Texas Office of the Attorney General

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    Updated: Breweries and Distributors Say Beer Fest's Organizers Owe Them $100,000

    Updated (July 25, 10:33 am): An early version of this story attributed a quote to Geoff Marolda. It should have been attributed to Walter Gordy III. Nearly two months after the fourth annual Houston Beer Fest, brewers and distributors say the event's organizers owe them more than $100,000. Althoug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2014

    Fo' Shizzle, Texas AG Sues Over Pizzle (i.e., Bull Penis)

    Hair Balls has always believed there are two kinds of people in the world: those who like to gnaw on a delicious slab of bull-cock (aka "pizzle"), and those who believe bull penis only belongs in dog treats. The Texas Attorney General is suing an Austin supermarket, alleging that the manager and em ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2014

    Greg Abbott, The Nuge, and a Subhuman Mongrel Chimpanzee

    Listen up, and listen good: The Nuge has spoken. He has dubbed Barak Obama a "subhuman mongrel" and a "chimpanzee," and thereby exposed the entire Democratic party as the chimpanzee-lovers they clearly are. The Nuge ain't no chimp-lover. The Nuge doesn't fling feces. He only covers himself in it in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    Texas Attorney General: Online Dating Service Targeted Seniors, Veterans

    Go get 'em! The Texas Attorney General's Office is seeking to shut down a sham online dating service targeting seniors and veterans, accusing the owners of cold-calling prospective subscribers and forcing them to pay steep "termination fees, " even if they didn't sign up. The AG's Office's temporar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2013

    Stabbing Victim Margarita Sanchez Credits Legal Aid With Saving Her Life At Austin Press Conference Today

    Margarita Sanchez stood at the front of the room at the Capitol, quiet and small, talking about the moment she woke up in a hospital with nowhere to turn. Sanchez's husband had stabbed her, the last in a long line of humiliations that ranged from forcing her to quit her job to killing her dog to at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    Last Three Scumbags Plead Guilty in Sex Trafficking Case

    The last three defendants in what federal prosecutors called the single biggest domestic sex trafficking ring in the Southern District of Texas have pleaded guilty to forcing women and minors into prostitution. John Butler, 52, Jamine Lake, 30, and Ronnie Presley, 38, face between five and 20 years ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2012

    Exposer of Fraudulent Texas Drug Protocol Named Whistleblower of the Year

    The man who exposed a drug maker's fraudulent marketing of an antipsychotic drug that is still given to Texas's foster care children has won the Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund's Whistleblower of the Year Award. Allen Jones was forced out of his job at the Pennsylvania Office of Inspector G ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    Texas AG: Don't Fall For the Utility Payment Scam

    The Texas Attorney General's Office is warning folks about yet another identity theft wave that's been separating people from their money: the so-called utility bill payment scam. The AG's Office writes that "using in-person solicitations, social media, fliers, phone calls and text messages, scamme ... More >>

  • News

    December 15, 2011

    Down the Hatch: The Rothman Report

    A scathing, 86-page report called out doctors who "subverted scientific integrity" for money.

  • News

    December 15, 2011

    Down the Hatch

    The Texas Attorney General's Office says a drugmaker lied in order to push an antipsychotic on foster children. So why are kids as young as three still taking the drug?

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    Cover Story: Foster Kids on Antipsychotics

    ​Here's a riddle: If the Texas Attorney General sues a drug manufacturer for allegedly lying about the safety and efficacy of one of its antipsychotics, why would the state agency that oversees the foster care system still allow that drug to be given to kids as young as three? Why would the s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2011

    Rebecca Dauler: State Says She Ran One-Woman Extortion Racket

    FacebookRebecca Dauler: Take your little cease-and-desist letter and stick it, Texas Workforce Commission!​Say what you will about Rebecca Dauler, but if what the State of Texas is alleging about her is true, you can't deny that the 33-year-old Clear Lake woman has plenty of pluck and good-old ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    BP to Pay $50 Million in Civil Penalties for Pollution Connected to Texas City Blast, AG Says

