Insurers agree to help cover some crumbling foundation costs
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Two insurance companies have agreed to provide a total of $10.5 million to help Connecticut homeowners cover the cost of repairing and replacing crumbling foundations, officials said Tuesday.
Connecticut businesses warned of fake state filing scam
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut businesses are being warned about a bogus mailing from "Workplace Compliance Services" claiming a payment is required under state law.
Connecticut to receive $5.2 million in bank settlement
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut will receive more than $5.2 million from a multi-state legal settlement with a national bank.
Attorney General George Jepsen on Friday announced the $575 million agreement between all 50 states and Washington, D.C. and Wells Fargo Bank N.A. He says it resolves claims that the bank violated state consumer protection laws by opening millions of unauthorized accounts without customers' knowledge or consent, among other improper acts.
Connecticut to sue Purdue Pharma over opioid crisis
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen says the state will be suing OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and several current and former company officials on allegations their marketing of the painkiller helped fuel the nation's opioid crisis.
Jepsen said Thursday that the lawsuit will be filed in state Superior Court in Hartford after the defendants are formally served with the complaint.
Attorneys general: Settlement talks ongoing in drugs lawsuit
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Attorneys general in Connecticut and Louisiana say settlement talks are ongoing in a federal antitrust lawsuit accusing companies that produce generic prescription drugs of price-fixing.
Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen, the Democrat leading the lawsuit, confirmed Tuesday that negotiations are underway and said he expects announcements in 2019.
Trial over convicted ex-mayor’s pension begins
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — An expected one-day trial over whether former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez's pension should be revoked or reduced because of his corruption convictions is set to begin.
The testimony is scheduled Wednesday in Hartford Superior Court.
State law allows for the revocation or reduction of corrupt public officials' retirement benefits. Attorney General George Jepsen sued last year seeking to reduce or revoke Perez's $2,300-per-month pension.
The Latest: Tong beats Hatfield in attorney general race
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Latest on Connecticut's midterm election results (all times local):
Democratic state Rep. William Tong has won the race for Connecticut attorney general over Republican Sue Hatfield in a campaign that centered heavily on President Donald Trump's policies.
Tong will succeed Democratic Attorney General George Jepsen, who did not seek re-election. Tong is the first Asian-American to be elected to both the state legislature and a statewide constitutional office.
State says employees participated in pharmacy pyramid scheme
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The state of Connecticut has filed a lawsuit alleging about a dozen current and retired state employees participated in an illegal pyramid scheme with a Florida-based pharmacy.
Attorney General George Jepsen's office says the company, Assured Rx, and the workers in 2014 and 2015 defrauded the state's Pharmacy Benefit Plan out of $10.9 million by filing false claims for expensive compound medications.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — President Donald Trump's agenda has emerged as a focal point in the race for attorney general in Connecticut, where even the Republican candidates agree some of his policies should be challenged in court.
The current attorney general, George Jepsen, a Democrat who is not seeking re-election, has filed or joined other states in filing nearly two dozen lawsuits against the Trump administration on issues ranging from taxation to pollution to the 2020 census.
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's work has been recognized by the National Association of Attorneys General .
The Democrat received the Kelley-Wyman Award for doing the most to meet the association's goals of leading litigation for a state, reforming laws when necessary and leading legal and public advocacy initiatives.
MASHAN TUCKET, Conn. (AP) — The Latest on the Connecticut Republican state convention (all times local):
Connecticut Republicans have endorsed candidates for Attorney General and Secretary of the State, hoping to break the longtime Democratic stronghold on those seats.
Delegates at Friday's state convention backed Pomfret nurse and attorney Susan Hatfield for attorney general and former New Fairfield First Selectman Susan Chapman for secretary of the state.
New agreements that could be reached between the state and the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes would enable the tribes to move forward with their East Windsor casino project without federal approval, the tribes believe.
