Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General News

Two fitness clubs reach settlements with AG Shapiro

By Charmaine Little | Feb 6, 2019

HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has reached settlement agreements amid an investigation against two companies for possible violations of the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law in recent weeks.

Plaintiff says AG's narcotics department falsely arrested her

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Feb 5, 2019

PHILADELPHIA — A Leesport woman is suing state government officials, citing alleged assault and violation of civil rights.

Commonwealth claims sovereign immunity from SEPTA bus passenger's injury lawsuit

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jan 10, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation (DOT) is opposing a suit filed by a Philadelphia man after he was allegedly injured when the bus he was riding fell into a construction hole, alleging his claims are baseless and without merit.

Lawsuit: Pittsburgh priest Richard Lelonis is one of the redacted names in sexual abuse grand jury report

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 18, 2018

PITTSBURGH – A new sexual abuse lawsuit in Pittsburgh says Reverend Richard Lelonis, a suspended priest, is one of the 19 accused predators whose names were redacted in a grand jury report that alleges decades of protection for pedophiles working for the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania.

Protecting accused pedophile priests: A terrible tradition continues in Pennsylvania

By The Pennsylvania Record | Dec 12, 2018

The cover-up persists with the redaction of names of priests accused of sexual abuse in five dioceses

Pittsburgh lawsuit against Catholic Church doesn't seek money for victims, wants admission of sexual abuse cover-up

By Nicholas Malfitano | Oct 31, 2018

PITTSBURGH – As the aftermath of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office’s grand jury report into child sexual abuse committed statewide by members of the Roman Catholic Church continues, alleged victims have taken to suing the Church.

State DOT claims no responsibility for Philly sewer drainage cover that allegedly injured plaintiff

By Nicholas Malfitano | Oct 26, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia man injured by an errant sewer drainage cover claims that city’s agencies and state authorities were responsible for creating the conditions leading to his accident, while the state claims no control or responsibility for the accident site.

Philly woman's car falls in sinkhole; She sues City of Philadelphia, state and other entities

By Nicholas Malfitano | Sep 19, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A motorist who was allegedly severely injured when her car fell into a sinkhole in South Philadelphia has sued the entities she believes are responsible for the negligence of maintaining the street where the accident occurred.

Federal judge considering motion to quash in Pa. AG's 'rent-a-bank' lawsuit

By Karen Kidd | Sep 18, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — A tribal lender based in Montana and its former CEO don't want to testify in Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro's litigation over a lending group's alleged "rent-a-bank" scheme.

PENNSYLVANIA OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: Attorney General Josh Shapiro Statement on PA Supreme Court Order to Release Grand Jury Report on Clergy Sex Abuse

By Press release submission | Aug 3, 2018

Attorney General Josh Shapiro issued the following statement on an Order and Opinion by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, directing that a Grand Jury report on child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy in Pennsylvania be released.

PENNSYLVANIA OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: Attorney General Shapiro Announces 15 Arrests in Statewide Medicaid Fraud Sweep

By Press release submission | Jul 7, 2018

Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced felony Medicaid fraud charges against 15 people in seven counties across Pennsylvania.

PENNSYLVANIA OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: CASE UPDATE: Clarion Woman Sentenced to 9-18 Years in Prison for Drug Delivery Resulting in Death

By Press release submission | Jul 7, 2018

Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced that a Clarion County woman was sentenced to 9 to 18 years in prison for her role in delivering fentanyl to a man who later died of an overdose.

PENNSYLVANIA OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: CASE UPDATE: “Operation Car Wash” Crime Ring Leader Sentenced to Five to 10 Years in Prison

By Press release submission | Jul 7, 2018

Organized Crime Ring Members who Fraudulently Obtained Thousands of PA License Plates Sentenced, Ordered to Collectively Pay $1.3 Million

PENNSYLVANIA OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: AG Shapiro: Montgomery County Insurance Agency Head Pleads Guilty to $97K Insurance Fraud, Ordered to Fully Pay Back His Victims

By Press release submission | Jun 23, 2018

Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced the owner of a Montgomery County insurance agency who defrauded clients out of $97,000 in inflated premiums has pleaded guilty to insurance fraud and made full restitution to the clients.

PENNSYLVANIA OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: CASE UPDATE: Behavioral Health Worker Charged with $211K in Medicaid Fraud Involving Autistic Children Pleads Guilty

By Press release submission | Jun 23, 2018

Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced that a Philadelphia behavioral specialist and mobile therapist charged with Medicaid fraud of more than $210,000 involving three different facilities has pleaded guilty in Delaware County Court.

Philadelphia judge grants states' motion for separate track in antitrust case over drug-pricing

By Amanda Thomas | Jun 20, 2018

PHILADELPHIA - A federal judge has granted a motion made by the attorneys general for 44 states, including Pennsylvania, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico for a separate government track in a multidistrict antitrust case involving the pricing of generic pharmaceuticals.

New leadership at the CFPB means state AGs will be more active in financial consumer protection

By Karen Kidd | Apr 10, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Some states will be even more active in financial consumer protection enforcement now that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's new director has made it clear the bureau will stay out of the way, an expert on state attorneys general said during a recent interview.

Judge dismisses some of AG Shapiro's 'rent-a-bank' lawsuit

By Carrie Salls | Mar 19, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has dismissed some claims filed by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro related to a “rent-a-bank scheme” allegedly conducted by a group of lenders.

NYU Law sending free help to 10 Dem AGs for environmental causes; Marcellus Shale group 'alarmed' at message

By Nicholas Malfitano | Mar 6, 2018

NEW YORK – Democratic state attorneys general, like Pennsylvania's Josh Shapiro, are getting free help from New York University School of Law to bolster their environmental causes, though a Commonwealth business advocacy group worries this results in important work being outsourced to an out-of-state entity.

Shapiro says feds criminalizing marijuana oversteps state’s medical pot law

By John Sammon | Feb 14, 2018

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said federal action to continue criminalizing marijuana despite the state’s legalizing of the drug for medical purposes amounts to a threat and an overstepping of authority.

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