Attorney General: Press Releases By Date

2016 Press Releases
12/22/2016GOV. MALLOY, LT. GOV. WYMAN, AND ATTORNEY GENERAL JEPSEN ANNOUNCE AT-HOME DRUG DISPOSAL KITS NOW AVAILABLE AT PHARMACIES ACROSS CONNECTICUT
  Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, and Attorney General George Jepsen today announced that – as part of the state’s ongoing efforts to combat the misuse of opioids – 80,000 drug deactivation kits capable of safely disposing unused prescription medications have been donated to the State of Connecticut and are now available free-of-charge to residents at over 600 pharmacies throughout the state. The biodegradable Deterra drug disposal kits were donated by Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals and can deactivate and destroy up to 45 pills each simply by adding warm tap water and then disposing the kit in the trash.
 
12/15/2016Connecticut Leads 20 State Coalition Filing Federal Antitrust Lawsuit against Heritage Pharmaceuticals, other Generic Drug Companies
  Attorney General George Jepsen today joined with 19 other state attorneys general in filing a federal lawsuit against generic drug-makers Heritage Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Aurobindo Pharma USA, Inc., Citron Pharma, LLC, Mayne Pharma (USA), Inc., Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. alleging that they entered into illegal conspiracies in order to unreasonably restrain trade, artificially inflate and manipulate prices and reduce competition in the United States for two drugs: doxycycline hyclate delayed release, an antibiotic, and glyburide, an oral diabetes medication.
 
12/8/2016Connecticut Joins Multistate Settlement with Bristol-Myers Squibb over Abilify Marketing Allegations
  Connecticut has joined a $19.5 million multistate settlement with drug-maker Bristol-Myers Squibb to resolve allegations that the company improperly marketed the atypical antipsychotic drug, Abilify, Attorney General George Jepsen and state Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan A. Harris announced today.
 
11/10/2016AG Jepsen, Adobe Reach Agreement Resolving Connecticut-Led Multistate Investigation into Unauthorized Access to Servers
  Attorney General George Jepsen joined 14 other state attorneys general today in announcing a $1 million data breach settlement with the software and technology company Adobe Systems, Inc. The settlement resolves an investigation into the 2013 breach of certain Adobe servers, including servers containing the personal information of approximately 552,000 residents of the participating states.
 
10/27/2016AG Jepsen: Connecticut Joins $41.2M Multistate Settlement with Hyundai, Kia over Fuel Economy Claims
  The state of Connecticut will receive $1,490,190 as part of a multistate settlement with automakers Hyundai and Kia to resolve claims that the companies misrepresented the mileage and fuel economy ratings for some of their model year 2011, 2012 and 2013 vehicles, Attorney General George Jepsen announced today.
 
10/20/2016Connecticut Joins $28.125M State-Federal Settlement with Omnicare to Resolve Depakote False Claims Allegations
  Omnicare, Inc. – an institutional pharmacy that provides pharmaceuticals and related pharmacy services to long-term care and chronic care facilities – has agreed to a $28.125 million settlement with the federal government and several states to resolve civil allegations that the company conspired with drug manufacturer Abbott Laboratories through a number of disguised kickback arrangements to increase overall utilization of the drug Depakote, Attorney General George Jepsen, Chief State's Attorney Kevin Kane and Department of Social Services Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby said today.
 
10/3/2016AG Jepsen, Banking Commissioner Pérez: RBS enters $120M Settlement with State of Connecticut to Resolve RMBS Investigation
  – RBS Securities, Inc. will pay $120 million to the state of Connecticut to resolve an investigation into its underwriting of residential mortgage-back securities (RMBS) in the lead-up to the 2008 financial crisis, Attorney General George Jepsen and state Department of Banking Commissioner Jorge Perez announced today.
 
9/23/2016AG Jepsen: Conn. Joins Antitrust Lawsuit over Allegations that Drug Company Illegally Blocked Generic Opioid Treatment from Market
  Connecticut, 34 other states and the District of Columbia filed a federal lawsuit yesterday afternoon against the makers of Suboxone, a prescription drug used to treat opioid addiction, alleging that the companies engaged in an illegal scheme to block generic competitors from entering the market and cause purchasers to pay artificially high prices, Attorney General George Jepsen said.
 