The chief legal officers for each of the tribes propose such agreements in a letter to the speaker of the state House of Representatives, Joe Aresimowicz.
HARTFORD — House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz on Wednesday said the chances are "zero" that a new casino will be built in Bridgeport or anywhere in Connecticut in the next five years without federal approval.
"The idea of an additional casino being built in Connecticut without Bureau of Indian Affairs approval is zero," Aresimowicz told reporters. "It is not going to happen. We need to move forward with a comprehensive plan of what gambling looks like."
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Attorney General George Jepsen is warning Connecticut officials not to assume a planned tribal casino in East Windsor can open without formal federal approvals.
HARTFORD — Attorney General George Jepsen on Tuesday said the lack of federal approval for a third casino in East Windsor means it would be "imprudent" to proceed with the project.
The opinion is likely to renew interest in stalled legislation that calls for bids to instead build a casino in Bridgeport. MGM Grand International has expressed interest in a waterfront casino in the state’s largest city.
HARTFORD — State auditors are asking for Attorney General George Jepsen’s help getting a report on inmate medical care that the Department of Corrections is refusing to hand over.
State Auditors Robert Kane and John Geragosian sent a letter to Jepsen Friday requesting Jepsen decide whether attorney client privilege, which DOC has twice cited withhold the report, applies.
Connecticut joins multi-state lawsuit against citizenship census question
Connecticut has joined a multi-state lawsuit to block the Trump Administration from demanding citizenship information in the 2020 Census.
Leading the charge for Connecticut are Attorney General George Jepsen and Secretary of State Denise Merrill, who — along with 16 other states, half a dozen cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors — argue the question would cause a population under count that would harm cities and states with large immigrant populations.
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State joins others to sue US over census question
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut state officials have joined a coalition of attorneys general and cities in filing a lawsuit seeking to block the Trump Administration from demanding citizenship information in the 2020 decennial Census.
HARTFORD - Attorney General George Jepsen has given a legal green light to a bill that would allow bids for a casino in Bridgeport or elsewhere in the state.
Jepsen said the bill before the Legislature’s Public Safety and Security Committee would not cause the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes to cease sending hundreds of millions of dollars in slot machine revenue to the state if adopted.
HARTFORD — A legislative committee supported the Attorney General’s request Friday to settle with the estate of two former New York residents who were killed by a falling tree while driving on the Merritt Parkway in Westport in 2007.
The settlement would cost the state $6.25 million, but Attorney General George Jepsen described it as a “bargain” compared to the more than 15 million the state might be found liable for if the case went to trial.
Landmarks is neglecting its other endowed East Haddam house
The Antiquarian and Landmarks Society, now Connecticut Landmarks, inherited the 1816 Amasa Day house in Moodus from Katharine Chaffee Roberts, when her husband, Allan Kirk Roberts, who had life tenancy, died in 1967.
The Robertses left to Landmarks antiques and other contents of the Amasa Day house, as well as 1.5 million today, on other things, even though the bequest, like the one with the Amasa Day house, limits its use to a specific property.
Attorney General George Jepsen, who personally hosted a 1,034,954 at the end of March 2009, according to Landmarks correspondence from the time and is about 1,800 a month from tenant Terra Firma Farm Inc. for much of the period between 2009 and 2016, when the tenants left after citing the disrepair of the house.
The modest growth in the endowment fund belies the roaring stock market during the period and its impact on investment funds.
Lab to forfeit $1M for unnecessary urine drug screens
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts-based laboratory will forfeit more than $1 million to settle claims it billed for medically unnecessary urine drug screens.
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said Southbridge-based Precision Testing Laboratories, Inc. and owner David Fromm, of Hull, agreed to make a payment of more than $400,000 as part of the Massachusetts settlement.
Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen said the lab will forfeit nearly $657,000 as part of the Connecticut settlement.
HARTFORD — A Massachusetts-based clinical laboratory will forfeit $656,912 and be excluded from the Connecticut's Medicaid program for 10 years as part of a settlement agreement with the state.
