Rutledge Supports President’s 1-in 2-out RuleThu, May 25, 2017
Says, ‘It is a very good start to undoing the damage of a bureaucrat’s dream of a vast administrative state’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has filed an amicus brief in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in support of President Donald J. Trump and his executive order commonly known as the “1-in 2-out” rule. This order, signed by the President on Jan. 30, directs federal agencies to repeal two regulations for each new rule they issue.
“Rolling back unnecessary rules is a challenge for any administration,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The unlawful and unnecessary overregulation that has come out of Washington over the last several years has harmed job growth and hurt the economy. I commend the President for taking bold action, requiring that for any new regulation two must be eliminated. It is a very good start to undoing the damage of a bureaucrat’s dream of a vast administrative state.”
Citing the fact that over the last several years the regulatory burden has grown wildly – a burden largely carried by the states – because rarely are unnecessary regulations eliminated. The attorneys general believe the lawful executive order when fully implemented “will reduce the sprawl of unnecessary, costly regulations, consistent with congressional intent and important public policy considerations.”
Further, the brief notes that presidents have routinely issued executive orders instructing federal agencies to consider items such as cost, impact on the national economy and the effect of the rule on local governments. The attorneys general believe “the order is a reasonable exercise of that inherent authority, and will forward the interests of a more law-abiding administrative state.”
Led by attorneys general from West Virginia and Wisconsin, Rutledge is joined on the brief by the states of Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Wyoming.
Rutledge Announces Mobile Office Locations for JuneThu, May 25, 2017
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced mobile office locations for June.
Attorney General Rutledge created the mobile office initiative during her first year in office to make the office accessible to everyone, particularly to those who live outside the capital city. In both 2015 and 2016, office hours were held in all 75 counties assisting nearly 1,300 Arkansans.
The Attorney General Mobile Offices assist constituents with consumer related issues in filing consumer complaints against scam artists. Staff will also be available to answer questions about the office and the other services it offers to constituents. Rutledge believes there is no issue too small for her staff to have a face-to-face conversation.
Rutledge continues her partnership that began in 2016 with local law enforcement across the State to offer prescription drug take back boxes. Law enforcement will be at all mobile offices to handle a secure box and properly dispose of the prescriptions collected. Rutledge encourages Arkansans to bring their old, unused or expired prescription medications to an upcoming mobile office.
For more information about services provided by the Attorney General’s office, visit ArkansasAG.gov or call (501) 682-2007. Rutledge can also be found on Facebook at facebook.com/AGLeslieRutledge and on Twitter at twitter.com/AGRutledge.
The upcoming mobile office schedule is below:
Thursday, June 8
Fordyce Senior Citizens Center
608 Moro St.
Fordyce, AR 71742
Tuesday, June 13
Dumas Public Library
120 E. Choctaw St.
Dumas, AR 71639
Thursday, June 22
Public Library of Camden & Ouachita County
405 Cash Road SW
Camden, AR 71701
Tuesday, June 27
Mena-Polk County Senior Center
Ouachita National Forest, 401 Autumn Drive
Mena, AR 71953
Thursday, June 29
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Pope County Senior Activity Center
1010 S. Rochester Ave.
Russellville, AR 72802
About Attorney General Leslie Rutledge
Leslie Carol Rutledge is the 56th Attorney General of Arkansas. She is the first woman and first Republican in Arkansas history to be elected to the office. Since taking office, she has begun a Mobile Office program, a Military and Veterans Initiative, a Metal Theft Prevention program and a Cooperative Disability Investigations program. She has led efforts to teach internet safety, combat domestic violence and make the office the top law firm for Arkansans. Rutledge also serves as Vice Chairwoman of the Republican Attorneys General Association and re-established and co-chairs the National Association of Attorneys General Committee on Agriculture.
A native of Batesville, she is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. Rutledge clerked for the Arkansas Court of Appeals, was Deputy Counsel for Gov. Mike Huckabee, served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Lonoke County and subsequently was an Attorney at the Department of Human Services before serving as Counsel at the Republican National Committee. Rutledge and her husband, Boyce, have a home in Pulaski County and a farm in Crittenden County.
Rutledge Announces Benton County Man Sentenced for Property Theft and Failure to Maintain RecordsWed, May 24, 2017
Says, ‘People attempting to defraud Arkansas taxpayers will be held accountable’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the conviction of a Benton County man for property theft and failure to maintain records.
Joseph Brannon Randolph pleaded guilty in Pulaski County Circuit Court and was sentenced to five years probation. He will pay $27,942 in restitution to the Arkansas Medicaid Program, a $2,500 fine and court costs in the criminal case. Randolph also agreed to a civil judgment of $399,876.63 to be entered in Benton County Circuit Court for restitution and civil penalties resulting from false claims he submitted to the Arkansas Medicaid Program.
“People attempting to defraud Arkansas taxpayers will be held accountable,” said Attorney General Rutledge. ”Investigators and attorneys from the Attorney General’s office work each day to go after those who defraud the system in which so many depend. Medicaid is critical for some of the most vulnerable, and it is important for individuals like Joseph Randolph to be prosecuted for their crimes.”