9/15/2016Statement from AG Jepsen on Next Steps in CCJEF v. Rell
  "For the public and legislators to trust the legitimacy of such a dramatically new system and the policies it produces, they must know that the ruling mandating it is legally correct. There are strong arguments that the trial court exceeded its authority and the standards articulated by the Connecticut Supreme Court, and so today we are asking that court to review this ruling."
 
8/30/2016Secretary of the State and Attorney General Collect More than $1 Million from Companies Doing Business Illegally in Connecticut
  Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill and Attorney General George Jepsen announced that enforcement efforts against out-of-state companies operating in Connecticut without legal authority have yielded $1.1 million in Fiscal Year 2016. The penalties were paid out by more than 240 companies, the largest fine being $39,630.
 
8/30/2016State Settles Joint State-Federal False Claims Act Investigation with Pediatric Dental Provider
  A pediatric dental provider with practices in Milford and West Haven will pay more than $1.3 million to the state and federal government to resolve allegations that he submitted false claims to Connecticut's Medicaid program for x-ray services that did not comply with state law, Attorney General George Jepsen said today.
 
8/10/2016Court Orders Restitution, Civil Penalties against Dentist, Dental Practice in Illegal Medicaid Billing Case
  A Winsted dentist and his practice were ordered to pay $717,046 in restitution and civil penalties after a Superior Court judge found his conduct violated the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act, also known as CUTPA, Attorney General George Jepsen said today.
 
8/8/2016AG Jepsen: States Reach $100M Settlement with Barclays for LIBOR Manipulation
  Under a $100 million multistate settlement agreement, Barclays Bank PLC and Barclays Capital Inc. will pay $93.35 million in restitution to government and nonprofit entities for its manipulation of a benchmark interest rate in the lead up to and early days of the financial crisis, Attorney General George Jepsen announced today.
 
8/4/2016State Joins $125 Million Multistate Antitrust Settlement with Cephalon For Efforts to Delay Provigil Competition
  Attorney General George Jepsen announced today that Connecticut has joined 48 other states and the District of Columbia in a $125 million settlement with biopharmaceutical company Cephalon and its affiliated companies, including Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Teva Pharmaceuticals USA and Barr Laboratories. The settlement resolves allegations of anticompetitive conduct by Cephalon concerning its drug, Provigil.
 
7/21/2016Statement from Attorney General Jepsen on Connecticut's Antitrust Lawsuit Seeking to Block Proposed Anthem, Cigna Merger
  "Following this due diligence, it is our firm belief that, if allowed to proceed, this merger would substantially lessen competition for the provision of healthcare insurance services, in that it would have a negative impact on both the availability of competitively priced healthcare and the quality of care in the state of Connecticut."
 
7/12/2016State Settles with Psychiatrist who Allegedly Submitted False Claims to the Connecticut Medicaid Program
  A New Haven and Fairfield-based psychiatrist and her husband will pay $400,000 to settle a civil False Claims Act lawsuit originally filed by the Attorney General in June 2015 alleging that the couple engaged in a long term scheme to submit false claims for services provided to Medicaid patients in Connecticut. The settlement agreement was approved last week by a Hartford Superior Court judge, Attorney General George Jepsen said.
 
6/28/2016Attorney General Jepsen: State Consumer Protection Claims Settled in Agreement with Volkswagen over Emissions Fraud
  Attorney General George Jepsen today announced that, under a settlement with state attorneys general, Volkswagen will pay more than $570 million for violating state laws prohibiting unfair or deceptive trade practices by marketing, selling and leasing certain diesel vehicles equipped with illegal and undisclosed emissions defeat devices designed to circumvent emissions standards.
 
6/27/2016Attorney General and Department of Consumer Protection Warn Consumers about Crowdsourcing Scams
  The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) and the Office of the Attorney General are issuing a warning to Connecticut consumers about crowdsourcing scams. Crowdsourcing is a strategy that some people or organizations use to raise or solicit money for a charitable cause.
 
6/24/2016Attorney General Issues Proposed Final Decision in Greater Waterbury Health Network, Prospect Hospital Conversion Application
  The Connecticut Office of the Attorney General today issued its proposed final decision on the application for a joint venture between the Greater Waterbury Health Network, Inc. and Prospect Medical Holdings, Inc. The proposed final decision approves the transaction, but places certain conditions on its approval.
 
