Attorney General

Paxton Protects Education: Multistate Letter Succeeds in Pressuring Biden Department of Education to Let Charter Schools Flourish 

Attorney General Ken Paxton

The Biden Administration recently acceded to criticism from Attorney General Ken Paxton and other attorneys general regarding a new regulatory proposal restricting public charter school grants. In a recent Oklahoma-led letter to the U.S. Department of Education (DOE), several states argued that two proposed changes to a federal charter school program would decrease the educational opportunities for students in areas with underperforming schools. Under a proposed community impact analysis requirement, an applicant trying to open […]

Paxton Joins Letter Urging Senate to Reject Biden Nominee for ATF Head

Attorney General Ken Paxton

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton joined a multistate letter urging the United States Senate to oppose President Biden’s nominee for Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Steven Dettelbach. Dettelbach has a long history of anti-Second Amendment activism. This is Biden’s second anti-gun nominee to the post, a clear indication that the Administration is devoted to stripping Americans of their God-given rights protected under the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment. “As Americans […]

AG Paxton Joins Coalition to Open Offshore Oil and Gas Leases, Fight Against Rising Energy Prices

Attorney General Ken Paxton

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton joined a multistate amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, urging reversal of a lower court’s decision to vacate the largest offshore oil and gas lease sale in U.S. history. The brief argues that the lower court judge erred in shutting down the lease sale and worsening the tremendous damage being done by the Administration’s misguided war on American energy. “America is in the midst […]

AG Paxton Recovers $12.9 Million for the State of Texas Against Pharma Company for its Fraudulent Reporting

Attorney General Ken Paxton

Attorney General Ken Paxton resolved an enforcement action against pharmaceutical manufacturer Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories (DRL) for reporting inflated drug prices to the Texas Medicaid program. DRL will pay $12.9 million to settle the claims against it. This settlement is the latest recovery in price-reporting cases that the Attorney General has brought under the Texas Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act (TMFPA) since 2002. In cases against drug manufacturers for similar misconduct, the OAG has recovered more than […]

Leon County Jury Delivers Guilty Verdict in Capital Murder Case 

Attorney General Ken Paxton

Attorney General Ken Paxton’s Criminal Prosecutions Division was responsible for securing a guilty verdict in State of Texas vs. Hollis Willingham for capital murder from a Leon County Jury in the 369th District Court. Willingham was arrested and convicted of the 2007 murder of Jim Craig Martin. The investigation of this case involved multiple agencies and lasted over ten years. Martin’s body was never located. The Office of the Attorney General is assisting the Leon County District Attorney.

Paxton Fights to Protect Pro-Life Laws Threatened by Expired Equal Rights Amendment

Attorney General Ken Paxton

Attorney General Ken Paxton joined a multi-state amicus brief opposing efforts to obtain a judicial ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) of 1972. The main goals of the ERA were to allow equal opportunities for women. Since 1972, great progress has been made through application of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, and many other […]

Paxton Defends SB8, Saving Thousands of Lives in the Process

Attorney General Ken Paxton has fought off multiple challenges to Texas Senate Bill 8 (SB8), which has saved approximately 17,000 newborn lives since it went into effect on September 1, 2021. Abortions fell by 60 percent in Texas the first month after SB8 took effect. Abortion providers asked both the U.S. Supreme Court and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to expedite their attack on the law by sending the case to a lower court, […]

AG Paxton Sues Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for   Unlawfully Prohibiting Firearm Silencers in Texas  

Attorney General Ken Paxton

Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives seeking to stop the enforcement of federal regulations regarding firearm suppressors made in Texas. Texas House Bill 957, passed in 2021, expressly exempts from federal regulation firearm suppressors that are made in, and remain in Texas. Federal law regulates firearm suppressors, making it illegal to own a firearm suppressor for personal use without paying a tax. It is also […]

Paxton Joins Comment Letter Against Head Start Program Vaccine and Mask Mandates 

Attorney General Ken Paxton

Attorney General Ken Paxton has joined a comment letter challenging the “Head Start Rule” that gives all Head Start staff and volunteers until January 31, 2022 to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and also requires all staff and children over 2 years of age to wear a mask. Paxton has recently obtained a Texas-wide preliminary injunction from a federal judge to halt the Head Start vaccine and mask mandates. The Texas Attorney General has to date […]

Paxton Secures $63 Million Statewide Opioid Settlement 

Attorney General Ken Paxton

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced a $63 million statewide opioid settlement with Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The agreement will largely track the terms of the Global Prescription Opioid Litigation Settlement Agreement that was announced on July 23, 2021. Pursuant to the settlement, Endo will pay $63 million into the Texas State Qualified Settlement Fund, without any requirement that the global deal first be finalized, and without any rebates or reductions to the payment amount. This is the third statewide opioid settlement Attorney General Paxton has secured for Texas. In addition to the funds from Endo, Johnson & […]