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Beshear joins AGs to ask U.S. education officials to work with them on campus sex assault protections

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is among a group of state attorney’s general asking federal education officials to work with them before rolling back protections for survivors of sexual assault on college campuses. According to a July 19 letter from the 20 AGs, the U.S. Department of Education’s current guidance reaffirms the obligation of colleges and universities to protect survivors...

Beshear prohibited from running for governor if he decides to launch Bevin investigation, panel says

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear could investigate Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and avoid a conflict of interest, but only if he doesn’t run for governor or support anyone else who does, according to the Executive Branch Ethics Commission. Otherwise, Beshear would have to refer any probe of his political adversary to an outside investigative agency over which he...

Andy Beshear: Kentucky must act after U.S. Supreme Court ruling in North Carolina sex offender case

Last month’s ruling by the United States Supreme Court in a North Carolina case creates a serious problem for Kentucky law enforcement who seek to protect children from sexual predators. On June 19, 2017, the nation’s highest court rendered a unanimous opinion in Packingham v. North Carolina. The Court’s ruling found a particular North Carolina statute unconstitutional as an infringement upon...

Petition to allow direct-to-voicemail calls denied by FCC; AG Beshear among those opposed to measure

Attorney General Andy Beshear said Kentuckians are the winners in a recent decision by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to continue to restrict ringless robocalls. Beshear opposed a recent petition by All About the Message LCC to exempt these direct-to-voicemail calls from federal consumer protections. Andy Beshear Beshear joined attorneys general from Massachusetts and New York in early...

Beshear: Attorney General’s office to return $8 million from civil settlements to state coffers

As the current fiscal year ends, Attorney General Andy Beshear announced that his office has returned nearly $8 million to the state’s General Fund from a variety of civil settlements over the last 12 months. Included in that amount is $574,000 Beshear returned today to the state’s General Fund from a settlement with a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary. Combined with Beshear’s Bryant Heating and...

Beshear announces plans to pursue litigation against ‘contributors’ to state’s opioid crisis

Attorney General Andy Beshear is taking another step in the fight against what he believes is the single greatest threat to Kentucky – the state’s drug epidemic. Beshear announced that his office intends to file multiple lawsuits against drug manufacturers, distributors and retailers where there is evidence that they contributed to the opioid epidemic by illegally marketing and selling opioids...

Attorney General’s office reaches settlement with Bryant Heating for consumer protection violations

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced his office has entered into a settlement with Louisville-based Bryant Heating and Cooling Co. Inc., to resolve alleged violations of the Kentucky Consumer Protection Act. In the assurance of voluntary compliance filed in Franklin Circuit Court today, Bryant agreed to provide more than 7,100 customers a one-year extended warranty on their HVAC unit. Bryant, headquartered...

Beshear joins multistate coalition investigating role of drugmakers in ongoing opioid crisis

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced he is working with attorneys general from across the country to investigate whether drug manufacturers contributed to the opioid epidemic by illegally marketing and selling opioids. Beshear said the bipartisan coalition is working to address the national opioid crisis and is using its investigative tools, including subpoenas for documents and testimony. Nationwide...

Kentucky Supreme Court to hear arguments over Bevin’s power to abolish UofL board of trustees

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today FRANKFORT, Ky. — The political tug of war between Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear will make its way into the Kentucky Supreme Court in August. Justices are scheduled to hear oral arguments on Aug. 18 in a case in which Beshear is challenging Bevin’s power to abolish the University of Louisville board of trustees and appoint new...

Fraudulent blacktop contractors targeting central Kentucky residents, attorney general’s office says

Attorney General Andy Beshear and Woodford County Sheriff Wayne “Tiny” Wright said Monday a group of door-to-door blacktop contractors is targeting elderly residents in Woodford County, and possibly families in the Central Kentucky region. Beshear said Wright contacted his office after a Woodford County resident was pressured into overpaying contractors to seal her driveway. Wright said the woman...

