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CWAG Executive Director and Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker, Dean of the University of
the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, created a list of opportunities for the McGeorge
School of law faculty and students to participate in future CWAG trainings. Dean Parker
will attend the CWAG Alliance Partnership in Anaheim as her first opportunity to listen
to both federal and state, U.S. and Mexican officials to discuss future potential
partnerships for oral advocacy training initiatives. McGeorge School of Law has an
International Law Program which runs a small self-funded program in Guatemala. The
Law Schools goal is to connect first generation Hispanic law students to the attorneys in
Guatemala. McGeorge works with a National Courts organization on a variety of other
projects in various parts of the country. CWAG's Alliance Partnership was mentioned at
that conference and Dean Parker initiated contact in order to see how McGeorge could
assist in the Mexico program.
CWAG Executive Director Karen White received a letter from California Attorney
General Kamala Harris thanking her for CWAG's role in developing institutional
relationships with law enforcement agencies, judicial and Attorneys General Offices.
She requested that CWAG assist her office with the introduction of a newly created
bureau "The Office of California Mexico Bilateral Relations" within the California
Department of Justice. Longtime CWAG Instructor and California Department of Justice
Mexico Relations Liaison Mateo Munoz has been appointed to serve as Director of the
Office effective June 1, 2012. AG Harris said "I know that you will agree that the
legal relationships the U.S. border states share with our state and federal Mexican
counterparts is extremely important to the social welfare and security of our respective
communities and constituencies. The establishment of an office of bilateral affairs will
assist us to address the numerous legal and law enforcement programs and issues of
concern to California and our sister border state Attorneys General. CWAG has played a
pivotal role in facilitating and maintaining dialogue and productive partnerships with our
Mexican counterparts. I know that CWAG's efforts are supported by the Attorney
General and the Department of Justice program staff who are engaged in bilateral legal
affairs. I look forward to future collaborative efforts to enhance our working relations
with Mexico and our sister state Attorneys General."
Director Munoz and Karen White spent time this week developing a series of meetings
between representatives of USDOJ, California Department of Revenue, U.S. Treasury
officials, PGR and several other entities. The initial focus of the Bureau will be to seek
involvement from all interested state and federal agencies in coordinating a task force
which focuses on developing a successful money laundering prosecution. CWAG has
received confirmation from the Southwest Border Alliance (settlement fund focused on
transnational gangs activities which can be investigated and prosecuted in cooperation
with U.S. state and federal and Mexican state and federal entities. The fund is directed
by the Attorneys General of TX, CA, NM, AZ and 3 Arizona law enforcement entities.)
For more information on these efforts please contact CWAG Executive Director Karen
White at Karen.White@CWAGWeb.org or Office of California-Mexico Bilateral
Relations Director Mateo Munoz. Both Mrs. White and Mr. Munoz will be at the CWAG
Alliance Partnership Meeting July 24-26 in Anaheim.
Forest Laboratories to Pay $790,000 in Drug Pricing Settlement
(Boise) – Prescription drug manufacturer, Forest Laboratories, Inc., agreed to pay
$790,000 in a legal settlement resolving Idaho’s claims relating to the “average wholesale
prices” reported by the company, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said.
Wasden’s office has recovered more than $21 million in average wholesale price
settlements with 29 drug manufacturers. Three lawsuits Wasden filed in 2007 are still
pending against seven other drug manufacturers.
The lawsuits seek to recover taxpayer money for excessive prices Idaho Medicaid paid
for prescription drugs. Idaho Medicaid provides health care services, including
prescription drugs, to low-income Idahoans. By law, Idaho Medicaid must reimburse
pharmacies at the “estimated acquisition cost” of the drug. Idaho Medicaid primarily
uses “average wholesale price,” as reported by drug manufacturers, as a basis for
determining this amount.
