Ken Paxton

Paxton Joins Multistate Coalition in Protecting Religious Liberty

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Attorney General Ken Paxton joined a 14-state coalition in defense of religious liberty in a case in which the state of New York sought to punish a photographer, Emilee Carpenter, who chose to not accept bookings for same-sex weddings. In violation of Ms. Carpenter’s free speech rights, New York interprets its public-accommodation law to require that photographers who commemorate opposite-sex marriages must also do so for same-sex marriages. Refusal may result in fines up to $100,000, as well as possible criminal prosecution. This unconstitutional law violates the First Amendment, which prohibits states from forcing individuals to speak in favor of […]

Paxton Defends Second Amendment Rights, Sends Letter to ATF 

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Attorney General Ken Paxton today sent a letter to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives opposing its June 7 proposal to require federal registration of firearms with attached “stabilizing braces.” The stabilizing brace, which attaches to the rear of a pistol and slips around the user’s forearm, may be used for a range of legitimate purposes, including reducing recoil, preventing injury, and allowing individuals to more safely and accurately operate the weapon. Stabilizing […]

Paxton Reaches Agreement with Tobacco Companies Resulting in $195 Million Awarded to Texas

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced a settlement agreement with major tobacco companies that will result in $195 million paid to Texas. The lawsuit arose out of the 1998 Texas Tobacco Settlement Agreement, by which major tobacco companies must make annual payments to Texas to reimburse it for smoking-related health care costs. In 2015, ITG Brands LLC acquired four cigarette brands from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company—Kool, Maverick, Salem, and Winston—but neither company made the required settlement […]

CONSUMER ALERT: Be Cautious When Purchasing Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

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Attorney General Ken Paxton today warned Texans to be cautious when considering buying from companies selling over-the-counter hearing aids, particularly online or by mail order. Many hearing devices sold this way are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are deceptively marketed as medical hearing devices when they contain low-quality amplifiers. Texans should remember these tips when purchasing a hearing aid: Get a hearing screening and recommendation from a hearing professional who can […]

Paxton Intervenes in CDC’s Shut-Down of the Cruise Industry 

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Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed a motion to intervene in Florida’s case against the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for their series of unlawful orders that brought the cruise industry to a halt. The CDC issued a series of “no-sailing” or “conditional-sailing” orders that crippled the Texas passenger cruise industry and the many Texas businesses that support it. “The pandemic showed us that the need for stable and predictable law has […]

CONSUMER ALERT: Beware Unemployment Benefit Identity Theft 

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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’s Law Enforcement Round Up

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The Fugitive Apprehension Unit made several noteworthy arrests last week. In Travis County, Jose Angel Negrete Jr was arrested in Austin on March 29. Negrete Jr had an outstanding warrant for first-degree murder issued by the Austin Police Department. During the past week, Negrete Jr allegedly shot and killed two victims, and shot and injured one of the victim’s girlfriend. Negrete Jr was also convicted of Burglary of a Habitation and Evading Arrest with a Vehicle in […]

AG Paxton Announces Hiring of Murtaza Sutarwalla as Deputy Attorney General for Legal Counsel

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced the hiring of Murtaza Sutarwalla as Deputy Attorney General for Legal Counsel. “I am honored that Attorney General Ken Paxton has appointed me to serve the State of Texas,” said Murtaza Sutarwalla. “As the son of immigrants, this is what the American Dream can represent for those that work hard, follow the law and love their land.” “Throughout his career, Murtaza has demonstrated his dedication to hard-working Texans, […]

San Antonio Election Fraudster Arrested for Widespread Vote Harvesting and Fraud

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced the arrest of Rachel Rodriguez for election fraud, illegal voting, unlawfully assisting people voting by mail, and unlawfully possessing an official ballot. Each charge constitutes a felony under the Texas Election Code. Rodriguez was exposed in a Project Veritas video last fall while she engaged in vote harvesting leading up to the 2020 election. The Election Fraud Division of the Office of the Attorney General reviewed dozens of […]

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

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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 […]