MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Attorney General's office says it will not prosecute a state trooper who shot and wounded a suspect who had fired multiple times at police earlier this...
ROCKINGHAM, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont attorney general's office says a state trooper will not be charged in the shooting of a suspect during a manhunt last month in Rockingham.
Gas refineries pay Vermont settlement over fuel additive
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont attorney general's office says more than two dozen of the country's biggest gasoline refiners, including ExxonMobil and Shell Oil Company, are paying a $3.8...
Vermont officials to host conviction ‘expungement’ clinic
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Attorney General's office is participating in a clinic that will enable some Vermonters to expunge certain criminal convictions from their...
Vermont reaches settlement with pharmacy benefit manager
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Attorney General's office says it has resolved a dispute with the state's pharmacy benefit manager for $503,500.
The state says the money will resolve a dispute with Express Scripts about charges paid by the state under a contract that expired in 2013. More recent contracts did not contain the disputed terms.
Express Scripts manages prescription drug benefits for state employees and retirees.
Racial justice advocates criticize police handling of case
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont attorney general's office is continuing to investigate allegations of threats against the only black woman in the Vermont legislature as racial justice advocates have criticized local law enforcement's handling of the case.
Vermont AG investigating threats against black legislator
BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Attorney General's office says it is investigating threats made against the only black woman in the state legislature.
Attorney General T.J. Donovan said Monday that the threats were made against Democratic State Rep. Kiah Morris. No details about the nature of the threats have been released.
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Attorney General's Office has upgraded murder charges in the case of a man who is accused of shooting a man to death in Montpelier last year.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Attorney General's office has launched a new website to help provide people with information about the opioid crisis in the state.
The website provides an interactive map where Vermonters can locate treatment, prevention, and intervention options.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont attorney general's office found no criminal conduct in the billing practices of the Brattleboro Retreat psychiatric hospital but did discover several billing deficiencies that need to be fixed, the office announced Monday.
In 2015, former Attorney General William Sorrell said his office was conducting a criminal investigation into the private hospital after a whistleblower complained about alleged Medicaid fraud.
Vermont AG arranges refunds for canceled concert
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Attorney General's office has arranged for people who had purchased tickets for a concert that was canceled on the day of the event.
Attorney General T.J. Donovan says seven bands had been scheduled to play at Shrinedom 2017, a rock festival that was supposed to take place last September in Irasburg.
The state says that on the day of the festival organizers had not sold enough tickets to pay the national bands and the event was canceled.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Attorney General's office has been ordered to pay nearly $66,000 in legal fees in three cases where it was forced to comply with the state's public records law.
In a ruling issued late last month, Superior Court Judge Mary Miles Teachout wrote that the cases "strongly vindicate" — the rights of a records' requester to gain access to public documents in a timely fashion.
Vermont AG, US attorney to fight human trafficking
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Attorney General's office and the United States Attorney for the state have formalized a plan to work together to fight human trafficking.
The two offices, which have been working for years to combat human trafficking, announced Tuesday that they had signed a memorandum of understanding to create the Vermont Human Trafficking Task Force, which will combat human trafficking affecting the state and its residents.
Vermont drops DUI charge against former state trooper
RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Attorney General's office has dismissed a 2015 drunken driving charge against a former state police trooper.
Last February, a trial in the case of 30-year-old Eric Rademacher ended with a hung jury.
The Rutland Herald reports the state decided to dismiss the case last week.
Vermont AG’s office takes over capital killing case
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Attorney General's office has decided to take over a murder case, replacing a county prosecutor who resigned.
Vermont, candidate settle campaign case for $255
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont attorney general's office and a 2014 candidate for lieutenant governor announced Tuesday that they had reached a $255 settlement for accepting a mass email from the state Democratic Party and then not reporting it.
As part of the settlement, Dean Corren agreed to pay the money to a Vermont charity. It represents the estimated value of the emails supporting his campaign that were sent to more than 16,000 people, which was considered to be an in-kind contribution.
AG: Addiction treatment center overbilled Medicaid by $860K
UNDERHILL, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Attorney General's Office says a now-defunct alcohol and drug treatment center overbilled the state for Medicaid services by $860,000.
Retired Vermont AG deposed in public records case
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The attorney for a group seeking access to public records that could be contained in the private email account of retired Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell said Monday that Sorrell refused to answer 95 percent of the questions posed to him.
Matthew Hardin, of the Washington-based Energy and Environment Legal Institute, said he didn't feel Sorrell complied with a judge's order to answer questions about whether public records could exist in the private email account.
Vermont AG calls deposition ruling a win for worker privacy
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Attorney General's office says a judge's ruling that allows retired Attorney General William Sorrell to be deposed by opposing lawyers in a public records case is in keeping with the office's defense of privacy rights.
