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Santa Fe, NM---Attorney General Balderas today joined a multistate coalition in filing a motion for a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s unlawful final rule redefining the “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act.

SANTA FE, NM – Attorney General Balderas, along with a coalition of 34 attorneys general, today announced a settlement with Santander Consumer USA Inc. (Santander) that includes approximately $550 million in relief for consumers with even more relief in additional deficiency waivers expected.

Santa Fe, NM --- Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that his office has sued JUUL Labs Inc. for creating a youth vaping epidemic by intentionally marketing and selling its e-cigarettes to young people. The lawsuit, filed in the First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe, alleges that the company illegally advertised and sold nicotine products to underage youth and created an epidemic of nicotine addiction among young people. The lawsuit demands that JUUL pay for the costs associated with combating this public health crisis affecting young people across New Mexico.

Santa Fe, NM --- Attorney General Balderas today joined a coalition of 24 attorneys general calling on the U.S. Senate to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, which expired more than a year ago. As isolation and uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic increases the risk to domestic violence victims, the Senate must act immediately, the attorneys general argue. In April of 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill with bipartisan support reauthorizing the act, but after more than a year, the Senate has yet to take up consideration of the bill, nor has it taken up a companion bill.

Santa Fe, NM --- Attorney General Hector Balderas today, joined a coalition of 19 attorneys general, in filing a lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s unlawful final rule redefining the "waters of the United States" under the Clean Water Act. The final rule continues the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) effort to weaken water quality protections under the Clean Water Act and narrow the definition of “waters of the United States.” The new rule removes protections for all ephemeral streams, many wetlands, and other waters that were previously covered under the Act. In the lawsuit, the coalition argues that EPA’s rule directly conflicts with the text of the Clean Water Act, Supreme Court precedent, and the EPA’s own scientific findings.

Santa Fe, NM --- Today, Attorney General Balderas issued a safety advisory to all New Mexicans about scams related to the federal economic stimulus package. The federal government will soon be sending money by check or direct deposit to most New Mexicans, but anyone who tells you they can get you the money now is likely operating a scam....

Santa Fe, NM---Today, Attorney General announced that he will immediately appeal a Court of Appeals ruling that allowed a new trial to Joseph Apodaca, who was convicted of two counts of first-degree criminal sexual penetration and one count of tampering with evidence for a brutal sexual assault, which left the woman who survived with serious medical issues requiring multiple surgeries and causing lasting damage. On appeal, Apodaca argued that he was entitled to argue at trial that he mistook the survivor for having consented to his assault, despite New Mexico law not affording this defense. A two judge majority of the Court of Appeals decided today that Apodaca is entitled to a new trial because the jury was not instructed on his “mistake of fact” defense to establish that he believed the survivor consented to his actions.

Santa Fe, NM - Today, Attorney General Balderas led a coalition of 32 attorneys general, urging Amazon, Facebook, Ebay, Walmart, and Craigslist to more rigorously monitor price gouging practices by online sellers using their services.

Santa Fe, NM -- Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a consumer safety advisory, warning New Mexican consumers of various scams related to the coronavirus outbreak. This advisory comes in the wake of many reports to the Office of the Attorney General of consumer price gouging and COVID-19 scams emerging in New Mexico. "We must protect the health and safety of New Mexican families during this emergency, and that includes protecting them from fraud and abuse when they are most vulnerable," said Attorney General Balderas. "My office will prosecute anyone who breaks the law and takes advantage of vulnerable New Meixcans."

Santa Fe, NM - While the COVID-19 public health crisis continues, the Trump Administration refuses to confirm that accessing health coverage will not impair lawful immigrants’ ability to stay in the country, asserts a new letter from Attorney General Balderas and 17 other attorneys general. Following an internally contradictory and confusing alert from the Trump Administration purporting to address the controversy, Attorney General Balderas has again joined a coalition of attorneys general in calling on the Trump Administration to delay its “public charge” rule while the COVID-19 outbreak spreads across the nation.

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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...