Conn. Attorney General William Tong is participating in talks with Purdue Pharma, and its owners, the Sackler family, about their offer to settle more than 2,000 lawsuits against the company for $10 billion to $12 billion.
Tong vs. Trump, the case of an activist AG
He promised a Trump firewall. Connecticut Attorney General William Tong has tried to deliver on that pledge, challenging the president on a raft of issues since taking office.
Fighting Trump’s environmental policies, Tong picks up where Jepsen left off
Connecticut’s new attorney general is taking on the Trump administration’s environmental rollbacks.
Jepsen tells CT towns to drop their opioid lawsuits
As Purdue Pharma considers bankruptcy to limit its liability, former Attorney General George Jepsen says states, not cities or towns, should pursue opioid lawsuits.
Jepsen and Rowthorn join Shipman & Goodwin
They will lead a new national practice focused on representing corporate clients facing enforcement action from state attorneys general.
Connecticut to get $5.2 million in Wells Fargo deal
Wells Fargo will pay $575 million under a 50-state settlement led by Connecticut and three other states relating to fraudulent mortgage and insurance fees, as well as the scandal in which millions of accounts were created without consumers’ consent, Attorney General George Jepsen announced Friday.
Jepsen sues Purdue, saying it reaped profits by boosting opioid addiction
Connecticut became the latest state on Thursday to sue Stamford-based Purdue Pharma, saying the company purposefully downplayed the risks of addiction of OxyContin and other opioid painkillers. Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen said he sued in Superior Court because Purdue was not “serious about addressing the states’ very real allegations of misconduct and coming to a meaningful settlement.”
As Texas judge rules ACA ‘invalid,’ Access Health CT extends 2019 signup period
As state officials condemned a ruling by a Texas federal judge that strikes down the Affordable Care Act, Connecticut’s exchange — Access Health CT — announced Saturday it would extend the 2019 signup period by another month.
Connecticut on front line of key fights with Pruitt’s EPA
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has rejected Connecticut’s petition to force a power plant in York County, Pa. to cut down on smog pollutants that the state claims heavily contribute to its unhealthy air. But the state hopes to have other wins, and is at the forefront of the resistance to the agency’s proposed rollback of protections on air and water.
New AG opinion a blow to tribes’ East Windsor casino
Attorney General George Jepsen strongly warned the legislature Tuesday against allowing the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes to jointly develop a casino in East Windsor without the approval of the U.S. Interior Department, a condition of the 2017 law permitting the project to compete with MGM Springfield. The opinion is likely to be the final blow in this legislative session to any hopes by the tribes to circumvent the requirement for Interior Department approval.
CT opioid lawsuits advancing in face of settlement effort
WASHINGTON — Nearly two dozen Connecticut cities and towns are scheduled to soon confront Purdue Phama and other opioid makers in court over what they say are the pharmaceuticals’ deceptive practices. Meanwhile, there is an effort by a federal judge in Ohio to negotiate a massive settlement for the hundreds of federal lawsuits across the nation targeting the opioid makers for their marketing practices.
Jepsen turns up the heat on Facebook
Upon revelations that Cambridge Analytica had harvested extensive psychographic information from about 50 million Facebook users, Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen demanded that Facebook Chairman Mark Zuckerberg answer the questions many Americans were asking: “How and why was their personal data exploited?” He spoke with the Connecticut Mirror about why he launched a multi-state inquiry.
Malloy, CT lawmakers blast FCC net neutrality rollback
WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission’s partisan vote on Thursday to scrap “net neutrality” regulations and stop regulating internet delivery systems like utilities prompted partisan reaction. Most Democrats, including members of the state’s congressional delegation and Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, condemned the move. Republicans supported it.
CT residents weigh in on net neutrality, but bots may be too
WASHINGTON — Tens of thousands of Connecticut residents have weighed in on a proposal to reverse Obama-administration “net neutrality rules” that prevent internet providers from blocking a rival’s content or creating “fast lanes” for companies willing to pay extra to deliver their content more quickly. But it’s difficult to tell how many of those comments are authentic and how many are phony.
Connecticut alleges massive, routine price-fixing by pharma
Connecticut’s attorney general alleged a far-reaching price-fixing conspiracy by global and U.S. makers of generic drugs Tuesday in a complaint that greatly expands the scope of the lawsuit initiated by his office last year and eventually joined by most other states. “The allegations of our complaint are shocking, and the depth and breadth of the conspiracies alleged are mind-blowing,” Attorney General George Jepsen said.