Attorney General

CONSUMER ALERT: Beware Unemployment Benefit Identity Theft 

Ken Paxton

Attorney General Ken Paxton today warned that unemployment benefits identity theft is on the rise in Texas. Unemployment benefits identity theft occurs when an imposter uses another person’s personal information, such as their name and Social Security number, to file a claim for unemployment benefits. “Unscrupulous criminals are victimizing Texans by stealing their identities and filing false unemployment claims. If you receive documents from the Texas Workforce Commission regarding benefits claims you did not make, remain vigilant, […]

AG Paxton Leads Multistate Coalition in Lawsuit Against Google for Anticompetitive Practices and Deceptive Misrepresentations

Ken Paxton

Attorney General Ken Paxton announced today that the State of Texas is leading a multistate coalition in a lawsuit against Google for multiple violations of federal and state antitrust and consumer protection laws, including anticompetitive conduct, exclusionary practices and deceptive misrepresentations in connection with its role in the multi-trillion-dollar online display advertising industry. Google’s monopolization of online-display advertising includes an anticompetitive agreement with Facebook, making misrepresentations to users and customers, and suppressing competition. The internet […]

AG Paxton Announces Josh Reno as Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice

Attorney General Ken Paxton

Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that Josh Reno, a graduate of the Texas Tech School of Law, will serve as Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice. Mr. Reno has served as an Assistant District Attorney in Williamson and Lubbock County and, during his time as a Prosecutor, he built a record of outstanding litigation and was awarded Lubbock County District Attorney’s Prosecutor of the Year in 2010. “I look forward to continuing the great […]

AG Paxton’s Child Support Division Sets New Record by Collecting $4.8 Billion for Texas Children

Attorney General Ken Paxton

Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Office of the Attorney General’s Child Support Division set a new record by collecting more than $4.8 billion in child support for the state fiscal year 2020. The Child Support Division serves over 1.6 million children and surpassed the previous year’s record by ten percent. Texas currently leads the nation in total child support collections – more than 27 other states and territories combined. “I am immensely […]

AG Paxton Files for Temporary Injunction to Halt El Paso County Judge’s Unlawful Lockdown Order

Attorney General Ken Paxton

Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a motion for temporary injunction to stop El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego’s unlawful lockdown order, which flies in the face of Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive orders on COVID-19. An injunction would provide much needed relief for the people and businesses of El Paso, as the burdensome order includes strictly limiting travel and shutting down all non-essential services, including in-person dining, gyms, and salons. “Judge Samaniego has no authority to flout […]

AG Paxton Statement on Project Veritas Uncovering Organized Election Fraud in Bexar County, Texas

Ken Paxton

Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that the organized election fraud scheme exposed in today’s Project Veritas video is already under review by investigators from his Election Fraud Unit. “What’s shown in the video is shocking and should alarm all Texans who care about election integrity. We are aggressively investigating the serious allegations and potential crimes that Project Veritas’s documentary audio and video recordings shed light on today. My office is fiercely committed to ensuring that the voting […]

AG Paxton Statement on Confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to United States Supreme Court

Ken Paxton

Attorney General Ken Paxton gave this statement following Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation as the newest justice of the United States Supreme Court:   “Amy Coney Barrett will make an excellent addition to the Supreme Court. Over the course of her career, Barrett demonstrated superb temperament, judicial restraint, and a firm commitment to the rule of law and the Constitution. She has rightfully earned the respect and support of students, peers, and even senators of all political persuasions. As the United States Senate recognized today, she […]

AG Paxton Sues Google for Illegally Maintaining Monopolies in Internet Search and Advertising Services

Attorney General Ken Paxton

Attorney General Ken Paxton announced today that Texas is suing Google for engaging in anticompetitive and exclusionary practices that eliminate competition for internet searches and search advertising. Texas is joining the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) and the States of Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, and South Carolina in filing an antitrust suit challenging Google’s exclusionary business practices. Google’s illegal conduct has allowed it to dominate the search industry by requiring […]

Fifth Circuit Blocks Burdensome Requirements That Harmed Prison’s Ability to Protect Inmates and Staff from COVID-19

Attorney General Ken Paxton gave this statement after the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit stayed burdensome COVID-19 requirements that unnecessarily exceed several measures already implemented by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ):    “The TDCJ works diligently and conscientiously in its efforts to protect inmates from COVID-19 and I am confident they will continue to do so,” said Attorney General Paxton. “This stay lifts the district court’s burdensome, immovable requirements for prisons […]

Fifth Circuit Grants Stay Halting District Court Order, Secures Ballot Hand-Delivery Locations

Attorney General Ken Paxton gave this statement after the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay, blocking a district court order that purported to override Governor Greg Abbott’s proclamation regarding mail-in ballot drop-off locations: “I commend the Fifth Circuit for staying this unlawful injunction and continuing to protect the integrity of Texas elections. My office will continue to defend the security of our democratic process and combat voter fraud.” Read a copy of […]