If the manufacturer reports an inflated or false average wholesale price for a drug,
taxpayers can pay too much for that drug through Medicaid reimbursements. For
example, one unit of Forest’s pharmaceutical product Celexa had a published average
wholesale price of $0.480 in 2003, but Wasden’s investigation revealed an actual average
wholesale price of $0.376 in 2003. This results in a 28% difference between the
published price and the actual price.
“The publishing of false drug prices harms taxpayers and the State,” Attorney General
Wasden said. “My office has investigated and litigated this matter and what we
uncovered is that in a very large number of instances, drug manufacturers reported false
and inflated prices for their drugs.”
The settlement is intended to reimburse taxpayers for the excessive prices Idaho
Medicaid paid for prescription drugs as a result of inflated average wholesale price
reporting. $185,228.21 will be deposited in the State’s General Fund to be appropriated
by the Idaho Legislature. $461,030.94 will be deposited into the Cooperative Welfare
Fund to reimburse the federal share of the Medicaid overpayments. Idaho will retain this
money as an offset against a future federal Medicaid payment. $50,000 will go to the
consumer protection account to reimburse the Attorney General for investigative and
The settlement with Forest has been approved by the Fourth District Court in Ada
County. The company admitted no liability or wrongdoing.
“This settlement addresses the harm incurred by Idaho’s taxpayers and the State,”
Attorney General Wasden said. “It should stop the reporting of false and misleading drug
prices and provide the State significant financial relief. This settlement is good for Idaho
because it successfully resolves this dispute without the need for further, costly
A.G. Schuette and Treasurer Dillon Announce $294.9 Million National
Settlement With Bear Stearns And Deloitte & Touche
June 12, 2012
LANSING - Attorney General Bill Schuette and State Treasurer Andy Dillon
today announced a federal judge has granted preliminary approval to Michigan's
proposed national class action securities fraud lawsuit against Bear Stearns and Deloitte
& Touche. Under the terms of the agreement, Bear Stearns and Deloitte & Touche will
pay investors nationwide $294.9 million. The amount the State of Michigan Retirement
Systems (SMRS) will receive as part of the settlement will be finalized at a later date.
The final settlement hearing will be held before the Hon. Robert W. Sweet, U.S. District
Judge for the Southern District of New York, at noon on September 19, 2012.
"This is good news for Michigan taxpayers," said Schuette. "This settlement
demonstrates our commitment to holding accountable any bank or investment firm that
violates the public trust."
"I am pleased we have reached a settlement agreement with Bear Stearns and
other defendants in this matter," said Dillon. "Through this settlement process, the State
has demonstrated its obligation not only to thousands of employees, retirees, and their
beneficiaries who depend on these pension funds for their retirement, but also to all class
As part of the agreement, the companies have agreed to pay $294.9 million to
investors nationwide who bought Bear Stearns stock and other equity securities and
options from December 14, 2006 to March 14, 2008. The settlement is meant to
compensate investors, including SMRS, who were misled about the value and risks of
Bear Stearns' mortgage-backed assets.
The State of Michigan acted as the court-appointed lead plaintiff in the lawsuit,
and argued that Bear Stearns and their auditor Deloitte & Touche misled the state's
pension fund and other investors about risky exposure to the U.S. housing market and
subsequent write-downs to its assets, which led to a collapse of the company and its
SMRS, which invests on behalf of Michigan public school employees, state
employees, Michigan State Police and Michigan judges, holds combined assets of
approximately $50.3 billion, making it one of the largest pension systems in the nation.
Attorney General Pruitt Signs Enforcement Agreement with United
Keetoowah Band on Tahlequah Casino
OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Scott Pruitt Friday announced an enforcement
agreement with the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians that requires the tribe to
pay $2 million in damages and secure federal acceptance of the land into trust by the end
of July or cease gaming operations at the casino.
“This case sat dormant for more than five years waiting for federal action until we forced
a resolution. I’m pleased we finally have an agreement that protects the rights of
Oklahoma citizens and communities,” Pruitt said.
