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Students Begin to Receive Loan Forgiveness After Being Defrauded by Corinthian and Other Predatory For-Profit Colleges

SACRAMENTO, March 18, 2021– Attorney General Xavier Becerra today issued a statement following U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona’s announcement today that the U.S. Department of Education (ED) will cancel student loan debt for approximately 72,000 student borrowers who were defrauded by predatory for-profit colleges, including the now-defunct, massively predatory Corinthian Colleges and ITT Technical […]

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AG Becerra Names Matthew Rodriquez as Chief Deputy and Acting Attorney General

SACRAMENTO, March 18, 2021– California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today stepped down as Attorney General. Prior to confirmation by the United States Senate, Attorney General Becerra selected Matthew “Matt” Rodriquez to serve as Chief Deputy Attorney General. In that role, Chief Deputy Rodriquez will lead the California Department of Justice as Acting Attorney General until such time as Governor […]

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AG Becerra Sues Nursing Home Chain for Misrepresenting its Quality of Care and Putting Seniors, People with Disabilities at Risk

SACRAMENTO March 15, 2021 – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today joined a coalition of District and City Attorneys, led by Kern County District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer, in filing a lawsuit against Tennessee-based Brookdale Senior Living, Inc. (Brookdale), the nation’s largest senior living operator. Today’s lawsuit, which concerns Brookdale’s ten California skilled nursing facilities, alleges that […]

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AG Becerra Issues Consumer Alert on Reported COVID FEES Charged to Patients

SACRAMENTO March 3, 2021 – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued an alert warning consumers about some healthcare providers reportedly charging patients a COVID FEE when seeking care. A COVID FEE is an additional charge, purportedly for more frequent cleaning and disinfecting, and greater use of Personal Protective Equipment, also known as “PPE,” during the COVID-19 […]

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AG Becerra Continues Defense of California’s Large-Capacity Magazine Ban

SACRAMENTO, February 25, 2021 – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today applauded a decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to grant a rehearing en banc in Duncan v. Becerra, a case challenging California’s ban on the acquisition and possession of large-capacity magazines (LCMs). Last August, the Attorney General filed a petition […]

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AG Becerra Announces Critical Net Neutrality Win

SACRAMENTO February 23, 2021 – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today prevailed in securing net neutrality for 40 million Californians while litigation is ongoing. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California denied a motion for preliminary injunction brought by a group of internet service providers, which attempted to block enforcement of Senate Bill 822 (SB 822), California’s net neutrality […]

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AG Becerra Petitions Court to Ensure Consumer Protections Against Robocalling

SACRAMENTO, February 2, 2021 – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra joined a multistate coalition in an effort to stop companies from breaking the law with harassing telemarketing calls. In an amicus brief filed in Lindenbaum v. Realgy, LLC, the attorneys general called on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to reverse a district court’s ruling that a landmark federal law intended to stop telemarketing scams […]

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AG Becerra Files Motion for Summary Judgment in Lawsuit Challenging Trump Admin Rollback of Endangered Species Act Protections

SACRAMENTO, January 18, 2021 – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh today led a multistate coalition in filing a motion for summary judgment in their lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s rollback of federal Endangered Species Act protections. In 2019, the Trump Administration finalized three rules revising […]

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AG Becerra, LA County Enter into Groundbreaking Settlements to Protect the Rights of Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

SACRAMENTO, January 13, 2021 – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Los Angeles County, and the Los Angeles County Office of Education today entered into settlements to improve the conditions and education services in the county’s juvenile halls. The settlements come after a California Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation and work to address serious deficiencies regarding […]

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AG Becerra Files Lawsuit to Stop Trump Administration from Weakening Critical Safeguards for Agricultural Workers

