Vermont Attorney General

Racial Disparities in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice System Advisory Panel meets for the first time in Montpelier
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The first meeting of Vermont’s Racial Disparities in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice System Advisory Panel was Tuesday in Montpelier.  The Legislature has tasked its members with providing recommendations to address systemic racial disparities across the state.

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Vermont’s Attorney General is leading a bipartisan coalition of  33 states supporting the Department of Justice’s request that the U.S. Supreme Court decide whether email service providers can shield evidence of a crime from law enforcement by storing data outside the United States.

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan (foreground) holds health care forum
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Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan held a forum in Burlington Tuesday evening on health care.

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Vermont has launched a statewide alert system to warn residents of financial scams.

Vermont AG T.J. Donovan (left) announces VW settlement with House Speaker Mitzi Johnson, ANR Commissioner Julie Moore and Assistant AG Robert McDougall
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Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced Friday that the state has received one of its largest ever environmental settlements as he discussed Vermont’s share of a $157 million settlement with Volkswagen.

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Vermont State Attorney General T.J. Donovan on Thursday warned residents of a tax collection scam involving fake Internal Revenue Service callers.

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Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan has issued a new pamphlet for municipalities across the state.  Produced by his office and the state’s Immigration Task Force, the “Guidance to Vermont Cities and Towns Regarding Immigration Enforcement” provides information regarding localities’ “ability to prohibit and restrict certain actions with respect to working with the federal government on enforcing federal immigration law.”  Donovan explains why he felt it was important to provide the information to Vermont’s municipalities.

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Vermont's new attorney general has provided guidance to towns to help them navigate legal issues created by President Donald Trump's immigration orders.

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As President Donald Trump issues Executive Orders clamping down on immigration, some state attorneys general are pushing back.  Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan has created a Task Force on Immigration to advise him on his legal authority regarding federal immigration law.

Vermont's Democratic attorney general has formed a task force to advise his office on the scope of its authority on immigration matters amid uncertainty about the Trump administration's plans for refugee policy.

Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell
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In January, Vermont will have a new attorney general for the first time in a generation.  Incumbent Bill Sorrell announced in September 2015 that he would not seek reelection this year after serving in the post since 1997.  The longest-serving attorney general in the state’s history says that after nearly 20 years in the office it was time to let someone new take the post.

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The Vermont attorney general joined the Federal Trade Commission chairwoman this afternoon to announce a settlement with the operators of Toronto-based dating site AshleyMadison.com after the company deceived consumers and failed to protect account information before a July 2015 data breach.

The Vermont Attorney General's office says four women have been convicted for their roles in a Medicaid fraud case that cost the state Medicaid program more than $100,000 over a five-year period.

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The Vermont Attorney General’s office has ordered a dairy farm in Brandon to take corrective actions and pay a fine for violations of the state’s water pollution laws and agricultural practice regulations.

The Vermont Attorney General’s office and state Human Rights Commission have issued a report offering guidance on gender-based pricing. The study by the agencies finds that women often pay more for products and services than men.

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The Vermont attorney general's office has dropped its criminal investigation into whether an environmental activist acted as a lawyer without a law license in her advocacy for critics of large-scale wind and solar power projects before state regulators.

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Authorities have concluded a Vermont state trooper was legally justified in the use of deadly force when he fired at a man in Fayston last month, injuring him in the leg.

Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell
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Bill Sorrell is the longest serving Attorney General in Vermont history.  First appointed to the office by Governor Howard Dean, he was initially sworn in on May 1, 1997.  He has since won re-election every two years. But on September 28th,   Sorrell announced that he will not run again.  The Attorney General tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief  Pat Bradley why he decided to retire.

Authorities say Barre, Vermont  mechanic has been charged with manslaughter and reckless endangerment for passing a state inspection for a defective vehicle that later crashed, killing a woman.

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan
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There may be a rematch in the race for Vermont Attorney General.  Chittenden County State's Attorney T.J. Donovan  has announced that he will again seek the Democratic nomination in 2016.  But incumbent Democrat Bill Sorrell has not decided if he will stand for re-election.

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Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell is rejecting a request that he appoint an independent counsel to investigate allegations that he has violated Vermont's campaign finance laws.

The Vermont Attorney General's office has filed a civil lawsuit claiming the publicly-financed candidate in last year’s race for lieutenant governor committed campaign finance violations. Now, the former candidate has filed a countersuit.

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The Vermont Attorney General  has filed a civil lawsuit against the losing candidate in last fall’s Lieutenant Governor’s campaign.

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The Vermont legislature passed a law last session requiring the labeling of genetically modified foods.  It was immediately challenged by major food producers.  Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell is defending the law. That was among the topics he discussed earlier this week with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

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The Vermont Attorney General's office is calling a second public hearing on the state's rules to implement the ban on genetically modified organisms.

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The Vermont Attorney General’s office announced that the only public hearing on the state’s proposed genetically modified food labeling rules would be held Tuesday evening. But advocates are upset that it was poorly publicized and few, if any, people knew about the meeting.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has turned aside a challenge to Vermont's campaign finance law, ending a five-year legal battle.

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The Vermont attorney general says Dollar Tree Stores, Inc. will pay the state $42,500 in a settlement of a lawsuit alleging that it sold jewelry that the state says contains toxic substances.

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The Vermont attorney general has asked the U.S. District Court to uphold the state’s newly enacted law that requires the labeling of genetically modified foods.

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The state of Vermont is asking a federal judge to throw out a food industry lawsuit that seeks to block Vermont's new GMO labeling law from taking effect.

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