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Enforcing Data Breach & Security Laws

Today, I joined a multistate letter to the U.S. Congress emphasizing the importance of maintaining states' authority to enforce data breach and data security laws, and their ability to enact laws to address future data security risks. We are cautioning against federal preemption of state data breach and security law and arguing that any federal law must not diminish the important role states already play protecting consumers from data breaches and identity theft, especially in states like Massachusetts whose laws provide greater protections than federal counterparts. As the vast majority of my colleagues and I have explained in this letter, ...Continue Reading...

Challenging EPA

For the third time, my office is challenging regulatory actions taken by the Environmental Protection Agency. I joined Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Louisiana Attorney General James D. "Buddy" Caldwell in a lawsuit against the EPA and the United States Army Corps of Engineers challenging the legality of their new rule defining "waters of the United States" under the Clean Water Act. Currently, the CWA gives the federal government limited authority to regulate the discharge of certain materials into "navigable waters," which is defined as "the waters of the United States, including the territorial seas." The new rule has ...Continue Reading...

Business Tour in Hattiesburg

I recently took a business tour of the recycling yard in Hattiesburg. Local businesses are a vital part of every community, and I will continue to work with Mississippi businesses to keep jobs here.

Settlement Reached: Dollar Tree to Acquire Family Dollar Stores

Mississippi and 16 other States have reached a settlement with Dollar Tree, Inc., following a review of the company's proposed acquisition of Family Dollar Stores, Inc. The merger combines two large national chains of deep discount stores. Dollar stores provide affordable access to household essentials. The states have worked with the FTC, Family Dollar, and Dollar Tree to ensure that the acquisition of Family Dollar does not lessen competition or create a hardship due to increased prices or store closures. As a result of these discussions, the parties do not intend to close or relocate any stores in Mississippi. These stores ...Continue Reading...

Tennessee Resident Arrested for Selling Counterfeit Goods in Kosciusko

Ali Said Khdeir, 33, of Memphis, was recently arrested following an undercover joint operation by the Attorney General's Office Intellectual Property Task Force and the Attala County Sheriff's Department. Khdeir is accused of selling counterfeit goods and possession with intent to sell counterfeit goods. During the operation, investigators observed Khdeir selling a large number of alleged counterfeit goods, including NFL hats and the prescription pills, Viagra and Cialis, to a general store in Kosciusko. Khdeir, a resident of Tennessee, had transported these counterfeit goods into Mississippi from out of state. If found guilty, Khdeir faces up to 10 years in ...Continue Reading...

MSCMEA in Biloxi

Yesterday, I spoke to the Mississippi Coroner-Medical Examiners Association at the IP Casino in Biloxi. The MSC-MEA is a non-profit association that supports coroners of the Magnolia state through up-to-date education and training seminars. I listened to the concerns they were having and we discussed how to move forward in the future.

Mississippi to receive $2.2 Billion from Landmark Agreement in ‪BP ‬Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Settlement

The settlement will bring approximately $1.5 billion in additional relief to Mississippi over the next 17 years. Combined with $659 million in early funding, Mississippi is receiving a total of nearly $2.2 billion in compensation. We remain committed to ensuring that our coast counties and cities are included in any settlement and treated fairly. I am pleased to say we are upholding our promise. The size and scope of this settlement is the result of a successful partnership of all the gulf states and our state agencies. Together, we held BP accountable for the damage it caused. The Deepwater Horizon ...Continue Reading...

BP Settlement

The $2.2 Billion ‪BP Settlement is a huge victory for the state of Mississippi. As your attorney general, I will continue to protect our beautiful state and fight for the safety of you and your family.

Forty Attorneys General join Mississippi in Support of Appeal in Google Lawsuit

I am extremely grateful that an overwhelming majority of our nation's attorneys general, both Republican and Democrat, recognize that a state attorney general has the fundamental power to investigate potential violations of state law and that wrongdoers cannot run to federal court to escape legal oversight in the states where they do business. Mississippi is appealing to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals a March 27, 2015, order enjoining the attorney general from enforcing a subpoena issued to Google asking questions about some of Google's online practices including the alleged sale of prescription drugs without a prescription, the ability to ...Continue Reading...