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Malloy hails EPA decision to tighten restrictions on smog

WASHINGTON – Gov. Dannel Malloy on Friday lauded the U.S. Environmental Agency’s reversal of its decision to delay a new rule that would lower the level of ozone emissions permitted from fossil-fuel burning, such as the exhaust from auto tailpipes and power plant smokestacks. Malloy had argued a stricter ozone rule is needed because Connecticut is polluted by emissions from other states, putting its businesses at a disadvantage and threatening the health of state residents. Continue Reading →

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AG opinion strikes middle ground on cutting wages, benefits

A formal opinion released Thursday by Attorney General George Jepsen warns of legal peril in rewriting state-employee contracts through legislation, but notes the free hand legislators have after contracts expire and the flexibility the courts have granted in some cases in the event of extreme fiscal emergencies. Continue Reading →

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CT joins suit against DeVos’ delay of rule protecting student borrowers

WASHINGTON — Connecticut joined 17 other states and the District of Columbia Thursday to sue the U.S. Department of Education and Secretary Betsy DeVos for delaying implementation of a new regulation aimed at protecting student borrowers. It was to become effective on July 1. Continue Reading →

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Growing number of states press opioid suits against Stamford’s Purdue Pharma

Updated at 10:15 a.m. with industry comment 
WASHINGTON — Stamford-based Purdue Pharma, the maker of pain-killer OxyContin, is the target of an increasing number of suits by states, counties and cities alleging it is partly to blame for the nation’s opioid epidemic. The lawsuits are all different and some include other pharmaceutical companies and pharmacies as defendants. But Purdue is nearly always a main defendant.  Continue Reading →

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Malloy seeks pivotal opinion from AG on casino expansion

Attorney General George Jepsen, who derailed a fast-moving campaign for casino expansion in 2015 by raising questions never fully answered, has been asked by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy for a formal opinion on the ramifications of allowing Connecticut’s two federally recognized tribes to jointly develop a casino off tribal lands. Continue Reading →

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AMA ‘alarmed’ political influence could sway DOJ on Anthem-Cigna merger

This is a picture of the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield logo at the company's Wallingford headquarters

Updated at 6:25 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The American Medical Association, says it is “alarmed” Anthem may be taking advantage of changes in leadership in the Justice Department that would “bend antitrust laws” and result in a settlement of the federal case that has blocked its merger with Cigna. Continue Reading →

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Connecticut supports challenge of Trump’s immigration order

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen joined 15 counterparts Monday in filing an amicus brief in support of Washington state’s lawsuit challenging President Trump’s executive order temporarily banning immigration from seven predominantly Muslim nations. Continue Reading →

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CT Lawmakers press opposition to Trump travel ban

WASHINGTON – Connecticut lawmakers on Monday were on the front lines of Democratic opposition to President Trump’s executive order regarding Muslim immigrants, fashioning legislation and participating in protests aimed at derailing the new policy. Continue Reading →

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How a small-state AG’s office plays in the big leagues

Connecticut increasingly is finding itself out front in multi-state litigation waged by state attorneys general, leading a bipartisan coalition in a drug-pricing investigation – and 16 Democrats in an early challenge to the policies of President Trump. Continue Reading →

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Moody’s settles with AG, to pay Connecticut $31.5 million

A lawsuit originated by the state attorney general’s office in 2010 against one of the villains in “The Big Short,” the book-and-movie depiction of the factors behind the 2008 market collapse, ended Friday with an $864 million national settlement that will bring Connecticut’s general fund $31.5 million. Continue Reading →

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State appeal of education ruling: 5 things to know

State attorneys have submitted a brief to the Connecticut Supreme Court in an effort to persuade the justices to throw out much of a Superior Court order deeming the state’s educational funding system unconstitutional. Here are five things to know about the state’s case as it moves forward. Continue Reading →

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Connecticut leads 20 states alleging price-fixing in generic drugs

Attorney General George Jepsen’s office is leading a multi-state investigation of generic drug companies that culminated Thursday in a federal price-fixing lawsuit filed in Hartford that complements an unfolding criminal antitrust investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice. Continue Reading →

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