    The Texas City blast​Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has announced that BP has agreed to pay a $50 million fine "for unlawfully emitting pollutants during and after the March 2005 explosion" at its Texas City plant. The civil penalties come two years after BP paid $50 million to resolve fe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    The Mass Confusion Over Whether Texas Medical Examiners Are Legit Without an Oath of Office

    Some people have to take it twice.​When we saw this story about the Webb County Attorney wondering why the county medical examiner never took an oath of office, thus potentially jeopardizing all her rulings, we wondered if the same thing could ever happen in Harris County, since no medical exa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    Bob Lindsey: "No Such Thing As Debt" Financial Adviser Must Repay $14 Million To Texans

    Just imagine it all away​A guy who told debtors he could erase their credit card debt because there's no such thing as "credit" just landed into some money problems of his own: Bob Lindsey must repay $13.8 million to hundreds of Texans who signed up for his Freedom From Debt Alliance program. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2011

    Joe Frank Garza: Pleads Guilty to Misusing Millions in Seized Drug Cash

    Joe Frank Garza, no relation to these guys​Joe Frank Garza, the Valley district attorney who for years has been loudly proclaiming his innocence on charges that he misused millions in seized drug money, changed his tune today. The Texas Attorney General's office, which has been prosecuting th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2010

    SunMart: Jury Hits Gas-Station Chain For $30 Million For Cheating At Pumps

    Not all gallons are created equal​SunMart is a Houston-based company that runs convenience stores across the Southwest. If you regularly got your gas from there, a Houston jury said this week, you got ripped off. You paid for a gallon but got less, through some pump trickery. A jury hit SunMa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    Titan Gunite: TCEQ Wouldn't Go After Polluter, Maybe AG Will, Now That It's Too Late

    Sometimes Mom-and-Pop operations aren't best​There may be more bad news coming down the line for the owners of Titan Gun, a concrete company that had been located in a residential neighborhood in north Houston.In mid-October, Harris County District Court Judge Mike Miller told Titan that it could ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    10 Sex Offenders Who Look A Lot Like Sex Offenders

    Many of the twisted people who are sex offenders don't look the part -- they seem like upstanding citizens, until you get them alone with a helpless kid.Others, though -- well, let's just say they might as well have a large neon sign on their forehead saying "Why yes, I am a sex offender."The Texas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2010

    UH Agenda Items May Be Too Cryptic for the Public Good?

    ​Questions continued today about the pending sale of Rice University's student-run radio station to the University of Houston as Texas Watchdog asked whether open meeting notification  requirements were met in the official meetings. According to the Texas Watchdog, attorney Joe Larsen, who i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2010

    Report On HCC's Police Chief: Why The Secrecy?

    A report being kept under wraps​Months ago, amidst a flood of internal complaints and accusations against Houston Community College police chief Gregory Cunningham, including discrimination and retaliatory discipline against officers, the college administration hired Houston attorney Kathy Butler ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2010

    SWAT Team Called Out For Troubled Police-Union Fundraiser

    Come out with your hands up.....​In a major victory for irony last Friday, Houston SWAT officers arrested a man whose company is a major phone fundraiser for the Houston Police Patrolmen's Union.Although the Houston Chronicle reported the basic details of a three-hour standoff outside a business i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    County's New Mugshot Policy May Not Withstand Court Test

    Iron Man 2, at a theater near you​Yesterday, the Harris County Sheriff's Office announced that it will no longer let anyone see the mugshots that are taken just after someone has been arrested. The sheriff's office argues that it takes too much time and sucks up valuable man-hours to e-mail the ph ... More >>

  • News

    December 17, 2009

    A Quiet Hell

    Thanks to lax enforcement by TCEQ, plants along the Houston Ship Channel launch tons of toxic gases into our air, and face little penalty even when they exceed pollution limits over and over again.

  • News

    December 3, 2009

    Credit Repair

    Overwhelmed by debt? Hey, pay a company to get rid of it by saying it never really happened in the first place.

