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Albuquerque, NM— Attorney General Hector Balderas today announced that a coalition of 50 Attorneys General has reached a settlement with Equifax as the result of its massive 2017 data breach. The Attorneys General investigation found that Equifax’s failure to maintain a reasonable security system enabled hackers to penetrate its systems, exposing the data of more than half of all American adults—the largest-ever breach of consumer data. The Attorneys General secured a settlement with Equifax that includes up to $425 million in consumer restitution, a $175 million payment to the states, and an injunction requiring significant improvements to Equifax’s business and data security practices. This is the largest data breach enforcement action in U.S. history, brining millions of dollars of restitution to New Mexican consumers and nearly $2.3 million to the State.

Albuquerque, NM---Attorney General Hector Balderas and the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General are hosting a blood drive in coordination with the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) to promote NAAG’s 2019 presidential initiative on emergency and crisis management. State attorneys general are partnering with local blood donation centers to host blood drives from late summer through early fall. The New Mexico Attorney General’s office blood drive will be held on July 24th from 8:30AM to 2:00PM. The location will be located inside the Hyatt Regency downtown Albuquerque inside the Atrium area next to registration Desk.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas today joined a coalition of 37 bipartisan State Attorneys General urging federal cooperation with the states to protect consumers from false advertising and harms to their health from products containing cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds, including cannabidiol (CBD). In a public comment filed with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the AGs highlight the need for research into the risks and potential benefits of cannabinoid products to inform consumers and assist in state-level regulation. They also encourage the FDA to continue partnering with state consumer protection authorities as it considers guidelines for this emerging market.

Albuquerque, NM---Attorney General Balderas today joined a coalition of eight states in filing a brief supporting the rights of states to enact public health policies that can prevent opioid overdoses, save lives, and treat those suffering from opioid use disorder. The amicus brief, filed today in United States v. Safehouse before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, opposes a Trump administration effort to stop Safehouse, a Pennsylvania nonprofit, from operating a life-saving “safe injection site” that can prevent opioid overdose deaths.

Santa Fe, NM---Attorney General Hector Balderas today joined a coalition of attorneys general, in filing an amicus brief to defend the human rights of children in civil immigration detention in the United States. In the brief filed with the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the coalition urges the court to grant immediate relief to remedy the imminent threat to the health and welfare of immigrant children detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Under the Flores Settlement Agreement, children have the right to safe and sanitary conditions of detention and prompt release or placement at a state-licensed facility. However, under the Trump Administration, immigrant children have been held for weeks in inhumane conditions without access to basic necessities like soap, clean water, toothbrushes, showers, or a place to sleep.

Albuquerque, NM–This afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Guadalulpe Evelyn Kingston was indicted by an Otero County Grand Jury on 18 felony charges including Exploitation, Forgery, Unlawful use of a Debit Card, Theft of Identity and Falsification of Documents, for allegedly stealing over $80,000 from an elderly nursing home resident who suffers from dementia.

Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas, joining a coalition of 23 states, today submitted a comment letter to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) opposing a new rule proposal that would deny housing assistance to mixed-status families that include any undocumented immigrants. The new proposal would result in the eviction of thousands of families, including many children and lawful residents and citizens, who rely on housing assistance for their homes. If enacted, the Proposed Rule will harm the States, their residents, their local economies, and the public health.

Albuquerque, NM – Please see the below statement from New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, following the news of the passing of Judge Sarah Singleton.

Albuquerque, NM---Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas secured a guilty plea in a case involving an embezzlement from an Albuquerque small business. Mica Tyler plead to a second degree felony for stealing over $100,000 from Toyomasters while acting as its bookkeeper.

Albuquerque, NM---Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a coalition of 25 State Attorneys General in opposing any effort by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to roll back or limit its Overdraft Rule. The rule, currently in place, permits banks to charge fees to consumers for overdraft services on ATM and one-time debit transactions only after consumers have been provided with important information about those services and fees in a model notice, and only after those consumers have made the affirmative choice to opt in to such services.

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Albuquerque, NM – This afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert in response to a new scam hitting New Mexico that threatens a ‘criminal lawsuit’ by the IRS if the caller’s message is not returned. The digitized voice in the recording claims to be Officer Edward Jonathon calling from the legal department of the Internal Revenue Service and leaves a call back number along with his threats.

Albuquerque, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a scam alert regarding phone recordings threatening New Mexicans with federal enforcement action by the U. S. Treasury and appearances before a grand jury or federal magistrate judge. The scam recording tells New Mexicans they must call various phone numbers with out of state area codes. Scams like this one are flooding New Mexico and since May 2, 2016, nearly 700 reports have been made...