Ken Paxton

Paxton Recovers Over $165 Million in Taxpayer Funds, Protects the Integrity of the Texas Medicaid Program

Attorney General Ken Paxton

Attorney General Ken Paxton announced the finalization of a substantial settlement with Centene Corporation and its subsidiaries that provide services to the Texas Medicaid program. Under the terms of the settlement, Centene will pay over $165.6 million to resolve Attorney General Paxton’s investigation into whether certain of Centene’s business practices violated the Texas Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act. Centene made no admission of liability, and maintains that its business practices were lawful. “Protecting taxpayer funds and the financial integrity of the […]

Paxton’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Helps Secure Indictment Against Two Individuals Accused of $6.9 Million Medicaid Fraud and Kickback Scheme

Attorney General Ken Paxton

An investigation by the Texas Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, the FBI, Department of Health and Human Services – Office of the Inspector General, and Customs and Border Protection has led to charges being brought against two Houstonians for their role in a nearly $6.9 million Medicaid fraud and kickback scheme. Ifeanyi Ndubisi Ozoh, 51, and Rene Fernandez Gaviola, 65, acted as manager and operator, respectively, of Floss Family Dental Care clinic in Houston. […]

Paxton Defeats Biden Administration’s Oil and Gas Leasing Moratorium on Public Lands, Marking Major Win for American Energy

Attorney General Ken Paxton

A federal judge in Louisiana sided with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and 12 other plaintiff states in a Louisiana-led lawsuit, issuing a permanent injunction against the Biden Administration’s illegal moratorium on oil and gas leasing on federal public lands and offshore waters. The permanent injunction comes after Attorney General Paxton joined the lawsuit in 2021 and successfully obtained a preliminary injunction last year. As high energy costs and skyrocketing inflation continue to crush American families, the […]

AG Paxton Opposes EPA’s Establishment of Imprudent and Flawed National Standards for Greenhouse Gases

Attorney General Ken Paxton

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton joined a multistate letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) opposing its potential adoption of National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act (CAA), which the multistate coalition describes as “equal parts imprudent and legally flawed.” The letter, sent on behalf of Texas and 19 other states, responds to a recent push by several anti-oil and gas states encouraging EPA to adopt these […]

AG Paxton Joins 21 States in Amicus Brief to U.S. Supreme Court to Reexamine Spending Clause Precedent 

Attorney General Ken Paxton

Attorney General Paxton joined an Indiana-led amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court, with 22 states in all, in Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County v. Talevski, No. 21-806 (U.S.). The brief argues that the Court should reexamine outdated and anomalous precedent that permits implied private rights of action under Section 1983 to enforce contractual conditions imposed by the federal government under Spending Clause legislation. Instead, the Court should establish a clear, bright-line rule that–consistent […]

AG Paxton Joins Coalition to Stop Biden Administration from Regulating Non-Functional Firearm Parts 

Attorney General Ken Paxton

Attorney General Ken Paxton joined an Arizona-led 17-state complaint against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Department of Justice, and the Acting Director of ATF, to fight the Biden administration’s unconstitutional rulemaking that would regulate firearm parts manufacturers. The rulemaking seeks, among other things, to regulate unfinished, non-functional parts as if they were complete firearms. This threatens the centuries-long American tradition of private firearms manufacturing. Also joining the lawsuit as private […]

AG Paxton Announces Forrest Brumbaugh as New Deputy AG for Legal Counsel

Attorney General Ken Paxton

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced the appointment of D. Forrest Brumbaugh as Deputy Attorney General for Legal Counsel. Mr. Brumbaugh comes to the Office of the Attorney General of Texas with over 28 years of experience in the private sector. Forrest was named shareholder at one of Texas’s leading law firms, Winstead Sechrest & Minick less than seven years after graduating law school.  In 2004, he became a partner at Fulbright & Jaworski, […]

Paxton Stops Houston Business from Scamming Texans with Fake Training Services

Attorney General Ken Paxton

Attorney General Ken Paxton secured a temporary restraining order against a business in Houston selling fake forklift training services. The court ordered an injunction preventing the deceptive business practices of Southwest Forklift LLC, and froze its assets up to $350,000. The operators, Sergio Hernandez and Roxanne Rodriguez, purported to offer an $80 one-day training to become qualified as an “OSHA-certified” forklift operator. They also guaranteed job placement upon completion. But consumer complaints and the evidence […]

Paxton Leads Coalition to Stop EPA from Banning Safe, Widely Used, Commercially Critical Compound 

Attorney General Ken Paxton led a 12-state coalition to challenge the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plan to ban all uses of Chrysotile Asbestos. In doing so, EPA relies on old and often obsolete data to reach its sweeping conclusion to ban the substance, and ignores scientific, economic, legal, and constitutional considerations that cut in the opposite direction. EPA’s decision rests on bad science and will adversely affect Americans’ drinking water, as well as the plastic, […]

Paxton Sues Biden Admin Over Its Efforts to Force Abortions in Texas   

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regarding their use of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) to require hospitals to perform abortions. This latest unlawful action by the Biden Administration comes in the face of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade and the subsequent triggering of Texas’s abortion ban. By this move, the Biden Administration seeks to […]