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  • Attorney General Hunter Comments on Administrative Law Judge’s Ruling on Wind Catcher

    ALJ recommends commission deny Wind Catcher project OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today commended an administrative law judge’s recommendations to deny the pre-approval of Public Service Company of Oklahoma’s (PSO) Wind Catcher project.In a 136 page report submitted by Judge Mary Candler to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) commissioners, Judge Candler found PSO failed to meet the burden of proof required for pre-approval and cost recovery of the pro...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Joins Call to End Mandatory Arbitration in Sexual Harassment Claims

    Federal legislation would give victims more rightsOKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today signed a letter, sent to Congressional leadership, asking members to pass legislation ending mandatory arbitration to strengthen the protection for victims of sexual harassment in the workplace.In the letter, Attorney General Hunter, and a bipartisan coalition of 56 attorneys general from states and U.S. territories, are asking for the legislation to ensure victims of sexual harassment have...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Sends Letter to President Asking to Pardon former Edmond 1st Lt. Behenna

    General Hunter: Behenna deserves his freedom backOKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter has sent a letter to President Donald Trump, expressing his support for a pardon of former U.S. Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna.In 2009, Behenna was convicted of unpremeditated murder in a combat zone after killing a suspected Al Qaeda terrorist in Iraq, while attempting to find individuals responsible for an IED that took the lives of two men in his unit.   Read More...

  • The Norman Transcript: Oklahoma AG speaks about ongoing state legal issues

    By Jacob McGuire | Transcript Staff WriterOklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter spoke at the Norman Rotary Club's meeting on Feb. 1. In an effort to raise awareness of the legal issues the state is facing, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter spoke at the Norman Rotary Club’s Thursday meeting.During the meeting, Hunter spoke about a lawsuit his office filed against four drug manufactures last year.On June 30, Hunter filed a lawsuit claiming Purdue Pharma, Allergan, Teva, Janssen ...  Read More...

  • The Norman Transcript: Balkman appoints judicial master in state opioid case

    By Jacob McGuire | Transcript Staff Writer | Feb 1, 2018NORMAN — Cleveland County Judge Thad Balkman has appointed a judicial master to the Oklahoma Attorney General's lawsuit against several opioid manufacturers. With the decision, disputes involving evidence in the case shouldn’t keep the case from moving forward.On Monday, Balkman signed an order appointing William C. Hetherington Jr.   Read More...

  • ICYMI: The Oklahoman: Editorial: Oklahoma opioid panel provides several good ideas

    In Case You Missed ItBy The Oklahoman Editorial Board | Published: January 28, 2018 12:00 AMA commission that spent half of last year studying the impact of opioids on Oklahoma produced 31 recommendations for slowing the scourge. It's encouraging that many don't require funding, and those ideas should be pursued with all due haste.The report released last week by Attorney General Mike Hunter, who led the commission, noted that drug overdose deaths in Oklahoma have increased by 91 percent...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Commends Walmart’s New Initiative to Combat the Opioid Epidemic

     Attorney General Hunter receives hands-on demonstration at local Walmart pharmacyOKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today met at a local Walmart pharmacy with officials from Walmart and DisposeRx to receive a hands-on demonstration of an innovative new initiative to help curb the nation’s opioid abuse epidemic.Walmart announced last week it would carry and distribute the opioid disposal solution, known as DisposeRx, in all of its 4,700 pharmacies nationwide, free of c...  Read More...

  • Bartlesville Examiner - Enterprise: Hunter Wants to Fight Opioid Abuse

    By Nathan Thompson nthompson@examiner-enterprise.comPosted Jan 25, 2018 at 12:01 AMOklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter said he wants to continue the fight against opioid abuse and protect public safety, as he seeks a full term as the state’s chief legal and law enforcement officer.Hunter spoke with the Examiner-Enterprise on Wednesday during a visit to Bartlesville, one day after the Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse released its findings and final recommendations for legislation, policy and...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Sends Letter to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Seeking Corporate Tax Savings Passed to Utility Customers

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter has sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), urging the commission, through its authority as the nation’s energy regulator, take action at the wholesale level to ensure all possible corporate tax savings are captured to ultimately result in lower retail utility bills. This will facilitate the orderly transfer of the tax windfall to retail customers.The letter recommends the FERC lower utility rates under its jurisd...  Read More...