6/24/2016AG Jepsen Assumes Presidency of National Association of Attorneys General
  Attorney General George Jepsen was formally elected president of the National Association of Attorneys General at a ceremony held last evening during the organization's Summer Meeting, which was held this week in Burlington, Vt.
 
6/20/2016AG Jepsen: Connecticut Residents to Begin Receiving Refunds from eBook Lawsuit Settlement with Apple, Inc.
  Consumers in Connecticut will begin receiving account credits or checks on Tuesday, June 21, through the settlement of the eBook price-fixing lawsuit against Apple, Inc. brought by Attorney General George Jepsen and 32 other states in 2012.
 
6/20/2016Statement from AG Jepsen on Supreme Court's Refusal to Hear Gun Lawsuit Appeal
  "Sensible gun safety legislation works. The Supreme Court's action today in declining to hear this appeal affirms that the reforms enacted in Connecticut following the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School were reasonable, sensible and lawful."
 
5/31/2016Former Group Home Operator Agrees to Pay $1.5M to Resolve Joint State and Federal Investigation
  The state and federal government have reached a $1.5 million joint settlement with a former Connecticut group home operator to resolve allegations that the company submitted claims paid by Medicaid for interest expenses that were not allowable under the state's cost reporting guidelines, Attorney General George Jepsen said today.
 
5/25/2016Attorney General Issues Proposed Final Decision in ECHN, Prospect Hospital Conversion Application
  The Connecticut Office of the Attorney General today issued its proposed final decision on the application for a joint venture between the Eastern Connecticut Health Network, Inc. and Prospect Medical Holdings, Inc. The proposed final decision approves the transaction, but places certain conditions on its approval.
 
5/25/2016State Enters Joint Federal-State Settlement with Newtown Psychiatrist Resolving False Claims Allegations
  A Newtown psychiatrist has agreed to a $422,641.70 joint federal-state settlement and will enter into a compliance program to resolve allegations that he submitted false claims for payments to Connecticut's Medicaid program and to Medicare, Attorney General George Jepsen said today.
 
5/24/2016AG Jepsen Joins Coalition of Attorneys General Asking Congress to Fund CDC Gun Violence Research
  Attorney General George Jepsen has joined with 13 other attorneys general in asking Congressional leadership to immediately direct funding to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for research into the causes and prevention of gun-related injuries and death.
 
5/9/2016State Reaches Agreement Taking Concrete Products from Two Eastern Conn. Companies off Residential Foundation Market
  Attorney General George Jepsen and state Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan A. Harris announced today that the Joseph J. Mottes Company and the Becker Construction Company have voluntarily agreed to stop selling material or product containing aggregate from Becker's Quarry in Willington for use in residential concrete foundations in Connecticut until June 2017. The state investigation into deteriorating foundations in eastern Connecticut continues.
 
4/27/2016State Joins Joint State-Federal Settlement with Wyeth Resolving Allegations of Underpaying Rebates
  Connecticut will take part in a global $784.6 million settlement with drug-maker Wyeth to resolve allegations that the company knowingly underpaid rebates owed under the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program for the sales of the drug Protonix, Attorney General George Jepsen, Chief State's Attorney Kevin T. Kane and Department of Social Services Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby announced today.
 
4/5/2016State Reaches Agreement with Amphastar Providing Rebates for State and Municipal Naloxone Purchases, Will Receive Donation of 500 Doses of Life-saving Drug from Kaléo
  The state has reached an agreement with California drug-manufacturer Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, Inc. that will provide a $6 rebate for every dose of naloxone – also known by the brand name Narcan – that is purchased by a state, municipal or local town agency in Connecticut, Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Attorney General George Jepsen announced today.
 
3/30/2016Attorney General, DCP: Multistate Action Settles Claims against Two Sham Cancer Charities
  Two nationwide sham cancer charities have been dissolved and their president is banned from profiting from any charity fundraising in the future under a settlement reached with Connecticut, all 49 other states, the District of Columbia and the Federal Trade Commission, Attorney General George Jepsen and state Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan A. Harris announced today.
 