Vermont governor names prosecutor, lawyer as new judges
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The top criminal prosecutor in the Vermont attorney general's office is going to become a Superior Court judge.
The appointment of John Treadwell was announced Friday by Republican Gov. Phil Scott. Scott also appointed Frederick Glover as the probate judge for Windsor County.
Scott picked Treadwell from a pool of candidates put forward by the Judicial Nominating Board. Treadwell has been chief of the attorney general's criminal division since 2014.
More than 240,000 Vermonters affected by Equifax data breach
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont attorney general's office says more 240,000 Vermonters had their personal information exposed in a nationwide data breach of credit reporting company Equifax.
The information includes Social Security numbers, birthdates, addresses and possibly driver's license and credit card information.
Atlanta-based Equifax says 143 million Americans had their information exposed.
Prosecutors issue criminal citation against former officer
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Attorney General's Office says it has issued a criminal citation against a former Burlington police officer after body camera video from the officer contradicted his written affidavit that he smelled marijuana.
The Burlington Free Press reports (http://bfpne.ws/2grbyON ) the citation was sent to 27-year-old Christopher Lopez via email Monday.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont attorney general's office says a timber company will pay the state $375,000 to settle allegations that it overharvested trees from its property.
The attorney general's office said Monday that Plum Creek Maine Timberlands LLC was accused of overharvesting trees in violation of its forest management plan.
Vermont attorney general claims public records exemption
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont attorney general's office is claiming broad exemption from state public records laws, arguing in court that public disclosures would violate professional ethics rules for lawyers working for the office.
WAITSFIELD, Vt. (AP) — Lawyers from the Vermont Attorney General's office have developed a guide to help educate senior citizens about issues facing the state's elder community.
On Thursday attorneys will present the plain language guide to judicial processes and legal concepts that can protect Vermonters as they age.
The guide explains the concepts of abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
Vermont among states to support Trump immigration suit
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont attorney general's office is among 15 states and the District of Columbia that are supporting a lawsuit against the Trump administration's executive order on immigration.
Drug companies submit info to Vermont AG explaining prices
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Attorney General's Office says it has received information from drug companies justifying their rising prices.
The Burlington Free Press reports (http://bfpne.ws/2hmLK1w ) Assistant Attorney General Jill Abrams wrote in a report this month that the office received information from companies that make 10 drugs including EpiPen, the life-saving allergy drug.
Vermont attorney general rejects GOP campaign finance charge
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont attorney general's office has rejected a Republican Party complaint that a political committee affiliated with Planned Parenthood illegally coordinated activities with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sue Minter's campaign.
Democratic Attorney General William Sorrell says an investigation did not find sufficient evidence that the Planned Parenthood PAC and Minter campaign had worked in concert.
State sues over Kickstarter campaign to save drive-in
BETHEL, Vt. (AP) — The state is suing the former managers of the Randall Drive-In over a misleading Kickstarter campaign to save the theater by buying a new digital protector.
The property's owner didn't want to convert to digital and the managers knew the projector wouldn't be used longer than one season, The Valley News reported (http://bit.ly/2cKeS4V).
Off-duty cop won’t face charges in pit bull shooting
HARTFORD, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Attorney General's Office isn't filing criminal charges against an off-duty police officer who shot and killed a pit bull that attacked his dog.
The office said Wednesday that Hartford Officer Logan Scelza was reasonable in his belief that killing the dog was "reasonably necessary" to prevent injury to his dog.
4 convicted in Vermont Medicaid fraud case that cost $100k
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Attorney General's office says four women have been convicted for their roles in a Medicaid fraud case that cost the state Medicaid program more than $100,000 over a five-year period.
Prosecutors say that Karen Tucker of Swanton was the employer of record in the case in which false time sheets were submitted under the Children's Personal Care Program, a Vermont Medicaid program.
By Reformer Staff
MONTPELIER >> The Vermont Attorney General's Office announced Wednesday that following President Obama's signing of S.764, which establishes a "National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard," it will no longer be enforcing Act 120, Vermont's first-in-the-nation law requiring the labeling of food produced with genetic engineering.
"We successfully defended our law for two years, and as a result many companies are now disclosing that...
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont attorney general's office says pharmaceutical manufacturer Wyeth, Inc., has paid Vermont more than $6 million to resolve allegations that it underpaid drug rebates to the Vermont Medicaid program.
The payment is part of a $784 million multistate and federal settlement.
The attorney general's office said Wednesday that the settlement mainly reimburses the Medicaid program for overpayment to Wyeth and also included nearly $900,000...