Attorney General George Jepsen said Precision Testing Laboratories, Inc., based in Southbridge, Mass., was enrolled as a licensed clinical laboratory in the Connecticut Medical Assistance Program, which includes Connecticut's Medicaid program.
While the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribal nations are set to begin work on an East Windsor casino within weeks, MGM Resorts International is raising its bet for Connecticut’s lucrative gambling dollars.
With an offer for a Bridgeport casino and fierce opposition to the East Windsor site within 17 miles of the $900 million MGM casino nearing completion in Springfield, Mass., there is as much as $20 million a month in Connecticut gambling revenue at stake.
In a companion piece for a lawsuit filed last month against the Environmental Protection Agency, Connecticut has joined New York in suing the EPA’s over its alleged failure to control ozone pollution from the Midwest, Attorney General George Jepsen announced on Wednesday.
NY, Connecticut file lawsuit seeking US action on smog
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The attorneys general for New York and Connecticut have filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration in the latest multi-state effort to compel federal regulators to reduce smog blowing in from other states.
Connecticut on Tuesday joined a multi-state effort to appeal the Federal Communications Commission’s recent rejection of so-called net-neutrality rules.
Connecticut joins multi-state net-neutrality lawsuit
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut is joining a coalition of 21 states and the District of Columbia in suing to block the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net-neutrality rules.
Democratic Attorney General George Jepsen said Tuesday "the internet should always remain open and free." He says he's proud to stand with his colleagues across the country "in strong support of net neutrality and opposed to the FCC's illegal action."
Treasurer won’t seek re-election after 20 years in office
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's longtime State Treasurer Denise Nappier announced Wednesday she won't seek re-election to a sixth term in office, creating another open seat for a constitutional office in this year's election.
The 66-year-old Democrat told reporters she wants to leave office while "on top," noting how the state's pension and trust funds have grown from $19 billion to $34 billion under her tenure.
A coalition of eight states, including Connecticut, filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to force it to control pollution from power plants in the Midwest.
The other states are Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Vermont and New York, whose state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman is leading the lawsuit.
The suit takes issue with a Trump administration’s decision to allow nine upwind states to escape tighter smog requirements.
Boehringer Ingelheim agreed to pay a $13.5 million settlement with the attorneys general of all 50 states and Washington D.C. to resolve allegations that the Ridgefield-based pharmaceutical company was deceptive and misleading in the promotion of four of its prescription drugs, it was announced Wednesday by Connecticut AG George Jepsen.
Before running for Connecticut attorney general, those with designs on becoming the next Richard Blumenthal or George Jepsen should perhaps hire a lawyer — other than themselves.
Just ask former Secretary of the State and attorney Susan Bysiewicz who was ruled ineligible for the office in 2010 because she hadn’t practiced law for at least 10 years.
It never seemed like the right fit — like if Bob Mueller ran for president.
After seven months of exploring a run for governor, a gauntlet that requires even the most independent-minded person to cozy up to the political class, the guy who sent former Gov. John Rowland to prison for campaign fraud has opted against a run for governor.
Instead, Democrat Chris Mattei, who made a name for himself prosecuting those who betrayed the public’s trust, will run for state attorney general.
Mattei switches from governor to attorney general run
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Mattei (MATT'-ee) says he's running for attorney general, switching gears from a possible gubernatorial run.
The Democrat announced his intentions Monday on the steps of the Connecticut Supreme Court building. It comes a week after Democratic Attorney General George Jepsen announced he will not seek a third term in 2018.
The 2015 merger proposal between Spanish holding company Iberdrola and the parent of United Illuminating Co. presented a stark challenge for Attorney General George Jepsen.
Jepsen opposed the takeover before state regulators, saying it didn’t offer consumers enough price protection, among other objections. He also wanted the deal to include a cleanup of the long closed, PCB-laden English Station power plant site in New Haven.
