The Office of Attorney General William Tong
2020 Press Releases
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Attorney General Tong Seeks Emergency Moratorium on Utility Shut-Offs
In a formal petition today with the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, Attorney General William Tong sought an emergency moratorium on electric, natural gas, and water utility shut-offs in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The petition seeks to cease all utility service terminations for a 30 day period subject to renewal to ensure all residents may safely remain home during the epidemic.
Attorney General Tong Announces Settlement Ending Connecticut's Challenge to T-Mobile, Sprint Merger
Attorney General William Tong today announced a settlement with T-Mobile, resolving the state’s challenge to the company’s merger with Sprint. The settlement includes terms to protect low income subscribers, extend access to underserved communities, protect current T-Mobile and Sprint employees, and preserve jobs in Connecticut. T-Mobile will reimburse Connecticut for the costs and fees of its investigation and its litigation challenging the merger. This settlement ends the legal challenge brought by Attorney General Tong and a multistate coalition, which alleged that the merger was unlawful and would lead to reduced competition and increased prices for consumers. Connecticut and the plaintiff states will not appeal the court’s ruling in the matter.
Attorney General Tong Denouces Unlawful Proposal to Undermine National Environmental Policy Act
Attorney General William Tong joined a coalition of 20 attorneys general today in filing a comment letter opposing the Trump Administration’s proposed rule to undercut implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
Attorney General Tong Releases Guidance on Price Gouging Enforcement
Attorney General William Tong today released the following statement and guidance on price gouging enforcement after Gov. Ned Lamont declared civil preparedness and public health emergencies.
3D-Printed Guns Win - Attorney General Tong Issues Statement After Court Blocks Release of Files
Attorney General William Tong issued the following statement regarding a preliminary injunction granted late Friday by the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Washington at Seattle blocking release of 3D-printed gun files.
Attorney General Tong Delivers Testimony In Support of S.B. 211
Attorney General William Tong released written testimony today in support of Senate Bill 211, "An Act Concerning the Duties of the Office of the Attorney General."
Attorney General Tong Calls for Suspension of Public Charge Rule During COVID-19 Outbreak
Attorney General William Tong joined a coalition of 18 attorneys general urging the Trump Administration to suspend the Public Charge rule in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. In a letter today to the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the attorneys general criticize the Administration for discouraging access to health care during a public health crisis.
Attorney General Tong, DCP Commissioner Seagull, Lt. Governor Bysiewicz Urge Residents to be Aware of Potential 2020 Census Scams
With notices informing Americans about the need to participate in the decennial national headcount set to arrive in the mail mid-March, Attorney General William Tong, Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull and Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz are urging Connecticut residents to be aware of potential 2020 Census scams.
Attorney General Tong: No President is Immune from Justice
Attorney General William Tong today joined Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring and a coalition of 16 attorneys general fighting to ensure that President Trump cannot impede criminal investigations and hide evidence of potential crimes. In an amicus brief filed in Trump v. Vance, the group urges the U.S. Supreme Court to affirm a decision by the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which concluded that President Trump cannot block a valid grand jury subpoena sent to his accounting firm. The subpoena seeks financial records as part of an ongoing investigation by the District Attorney of New York.
Attorney General Tong Sues to Block Unlawful Diversion of Billions of Taxpayer Funds-- Including Millions from Connecticut Projects-- For Trump Vanity Border Wall
Attorney General William Tong today joined a coalition of 19 attorneys general in a new lawsuit seeking to block the Trump Administration’s illegal diversion of $3.8 billion in taxpayer dollars for the construction of an unauthorized and pointless border wall. The Trump Administration diversions include millions from funds that Congress intended for Connecticut companies and the Connecticut National Guard.
Connecticut Announces $4.9 Million State/Federal False Claims Settlement with Middletown Doctor Couple
Attorney General William Tong, U.S. Attorney John H. Durham, Comptroller Kevin Lembo and Connecticut Department of Social Services Commissioner Deidre S. Gifford announced today that Connecticut has reached a $4.9 million civil False Claims Act settlement with Middletown couple Crispin and Antonieta Abarientos regarding a long-term fraudulent medical billing scheme involving costly infusions. This is the first False Claims settlement to date regarding the Connecticut State Health Plan.
Attorney General Tong Joins Bipartisan Coalition in Defending States’ Rights to Regulate the Rising Cost of Prescription Drugs
Attorney General William Tong today joined a bipartisan coalition of 46 attorneys general filing an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court supporting states’ rights to regulate and address the rising cost of prescription drugs. In Rutledge v. Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, the attorneys general argue that in order to protect the well-being of consumers, states must regulate pharmacy benefit managers, also known as PBMs.
Attorney General Tong Statement on Supreme Court Consideration of ACA Case
Attorney General William Tong today issued the following statement regarding the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to review the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act individual mandate.
Attorney General Tong Releases Testimony in Support of Update to Connecticut Data Breach Notification Statute
Attorney General William Tong today testified before the General Law Committee in support of Senate Bill 137, An Act Concerning Data Privacy Breaches. The bill, sought by the Office of the Attorney General, updates and strengthens Connecticut’s breach notification statute.
Connecticut, Florida, Nevada, Oregon, Texas Announce Bipartisan Multistate Investigation Into JUUL
Attorneys General from Connecticut, Florida, Nevada, Oregon and Texas today announced a bipartisan, multistate investigation into JUUL Labs. The 39-state multistate coalition is investigating JUUL’s marketing and sales practices, including targeting of youth, claims regarding nicotine content, and statements regarding risks, safety and effectiveness as a smoking cessation device.