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Consumer Protection/Scams

Pax­ton Announces Set­tle­ment with iHeart­Media for Record­ing and Broad­cast­ing Decep­tive Advertisements

Attorney General Paxton announced a settlement with iHeartMedia, Inc. over the company’s recording and broadcasting of radio advertisements that promoted the Google Pixel 4 smartphone.

December 19, 2022 | Press Release

Pax­ton Encour­ages the Fed­er­al Trade Com­mis­sion to Take Con­crete Steps to Pro­tect Amer­i­cans’ Privacy

Attorney General Paxton has joined a Massachusetts-led multistate comment letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) conveying the need for stronger privacy protections related to commercial surveillance and data security.  

December 07, 2022 | Press Release

Pax­ton Con­cludes Data Breach Inves­ti­ga­tions, Col­lects Set­tle­ments of Over $1.5 Mil­lion from Exper­ian and T‑Mobile

Attorney General Ken Paxton has announced that his office, along with a coalition of other state attorneys general, has obtained settlements totaling more than $16 million with Experian Data Corp., Experian Information Solutions, and T-Mobile.  

November 30, 2022 | Press Release

Pax­ton Dis­trib­utes Pay­ments to Texas Uber Dri­vers Vic­tim­ized by Data Breach

Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that his office has completed its distribution of $4.2 million in redress payments to approximately 42,000 Texans whose personal information was compromised in a 2016 data breach at ride share company Uber Technologies, Inc.   

October 21, 2022 | Press Release

Pax­ton Sues Google for its Unau­tho­rized Cap­ture and Use of Bio­met­ric Data and Vio­la­tion of Tex­ans’ Privacy

Attorney General Paxton has sued Google, alleging that the tech giant has unlawfully captured and used the biometric data of millions of Texans without properly obtaining their informed consent to do so. 

October 20, 2022 | Press Release

Pax­ton Launch­es Inves­ti­ga­tion Into Six Major Banks For Col­lu­sion-in-Lend­ing Prac­tices That Poten­tial­ly Vio­late Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Laws

Attorney General Paxton joined a multistate investigation into Bank of America Corporation, Wells Fargo & Company, Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, JPMorgan Chase & Co., The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., and Citigroup Inc. for potential violations of consumer protection laws.  

October 19, 2022 | Press Release

Paxton Launches Investigation into S&P Global’s Use of ESG Factors in Credit Ratings, Potentially Violating Consumer Protection Laws

Attorney General Paxton joined a Missouri-led multistate investigation into S&P Global Inc. for potential violations of consumer protection laws.

September 28, 2022 | Press Release

Pax­ton Encour­ages FCC to Adopt Rules Pro­tect­ing Amer­i­cans from Ille­gal Robo­calls, Help­ing Pre­vent Bil­lions Lost from Scammers

Attorney General Paxton signed a multistate comment letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging them to adopt stricter controls to prevent unsolicited robocalls.  

September 26, 2022 | Press Release

CON­SUMER ALERT: Beware Scam­mers Using Attor­ney Gen­er­al Paxton’s Name and Sig­na­ture to Steal Per­son­al Information

Attorney General Paxton today warned Texans of scammers attempting to use Attorney General Paxton’s name, signature, and the Office of the Attorney General seal to get their personal data.  

September 08, 2022 | Press Release

Pax­ton Announces $439 Mil­lion Mul­ti­state Set­tle­ment With JUUL for Decep­tive Mar­ket­ing and Sales Prac­tices; Texas to Recov­er $42.8 Million

Attorney General Paxton has secured a $438.5 million agreement in principle between JUUL Labs and 34 states and territories, resolving a two-year bipartisan investigation into the e-cigarette manufacturer’s marketing and sales practices.

September 06, 2022 | Press Release