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.
Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III announced today the merger of two large national chains of deep discount stores, Dollar Tree, headquartered in Chesapeake, Virginia and Family Dollar, headquartered in Matthews, North Carolina. As part of the agreement, Dollar Tree will be required to divest hundreds of Family Dollar stores nationwide, including stores in Memphis and Nashville.
Working with the Federal Trade Commission, Tennessee and 16 other State Attorneys General are requiring Dollar Tree to sell more than 300 Family Dollar stores to a new competitor in order to complete the $9.2 billion acquisition. The affected stores will be sold to Sycamore Partners to be re-branded as DollarExpress, a new chain of deep discount stores...go to the Dollar Tree release.
"Today's United States Supreme Court decision not only changes the definition of marriage, but takes from the states and their citizens the longstanding authority to vote and decide what marriage means. To the Tennessee citizen who asks 'Don't we get a chance to vote on this in some way?' the answer from the Supreme Court is a resounding, 'No, you do not.' For the Court to tell all Tennesseans that they have no voice, no right to vote, on these issues is disappointing. The Court, nevertheless, has spoken and we respect its decision. Our office is prepared to work with the Governor and the General Assembly, as needed, to take the necessary steps to implement the decision."...go to the release.
Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III announced today that the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has issued an order temporarily blocking the merger of Sysco and US Foods. The court order states that a preliminary injunction is in the public interest as there "is a reasonable probability that the proposed merger will substantially impair competition."
Tennessee, along with ten other states, joined the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to prevent the proposed merger between the nation's two largest food distributors until the FTC completes an administrative hearing. The hearing, scheduled to begin July 21, 2015, will determine whether the proposed combination would violate the antitrust laws...read the Sysco, US Foods release.