"The State is facing an important decision, appointing and confirming someone to the Supreme Court position recently vacated by Judge Gary Wade. This will be the first appointment after the recently passed constitutional amendment dealing with judicial appointments.
I am sure the Governor and the General Assembly will make it a smooth process. There has been a fair amount of speculation not only about possible candidates, but also about how confirmation will work..." go to the release.
"Today the Court ruled that Tennessee's lethal injection protocol is constitutional. In doing so, every challenge raised by the plaintiffs was rejected. The State of Tennessee has worked very hard to make sure the protocol used is reliable and humane, today the Court recognized that.
While much of the focus of this case has been on the inmates, we should not forget the victims and the heartache suffered by their families. My hope is that they may find some comfort in today's decision."
Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III, along with the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs and 48 other states, today announced a $71 million nationwide settlement with Amgen Inc. to resolve allegations that the company violated state consumer protection laws. Amgen Inc. is a California based biotechnology company that manufactures and sells pharmaceutical products, including Aranesp and Enbrel.
Today's settlement resolves allegations that Amgen unlawfully promoted both medications. The Complaint and Agreed Final Judgment alleges that Amgen violated the law by: (1) promoting Aranesp for dosing frequencies longer than the FDA approved label without competent and reliable scientific evidence to substantiate the extended dosing frequencies; (2) promoting Aranesp for anemia caused by cancer without having FDA approval or competent and reliable scientific evidence to support it; and (3) promoting Enbrel for mild plaque psoriasis even though Enbrel is only approved by the FDA to treat chronic moderate to severe plaque psoriasis...go to the Amgen release.
Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III today announced the state of Tennessee has joined the states of Ohio and Michigan in a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The lawsuit asks the court to strike down a new rule, known as the "waters of the United States" rule, that unlawfully expands the federal government's regulatory authority over local bodies of water, lands, and farms.
Under the Clean Water Act, Congress established federal regulatory control over "navigable waters," defined by that statute as "waters of the United States, including the territorial seas." However, the rules initiated by the U.S. Corps and EPA no longer limit their authority to navigable waters and adjoining waters or wetlands. Instead, federal authority would include nearly every conceivable water tributary in the country including those that in no way constitute navigable, potentially navigable, or interstate waters – even in various instances reaching land that is typically dry ...go to the waters of the U.S. release.
Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III and Bill Giannini, acting Director of the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs, along with 46 other states and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, announced a $136 million nationwide settlement with Chase Bank USA N.A. and Chase Bankcard Services Inc.
The agreement requires Chase to significantly reform its credit card debt collection practices and cease collections on more than a half million people nationwide. Among other reforms, the agreement requires new safeguards to help ensure debt information is accurate, provides additional information to consumers who owe debts, and bars Chase's debt buyers from reselling consumer debts to other purchasers ...go to the Chase release.
Attorney General Slatery and 14 other state Attorneys General have sent a letter to Congressional leaders urging them to take action to protect the tax-exempt status of nonprofit religious organizations following the decision of the United States Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges.
The letter was prompted by comments U.S. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. made during oral arguments in the case. The Solicitor General indicated that the federal government might decide, based on the outcome of the case, that certain religious organizations no longer qualify as tax-exempt under the Internal Revenue Code and also that contributions to these organizations are not deductible as charitable contributions...go to the release.