Attorney General Moody's Week In Review
This week, I announced historic $26 billion nationwide agreements with major corporations that helped fuel the deadly opioid epidemic. These agreements follow years of aggressive litigation efforts led by my office and other states against AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson—the nation’s three major pharmaceutical distributors—and Johnson & Johnson, who manufactured and marketed opioids.
Since day one, I have fought to hold those who played a part in the opioid epidemic accountable and these settlement agreements are a large step forward in our fight to end this crisis. No amount of money can bring back those we have lost due to opioids, but the more than $1.5 billion Florida and its subdivisions will receive under these agreements will go directly towards prevention efforts, treatment and recovery-related services for those still impacted by this deadly crisis.
The agreements also place new rules on these large corporations—fundamentally changing the opioid manufacturing and distributing industries—so that this never happens again.
While I am proud that we secured these resources, and especially proud of the hard work many of our attorneys put into this legal action and complex negotiations, our work is far from over. I will continue litigating with the remaining defendants to hold them accountable. These agreements bring the total amount of money our office is recovering for Florida to nearly $2 billion.
To learn more about the historic settlement agreements, click here.
By fighting to end the opioid epidemic that is killing 21 Floridians every day and holding corporations responsible for their actions in fueling this crisis, I am working to build a Stronger, Safer Florida.
VIDEO: Attorney General Moody Highlights Resources Available to Service Members During Military Consumer Protection Month
Attorney General Ashley Moody highlighted resources available to service members through the Military Consumer Protection Resource Guide. The release comes as the nation recognizes National Military Consumer Protection Month. The guide is full of information about common scams targeting military members, veterans and their families.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “The brave men and women of our nation’s Armed Forces risk their lives to protect our safety and ensure our freedom. We owe it to them to provide every resource available to protect them from scammers attempting to exploit their courage and sacrifice.
“My office provides several resources to the more than 1.5 million veterans and nearly 100,000 active and reserve service members and their families to help them spot and report military-related scams. We also have a dedicated team of attorneys and investigators fielding complaints, submitted by military members, to track down bad actors targeting our brave heroes or their families. By continuing our work to protect our patriots, we will ensure Florida remains one of the most military-friendly states in the nation.” More.
CONSUMER ALERT: Beware of Scammers Trying to Exploit Child Tax Credit Payments
Attorney General Ashley Moody issued a Consumer Alert warning that scammers may attempt to target recipients of the Child Tax Credit payments. Last week, eligible parents started to receive a monthly advance payment on the Child Tax Credit as part of the American Rescue Plan Act. An estimated 36 million families will continue to receive payments from the Internal Revenue Service of up to $300 per child, per month.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “Anytime the federal government is doling out huge amounts of money, scammers pounce—trying to make a quick, dishonest dollar. With this latest round of federal stimulus money slated to be distributed, parents should be on the lookout for scams.” More.
Attorney General Moody Recognizes One Year of Scams at a Glance Program to Protect Consumers
Attorney General Ashley Moody is recognizing the one-year anniversary of the Scams at a Glance consumer protection program. Scams at a Glance is an outreach initiative, complete with a webpage on the Attorney General’s website, that contains information about common and emerging scams. Scams at a Glance brochures are free and easy-to-share with less tech-savvy citizens, such as seniors or those without internet access. Since the launch of the program, more than a dozen specialized resource brochures have been released to the public. The downloadable trifolds are available in both English and Spanish and include tips for avoiding falling victim to fraud and common scams.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “We created Scams at a Glance to help reach seniors and other Floridians who may not be as comfortable accessing resources on the internet. The resources on our website are easy to read and free to download—with the hope that people will print the brochures and share them with friends and family members. Savvy consumers can stop fraud in its tracks, but they must know what to look for, and that is why this program is tailored to the needs of people who may not spend a lot of time online. So, if you know someone who could benefit from this program, please check out Scams at a Glance and download materials to share—it could help protect a loved one from a scam.” More.
Attorney General Moody Announces Appointment of Henry C. Whitaker as Florida Solicitor General
Attorney General Ashley Moody announced the appointment of Henry C. Whitaker to the position of Florida Solicitor General. The Solicitor General represents the Attorney General’s Office in cases before the United States Supreme Court, the Florida Supreme Court and legally advises on appellate cases in state and federal courts.
Solicitor General Whitaker served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, and before that as Deputy Assistant Attorney General, for the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice where he advised the White House Counsel and cabinet secretaries on a range of important constitutional and statutory questions. Prior to that, Whitaker worked on the Appellate Staff of the Civil Division of the DOJ and, in that capacity, argued more than 40 appeals in the federal courts. He graduated magna cum laude from both Yale College and Harvard Law School. After law school, Whitaker clerked for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Judge David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “I am honored to appoint Henry Whitaker as Solicitor General of the state of Florida. He has spent many years advising the federal government on its most critical legal issues and litigating some of its most important cases. I look forward to working with him as we fight to protect the interests of Florida and its citizens in our nation's courts.” More.
Registration is open for the 2021 National Preventing Crime Conference. This year’s conference will feature successful crime-prevention programs and promote the positive exchange of ideas about preventing violence. To sign up, visit PreventCrimeConference.com.