigation into S&P Global’s Use of ESG Factors in Credit Ratings, Potentially Violating Consumer Protection Laws 

Attorney General Ken Paxton

Attorney General Paxton joined a Missouri-led multistate investigation into S&P Global Inc. for potential violations of consumer protection laws. This is the second investigation by state attorneys general into a company providing Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) ratings, based upon alleged consumer fraud and deceptive trade practices. S&P’s published ESG credit indicators, ESG scores, and ESG evaluations appear to politicize what should be a purely financial decision and may deceptively confound the distinction between subjective opinions […]

Paxton Encourages FCC to Adopt Rules Protecting Americans from Illegal  Robocalls, Helping Prevent Billions Lost from Scammers  

Attorney General Ken Paxton

Attorney General Paxton signed a multistate comment letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging them to adopt stricter controls to prevent unsolicited robocalls. In May 2022, the FCC placed new obligations upon gateway providers, which are the points of entry for foreign illegal robocalls entering the U.S. telephone network. Attorney General Paxton is now calling for some of those same protections to be applied to all intermediate voice service providers based in the United States. The new proposed rules would require every U.S.-based intermediate provider to adopt STIR/SHAKEN protocols, a vital robocall prevention tool that allows for the […]

Paxton Sends Letter to U.S. Senate Demanding Rejection of a Bill that Would  Undermine States’ Authority and American Energy

Attorney General Ken Paxton

Attorney General Paxton has joined a Louisiana-led coalition in strongly opposing the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2022 and sending a letter to Senator Chuck Schumer and Senator Mitch McConnell expressing the reasons for such opposition. The Act would allow the Biden Administration, largely through the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), to run roughshod over states’ rights by advancing a radically impractical energy agenda, all while forcing taxpayers to foot the bill. This would be done in three fundamental and extremely dangerous ways. […]

Paxton Works to Safeguard First Amendment Protections for Religious Group Facing Illegal Discrimination  

Attorney General Ken Paxton

Attorney General Paxton has joined an Alabama-led multistate amicus brief in the Atlanta-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, fighting to defend the First Amendment rights of a Jewish synagogue facing unconstitutional discrimination. The case revolves around the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART), a publicly-funded transit system, that refused to allow Young Israel of Tampa to advertise its “Chanukah on Ice” program pursuant to a policy banning religious advertising. After the district court enjoined its policy, HART appealed to the Eleventh Circuit. As the courts have ruled on several occasions, public entities violate the First […]

Paxton Files Amicus Brief Defending President Trump’s Constitutional Rights After Biden DOJ’s Unprecedented Raid

Attorney General Ken Paxton

Attorney General Paxton is leading a multistate coalition in filing an amicus brief in the Atlanta-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in support of President Donald Trump, seeking to ensure the return of privileged documents taken during the Biden Administration’s unprecedented raid. After President Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ) ransacked the home of a former—and potential future—political opponent, President Trump requested a special master to determine if items protected by attorney-client privilege and executive privilege were taken. A federal district court subsequently appointed a special master and prevented the […]

Paxton Takes Action to Stop Woke Courts From Destroying Women’s Sports

Attorney General Ken Paxton

Attorney General Paxton has joined an Alabama-led amicus brief in the Chicago-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, defending an Indiana law that prevents biological men from competing in women’s athletics. The case, A.M. v. Indianapolis Public Schools, moved up to the Seventh Circuit after a federal district court judge ruled in favor of a biological male wanting to compete on a female softball team. The male student, who claims to be female, alleged that Indiana’s biological definition of sex–which is premised on objective reproductive biology–constituted a Title IX violation because it contradicted the individual’s subjective gender […]

Paxton Joins Amicus Brief to Rein in Unconstitutional Federal Power, Encourages U.S. Supreme Court to Curtail Excessive Agency Deference  

Attorney General Ken Paxton

Attorney General Paxton has joined an Oklahoma-led cert-stage amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court, challenging a decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that extended excessive deference to federal agencies. Under the doctrine known as Cassell deference, the D.C. Circuit frequently rules that courts will not second-guess a federal agency’s decision to depart from its own precedents, without any need to explain its reasoning. The D.C. Circuit receives the […]

Paxton Joins Amicus Brief to Prevent Activist Judges from Drawing New Congressional Maps in Direct Violation of the U.S. Constitution

Attorney General Ken Paxton

Attorney General Paxton has joined a multistate amicus brief led by Arkansas and Arizona in the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the North Carolina Supreme Court from blatant judicial activism that directly conflicts with the U.S. Constitution. The two cases, Timothy K. Moore, et al. v. Rebecca Harper, et al. and Timothy K. Moore, et al. v. North Carolina League of Conservation Voters, Inc., et al., were consolidated in the North Carolina Superior Court and hinge on […]

Paxton Files Brief with U.S. Supreme Court to Protect Taxpayers from the Skyrocketing Costs of Illegal Immigration

Attorney General Ken Paxton

Attorney General Paxton is leading a 14-state coalition that has filed a cert-stage brief in the U.S. Supreme Court after the Biden Administration took unprecedented action to quietly abolish a federal immigration rule designed to protect American taxpayers. The rule in question, known as the “public-charge rule,” prohibits the entry of illegal aliens who are likely to become significant financial burdens on American citizens. The brief was filed after the Chicago-based U.S. Court of Appeals […]

Paxton Applauds Court’s Decision to Green-Light Texas’s Antitrust Suit Against Google

Attorney General Ken Paxton

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton applauds a New York federal district court’s decision last night to reject Google’s motion to dismiss Texas’s lawsuit alleging that Google monopolized the digital advertising market. The federal court has allowed a coalition of seventeen states led by Texas to proceed on all counts under Section 2 of the Sherman Act, a major body of federal antitrust laws. The court ruled that “the States have plausibly alleged that Google has […]