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Vermont Joins Multistate Settlement with American Medical Collection Agency Over 2019 Data Breach

March 11, 2021

Contact: Charity R. Clark, Chief of Staff, 802-828-3171

MONTPELIER – Attorney General T.J. Donovan today announced that Vermont, as part of a coalition of 41 attorneys general, has settled with Retrieval-Masters Creditors Bureau, doing business as American Medical Collection Agency (“AMCA”) resolving a multistate investigation into the 2019 data breach that exposed the personal information of over 7 million individuals, including 2,889 Vermont residents, and potentially exposed the personal information of up to 21 million individuals throughout the United States.

Consumer Information About Identity Theft

February 11, 2021

Concerned about identity theft? The best way to know that no one is using your personal information is to monitor your credit. The Attorney General’s Consumer Assistance Program (CAP) recommends that Vermonters review their credit reports now, and regularly, to make sure that no unauthorized accounts are being reported.

Environmental Recap: Attorney General Donovan Announces Recent Environmental Actions

February 9, 2021

Contact: Charity R. Clark, Chief of Staff, 802-828-3171

Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced recent environmental actions taken by his office to protect Vermont’s environment and issued the following statement: “Vermonters should know that my team will continue to protect our environment. We also know that the climate crisis is real and the time to act is now. We are glad to again have leadership in Washington that believes in science and protecting our natural world for future generations, but our work here in Vermont will continue.”

Gurung Stipulates to Competency in Murder Case

January 29, 2021

Contact: Charity R. Clark, Chief of Staff, 802-828-3171

The Attorney General’s Office announced that Aita Gurung today stipulated to his competency in Chittenden Superior Court, Criminal Division, the Honorable Samuel Hoar, Jr. presiding. Mr. Gurung is accused of Murder in the First Degree for the killing of his wife, Yogeswari Khadka, and Attempted Murder in the First Degree for the near-fatal attack on his mother-in-law, Tulasa Rimal. Today’s stipulation resolves the issue of Mr. Gurung’s competency and allows the State to move forward with its prosecution.

Attorney General Donovan Calls for Criminal Investigation into Capitol Riot

January 7, 2021

Request for Immediate Investigation Includes President Trump

Contact: Charity R. Clark, Chief of Staff, 802-828-3171

Attorney General T.J. Donovan today requested that Acting U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen commence a criminal investigation into the activities of President Donald Trump and rioters in relation to the events occurring at the U.S. Capitol yesterday. Attorney General Donovan wrote in the letter to Acting Attorney General Rosen:

Vermont Leads Multistate Investigation of Hotel Booking Company’s 2017 Data Breach

December 23, 2020

State of Vermont to Receive $397,000 as Settlement

Contact: Charity R. Clark, Chief of Staff, 802-828-3171

Attorney General T.J. Donovan, along with the attorneys general of 27 states, has entered into a settlement with Sabre Corporation that resolves an investigation into the 2017 data breach of Sabre Hospitality Solutions’ hotel booking system. The breach exposed the data of approximately 1.3 million credit cards. The settlement requires a payment of $2.4 million, of which the State of Vermont will receive $397,000 and injunctive relief.

Attorney General Donovan Sues to End Facebook Monopoly

December 9, 2020

Contact: Charity R. Clark, Chief of Staff, 802-828-3171

Bipartisan Coalition of 48 Attorneys General Charge Anticompetitive Conduct: Facebook Thwarted Competition, Reduced Consumer Privacy for Profits

AG Donovan Reassures Vermonters: Voters Will Determine the Outcome of the Presidential Election

November 4, 2020

Contact: Charity R. Clark, Chief of Staff, 802-828-3171

Following President Donald Trump falsely declaring victory in the presidential election, Attorney General T.J. Donovan is reassuring Vermonters that he will protect the rule of law by ensuring that every vote is counted.

“If democracy is going to work, we must respect the will of the people and that means we count every legal vote,” said Attorney General Donovan. “Voters will determine the outcome of the election.”

Vermont Democratic Party & Burlington Democratic Committee Settle Campaign Finance Violations

October 23, 2020

Contact: Philip Back, Assistant Attorney General, 802-828-3171

The Vermont Democratic Party and the Burlington Democratic Committee will pay a penalty to the State of Vermont for campaign finance reporting violations. According to a settlement reached today, the Vermont Democratic Party and the Burlington Democratic Committee failed to timely file reports regarding the March 3, 2020 Town Meeting Day election, in violation of 17 V.S.A. § 2964(b)(1), for which they will collectively pay $2750 as a civil penalty.

Attorney General’s Statement Regarding Sentence Of 25 Years to Life in Caballero Trial

October 7, 2020

Contact: Charity R. Clark, Chief of Staff, 802-828-3171

Today, Jayveon Caballero was sentenced to serve 25 years to life for the murder of Markus Austin in Montpelier, Vermont. Mr. Caballero was convicted of Murder in the Second Degree after a jury trial in November 2019. The case was heard by Judge Mary Morrissey in Washington Superior Court, Criminal Division. Assistant Attorneys General Elizabeth Anderson and John Waszak prosecuted the case on behalf of the State of Vermont. In light of today’s sentencing, Attorney General T.J. Donovan issues the following statement:

Attorney General Donovan’s Statement on the Governor’s Veto of the Global Warming Solutions Act

September 15, 2020

“Climate change is real, and it is already affecting our state. The Global Warming Solutions Act, recently passed by the Vermont Legislature, tells government: When it comes to climate change, do your job. I testified in favor of this bill because it requires concrete climate action by certain deadlines. And it creates government accountability by allowing Vermonters to bring a citizen lawsuit if government fails to meet those requirements.

Attorney General Wins Significant Victory in Clearview AI Lawsuit

September 11, 2020

Contact: Ryan Kriger, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-3171

Court Denies Facial Recognition Company’s Motion to Dismiss

Attorney General T.J. Donovan has prevailed on a motion to dismiss filed by Clearview AI in the lawsuit to stop the facial recognition company from collecting and selling images of Vermonters. The Court’s ruling means the case, which was filed in April, may now move forward. The case is pending in Chittenden Superior Court, Civil Division.

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