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In Brockton, AG Healey discusses COVID’s impact on small businesses, food insecurity

In Brockton, AG Healey discusses COVID's impact on small businesses, food insecurity By Mina Corpuz, Enterprise Staff Writer | March 19, 2021 BROCKTON — Two women left their home countries of Dominican Republic and Guatemala and traveled through Mexico into the United States to flee violence and seek safety for their children. While America is a safer place to be, there is fear from people living in a country illegally [...]

March 19th, 2021|

Mass. Hate Crime Bill Drawing Interest After Atlanta Murders

Mass. Hate Crime Bill Drawing Interest After Atlanta Murders By Katie Lannan, State House News Service  | March 19, 2021 The Atlanta-area shooting this week that left eight people dead and stoked a wave of outrage and fear over anti-Asian violence should be called out as a hate crime, according to Attorney General Maura Healey, who has teamed up with a pair of lawmakers to seek [...]

March 19th, 2021|

Massachusetts AG Maura Healey sues landlord, claims he harassed tenants, threatened to report them to ICE for reporting dangerous, unsanitary living conditions

Massachusetts AG Maura Healey sues landlord, claims he harassed tenants, threatened to report them to ICE for reporting dangerous, unsanitary living conditions By Jackson Cote  | March 17, 2021 A Massachusetts landlord is being sued by the state over claims he physically and verbally harassed his tenants and threatened to report them to the federal government for deportation to keep them from speaking up against dangerous [...]

March 17th, 2021|

OPINION: Opioid epidemic: Purdue Pharma and the Sacklers shouldn’t get off without paying more

OPINION: Opioid epidemic: Purdue Pharma and the Sacklers shouldn't get off without paying more By Maura Healey | March 16, 2021 Purdue Pharma, the criminal company that made billions off the opioid epidemic, has filed its plan to emerge from bankruptcy. But this is no ordinary bankruptcy.  The harm inflicted by Purdue’s OxyContin business and its billionaire owners, the Sackler family, is so vast that communities [...]

March 16th, 2021|

Peterson Oil to pay $450K after delivering non-compliant heating fuel

Peterson Oil to pay $450K after delivering non-compliant heating fuel By Michael Bonner – MassLive.com | March 3, 2021 Peterson Oil Service, Inc, a Worcester fuel company, has agreed to pay $450,000 after knowingly delivering fuel to cities and towns in Massachusetts that contained eight times the percentage of biodiesel by volume that was permitted in the state’s contract, Attorney General Maura Healey said on [...]

March 3rd, 2021|

AG sues dentist with Dot outlet; puts fraud case at ‘more than $1m’

AG sues dentist with Dot outlet; puts fraud case at ‘more than $1m’ By Dorchester Reporter Staff  | March 1, 2021 An orthodontist who operates a dental practice on Dorchester Avenue has been hit with a lawsuit by the state’s attorney general that claims he has been purposely “keeping children in braces for longer than medically necessary and deceptively billing for mouth guards.” The target [...]

March 1st, 2021|

Healey calls for more attention to equity in state’s coronavirus vaccination campaign

Healey calls for more attention to equity in state’s coronavirus vaccination campaign By Matt Stout, Globe Staff | February 22, 2021 CHELSEA — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey waded into the public debate over coronavirus vaccine distribution Monday, touring a site in this hard-hit city and pressing Governor Charlie Baker to further incorporate equity into how shots are allocated statewide. “I think equity should have been, [...]

February 22nd, 2021|

AG Healey sues organization Libre for preying on vulnerable immigrants

AG Healey sues organization Libre for preying on vulnerable immigrants By Sofía Hernández Carrillo | February 22, 2021 BOSTON (WWLP) – Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey filed a lawsuit against Libre by Nexus for taking advantage of vulnerable immigrants and promising them their release from detention centers. The lawsuit alleges that the company preys on immigrants held in federal detention centers by offering to pay for their [...]

February 22nd, 2021|

Maura Healey leads AGs in calling for Biden to cancel student loan debt

Maura Healey leads AGs in calling for Biden to cancel student loan debt By Lisa Kashinsky | February 19, 2021 Maura Healey is leading the charge of 17 Democratic state attorneys general who are calling on the federal government to wipe out up to $50,000 in student loan debt per borrower. “Student loan borrowers were already struggling before the COVID-19 pandemic and recession,” the attorneys [...]