Three current and former lawmakers are pouncing on the opportunity to contend for state attorney general and succeed departing Democrat George Jepsen.
No sooner did the seven-year incumbent reveal he would not seek re-election in 2018 than those with statewide political ambitions and lawyer credentials started laying campaign groundwork.
House Democrats William Tong, of Stamford, and Mike D’Agostino, of Hamden, are part of the mix, as well as former House Republican John Shaban, of Redding.
To “lawyer-up” has taken on a new context for the power-hungry in Connecticut, now that Democrat George Jepsen isn’t running for re-election as state attorney general.
Democrat Jepsen won’t seek a 3rd term as attorney general
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen announced Monday he won't seek a third term in 2018, saying he wants to pursue different challenges but not a run for governor next year.
The Democrat acknowledged he doesn't know what his future holds.
It is stunning, really, that more than a month has gone by since a letter from the U.S. Department of the Interior threw into question whether the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Indians can build the casino in East Windsor approved by the General Assembly, and Attorney General George Jepsen has yet to weigh in on the legal controversy.
Jepsen says he has no official opinion because no one with the authority to ask for one has, including the governor or legislative leaders.
Purdue Pharma confirmed to Bloomberg that it is under investigation by federal prosecutors in Connecticut over its Oxycontin opioid drug, with the company having its headquarters in Stamford.
U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly is in her final days in office this week. Purdue Pharma told Bloomberg it is cooperating with the investigation, and that it is “committed to being part of the solution to our nation’s opioid crisis.”
HARTFORD — Attorney General George Jepsen is leading a bipartisan group of attorneys general in demanding health care companies that provide pharmacy benefit management services mitigate prescription opioid abuse.
“All of us - law enforcement, first responders, policymakers, healthcare providers, individuals and families - have an important role to play in addressing this epidemic,” Jepsen said.
HARTFORD — Less than a day after President Donald Trump’s latest attempt to undermine the federal Affordable Care Act, Attorney General George Jepsen on Friday joined colleagues from California, Massachusetts, Kentucky and other states in attempt to retain the subsidies that millions of lower-income families have used to cover deductibles, doctors’ visits and prescriptions.
DANBURY — The state attorney general has intervened in a local sex-trafficking case after attorneys for one defendant asked for access to the victims’ medical records.
The Office of the Attorney General George Jepsen filed a motion in state Superior Court seeking to quash six subpoenas issued by attorneys representing Bruce Bemer, one of several men arrested in March on human-trafficking charges.
Connecticut to sue over plan to gut federal clean power law
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Attorney General George Jepsen says Connecticut will join other states in suing the Trump administration over its move to kill an Obama-era clean power plan aimed at reducing global warming.
The Democrat said Tuesday it's especially important to Connecticut, with its many miles of coastline, to address climate change. Jepsen says the state's economy is "linked to unique and sensitive resources" that will be affected by global warming.
Fourteen attorneys general, including Connecticut’s George Jepsen, have threatened to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for missing a deadline this week to identify which parts of the country fail to meet regulations on ozone pollution.
States subpoenae big pharma over opioid overdose crisis
Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen and his counterparts in 39 other states have subpoenaed company records from Stamford-based Purdue Pharma and other major drug makers to determine whether the companies’ marketing and sales practices are worsening the nationwide overdose crisis.
States expand investigation of opioid makers, distributors
Attorneys general from most states are broadening their investigation into the opioid industry as a nationwide overdose crisis continues to claim thousands of lives.
They announced Tuesday that they had served subpoenas requesting information from five companies that make powerful prescription painkillers and demanded information from three distributors. Forty-one attorneys general are involved in various parts of the civil investigation.
HARTFORD — Attorney General George Jepsen joined Connecticut’s congressional delegation and young foreign-born “dreamers” on Wednesday, stressing the need to retain the federal law that President Donald Trump has threatened to end and deport them to unfamiliar countries.