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AG Becerra Files Criminal Charges Alleging $4.3 Million Fraud Scheme Perpetrated Against Veteran’s Administration

SACRAMENTO, April 4, 2018 – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has filed a criminal complaint alleging 38 individuals defrauded the United States Veterans Administration (VA) out of $4.3 million. According to the complaint, five of the charged defendants operated the Alliance Trucking School in Chatsworth, California, and falsely claimed to have enrolled veterans as students to obtain commercial […]

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AG Becerra Sues Sutter Health for Anti-competitive Practices that Increase Prices for California Families

SACRAMENTO, March 30, 2018 — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced the filing of a lawsuit against Sutter Health, the largest hospital system in Northern California, for anticompetitive practices that result in higher healthcare costs for Northern Californians. The action aims to stop Sutter Health from unlawful conduct under state antitrust laws and restore competition […]

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AG Becerra Issues Guidance to K-12 Schools on Privacy and Equal Rights of All Students

SACRAMENTO, March 30, 2018 – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today issued new guidance to help California’s public K-12 schools and other local educational agencies develop policies to protect the rights of undocumented students and their families. The guide is designed to help schools better understand protections that safeguard the privacy of undocumented students and their families, and to serve as a model for local school […]

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AG Becerra Issues Law Enforcement Bulletins Providing Guidance to CA’s Public Safety Authorities Under the Values Act

SACRAMENTO, March 28, 2018 –  California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today issued two Information Bulletins to California law enforcement agencies regarding California Values Act (SB 54). The first bulletin addresses the statistical reporting requirements under the Values Act. The second bulletin provides guidance to California law enforcement agencies regarding their obligations and discretion under the Values […]

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AG Becerra Leads Pushback Against Trump Administration’s Unconstitutional Decision to Add Citizenship Question on 2020 Census

March 28, 2018 – Last night, the Trump Administration decided to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census questionnaire. Specifically, the U.S. Census Bureau announced the addition, incorrectly contending that it would “help enforce the Voting Rights Act.” A mere hours after the announcement was made, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed suit, the first to do so […]

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AG Becerra Calls on Facebook to Protect Users’ Data

SACRAMENTO, Calif. March 26, 2018 – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, joining a bipartisan coalition of 37 Attorneys General, today sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg calling for answers to reports that millions of Facebook users’ personal data was provided to third parties without their knowledge or informed consent. In the letter, the Attorneys General demand to know about Facebook’s role in […]

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Attorney General Becerra Secures Ruling Requiring EPA to Implement Life-Saving Clean Air Protections

SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 12, 2018 – Leading a coalition of 15 Attorneys General and on behalf of the California Air Resources Board, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today secured a federal court ruling that will require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to designate areas of the country that have unhealthy levels of smog in excess […]

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AG Becerra: U.S. Supreme Court Instructs Trump Administration to Follow Regular Process to Appeal DACA Injunction

SACRAMENTO, Calif. February 26, 2018 – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today released a statement following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to deny a petition for certiorari in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) lawsuit led by California and instead allow the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to rule on the case. “Today the Supreme Court […]

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AG Becerra Calls on Ed. Sec. DeVos to Reject Accrediting Agency That Approved Failing For-Profit Schools

SACRAMENTO, Feb. 20, 2018 – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today filed his strong opposition to an application by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to regain its status as a nationally-recognized accreditor. In response to the U.S. Department of Education’s call for written comments, Attorney General Becerra joined a coalition of 20 attorneys general in calling for […]

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AG Becerra: Advisory on Privacy Requirements of Immigrant Worker Protection Act

SACRAMENTO. Feb. 13, 2018  – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today issued an advisory providing an overview of and guidance on the privacy prescriptions under the Immigrant Worker Protection Act (Assembly Bill 450). Attorney General Becerra and Labor Commissioner Julie Su also issued joint guidance on frequently asked questions to help employers and workers understand and comply with the new state law. […]

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AG Becerra to Trump Administration: Citizenship Question On 2020 Census Would Be Unconstitutional

SACRAMENTO February 12, 2018 – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, co-leading a coalition of 19 attorneys general, today registered his strong opposition to a recent request by the Trump Administration to add a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. Census Bureau questionnaire. Although a citizenship question has not been included in a decennial U.S. Census […]

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AG Becerra Takes US DOJ To Court for FOIA violations

SACRAMENTO February 7, 2018 – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice and its Office of Justice Programs (OJP) to compel them to produce information explaining why they imposed new, immigration-related conditions on law enforcement grants. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the […]

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AG Becerra Files Lawsuit to Protect the Clean Water Rule

SACRAMENTO, Feb. 6, 2018 — Joining a coalition of 11 Attorneys General, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) over their decision to suspend the 2015 Clean Water Rule, which would protect California’s lakes, rivers, and streams […]

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AG Becerra: Trump Administration Must Immediately Withdraw Proposal to Open California’s Coast to Offshore Drilling

SACRAMENTO, Calif. February 1, 2018 – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today called on the Trump Administration to immediately withdraw its proposal to open California’s coast to new offshore drilling. In a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Attorney General Becerra underscores that the Administration’s proposal – known formally as the National Outer Continental Shelf Oil […]

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AG Becerra Urges Congress to Incorporate $6.7 Billion Cannabis Industry into Banking System

SACRAMENTO, Jan. 16, 2018 – Attorney General Xavier Becerra today joined a bipartisan group of 18 state attorneys general in urging Congress to advance legislation that will enable the cannabis industry to participate in the banking system in states that have legalized medicinal or adult use of cannabis. The recent decision by the Trump Department of Justice to rescind prior federal guidance rolled […]

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As a result of AG Becerra’s legal challenge on behalf of CA, Trump Administration resumes accepting DACA renewals

SACRAMENTO, Jan. 14, 2018 – Last week, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra – joined by the Attorneys General for Maine, Maryland and Minnesota, as well as the University of California, individual Dreamers and other plaintiffs – obtained a preliminary injunction against the Trump Administration over its decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). The ruling in the District Court for […]

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AG Becerra: BP Energy Company Pays $102 Million in Settlement for Overcharging Californians for Natural Gas

SACRAMENTO January 11, 2018 – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced a $102 million settlement with BP Energy Company and affiliates (BP) over allegations that it intentionally overcharged the State of California for natural gas that the State purchased under three successive contracts from March 2003 to August 2012. The contracts allowed the California […]

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Becerra Secures Nationwide Injunction in DACA Lawsuit to Protect Dreamers

SACRAMENTO January 9, 2018 – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra – joined by the Attorneys General for Maine, Maryland and Minnesota, as well as the University of California, individual Dreamers and other plaintiffs – obtained a preliminary injunction against the Trump Administration over its decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). The ruling in the District Court for the […]

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AG Becerra: EPA’s Pruitt Should Be Recused From Attempt To Repeal Clean Power Plan

SACRAMENTO, Jan. 9, 2018 –  Leading a coalition of 19 states and municipalities, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today submitted a 30-page comment letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on due process violations, lack of fairness, and ethical lapses that arise from Administrator Scott Pruitt’s involvement in the proposed rulemaking to repeal the Clean Power Plan […]

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AG Becerra: Under federal law, Secretary DeVos is required to provide full – not partial – relief to Corinthian students

SACRAMENTO, Dec. 20, 2017 – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued the following statement on the news that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has decided to provide only partial relief on federal student loans to defrauded Corinthian students: “Under federal law, Secretary DeVos is required to provide full – not partial – relief to Corinthian students. […]