Tag: Attorneys General

Impeachment Inquiry Tests Ties Between Barr and Trump

WASHINGTON — For a while at least, he seemed to have found his Roy Cohn, a lawyer to defend him against his accusers and go after his enemies. But the relationship between President Trump and Attorney General William P. Barr may be growing more complicated with the rising threat of impeachment. Rather than publicly join […]

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California Sues Facebook for Documents as State Reveals Privacy Investigation

WASHINGTON — California’s attorney general on Wednesday said he was conducting an investigation into Facebook’s privacy practices and accused it of failing to cooperate with the inquiry, in the company’s latest fight over how it treats user information. In a lawsuit filed by the attorney general, Xavier Becerra, the state said that over an 18-month […]

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California Attorney General Is a No-Show on Tech Investigations

WASHINGTON — When numerous state attorneys general gathered last month on the steps of the Supreme Court to announce an antitrust investigation into Google, one was conspicuously absent: Xavier Becerra, California’s attorney general. He was also missing from a list of state attorneys general publicly signing on to a joint antitrust investigation into Facebook, released […]

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Barr Rejects Complaints That He Is Bolstering Trump’s Personal Agenda

CHICAGO — Attorney General William P. Barr pushed back on Monday on criticism that the Justice Department is investigating the origins of the Russia inquiry to help President Trump settle personal legal and political scores, insisting that he does not serve as the president’s personal lawyer. “That’s completely wrong and there is no basis for […]

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Fossil Fuels on Trial: New York’s Lawsuit Against Exxon Begins

After four years of legal sparring and finger-pointing, oil-industry giant Exxon Mobil will go to court on Tuesday to face charges that the company lied to shareholders and to the public about the costs and consequences of climate change. The case turns on the claim that Exxon kept a secret set of financial books that […]

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Major Drug Companies Agree to Last-Minute Settlement of Opioid Trial

CLEVELAND — The three major drug distributors and an opioid manufacturer have reached a settlement to avoid the landmark first federal opioid trial that was set to begin here Monday. The deal was struck in the early dawn hours and is expected to be announced in court this morning. People familiar with the discussions said […]

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Would a Purdue Bankruptcy Protect the Sacklers? Good Question.

After months of negotiations and threats, Purdue Pharma has finally filed for bankruptcy. But it’s hardly a done deal. The bankruptcy filing is part of a settlement agreement that the company and its owners negotiated with lawyers for states and thousands of local governments that have struggled for years with the opioid crisis. They support […]

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Purdue Pharma Settles Thousands of Opioids Cases

Purdue Pharma and its owners, members of the Sackler family, have tentatively reached the first comprehensive settlement with lawyers representing thousands of municipal governments, tribes and states nationwide that are suing the pharmaceutical industry for the devastation resulting from the opioid epidemic. The company is expected to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy imminently. The settlement, […]

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Google Antitrust Investigation Outlined by State Attorneys General

The state attorneys general from about four dozen states officially declared on Monday that they are beginning investigations into the market power and corporate behavior of big tech companies. The formal declaration, delivered from the steps of the United States Supreme Court by a bipartisan group of state officials, adds investigative muscle and political momentum […]

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New Google and Facebook Inquiries Show Big Tech Scrutiny Is Rare Bipartisan Act

There is a force uniting the nation’s fierce partisan divide: big technology companies. Democrats and Republicans at the federal and state levels are uniting to scrutinize the power of the tech giants, and potentially to rein them in. Letitia James, New York’s attorney general, announced on Friday that the attorneys general in eight states — […]

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Facebook Faces Antitrust Investigation by State Attorneys General

Regulators in eight states and the District of Columbia are moving forward with an antitrust investigation into Facebook, New York’s attorney general said on Friday, the latest move by government officials to increase scrutiny of America’s technology giants. “Even the largest social media platform in the world must follow the law and respect consumers,” Attorney […]

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Sacklers vs. States: Settlement Talks Stumble Over Foreign Business

Purdue Pharma’s negotiations to settle thousands of lawsuits over the company’s role in the opioids crisis have turned into a standoff between members of the Sackler family, who own the company, and a group of state attorneys general over how much the family should pay and whether it can continue selling drugs abroad. The Sacklers […]

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Barr Seized on Epstein Case as Doubts Mounted About Justice Dept.

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr was at home in his study, working on a speech, when the call came from his chief of staff: Jeffrey Epstein, the financier accused of sex trafficking who had connections to an array of political power players, had died in federal prison. Mr. Barr immediately knew that he […]

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Major Phone Service Providers Agree to Plan to Slow Robocallers

Hoping to fight a growing plague of robocalls, a dozen phone companies including the country’s biggest mobile and broadband providers agreed on Thursday to adopt new call-blocking technology and other measures to help regulators track down swindlers. As part of a pact with 51 attorneys general from across the country, the companies said they would […]

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State Attorneys General Said to Be Near Formal Investigation of Tech Companies

The state attorneys general in more than a dozen states are preparing to begin an antitrust investigation of the major tech companies, according to two people briefed on the discussions, increasing pressure on the firms. The bipartisan group of attorneys general has not yet issued civilian subpoenas — known as civil investigative demands — to […]

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New York Subpoenas Banks, Financial Advisers for Sackler Records

The New York state attorney general has begun issuing subpoenas to 33 financial institutions and investment advisers with ties to the Sackler family, part of an aggressive effort to track billions of dollars that prosecutors claim the family siphoned out of Purdue Pharma to hide profits gained from the company’s opioid painkillers. The recipients of […]

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States Clash with Cities Over Potential Opioids Settlement Payouts

Over the last 18 months, progress toward a settlement in the massive federal opioid litigation has stalled, even as the costs of the crisis continue to mount. Now, an inventive plan to jump-start negotiations, recently put forth by lawyers for the nearly 2,000 cities and counties that have brought cases, is facing attacks from an […]

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Second Judge Dismisses Criminal Charges in Philadelphia Train Wreck That Killed 8

For the second time in two years, a Pennsylvania judge on Tuesday dismissed charges against an Amtrak engineer who was driving a speeding train that derailed in Philadelphia in 2015, killing eight people. Brandon Bostian, 36, faced more than 200 charges in the May 2015 derailment, including one count of causing catastrophe, a felony, and […]

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With Three Simple Answers, Mueller Can Speak Volumes

There are just three simple yes-or-no questions Congress should ask Robert Mueller: Mr. Mueller, the president said your report found, in his words, “no collusion, no obstruction, complete and total exoneration.” First, did your report find there was no collusion? Second, did your report find there was no obstruction? Third, did your report give the […]

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Barr Says House Subpoenaed Mueller to Create ‘Public Spectacle’

EDGEFIELD, S.C. — Attorney General William P. Barr accused House Democrats on Monday of subpoenaing testimony from Robert S. Mueller III to “create some kind of public spectacle,” rather than elicit facts, pointing to Mr. Mueller’s declaration that he would discuss only the facts laid out in the Russia investigation report. “I don’t really feel […]

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