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Oklahoma Joins Multistate Lawsuit against California over Restrictive Farming Law 03/06/2014
OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Scott Pruitt on Thursday announced Oklahoma has joined a multistate lawsuit against California over a restrictive farming law that violates the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
In 2008, California voters approved Proposition 2 which requires egg producers in that state to comply with new regulations regarding the size of housing enclosures for egg-laying hens. Some California officials predicted the law would increase the cost of production for California egg producers putting them at a competitive disadvantage. To protect California producers from ou... more
AG Pruitt Asks Judge to Side with State in Affordable Care Act Lawsuit 02/19/2014
IRS would not be allowed to enforce ‘large employer’ penalties if Oklahoma lawsuit succeeds
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt late Tuesday asked a federal judge in Muskogee to rule in favor of the state in Oklahoma’s legal challenge of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
“The IRS is unlawfully changing the Affordable Care Act without going through Congress. The agency is ignoring the language of the ACA in order to ‘fix’ the law,” General Pruitt said. “That’s not what our Constitution allows: Congress passes laws and the executive branch administers them. Okla... more
Judge Grants Attorney General’s Request to Intervene in Lawsuit between EPA and Environmental Group 02/12/2014
Oklahoma now a part of the settlement proceedings, which could impact consumers and businesses
OKLAHOMA CITY – A federal judge in Denver granted Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s request to intervene in the settlement of a lawsuit between the EPA and an environmental group over emission standards in Oklahoma and other states.
The State of Oklahoma had not been given a chance to intervene in the settlement proceedings between Wild Earth Guardians and the EPA even though the agreement would have significant impact on Oklahoma consumers and businesses. The judge’s decision means the Atto... more
Oklahoma, 10 Other States File Appeal of Lawsuit against Dodd-Frank Financial Law 02/12/2014
Appeal argues states’ need to address issues before federal law harms pension investments
OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Scott Pruitt on Wednesday announced Oklahoma and 10 other states filed an appeal of a lawsuit challenging the Dodd-Frank federal financial law. In appealing a lower court’s ruling, Oklahoma and the other states are seeking the opportunity to defend the interests of their citizens against the potential harmful effects of Dodd-Frank.
“Community banks, small business owners and anyone with a mortgage or checking account in Oklahoma are affected by Dodd-Frank. The law places... more
Oklahoma AG Files Brief Supporting Private-Sector Lawsuit against Federal Health Care Law 02/07/2014
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt this week filed a brief supporting a lawsuit filed by private citizens against the federal government over implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Following the lead of the State of Oklahoma, a group of small business owners is suing the IRS over implementation of the ACA. Both the Oklahoma and private-sector lawsuits challenge an IRS rule that punishes “large employers” with tax penalties in states that did not adopt state-based health care exchanges, which is not allowed under the Affordable Care Act.
“The State of Oklahoma’s ... more
AG Files Motion to Intervene in Settlement between EPA and Environmental Group 02/05/2014
‘Friendly Lawsuit’ Will Have Significant Impact on Oklahoma Consumers and Businesses; State Not Allowed to Intervene
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt on Wednesday filed a motion in federal court in Denver to keep the EPA from settling a lawsuit with an environmental group over emission standards in Oklahoma and other states without allowing input from Oklahoma officials.
The settlement of Wild Earth Guardians’ lawsuit would have significant impact on Oklahoma consumers and businesses. However, the state has not been given the chance to offer input on the settlement. Th... more
AG's Office Stops $23 Million in Fraudulent Federal Benefit Payments in 2013 02/05/2014
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt announced Wednesday that the AG’s Workers’ Compensation, Insurance and Social Security Fraud Unit prevented more than $23 million in fraudulent federal benefits payments in 2013.
General Pruitt said the unit, led by Assistant Attorney General George Burnett, conducted 179 investigations in 2013. Based on those investigations, more than $14.9 million in fraudulent Social Security payments were prevented, while more than $8.3 million in fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid payments were stopped.
“At the Attorney General’s Office, we’re sending... more
AG Pruitt Convenes Oklahoma’s First Human Trafficking Task Force 01/31/2014
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt this week convened the state’s first law enforcement task force to combat human trafficking in Oklahoma.
The Human Trafficking Intelligence Working Group provides a forum for local, state and federal law enforcement officers to share information and collaborate in the investigation and prosecution of human traffickers.
“What citizens want to see is action. They want to see us work together to do something about a very pervasive issue,” General Pruitt said. “The reality is human trafficking isn't just a problem in foreign lands; it's a ... more
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