Former Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt to recuse himself from lawsuits against EPA

May 8, 2017 – EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is recusing himself from lawsuits he was previously involved in as attorney general of Oklahoma, including litigation over the Obama-era Clean Power Plan and Waters of the United States rule. An official told CNN on Saturday that Pruitt is recusing himself only from litigation, not regulations. “I… Read more »

LePage sues Maine’s attorney general, alleging abuse of power

May 1, 2017 – Gov. Paul LePage sued Maine Attorney General Janet Mills on Monday, accusing her of abusing her power by refusing to represent him in federal lawsuits. The Republican governor and Democratic attorney general long have clashed over legal issues, with Mills declining on several occasions to represent LePage in the lawsuits that… Read more »

AG Sues Feds for Unpaid Oil and Gas Royalties

April 26, 2017 – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas sued the federal government on Wednesday over unpaid oil and gas royalties, while also announcing a new investigation into “anti-competitive practices” in the cattle industry Balderas and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra jointly filed suit in U.S. District Court in California against the U.S. Department… Read more »

Attorneys General to Trump: Don’t Cut Drug Treatment Funds

April 21, 2017 – The top government lawyers from 19 states are telling President Donald Trump and the Republican leaders of Congress not to pass health insurance changes that would stop the flow of federal drug treatment money. A letter sent Friday by a group of attorneys general for 19 states plus Washington D.C., is… Read more »

Trump Travel Ban Defended By 15-State Coalition Led By Texas AG

April 10, 2017 – In a friend-of-the-court amicus brief to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, 13 other state attorneys general and Republican Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, laid out constitutional and federal statutory provisions defending Trump’s authority. The attorneys general also defended Trump’s “lawful actions” to revise the executive… Read more »

NY Attorney General Files Energy Policy Lawsuit Against Trump

April 3, 2017 – State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed another lawsuit against the Trump administration Monday. The suit accuses the Trump administration of violating federal law by delaying delaying six energy efficiency standards for products such as ceiling fans, portable air conditioners, walk-in coolers and freezers, and commercial boilers. Schneiderman is part of a… Read more »

Kansas AG Joins Multi-State Coalition Against CFPB

March 30, 2017 – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has joined the attorneys general of 14 other states in filing a brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia arguing that the current setup of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) violates the Constitution. Schmidt and the other attorneys general claim… Read more »

Sununu to nominate Gordon MacDonald as Attorney General

March 21, 2017 – Republican Gov. Chris Sununu announced Tuesday he will nominate Manchester attorney Gordon MacDonald as the state’s next attorney general. MacDonald is a partner at Nixon Peabody, where he is a member of the commercial litigation group and represented clients opposing the state. In 2014, he helped New Hampshire hospitals negotiate a… Read more »

California to Fight Trump’s Revised Travel Ban in Court

March 13, 2017 – California will join the list of plaintiffs fighting the Trump administration’s revised travel ban, which includes six majority-Muslim countries, the state’s new attorney general, Xavier Becerra, announced Monday. “The Trump Administration may have changed the text of the now-discredited Muslim travel ban, but they didn’t change its unconstitutional intent and effect…. Read more »