  • The Oklahoman: Author Tells Oklahomans: Prepare For a Long Road on Opioids

    by Meg Wingerter Related coverageOklahoma opioid commission unveils recommendationsSam Quinones speaks about his book, "Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opioid Epidemic" at the Oklahoma History Center on Tuesday. [Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman]Oklahoma City — America's opioid epidemic was the product of 20 years of silence, and conquering it will take years of work and hosts of ideas, a reporter who traced it said.Sam Quinones, a former Los Angeles Time...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter, Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse Release Findings, Recommendations

     Report includes recommended changes to state law, rules and policyOKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter and members of the Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse today released their findings and final recommendations for legislation, policy and rule changes to combat the state’s current opioid epidemic.The nine-member commission, made of representatives from law enforcement, the medical community, private sector businesses and the state legislature, met six times over the ...  Read More...

  • Janelle Stecklein: CNHI: Mike Hunter: From 'humble beginnings'

    By Janelle Stecklein CNHI Oklahoma Reporter | Jan 19, 2018 Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter discusses his first year in office during a recent visit to the Enid News & Eagle. (Billy Hefton / Enid News & Eagle)OKLAHOMA CITY — Meet Mike Hunter for the first time, and it’s hard to ignore that his impeccably tailored suit is finished off with a pair of polished cowboy boots.For years, Hunter said he was afraid to don that footwear. A college mentor once told him they marked hi...  Read More...

  • ICYMI: Real Clear Policy: Attorney General Mike Hunter: Charting a New Course for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

    In Case you Missed ItReal Clear Policy: Charting a New Course for the Consumer Financial Protection BureauBy: Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter Last month, Richard Cordray stepped down from his post as the first Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The CFPB now has the opportunity to move in a new direction — one that respects constitutional limits, promotes a healthy and well-functioning financial system, and thereby benefits consumers.The CFPB was establi...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Comments on Judge Balkman’s Trial Schedule for State Opioid Lawsuit

    Oklahoma is first state in nation to have a trial scheduled in opioid litigationOKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today commended Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman for granting the state’s requested May 2019 trial date for its lawsuit against opioid manufacturers for their role in creating the opioid epidemic.Oklahoma is the first state in the nation to have a trial date set among the multitude of states across the country suing drug manufacturers.Attorney Gener...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Comments on Corporation Commission Decision to Track and Later Return Savings to Utility Customers

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today released the following statement after members of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) voted on the motions filed by his office, asking for a reduction in customer utility rates from the state’s leading utility companies, after the corporate income tax rate went from 35 percent to 21 percent.The OCC voted two-to-one, in favor of the attorney general’s alternative proposal, which requires utility companies to begin tracking...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Urges Oklahomans to Prepare for Frigid Temperatures

    Attorney General Hunter’s consumer and utility units develop tips to keep Oklahomans safeOKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter is imploring Oklahomans to take precaution and prepare for temperatures in the low teens and single digits over the weekend and into next week.According to local weather reports, arctic air is expected to move into the state overnight and keep temperatures below freezing and approaching record – cold levels at times across the state. On Monday, w...  Read More...

  • ICYMI: The Oklahoman and Tulsa World Editorials Supporting the Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse Proposals

    In Case You Missed ItOklahoma opioid commission offers sensible ideasBy The Oklahoman Editorial Board | December 22, 2017A special commission that has spent months delving into Oklahoma's opioid abuse problem has offered several recommendations to the Legislature. Members should give the suggestions their full attention in 2018.The misuse and abuse of opioids has been a severe problem in Oklahoma for some time. In 2015, Oklahoma saw 19 opioid-related deaths per every 100,000 people — a...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Files Motions for Utility Customer Rate Reduction After Corporate Tax Rate Cut

    General Hunter: Corporate savings should be passed on to Oklahoma customersOKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter has filed five motions with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC), asking for an immediate reduction in customer rates from the state’s leading utility companies.The attorney general’s request came the day that a sweeping overhaul of federal income taxes was signed into law, to take effect Jan. 1. The new law lowers the highest corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 2...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Announces FBI and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to Investigate Oklahoma Health Department

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Attorney General Mike Hunter today announced that the FBI and the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will partner with his office to investigate issues relating to the use of federal funds at the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH).Attorney General Hunter said attorneys and investigators with his office will work with federal authorities and the state auditor’s office to scrutinize movement and management of both...  Read More...

  • Oklahoma City Business Owners Charged with 115-Counts of Medicaid Fraud

    OKLAHOMA CITY – A federal grand jury has charged the owners of a diabetic supply company with 115-counts of Medicaid fraud, after the couple filed false claims to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.According to the indictment, Eunja Vasquez, 55, and Lawrence Vasquez, 61, owners of Mercy Diabetic Supply, Inc., not affiliated with Mercy health system, falsified Medicaid claims for insulin pump supplies for patients who didn’t use insulin pumps for treating their diabetes. Additionally,...  Read More...