3/29/2016Statement from AG Jepsen on Today's Attorneys General Climate Change Meeting in New York
  "Climate change is a real and pressing issue, and states have a compelling interest in reducing emissions to help address the harms that climate change imposes upon our residents. I am delighted to meet with so many thoughtful leaders to strategize on ways we can protect our citizens from the greatest threat we collectively face."
 
3/22/2016AG Jepsen, Commissioner Harris: State Reaches Settlement Providing Restitution to Conn. Snow Removal Subcontractors
  A New York-based property management company will provide $187,095 restitution to its Connecticut subcontractors and will pay a $50,000 civil penalty to the state of Connecticut under a settlement agreement resolving an investigation into the manner in which it calculated bonuses owed to its subcontractors, Attorney General George Jepsen and state Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan A. Harris said today.
 
3/14/2016Student Loan Repayment Guide Available To Assist Connecticut Borrowers
  Attorney General George Jepsen, state Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan Harris and state Banking Commissioner Jorge Perez today introduced a new student loan repayment guide to assist borrowers in Connecticut, which ranks among the top 10 states for average student loan debt.
 
3/10/2016State Officials Warn Consumers and Businesses: New Phishing Scheme Tries to Exploit Personal Information by Mimicking Employer
  Attorney General George Jepsen, Department of Revenue Services (DRS) Commissioner Kevin B. Sullivan and Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) Commissioner Jonathan A. Harris are warning consumers about a new W-2-themed phishing scheme that targets employees and even Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) in an attempt to obtain personal information and other data.
 
3/9/2016AG Jepsen, Consumer Counsel Katz Applaud PURA Action Ordering Electric Supplier Palmco to Advise Customers on Potentially High Rates and Switching to Standard Service Rate
  Attorney General George Jepsen and Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz today welcomed an interim decision from the state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority ordering electric supplier Palmco Power CT, LLC to issue notices to all of its existing customers advising them how to immediately switch to the standard offer provided by either Eversource Energy or The United Illuminating Company.
 
3/8/2016AG Jepsen: State Enters Settlement with Tolland Psychiatrist Resolving False Claims Allegations
  A Tolland psychiatrist will pay $404,798 to settle a civil False Claims Act lawsuit alleging that she submitted false claims for payments to Connecticut's Medicaid program. The resolution stems from a lawsuit and settlement agreement approved yesterday by a Hartford Superior Court judge, Attorney General George Jepsen said today.
 
3/7/2016Statement from Attorney General Jepsen on US Supreme Court Cert Denial in Apple eBooks Appeal
  "In 2013, the District Court ruled that Apple conspired to restrain the marketplace for eBooks. Today's denial is welcome news for consumers – it affirms an important antitrust ruling that Apple orchestrated a conspiracy among publishers to raise eBook prices and clears the way for consumers to receive the relief guaranteed them under the settlement."
 
2/24/2016AG Jepsen Announces Multistate Settlements with Natixis and Societe Generale over Anticompetitive Municipal Bond Derivatives Scheme
  Several Connecticut municipalities and nonprofit organizations are expected to benefit from multimillion-dollar settlements with Natixis Funding Corp. and Societe Generale, S.A. that resolve allegations that the companies engaged in fraudulent and anticompetitive conduct in municipal bond derivative transactions with governments and organizations around the country, Attorney General George Jepsen announced today.
 
2/5/2016AG Jepsen: Connecticut Joins $470 Million Joint State-Federal Settlement with HSBC to Address Mortgage Servicing and Foreclosure Abuses
  Attorney General George Jepsen announced today that Connecticut has joined a $470 million joint state-federal settlement with mortgage lender and servicer HSBC to address mortgage origination, servicing, and foreclosure abuses. Connecticut joins 48 other states, the District of Columbia, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in today’s settlement.
 
1/12/2016Statement from Attorney General Jepsen on Comments from Volkswagen CEO at Detroit Auto Show
  "The time for empty apologies and hollow pledges of cooperation is over. It's up to Volkswagen to live up to its promises and obligations to consumers – and that starts by being honest with the American public, providing regulators with requested documents and coming clean on how they intend to address the very real problems with their vehicles."
 
1/8/2016State Web site Fights Waste, Fraud and Abuse: Public’s Help Needed
  The State of Connecticut has launched a website to help its efforts at fighting fraud, waste and abuse that cost state programs tens of millions of dollars each year.