Randolph, 42, of Bentonville, pleaded guilty to theft of property by deception, a Class B felony, and failure to maintain records, a Class D felony.
This case was initiated by a referral from the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General and was prosecuted in coordination with the 6th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley.
To report Medicaid fraud or abuse or neglect in residential care facilities, complete the online form at ArkansasAG.gov, call the Attorney General’s Medicaid fraud hotline at (866) 810-0016 or email email@example.com.
Rutledge Reaches $33 Million Settlement with Johnson & JohnsonWed, May 24, 2017
Arkansas will receive nearly $500,000
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced that she has joined with 42 other attorneys general in a $33 million settlement with Johnson & Johnson to resolve allegations that the company, acting through McNeil-PPC Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, unlawfully promoted its over-the-counter drugs as complying with federally mandated current Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) even though the Food and Drug Administration found that some McNeil manufacturing facilities did not comply with current GMPs between 2009 and 2011. Moreover, some McNeil over-the-counter drugs were deemed adulterated as a matter of federal law.
“Federal and state standards are put in place to safeguard consumers from harm but also to maintain quality,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The deceitful actions of Johnson & Johnson resulted in recalls of some of the most common over-the-counter medicines that Arkansans use. Today 43 states are holding this company accountable for its negligence that flooded the market with phantom drugs while padding its bottom line.”
Today’s filing alleges that Johnson & Johnson acting through McNeil violated consumer protection laws by delivering for introduction into state markets certain batches of over-the-counter drugs that failed to comply with federal standards, and as such, were deemed adulterated. McNeil’s alleged quality control lapses resulted in recalls of drugs manufactured between 2009 and 2011 including Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl, St. Joseph Aspirin, Sudafed, Pepcid, Mylanta, Rolaids, Zyrtec and Zyrtec Eye Drops, several of which are indicated for pediatric use.
Arkansas will receive $499,138.58 of the $33 million settlement.
The consent judgment requires Johnson & Johnson to ensure that its marketing and promotional practices do not unlawfully promote over-the-counter products. Specifically, the company and its subsidiary shall not:
- Represent on its websites that the over-the-counter products manufacturing facilities meet current GMP as outlined by the FDA if McNeil has had a Class I or Class II recall of over-the-counter drug products within the prior 12 months. Class I recalls involve situations in which there is a reasonable probability that the use of or exposure to a violative product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death. Class II recalls involve situations in which use of or exposure to a violative product may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences or where the probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote;
- Fail to follow its internal standard operating polices regarding whether to open a Corrective Action/Preventive Action plan during the manufacture of an over-the-counter drug; and
- Fail to provide information to participating attorneys general within 60 days of a written request regarding the identity of wholesalers or warehouses to which any over-the-counter drugs that were subject to a recall were distributed in their state.
Pennsylvania and Texas led the Executive Committee, which also included attorneys general from Arizona, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, New Jersey and Ohio.
Rutledge participated in today’s settlement along with attorneys general from Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Rutledge Announces Arrest of Pulaski County Man for Crimes Involving ChildrenTue, May 23, 2017
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the arrest of Christopher Michael Williams of Little Rock on 30 counts of distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child, a Class C felony.
Williams, 27, was arrested by the Attorney General’s office Cyber Crimes Unit. He is being held in the Pulaski County Jail on $200,000 bond.
Special agents in the Attorney General’s office began investigating Williams after agents determined that someone using a computer at Williams’ address downloaded sexually explicit material involving children.
Rutledge Reaches $18.5 Million Settlement with TargetTue, May 23, 2017
Arkansas will receive over $226,000
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced that Arkansas has joined with 46 other states and the District of Columbia in an $18.5 million settlement with Target Corp. to resolve an investigation into the retail company’s 2013 data breach. The breach affected more than 41 million customer payment card accounts and contact information for more than 60 million customers.
“Target failed to take appropriate action prior to 2013 to properly protect the personal financial information of its millions of customers,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Their decision has left many Arkansans susceptible to identity theft and forced many to close bank accounts and credit cards after their information was stolen. Because of the work of this multistate group, Target must properly protect the data of its customers.”
The investigation, which was led by Connecticut and Illinois, found that in November 2013, cyber attackers accessed Target’s gateway server through credentials stolen from a third-party vendor. The credentials were then used to exploit weaknesses in Target’s system, which allowed the attackers to access a customer service database and install malware. This malware captured data, including consumer’s full names, telephone numbers, email addresses, mailing address, payment card numbers, expiration dates, Card Verification Value (CVV1) and encrypted debit PINs.
In addition to the monetary payment to the states, of which Arkansas will receive $226,438.37, the settlement agreement requires Target to develop, implement and maintain a comprehensive information security program and employ an executive or officer who is responsible for executing the program. The company is required to hire an independent, qualified third-party to conduct a comprehensive security assessment.
The settlement further requires Target to maintain and support software on its network, to maintain appropriate encryption policies, particularly as it pertains to cardholder and personal information data, to segment its cardholder data environment from the rest of its computer network and to undertake steps to control access to its network, including implementing password rotation policies and two-factor authentication for certain accounts.
In addition to Arkansas, Connecticut and Illinois, today’s settlement includes: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.