SACRAMENTO, December 18, 2020– California Attorney General Xavier Becerra joined a coalition of five states in filing a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for illegally weakening protections for farmworkers, their families, and others from toxic pesticides. In the lawsuit, the coalition argues that the EPA violated federal law when it adopted regulations that allow pesticide spraying to continue even if farmworkers or other persons are within the area immediately surrounding the spraying equipment, if that […]

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AG Becerra Condemns Trump Administration’s Latest Attempt to Undermine Endangered Species Act Protections

SACRAMENTO, December 16, 2020 – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today issued the following statement in response to an announcement by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) of a final rule that adds a new, restrictive definition of “habitat” to regulations for making critical habitat designations under the federal Endangered Species Act. The rule is […]

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AG Becerra Files Amicus Brief Opposing EPA Attempt to Delay Review of Lawsuit Challenging Improper Registration of Toxic Pesticide

SACRAMENTO, December 7, 2020 – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today, leading a multistate coalition, filed an amicus brief opposing the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) attempt to delay review of a lawsuit challenging its improper registration process for new uses of sulfoxaflor. Sulfoxaflor is a pesticide that, due to its toxicity, poses risks to pollinators – like bees – that are […]

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AG Becerra Urges Congress to Renew the CARES Act for COVID-19 Victims

SACRAMENTO, November 30, 2020 – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, as part of a bipartisan coalition of 49 attorneys general, today urged Congress to extend by one year funding for state and local governments in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which provides financial assistance to communities for expenses incurred due to COVID-19. […]

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AG Becerra Announces Takedown of the Aryan Brotherhood and Fresnecks Street Gang in Fresno County

SACRAMENTO, November 20, 2020 — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced the arrest of 50 individuals, the seizure of four firearms, illegal drugs including methamphetamine and heroin, and over $40,000 as part of a takedown of alleged members of the Aryan Brotherhood and the Fresnecks street gang in Fresno County. The arrests were the result of a multiagency investigation […]

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AG Becerra Secures Victory in Lawsuit Defending Medicaid In-Home Supportive Services Workers

SACRAMENTO, November 17, 2020 – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today secured a court decision blocking the Trump Administration’s efforts to implement a rule that would have undermined the rights of more than half a million healthcare workers in California’s In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Medicaid program, and several hundred thousand more workers nationwide. In California, […]

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AG Becerra Urges Adoption of Emergency Workplace Standard to Help Safeguard Employees from COVID-19

SACRAMENTO, November 16, 2020 – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today sent a letter of support urging the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board to adopt an emergency temporary standard aimed at protecting workers across California from exposure to COVID-19. The proposed regulation, which would be promulgated by the California Division of Occupational Safety […]

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AG Becerra Cautions County of San Diego Against Approving Proposed Otay Ranch Development

SACRAMENTO, November 12, 2020 – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today submitted comments to the County of San Diego on its Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) on the proposed Otay Ranch Resort Village – Village 13 (Otay Ranch) project. While the County’s Final EIR addresses some of the concerns that Attorney General Becerra highlighted in […]

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AG Becerra Urges Secretary DeVos and Acting Secretary Miller to Ensure Critical Student Loan Interest Relief for America’s Combat Veterans

SACRAMENTO, November 11, 2020 – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today submitted a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher C. Miller seeking updates on their efforts to relieve servicemembers of their obligation to pay interest on student loans while they are serving in a combat zone. In 2008, […]

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AG Becerra Issues Guidance to Law Enforcement on Protecting California Voters through Election Day

SACRAMENTO October 30, 2020 – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra yesterday issued a bulletin to all California law enforcement on voter interference and intimidation laws. The guidance comes on the heels of questions that have arisen about what is and isn’t allowed at polling places and voting locations. The California Department of Justice is committed to ensuring an […]

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AG Becerra Pushes Back on Federal Attempt to Upend Employee Status Protections for Workers Across the Country

SACRAMENTO, October 27, 2020 – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today joined a coalition of 24 attorneys general — as well as local authorities in Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh — in a comment letter opposing a proposed regulation by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) that threatens to result in the misclassification […]