February 19th, 2021|

Healey to Focus on Social Justice in 2021 Legislative Plans

Healey to Focus on Social Justice in 2021 Legislative Plans By Maura MacDonald | February 14, 2021 HYANNIS – Attorney General Maura Healey says social justice will be a big part of her legislative plans for the coming year. Reform of hate crime statutes and increased protection against elderly abuse were a couple of the issues targeted. The collection of bills involves both new and refiled [...]

February 14th, 2021|

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In Brockton, AG Healey discusses COVID’s impact on small businesses, food insecurity

In Brockton, AG Healey discusses COVID's impact on small businesses, food insecurity By Mina Corpuz, Enterprise Staff Writer | March 19, 2021 BROCKTON — Two women left their home countries of Dominican Republic and Guatemala and traveled through Mexico into the United States to flee violence and seek safety for their children. While America is a safer place to be, there is fear from people living in a country illegally to seek help, like getting food from a pantry, they told Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey Thursday at Converge Christian Center on Main Street. "When you don't have documents, you're always afraid," said Isabel Lopez, founder of the Brockton Workers Alliance, who translated from Spanish for the women. Efforts at the food pantry can help address food insecurity, [...]

March 19th, 2021|

Mass. Hate Crime Bill Drawing Interest After Atlanta Murders

Mass. Hate Crime Bill Drawing Interest After Atlanta Murders By Katie Lannan, State House News Service  | March 19, 2021 The Atlanta-area shooting this week that left eight people dead and stoked a wave of outrage and fear over anti-Asian violence should be called out as a hate crime, according to Attorney General Maura Healey, who has teamed up with a pair of lawmakers to seek reforms to the hate crime statutes in Massachusetts. Healey joined with fellow Democrats Rep. Tram Nguyen of Andover and Sen. Adam Hinds of Pittsfield to file a bill that the attorney general says would update state laws to better define hate crimes and restructure penalties. "The thing with any hate crime, it's not just an injury or [...]

March 19th, 2021|

Massachusetts AG Maura Healey sues landlord, claims he harassed tenants, threatened to report them to ICE for reporting dangerous, unsanitary living conditions

Massachusetts AG Maura Healey sues landlord, claims he harassed tenants, threatened to report them to ICE for reporting dangerous, unsanitary living conditions By Jackson Cote  | March 17, 2021 A Massachusetts landlord is being sued by the state over claims he physically and verbally harassed his tenants and threatened to report them to the federal government for deportation to keep them from speaking up against dangerous and unsanitary living conditions. The lawsuit filed by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s office Tuesday accuses She Ling Wang, a landlord in Lynn, of harassing, intimidating and threatening Latinx tenants and their families to prevent them from addressing hazardous conditions in their apartments. Those hazardous conditions, the prosecutor’s office claims, included vermin infestations, damaged walls and ceilings, [...]

March 17th, 2021|

OPINION: Opioid epidemic: Purdue Pharma and the Sacklers shouldn’t get off without paying more

OPINION: Opioid epidemic: Purdue Pharma and the Sacklers shouldn't get off without paying more By Maura Healey | March 16, 2021 Purdue Pharma, the criminal company that made billions off the opioid epidemic, has filed its plan to emerge from bankruptcy. But this is no ordinary bankruptcy.  The harm inflicted by Purdue’s OxyContin business and its billionaire owners, the Sackler family, is so vast that communities across America are creditors in the case.  Sometime soon, almost every city and state will be asked to decide whether to accept Purdue’s offer, or make Purdue amend its plan to do better. They must do better. Together with Attorneys General from across the nation, I’m demanding that Purdue amend its plan and file a new one [...]