  • Collaboration leading Oklahoma’s opioid battle

    By: Sarah Terry-Cobo | The Journal RecordDecember 11, 2017 Dr. Jason Beaman, left, chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa, speaks as Jessica Hawkins, senior director of Prevention Services with the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services; Attorney General Mike Hunter; and Julia Jernigan, executive director of the Oklahoma Behavioral Health Association, listen during a rou...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Files Charges on Oklahoma City Healthcare Provider

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit has filed charges on an Oklahoma City health care provider who allegedly ran a Medicaid scam from a Oklahoma City counseling business.Augustine Uche, 57, of Oklahoma City, was charged with two counts of Medicaid fraud and two counts of unlawful use of a computer to commit a criminal offense for submitting false Medicaid claims for services that were never performed and excessive fees to the Oklahoma Health Car...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Comments on Judge Balkman’s Ruling to Move Opioid Lawsuit Forward

    Cleveland County Judge denies defendants’ motions to dismissNORMAN – Attorney General Mike Hunter today released the following statement regarding Cleveland County Judge Thad Balkman’s denial of opioid manufacturers’ motions to dismiss the state’s lawsuit against them for their role in creating the opioid epidemic.“We appreciate the care with which Judge Balkman evaluated the motions to dismiss and our response, and applaud his decision to move the case forwar...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Joins Supreme Court Challenge to End California’s Restrictive Farming Regulations

    Report: regulation has cost between $227 million and $912 million since 2015OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter and 12 other attorneys general from across the nation have challenged California’s unjustifiably burdensome farming regulations in the U.S. Supreme Court, saying the policy has cost hundreds of millions of dollars to agricultural producers and consumers across the county.According to the filing, California’s requirements for out of state egg producers violate...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Offers Tips for Oklahomans to Avoid Online Holiday Shopping Scams

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter is urging Oklahomans to use caution when making online purchases this holiday season to avoid scams and fraud.According to Adobe Digital Insights, a company that publishes research on digital marketing to marketers and business leaders, reported online sales during the 2016 holiday season hit a record $91.7 billion in sales, up from $82.5 billion in 2015. Researchers anticipate even more online sales in 2017.The FBI’s 2016 Internet Crime R...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Applauds Tulsa PDs Effort in Operation Blue Thunder

    Joint task force assisted with Safe Oklahoma Grant moneyTULSA – Attorney General Mike Hunter today commended the Tulsa Police Department and other state and federal law enforcement agencies after a successful four-week crime sweep across Tulsa, called Operation Blue Thunder.In total, the citywide operation made 102 felony arrests, served 55 felony warrants, seized 48 illegally possessed firearms and recovered 17 stolen vehicles.Officers also recovered 26 pounds of marijuana, 26 grams of cocaine,...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Sends Letter to Congress Asking for Repeal of Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act

    Attorney General Hunter: Law hinders local law enforcementOKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter and a bipartisan coalition of 44 attorneys general have sent a letter, in cooperation with the National Association of Attorneys General, to congressional leadership calling for the repeal of the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act.The letter, authored by Attorney General Hunter, Florida Attorney General Pamela Bondi, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh and North Caroli...  Read More...

  • Enid News & Eagle: Opioid crisis facing the state discussed at addiction summit

    By Cass Rains Staff Writer Education was the most common theme for a solution to the state's mounting opioid crisis, officials said Wednesday during an addiction summit held in Enid.Members of OSU Center for Health Sciences, law enforcement officials, state and local leaders, and policy makers met for the Addiction in Rural Oklahoma Summit at Central National Bank Center. The summit was one of three across the state. One was held Tuesday in Lawton and another was planned for Thursday in Dur...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Charges Nursing Home Caretaker with Financial Exploitation

    Attorney General Hunter provides tips to help senior citizensOKLAHOMA CITY - Attorney General Mike Hunter has charged a certified nurse aide with four counts of financial exploitation by a caretaker and one count of engaging in a pattern of criminal offenses.An investigation by the attorney general’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit discovered Tracy Borman, 41, of Mannford, allegedly used an elderly resident’s debit card to withdraw cash from a bank account and make other unauthorized pur...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Urges Oklahomans to Observe National Takeback Day

    Tomorrow is the fourteenth DEA Takeback DayOKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter is urging Oklahomans to clear their homes of unused or expired medication by taking them to designated collection sites throughout the state on the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Takeback Day, tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 28.Individuals can access the 30 DEA disposal sites across the state from 10 a.m.   Read More...