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U.S. Attorney General Nominee Vows to Uphold False Claims Act

Stepping back from previous criticism of the False Claims Act, William Barr, Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. Attorney General, pledged he would stand by the law that authorizes whistleblowers to sue on behalf of the U.S. government and American taxpayers. Mr. Barr, who served as the attorney general in President George H.W. Bush’s administration from 1991 to 1993, once described the False Claims Act as an “abomination” and displayed an appetite to challenge the law, which he viewed as unconstitutional. In 1989, Mr. Barr wrote that the whistleblower provision of the False Claims Act replaced the Judicial Department’s prosecutorial discretion ... Read More

New York attorney general reports data breach rates at all time high

New York State is being electronically breached like never before. According to a report released by the New York attorney general’s office, public and private institutions experienced more than 900 data breaches in 2013. That is a record-breaking number. These breaches exposed the personal and financial records of 7.3 million workers. The report showed that nearly 40 percent of the data compromised in the past eight years is due to online hackers. “What’s truly shocking about this report, beyond the fact that hacking is now the greatest threat to our personal information and costs us billions of dollars, is that ... Read More

NY Attorney General sues Donald Trump University for allegedly defrauding students

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump, alleging the real estate mogul and reality TV star defrauded students with his “Trump University” programs that offered to teach potential investors the keys to success in real estate, but allegedly did nothing more than scam them out of more than $40 million. The lawsuit comes amid Trump’s legal battles with plaintiffs in California who claim they too were lured to Trump University programs with free seminars but ultimately cheated out of thousands of dollars. Those plaintiffs are seeking class action status for their cases. Seeking to ... Read More

Illinois sues ExxonMobil over prolonged leak of toxic hydrogen sulfide gasses

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Will County prosecutors have filed a lawsuit against ExxonMobil Corporation after an equipment malfunction at the company’s Channahon Township refinery caused a release of hydrogen sulfide into the air that lasted nearly 10 hours. According to the complaint, the release started about 9 p.m. on March 1 and went undiscovered by refinery employees until approximately 6:45 a.m. the next morning. ExxonMobil notified the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Will County emergency officials, and other state and federal agencies of the toxic release. Company officials told state regulators that a pressure relief valve failed at the ... Read More

Whistleblower alleges law firm’s abuses cost homeowners facing foreclosure millions

An attorney at one of Colorado’s largest foreclosure law firms has blown the whistle on bill padding, evidence destroying, and other abuses that may have cost already burdened homeowners facing foreclosure millions of dollars she alleges occurred at her Denver firm. According to the Denver Post, Colorado’s attorney general has been investigating several law firms suspected of overbilling in cases of foreclosure, most often by inflating as much as six times the cost of posting required legal notices that detail a homeowner’s rights in the foreclosure process. Susan Hendrick, an associate at one of the firms under investigation, Aronowitz & ... Read More

Alabama’s new AG plans aggressive pursuit of BP oil spill damages

Alabama’s incoming Attorney General Luther Strange said that he intends to pursue BP and other parties responsible for the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico when he assumes office on January 17. Strange will replace fellow Republican Troy King, who filed a lawsuit against BP on behalf of the state last August, drawing sharp criticism from Governor Bob Riley. Riley wanted to seek compensation from BP through a claims process, but King insisted the oil giant could not be trusted to fairly reimburse the people and businesses in Alabama harmed by the oil spill. Frequent feuds between King ... Read More

BP refuses to pay Alabama’s claim, forcing budget cuts

BP has said it will not pay the state of Alabama $148 million in tax revenue lost when the massive oil spill crippled industry along its entire length of Gulf coastline. The oil company cited the lawsuit brought against it by Alabama attorney general Troy King for oil spill damages as one of the reasons for its refusal to pay the claim. The announcement led Alabama governor Bob Riley to cut school funding by 2 percent for the month of September on top of cuts of 7.5 percent imposed earlier. Riley said the budget reductions will cause many schools to ... Read More

Alabama attorney general files lawsuits against BP, Transocean

Alabama’s attorney general has filed lawsuits against BP and Transocean over damages created to the state and its residents by the Gulf oil spill, saying the oil giant has repeatedly failed to keep its word. Attorney General Troy King filed the lawsuits in federal court in Montgomery late Thursday afternoon. In a statement released Friday, King said “their history of saying one thing and doing another, and now, new information that they have been secretly working to gain a legal advantage, can only further damage our people.” The lawsuits reference the dramatic difference between BP’s initial oil flow estimates and ... Read More

Oil laps land, brings despair, suicidal thoughts to small communities

Much press has been given to the dire threat BP’s oil slick poses to the coastal ecosystems, marine environment, and the economies that depend on the health of both. But now another tragic extension of the oil disaster is becoming apparent – a feeling of hopelessness and abandonment that threatens ways of life and cultural traditions that give the Gulf Coast its own unique, irreplaceable personality. According to New Orleans’ WGNO News, BP’s still-uncontrolled gush of oil has begun to invade the fragile wetlands that sustain Louisiana’s $3 billion seafood industry, and the situation has become so dismal that some ... Read More

Level of oil dispersant chemicals used in Gulf raises concerns

The Environmental Protection Agency gave BP on Wednesday 24 hours to find an oil dispersant less toxic than the ones it has been spraying in massive quantities above the Gulf of Mexico and under the surface. The EPA requested that BP provide it with a list of available dispersants and begin using the new dispersants within 72 hours. The request indicates that federal regulators are concerned that the chemical dispersants being used in unprecedented quantities could pose a threat of their own to the Gulf’s marine life and coastal ecosystems. BP has been using two Nalco-brand dispersants, Corexit 9500A and ... Read More