  • News

    May 21, 2009
  • Blogs

    November 5, 2008

    Sued By AG, Texas Company Takes Its Game Elsewhere

    So you own a company in Coppell that sells “wellness” products, such as skin cream and nutritional supplements, and you were sued by the Texas Attorney General in 2007 for alleged false advertising, because your promotional materials implied your products could treat cancer, muscular dystrophy, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2008

    Requiem for the Balinese Room

    All artwork courtesy of “Deep in the South of Texas not so long ago, there on a crowded island in the Gulf of Mexico It didn't take too much money, man, but it sure was nice. You could dance all night if you felt all right, drinking whiskey and throwing dice. And everybody know ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2008

    Diet Company Mostly Slimmed Bank Accounts, AG Says

    When Matthew Eichinger of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin signed on for a one-time free offer of diet pills from Momentum Direct, a weight-loss and skin-care company operated by a pair of local Texans, he had no idea it would end up costing him nearly $1,300. But that’s exactly what happened. And accor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2008

    100th Predator Gets Sentenced, Doesn't Get Prize

    Congratulations, Christopher Leon Ferrell, of Houston! You were the 100th person arrested by the Texas Attorney General's Cyber Crimes Unit, and now you've been sentenced!! Ferrell, 25, got eight years deferred adjudication, and will have to serve 30 days a year in jail for six years. He's also ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2008

    The Sharks Come Out For Sunmart

    It’s one thing to have the Texas Attorney General after you for potentially tens of millions of dollars in fines, but when average Harris County residents such as Allison Snoddy, Stefanie Brigance and Charles Ziegler join in on the hunt, watch out. Attorney General Greg Abbott has filed a lawsuit ... More >>

  • News

    July 31, 2008

    Texas Woman Fights Abuse at the State's Schools for the Mentally Retarded

    Her son was beaten up by an angry caregiver at Denton State School

  • News

    August 30, 2007

    Telemarketing Offers

    MGR promises help with federal grants and racks up hundreds of consumer complaints

  • News

    July 19, 2007

    Texas coin companies target elderly investors

    Heads you lose, tails you lose

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2007

    Cover Story: Heads You Lose, Tails You Lose

    You’ve probably seen the ads for rare coins, maybe while waiting to get a cavity filled. They run in stodgy mainstream pubs such as Time, Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report. If you looked closely, you saw at the bottom of the page, in itty-bitty type, a disclosure: “We may contact you from ti ... More >>

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    July 5, 2007
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    January 4, 2007
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    December 14, 2006

    Millionaire Mindsetters

    No skeptics need apply to this get-rich-quick proposition

  • News

    August 24, 2006

    Hog Wild

    Feral pigs are ugly, destructive and mean. Some people in Texas just love to trap, stab or shoot them. Or put them in rodeos. With dogs.

  • News

    March 30, 2006

    Run Over by Metro

    The city's bus company shows little inclination to pay up or change its ways, even after it smacks into people like its own employee Clarence Santee Jr.

  • News

    December 12, 2002

    Taking a Toll

    A bridge to Bolivar might be good for business -- but not for the birds

  • Dining

    November 1, 2001

    Fish Fraud

    Passing off cheap fish for expensive red snapper is against the law. But no one enforces the regulations. So Texas restaurants are free to rip you off.

  • News

    February 8, 2001

    Hard Knox

    In an ACLU test case on brutality, jurors side with state prison guards

  • News

    January 20, 2000

    Lutfi's Loot

    A contractor's gold-plated gifts raise a ruckus at City Hall

  • News

    January 13, 2000

    Slow Turning

    It has been a year of little change since Houston Renaissance gave up control of the Fourth Ward redevelopment

  • News

    December 16, 1999

    Zoned Out

    An A.G.'s opinion only adds to the questions over Houston's special tax districts

  • News

    October 28, 1999

    Broken Promises

    Fourth Ward residents are left with a harsh reality

  • News

    February 25, 1999

    Fatal Illness Claims Renaissance

    Troubled youngster succumbs on steps of Public Trough

  • News

    January 7, 1999
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    August 27, 1998

    Easy Money

    Is a state rep taking Houston's poor for a ride on the law of the lend?

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