The Keetoowah tribe opened the casino in Tahlequah in 1986 before they received a
determination from the federal government on whether the land was Indian land. Under
state law, casinos on non-Indian land are illegal. In 2004, a state district judge issued a
temporary injunction to prohibit enforcement of state gaming laws by state or local
officials because of ongoing questions about whether the Keetoowah’s casino was on
After the case was moved to federal court, a federal judge upheld the injunction and ruled
in 2006 that the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) must make a more
complete land determination before the case could be decided.
The case remained stalled at the NIGC until May 2011 when Attorney General Pruitt sent
a letter to the NIGC, expressing concern over the long delay in issuing a determination
and outlining the harm and cost to the state.
In response to the letter, the NIGC concluded in July that the land was not Indian land
and therefore not eligible for gaming under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.
Under the settlement, the state and the tribe are jointly asking the federal court to lift the
The settlement also provides that if the federal government does not decide to take the
land into trust by July 30, the Keetoowah must cease operating the casino.
Schuette Orders Nine Additional "Internet Sweepstakes Cafes" To Halt
Illegal Gambling Operations
Contact: Joy Yearout 517-373-8060
June 12, 2012
LANSING - Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced the Attorney
General's Alcohol & Gambling Enforcement Division has issued "Cease and Desist"
letters to nine additional "Internet Sweepstakes Cafes" that are alleged to be operating
illegal gambling operations. The letters come as the result of an ongoing investigation by
the Michigan State Police, the Michigan Gaming Control Board and the Attorney
General's office. Last month, Schuette's office announced it had already closed eight
such operations after coming to an agreement with a gaming software supplier.
"We will continue to work with the Michigan State Police and the Michigan
Gaming Control Board to shut down any illegal gambling operations we find," said
Schuette. "Citizens should steer clear of Internet Sweepstakes Cafes that are nothing
more than unregistered, illegal casinos."
The Attorney General's Office has sent letters to the following locations,
informing the owners that they are suspected of violating State Gaming Laws:
· Treasure Island (5310 Ivan, Lansing, MI);
· Players Club Internet Café (13404 East 11 Mile Rd., Warren, MI);
· Super Café Internet Café (27258 Eureka Rd., Taylor, MI);
· Players Club Pontiac Internet Café (775 Baldwin Rd., #A, Pontiac, MI);
· Treasure Internet Lounge (39109 Garfield Rd., Clinton Twp, MI);
· Treasure One Cyber Café (20785 E. 13 Mile Rd., Roseville, MI);
· Spin City Internet Café (2117 S. Cedar Street, Suite B, Lansing, MI);
· East Point Business Center & Internet Café (3097 Genesee Rd., Flint, MI); and
· West Point Business Center & Internet Café (1493 S. Linden, Flint, MI).
The cease and desist letters were issued by the Attorney General's Alcohol &
Gambling Enforcement Division on June 8, 2012. The letters warned of possible legal
action if the owners/operators refused to halt ongoing gambling operations that violate
state gaming laws. Should any of the nine locations refuse to halt operations, Schuette
will take immediate action to shut them down through the criminal or civil court system.
Investigations are still pending against the owners and operators of these businesses that
may result in additional criminal or civil charges. Michigan State Police, Gaming
Control Board, and Attorney General's office will continue to investigate and close other
unlawful internet sweepstakes throughout the state.
Internet sweepstakes cafés are businesses that sell Internet access and the chance
to play computer-based casino-style games where customers can win cash prizes. The
operations are housed in buildings that contain banks of computers with Internet access.
Some serve light fare, like pop and chips, to patrons. Each purchase entitles the customer
to a certain number of sweepstakes entries. The customer is then given the opportunity to
"reveal" whether the sweepstakes entries are winners by using a computer monitor that
activates a spinning wheel similar to that of a casino-style video slot machine. Schuette
asserts that this type of gaming violates the Michigan Gaming Control and Revenue Act.
