The Office of Attorney General William Tong
2020 Press Releases
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Attorney General Tong Files Lawsuit Challenging Trump Administration’s Reckless Rollback of National Clean Car Standards
Attorney General William Tong today joined a multistate coalition filing a lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s disastrous final rule rolling back the national Clean Car Standards. The previous standards required appropriate and feasible improvements in fuel economy and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from passenger cars and light trucks. Since their introduction in 2010, these standards have saved consumers money, reduced harmful emissions, and helped protect the health of our communities. The Trump Administration’s misguided Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient Vehicles (SAFE) rule stops this progress in its tracks, hurting the economy and public health at a time when the country can least afford it. In the lawsuit, the coalition will argue that the final rule unlawfully violates the Clean Air Act, the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, and the Administrative Procedure Act.
Attorney General Tong Announces $82,500 False Claims Settlement With Brookfield Dentist
Attorney General William Tong today announced an $82,500 civil False Claims Act settlement with Brookfield dentist Rawa Hassan regarding overcharges for dental restoration fillings the state alleges she did not provide.
Attorney General Tong Joins 38 AGs Urging Congress to Fund Expanded Access to Broadband
Attorney General William Tong has joined 38 attorneys general in urging Congress to help ensure that all Americans have the home internet connectivity necessary to participate in telemedicine, teleschooling, and telework as part of any additional legislation that provides relief and recovery resources related to addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.
Federal Court of Appeals Court Strikes Down Immigration Court Ruling Denying Connecticut Resident the Benefit of a State Pardon
On Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit reversed an immigration court decision that denied Richard Marvin Thompson the full benefit of his Connecticut pardon.
Court Blocks Fraudulent Business from Operating in Connecticut Following Action by Attorney General Tong
A Connecticut Superior Court judge has barred Sports Media Advertising, a Texas-based company, from doing business in Connecticut until the court finds that it has complied with a civil investigative demand issued in connection with an investigation by the Office of the Attorney General.
Attorney General Tong Urges Congress to Pass Safeguarding America's First Responders Act
Attorney General William Tong today joined a bipartisan coalition of state attorneys general urging Congress to pass S.3607, the Safeguarding America’s First Responders Act. The Act would permit the families of first responders who die or are permanently and totally disabled as a result of COVID-19 to receive the same federal benefits extended to first responders, or their survivors, otherwise killed or injured in the line of duty. Current federal law would only allow survivors access to certain benefits if evidence is provided proving the deceased or permanently disabled first responder contracted COVID-19 while on duty.
AG Tong Seeks Deadline Extension for Families Filing Claims Against Purdue Pharma In Light of COVID-19 Pandemic
Attorney General William Tong has asked the court overseeing the Purdue Pharma bankruptcy to extend the deadline for filing claims against the company, so that people do not lose their rights during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Attorney General Tong Files Brief in Support of Paid Sick Leave for Airline Workers
Attorney General William Tong joined a coalition of 19 attorneys general filing an amicus brief in support of paid sick leave for airline flight crew workers, benefits that the coalition argue are particularly important to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Attorney General Tong Announces Settlement with Santander
Attorney General William Tong joined a coalition of 34 attorneys general led announcing a settlement today with Santander Consumer USA Inc. (Santander) that includes approximately $550 million in relief for consumers with even more relief in additional deficiency waivers expected. The settlement resolves allegations that Santander violated consumer protection laws by exposing subprime consumers to unnecessarily high levels of risk and knowingly placing these consumers into auto loans with a high probability of default.
Attorney General Tong Files Brief Defending Due Process Rights of Immigrant Detainees
Attorney General William Tong led a coalition of 18 attorneys general filing a friend of the court brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit defending due process rights of immigrant detainees who have been unlawfully denied bond.
Attorney General Tong Urges Wedding Venues and Vendors to Work Collaboratively With Couples as COVID19 Impacts Peak Wedding Season
As Connecticut enters its peak wedding season, Attorney General William Tong today urged vendors to work with couples forced to cancel and postpone their weddings due to COVID-19. The Office of the Attorney General has received multiple complaints from couples recently who have been denied refunds, quoted high fees, and given limited flexibility in attempting to reschedule weddings planned for this spring and summer.
AG Tong Urges Amazon and Whole Foods to Strengthen Worker Protections During COVID-19 Pandemic
Attorney General William Tong joined a coalition of 14 attorneys general led by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey calling on Amazon and Whole Foods to strengthen measures to protect the health and safety of their workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Attorney General Tong Thanks Chinese Ambassador, Connecticut Chinese-Americans for Facilitating Largest Shipment Ever of Personal Protective Equipment to Connecticut
Attorney General William Tong today thanked Chinese Ambassador Huang Ping, the Consul General in New York, and Fairfield County based Chinese-Americans who worked jointly with the Attorney General and the Governor’s office to help facilitate today’s shipment of personal protective equipment to combat COVID-19.
Attorney General Tong Urges FERC to Halt Fossil Fuel Infrastructure Approvals During COVID-19 Crisis
Attorney General William Tong joined a coalition of 11 attorneys general in calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to impose an immediate moratorium on approvals of all new and pending applications for natural gas pipelines, liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facilities, and related fossil-fuel infrastructure projects until the end of the COVID-19 crisis.
AG Tong Urges Congress to Strengthen Paycheck Protection Program
Attorney General William Tong today joined a coalition of 23 state attorneys general calling for key changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to ensure that funds are distributed fairly and equitably.