Commentary: Lawmakers should use attorney general settlement funds to battle addiction, violence

By Andy Beshear Special to KyForward While state leaders may not always agree on how to solve an issue, we can all agree on the major issues staring us in the face. Properly funding state employees’ pensions seems to be the issue mentioned the most. Measures passed in 2013 and 2016 by the General Assembly have focused resources on addressing that issue, and a special session is planned for later...

Commentary: The time has come to revise Kentucky’s landmark 40-year-old ‘sunshine laws’

By Amye Bensenhaver Special to KyForward While employed as an instructor at the University of Kentucky’s School of Journalism, former hostage Terry Anderson recounted his five-year battle with federal agencies to obtain copies of public records under the Freedom of Information Act relating to the government’s efforts to secure his release from Hezbollah kidnappers during his nearly seven-year captivity. Anderson...

Map produced by attorney general’s office identifies victim advocates on a county-by-county basis

In his ongoing efforts to help improve responses to victims, Attorney General Andy Beshear and his Office of Victims Advocacy have created a statewide map of victim advocates that includes local and regional prosecutors and law enforcement agencies. A core mission of Beshear’s is to seek justice for victims, and the map is necessary to strengthen and publicize the network of victim advocacy across...

Beshear joins with other attorneys general in national fight against so-called ‘ringless’ robocalls

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today FRANKFORT – Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has joined a call for the Federal Communications Commission to crack down on the national onslaught of robocall messages and to oppose so-called “ringless” robocalls. In a letter sent to the FCC, Beshear, along with his counterparts in Massachusetts and New York, spoke against a petition requesting that ringless...

Attorney General’s Office announces $80,000 in grants for Child Victims’ Trust Fund

State Attorney General Andy Beshear, in partnership with the Child Victims’ Trust Fund, announced nearly $80,000 in grants to cover costs associated with more than 1,000 child sexual abuse forensic exams. Beshear said the funding will be utilized throughout the upcoming fiscal year and shared among the state’s 15 Children’s Advocacy Centers that serve children in every county in Kentucky. More...

Scam Alert program to protect seniors from con artists has reached over 9,000, Beshear says

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today FRANKFORT – More than 9,300 Kentuckians have signed up for Scam Alerts, the state’s first continuous, comprehensive push to protect seniors from con artists, said Attorney General Andy Beshear. Beshear cited a study showing why such a service is needed during a press conference in Frankfort. “In 2015, Consumer Reports estimated over $3 billion were stolen from our...

Target pays state $200,000 in penalties, agrees to customer safeguards in data breach settlement

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced that Kentucky has settled with the Target Corporation to resolve an investigation into the retailer’s 2013 data breach that affected 700,000 Kentuckians. Kentucky’s general fund will receive $209,000 from the multimillion-dollar settlement that includes 47 states and the District of Columbia. The settlement does not affect any private right of action by consumers,...

State to receive $574,000 settlement with Johnson & Johnson subsidiary over drug safety compliance

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced that his office will provide more than $574,000 to the state’s General Fund after settling with a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary over allegations it unlawfully promoted its over-the-counter drugs from 2009-2011 as complying with manufacturing safety standards. The drugs include Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl, St. Joseph Aspirin, Sudafed, Pepcid, Mylanta, Rolaids,...

Four fitness centers around state in hot water for failing to register with attorney general’s office

Attorney General Andy Beshear said Wednesday that his office is better protecting Kentuckians by holding several fitness centers in Kentucky accountable for failing to properly register with his office. By law, fitness centers or gyms, spelled out in statute as “health spas,” are required to file an annual registration statement with the Office of the Attorney General, and post a bond, if they...

State Public Service Commission orders lower prices, refunds for B&G Natural Gas customers

he Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has determined that B&H Gas Co. has been overcharging for natural gas and must both reduce the amount it charges and make refunds to customers. As a result of the PSC action, B&H’s customers will see the amount they pay for natural gas immediately reduced by more than two-thirds. B&H has about 260 customers in Floyd County. In an order issued...