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The Vermont Attorney General has reached a first-in-the-nation settlement with a telecommunications company that will prevent it from routing international robocalls into the state.

Vermont law enforcement and the public health community are urging people to call for help if they are present during a drug or alcohol overdose.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott posted a video to Twitter as he signed a proclamation making Feb. 17 "Recovery Day."
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Vermont state representatives joined advocates today to discuss ways to deal with barriers to treatment and recovery and legislation that is planned this session to address the overdose crisis.

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan announces lawsuit against drug distributors
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The state of Vermont will receive over $1.5 million from a multi-state settlement with the global business consulting firm McKinsey over its role in the opioid crisis.

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Vermont’s Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against an accountable care organization, alleging breach of contract.

The owner of a Rutland, Vermont fitness center who was ordered by a judge to close says he's moved the equipment outside into the parking lot and has reopened as an outdoor facility.

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan announces lawsuit against Clearview AI
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The Vermont Attorney General’s office filed suit Tuesday in Chittenden Superior Court against a New York-based data collection company claiming it has illegally obtained photographs of Vermonters, violating their privacy rights as well as the state’s consumer protection and new data broker laws.

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The Vermont Attorney General’s office has found no evidence to support an allegation of misconduct against a Bellows Falls police detective.

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan announces settlement with Woodbine Senior Living LLC
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The Vermont Attorney General has reached a settlement with a company for violating state law when it made claims that it could care for all the needs of aging patients with memory loss at a Vermont residential care facility.

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In January 2018, Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed a bill to legalize limited marijuana possession by adults — one ounce or less and two or fewer mature and four or fewer immature pot plants. But the state did not craft a law to regulate a commercial cannabis market.  The legislature is expected to act on such legislation during the upcoming session. Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan held panel discussion in Burlington Thursday evening that included panelists from Maine and Massachusetts to discuss their experiences with a regulated market.

Jason Lawton leaves the Vermont Superior Court in St. Albans following his arraignment
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A former St. Albans, Vermont police officer has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of assault on a woman while she was handcuffed in a holding cell.

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Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan is joining five other states in a lawsuit challenging an EPA decision that allows continued use of a pesticide.

Vermont's attorney general says the state will get more than $1.8 million as part of a settlement with the credit reporting agency Equifax over a 2017 data breach.

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan
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Vermont was one of a few states cited by the Georgetown Law Center on Privacy and Technology that allowed the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement and other federal law enforcement agencies access to its Department of Motor Vehicle facial recognition software. That’s according to the New York Times and the Washington Post. In 2017, Vermont’s governor ordered the DMV to stop sharing the information after state Attorney General T.J. Donovan determined the practice violated state law.  In the second part of our interview with Donovan, he explains to WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that while the state has suspended sharing biometric data, it still collaborates with federal agencies and law enforcement on a number of issues.

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Reporting by the New York Times and the Washington Post this week review a study by the Georgetown Law Center on Privacy and Technology that assessed how federal law enforcement agencies accessed state motor vehicle facial recognition databases.  Among the states that provided information was Vermont, which provides a driver’s privilege card to undocumented workers in the state.  Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan says his office became aware of the practice in early 2017. After researching, they found it was a violation of state law and Governor Phil Scott ordered the DMV to stop sharing information with federal agencies.  Donovan, a Democrat, tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that sharing the facial recognition database has been suspended since 2017.

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan (file)
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This week, a Vermont Superior Court judge upheld the state’s large-capacity gun magazine ban signed into law by Governor Phil Scott in April 2018.  Judge William Cohen declined to dismiss a case the state has brought against defendant Max Misch claiming he was stockpiling weapons and had illegally imported two of the banned magazines into Vermont.  Misch had also argued a grandfather clause violated the state constitution’s Common Benefits Clause.  
Democratic Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan is pleased that the court upheld the constitutionality of the law. He tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley it’s an example of common sense legislation that promotes public safety.

From left: VT Attorney General T.J. Donovan, Kate Van Hayes from Senator Bernie Sanders Office, Assistant Attorney General Jill Abrams, Howard Center Executive Director Bob Bick
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The Vermont Attorney General is going back to court over the opioid crisis. T.J. Donovan has filed a third lawsuit against manufacturers or distributors of the drugs that the office claims had key roles in creating the opioid epidemic in the state.

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan announces lawsuit against drug distributors
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Last September, Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan stood in front of the Chittenden County Superior Court to announce that the state was suing Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of Oxycontin and other opioids. Today, he was back to announce new lawsuits against two drug distributors.

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan (file)
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A Vermont court has denied an opioid manufacturer’s motion to dismiss claims brought by the state against the company.

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The Vermont Attorney General is defending his decision to not prosecute anyone for racial harassment directed at a black former state representative.

Former Vermont House Representative Kiah Morris
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The state attorney general's office says a former Vermont legislator who resigned after receiving racial threats was "the victim of racial harassment," but no charges will be filed because of free speech protections.

Vermont has settled a dispute with its pharmacy benefits manager, which oversees management of prescription benefits for the state's employees and retirees.

All five of Vermont’s statewide office holders were re-elected on Tuesday. It was a good night for Democrats, but Republicans kept the state’s top office.

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan (file)
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Vermont’s Attorney General is suing Purdue Pharma, saying the manufacturer of Oxycontin has driven the opioid addiction crisis. T.J. Donovan says the billion dollar industry must account for misleading marketing.

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan (file)
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Vermont is suing a major drug company over its prescription opioid marketing practices that the attorney general says led to the drug crisis in Vermont and around the country.

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The Vermont attorney general's office says it has completed its investigation into the Brattleboro Retreat psychiatric hospital's billing practices and found no criminal misconduct, but did find several areas of billing deficiencies that need to be corrected. The state attorney general says the U.S. attorney general's office reached the same conclusion.

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Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan and members of his staff were in Burlington this morning to announce that the state will receive $6.5 million to complete its claims against automaker Volkswagen.

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan reports on February 2018 officer involved shooting
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The Vermont Attorney General, the Chittenden County State’s Attorney and Vermont State Police on Friday released the results of an investigation into an officer-involved shooting during a traffic stop on Interstate 89 in Richmond that left a Sheldon man dead. Some listeners may find this story upsetting.

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The Vermont Secretary of State and Vermont Attorney General are jointly warning municipal officials in the state about an email scam.

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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