Last month, a series of cease and desist letters issued by the Attorney General
prompted an agreement with Innovative Entertainment to voluntarily close eight locations
in Michigan. Innovative Entertainment of Michigan had licensed and supplied the
casino-style gaming software and agreed to remotely shut down the following locations
that remain closed:
· Starz Café (2056 28 Street, Suite 16, Grand Rapids, MI);
· Lucky's Internet Café (3514 Plainfield, Grand Rapids, MI);
· Knights Café (923 N. Wisner Street, Jackson, MI);
· The Luck Spot (7632 Westnedge Avenue, Portage, MI);
· Cyber Café (2495 Cedar, Suite A-05, Holt, MI);
· Cyber Café 2 (3407 Genesee Avenue, Saginaw, MI).
· Lansing Business Center (3620 S. Waverly, Lansing, MI); and
· Flint Business Center (4835 Fenton Rd., Flint, MI).
An additional venue, Players Club Internet Café (6603 N. Wayne Road Westland,
MI), has since voluntarily closed, avoiding the most recent enforcement action by the
Attorney General's Office.
Michigan's Penal Code and the Michigan Gaming Control and Revenue Act
strictly prohibit unregulated gambling. The only gambling authorized under state law
includes pari-mutuel horse racing, bingo, the state-sponsored lottery, certain charity
events and casino gambling licensed under the Michigan Gaming Control and Revenue
Michigan citizens are encouraged to report any suspicious or illegal gambling to
the Michigan Gaming Control Board by calling their 24-hour anonymous tip line at, 888-
Vermont And Other States Win Lawsuit Challenging Nuclear
Regulatory Commission Rules On Storage Of Spent Nuclear Fuel
CONTACT: William H. Sorrell, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-3173
June 8, 2012
Attorney General William Sorrell announced today that the United States Court of
Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has issued a major ruling vacating two
decisions by the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) regarding the
storage of spent nuclear fuel. The court held that the NRC’s “Temporary Storage Rule”
and its accompanying “Waste Confidence Decision Update” were issued without the
legally required full evaluation of environmental risks associated with long-term storage
of spent nuclear fuel at reactor sites.
Vermont was a party to this lawsuit, which was led by the New York Attorney General’s
Office. “New York did a great job leading the litigation team, and I applaud their work on
this case,” said Attorney General William Sorrell. In addition to Vermont, the states of
Connecticut and New Jersey joined the lawsuit, as did the Prairie Island Indian
Community, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Blue Ridge Environmental
Defense League, Riverkeeper, Inc., and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. The
NRC had support from intervenors Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc. and the Nuclear
Energy Institute, Inc. “This outcome illustrates how important it is for states to work
together on environmental matters of national importance,” said Attorney General
“Today’s decision is a major victory for New York, Vermont, and all other states that
host nuclear power plants,” said Attorney General Sorrell. “The court confirmed what
Vermont and other states have said for many years now—that the NRC has a duty to
inform the public about the environmental effects of long-term storage of spent nuclear
fuel, particularly when it is occurring at nuclear power plants that were never designed to
be long-term storage facilities,” Sorrell continued.
In the rules that the court vacated, the NRC had claimed that there would be “no
significant impact” on the environment from allowing spent nuclear fuel to be stored
onsite at power plants such as the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station for as long as
60 years after the plants cease operating. The NRC rules had asserted that an
environmental analysis was unnecessary because the NRC was confident that spent
nuclear fuel could be stored safely at Vermont Yankee until 2072 (60 years from the end
of the original license), or, upon relicensing, until 2092. Those rules have now been
The court’s decision noted that long-term onsite storage of spent nuclear fuel was
“optimistically labeled ‘temporary storage’” even though it “has been used for decades
longer than originally anticipated.” The court further noted that the “lack of progress on a
permanent repository has caused considerable uncertainty regarding the environmental
effects” of onsite storage and also called into question “the reasonableness of continuing
to license and relicense nuclear reactors.” The court held that the NRC “can and must
assess the potential environmental effects” of the federal government’s failure to secure a
long-term permanent storage facility.