March 16th, 2021|

Peterson Oil to pay $450K after delivering non-compliant heating fuel

Peterson Oil to pay $450K after delivering non-compliant heating fuel By Michael Bonner – MassLive.com | March 3, 2021 Peterson Oil Service, Inc, a Worcester fuel company, has agreed to pay $450,000 after knowingly delivering fuel to cities and towns in Massachusetts that contained eight times the percentage of biodiesel by volume that was permitted in the state’s contract, Attorney General Maura Healey said on Wednesday. According to Healey’s office, Peterson Oil violated the Massachusetts False Claims Act when it agreed to two statewide contracts over eight years and had no intention of delivering compliant heating fuel. Healey announced an assurance of discontinuance was entered in Suffolk Superior Court on Tuesday, and resolved the allegations that Peterson Oil delivered fuel that contained [...]

March 3rd, 2021|

AG sues dentist with Dot outlet; puts fraud case at ‘more than $1m’

AG sues dentist with Dot outlet; puts fraud case at ‘more than $1m’ By Dorchester Reporter Staff  | March 1, 2021 An orthodontist who operates a dental practice on Dorchester Avenue has been hit with a lawsuit by the state’s attorney general that claims he has been purposely “keeping children in braces for longer than medically necessary and deceptively billing for mouth guards.” The target of the lawsuit filed today by Maura Healey’s office alleges that Dr. Mouhab Z. Rizkallah has been defrauding MassHealth since Nov. 2013, and it is suing to get back “treble damages and civil penalties.” Rizkallah works out of six locations in Massachusetts, including “The Braces Place” at 1792 Dot Ave., which was previously called “Orthodontics at Ashmont [...]

March 1st, 2021|

Healey calls for more attention to equity in state’s coronavirus vaccination campaign

Healey calls for more attention to equity in state’s coronavirus vaccination campaign By Matt Stout, Globe Staff | February 22, 2021 CHELSEA — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey waded into the public debate over coronavirus vaccine distribution Monday, touring a site in this hard-hit city and pressing Governor Charlie Baker to further incorporate equity into how shots are allocated statewide. “I think equity should have been, and should continue to be, the forefront in the planning. Not only is it a matter of fairness and justice . . . but it’s also key, I think, to public health outcomes,” Healey told reporters in the basement of the vaccination site run by La Colaborativa, a Chelsea nonprofit, and the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center. [...]

February 22nd, 2021|

AG Healey sues organization Libre for preying on vulnerable immigrants

AG Healey sues organization Libre for preying on vulnerable immigrants By Sofía Hernández Carrillo | February 22, 2021 BOSTON (WWLP) – Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey filed a lawsuit against Libre by Nexus for taking advantage of vulnerable immigrants and promising them their release from detention centers. The lawsuit alleges that the company preys on immigrants held in federal detention centers by offering to pay for their immigration bonds to secure their release while misrepresenting the true nature and costs of its services. Libre has hundreds of current and former clients in Massachusetts. According to the complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, Libre markets its services to detainees and their friends and family members who are desperate to secure [...]

February 22nd, 2021|

Maura Healey leads AGs in calling for Biden to cancel student loan debt

Maura Healey leads AGs in calling for Biden to cancel student loan debt By Lisa Kashinsky | February 19, 2021 Maura Healey is leading the charge of 17 Democratic state attorneys general who are calling on the federal government to wipe out up to $50,000 in student loan debt per borrower. “Student loan borrowers were already struggling before the COVID-19 pandemic and recession,” the attorneys general wrote in their letter to top congressional lawmakers. “The existing repayment system for federal student loans providers insufficient opportunity for struggling borrowers to manage their debts or recover from the current economic crisis,” they continued. “Broad cancellation of federal student loan debt will provide immediate relief to millions who are struggling during this pandemic and recession, [...]

February 19th, 2021|

Healey to Focus on Social Justice in 2021 Legislative Plans

Healey to Focus on Social Justice in 2021 Legislative Plans By Maura MacDonald | February 14, 2021 HYANNIS – Attorney General Maura Healey says social justice will be a big part of her legislative plans for the coming year. Reform of hate crime statutes and increased protection against elderly abuse were a couple of the issues targeted. The collection of bills involves both new and refiled legislation, with modernization of protections for consumers in automobile transactions being one of the areas receiving a rework. Healey also plans to work alongside the legislature on issues such as racial equity and climate change. Recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic is going to be another focus of the attorney general for this year. READ MORE ON CAPECOD.COM [...]

February 14th, 2021|

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