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Vermont to Receive $165,000 from Online Vaping Retailers

Date
August 3, 2021

Attorney General T.J. Donovan today announced that his office has reached settlements with three different online sellers of electronic cigarettes for violations of Vermont’s Delivery Sales Ban and Consumer Protection Act. Under the settlements, the companies resolved claims that they sold electronic cigarettes, e-liquids, or other tobacco paraphernalia to individual consumers. As of July 1, 2019, it is illegal to sell electronic cigarettes and related vaping products over the internet to individual Vermont consumers.

Statement by Attorney General T.J. Donovan on Koffee Kup Decision Regarding Paid Time Off (PTO)

Date
July 14, 2021

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

I am very pleased with the decision by Chittenden Superior Court today that the outstanding vacation time and paid time off (PTO) of the terminated workers at Koffee Kup Bakery and Vermont Bread Company amounts to wages that must be paid. These hardworking Vermonters are entitled to these funds rightfully earned.

In addition, I am pleased that the Court ordered payment of interest for these funds, which were rightfully owed to employees given the significant delay in payment.

Statement by Attorney General T.J. Donovan Regarding Vermont’s Opposition to Purdue Bankruptcy Plan

Date
July 8, 2021

I do not support the proposed Purdue Pharma bankruptcy plan because it does not sufficiently hold the Sackler family accountable. The Sacklers are the founders and owners of Purdue Pharma, which sparked and fueled the opioid crisis. Through this bankruptcy plan, the Sacklers are leveraging their enormous wealth to obtain the protection of the bankruptcy court by having the court extinguish the states’ claims against the Sacklers.

Louis Fortier Arraigned on Charge of First-Degree Murder

Date
March 19, 2021

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

The Attorney General’s Office today announced Louis Fortier, 40, was arraigned in Chittenden Superior Court, Criminal Division, on one count of Murder in the First Degree. Mr. Fortier is accused of fatally stabbing Richard Medina, 43, on March 29, 2017, at the intersection of Church Street and Cherry Street in Burlington, Vermont.

Attorney General Donovan Voices Concerns with CBP’s Proposed Surveillance Towers At Vermont-Canada Border

Date
March 16, 2021

Update: CBP has reopened the public comment period. The initial comment period ran for 30 days from February 9 – March 15, 2021.  Comments will  be accepted for an additional period of 60 days, starting April 18, 2021. To ensure consideration, comments must be received by June 17, 2021. For more information including how to submit comments, visit CBP’s website.

Attorney General Donovan Is Disappointed in Purdue Plan

Date
March 16, 2021

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

Attorney General T.J. Donovan today expressed disappointment when reacting to the plan Purdue Pharma filed in bankruptcy court. Along with 23 other states, Attorney General Donovan released the below statement:

“We are disappointed in this plan. While it contains improvements over the proposal that Purdue announced and we rejected in September 2019, it falls short of the accountability that families and survivors deserve.

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

Date
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.

Attorney General Donovan’s Statement on Vermont Supreme Court’s decision upholding Vermont’s ban on large capacity magazines

Date
February 19, 2021

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

“I am pleased with the Court’s ruling upholding Vermont’s ban on large capacity magazines. This is a win for common sense gun policies and for public safety.

Q&A: How to Protect Your Identity

Date
February 18, 2021

Vermonters, there are steps you can take right now to protect your identity. Here are some helpful tips from the Attorney General’s Consumer Assistance Program (CAP) along with commonly asked questions about identity theft.

What can I do, right now, to protect my identity?

The best way to know that no one is using your personal information is to monitor your credit. 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

Date
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.”

Attorney General Donovan Announces Earth Day Essay Challenge for Vermont 5th and 6th Graders

Date
February 1, 2021

Contact: Charity R. Clark, Chief of Staff, 802-595-8679

Attorney General T.J. Donovan wants to hear from young Vermonters about their thoughts on the environment. For the first time ever, the Attorney General’s Office is holding an Earth Day Essay Challenge and asking 5th and 6th graders all around Vermont to submit essays on the environment.

Gurung Stipulates to Competency in Murder Case

Date
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.

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