U.S. Court of Appeals Upholds Connecticut Challenge OF NRC Rule
on Storage of Spent Nuclear Reactor Fuel
Landmark Decision Orders NRC to Consider Environmental Impact of Storage
Attorney General George Jepsen announced a landmark decision by a federal appeals
court that upheld a challenge Connecticut filed with New York, New Jersey and
Vermont, among others, to a rule by the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission that
allows spent nuclear fuel to be stored at reactor sites for up to 60 years after the plants
The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said the December 2010
change by the NRC to its Waste Confidence Decision “constitutes a major federal action
necessitating either an environmental impact statement or finding of no significant
environmental impact” as required by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.
Further, the court found the NRC’s evaluation of the risks of spent nuclear fuel was
deficient because he commission did not calculate the environmental effects of failing to
secure permanent storage, a “possibility that cannot be ignored,” the court said.
Also, the commission failed to properly examine future dangers and key consequences
when it determined that spent fuel could be safely stored on site at nuclear plants for 60
years after expiration of a plant’s license.
Prior to the change, spent fuel could be stored on site for up to 30 years after a reactor
“This is a critical decision for Connecticut and other states with nuclear power plants,”
Attorney General Jepsen said. “It means the federal regulators must make a full and
comprehensive analysis of the potential environmental impact of before allowing
additional decades of storage of high-level nuclear waste at reactor sites.”
The states had argued that any leaks from spent fuel storage pools or dry storage facilities
could have significant impacts on groundwater and land use and should have been
considered before the storage period was extended.
Both the Indian Point reactor in New York and the Vermont Yankee reactor have had
leaks of small amounts of nuclear material into the groundwater.
Connecticut has two operating nuclear plants, Millstone 2 and Millstone 3 in Waterford
and two decommissioned nuclear plants, Millstone 1 in Waterford and Connecticut
Yankee in Haddam. The spent fuel from those plants remains on site awaiting a
permanent federal storage facility.
Assistant Attorney General Robert Snook is representing the Attorney General in this
AG Kilmartin Hosts Small Biz Expo for New Americans
With the increased growth and success of small businesses owned and operated by new
Americans, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin has partnered with the City of
Providence, the Scalabrini Dukceveich Center and Western Union to host a FREE Small
Business expo for new Americans on Saturday, June 9, 2012.
The Business Expo is scheduled frmo 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Scalabrini Dukceveich
Center,located at 300 Laurel Hill Aevnue, Providence.
Representatives will be on hand from local, state and federal agencies to guide small
business owners and entrepreneurs through the process of forming a successful new
business; from incorporation and local licensing and zoning requirements to financing
options, taxation requirements and labor-related matters. Participating agencies will have
bi-lingual representatives on hand, as well as information printed in English and Spanish.
The RI Office of Secretary of State, the RI Economic Development Corporation, the RI
Department of Labor and Training Business Workforce Center, the RI Division of
Taxation, the federal Small Business Administration, the Small Business Development
Center at Johnson & Wales University, the Center for Women and Enterprise, SCORE,
the City of Providence, the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, and Western
Union, among others, will be present to answer questions and provide information for
"The American economy was built on the ideas of new Americans who came to this
country with a little ingenuity and a great willingness to work hard. Today, however, the
process of starting a new business can be confusing and daunting for anyone, let alone
someone who may be new to this country," said Attorney General Kilmartin. "It is
incumbent upon all of us to work together to help small businesses succeed in Rhode
Island. This Business Expo will connect the next generation of new American
entrepreneurs with the right agencies and programs to get their ideas off the ground."
Rossana Grillo, executive director of the Scalabrini Dukcevich Center, urged Rhode
Island entrepreneurs to take advantage of the informative presentations and the necessary
tools to empower new and existing businesses. "The Small Business Expo is a great
opportunity for those entrepreneurs who wish to own a business, but don't know where to
begin," said Ms. Grillo.