Attorney General Moody's Week In Review
This week, I joined President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, U.S. Attorney General William Barr and law enforcement leaders from across our country at the White House for a discussion on policing. As Florida’s Attorney General, a former federal prosecutor, judge and wife of a law enforcement officer, this is an issue that is close to my heart—both personally and professionally.
The discussion at the White House, as well as the discussions that are happening right now publicly in our streets and privately in our homes, are extremely important. What happened to George Floyd in Minneapolis deeply disturbed me. I stood with Florida’s law enforcement community in condemning the senseless murder. The actions of that officer were criminal, and I think every law-abiding citizen in our country from Florida to Hawaii agrees that he should face justice.
But we cannot let what happened in Minnesota taint the hard work and daily sacrifices of the vast majority of our nation’s law enforcement heroes. These are the men and women who rush into danger as the rest of us flee. They catch murderers, take deadly drugs off our streets, and as we saw just this week in Tampa, deliver babies in emergencies. They feed the homeless, mentor disadvantaged youth and rescue overdose victims. They are our neighbors, our church members, even our relatives. They do a job many are too afraid to do.
As your Attorney General, I am dedicated to working with law enforcement officials, community leaders and our President to see how we can improve in this area—so the promise of fairness and justice under the law is ensured and our communities trust the institutions committed to protecting them.
During our conversation at the White House this week, we discussed ways to achieve this goal and develop the best policing practices in our states and across the nation. This discussion is just the beginning.
It isn’t always easy to make meaningful change, and it isn’t always comfortable, but nothing worth doing is ever easy. I expect hard conversations in our future, but Americans are tough and resilient. We will find a way forward by seeking thoughtful and effective improvements to better the lives of all Americans—strengthening our criminal justice system and building a Stronger, Safer Florida.
VIDEO: Florida Teens are Going to the Hospital with Serious Respiratory Issues and It’s Not COVID-19
Attorney General Ashley Moody is warning parents and teens about an alarming new health scare. Reports are emerging of Florida teens being rushed to the hospital with COVID-19 like symptoms after using e-cigarette products—some having to be placed on ventilators. The patients test negative for the novel coronavirus, however they vape. Health experts are concerned that the underaged use of e-cigarettes may be exacerbating the COVID-19 crisis—potentially putting minors who vape at an increased risk of complications from the virus.
Even before COVID-19 spread into Florida, underage vaping was a growing problem. The Florida Department of Health recently announced 119 cases of vaping-related pulmonary illnesses statewide, and it was reported just last month, that teens were being hospitalized in the Orlando area with COVID-19 like symptoms that proved to be unrelated to COVID, but rather, were the effects of vaping.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “These reports are extremely concerning. Most Americans are paying extra attention to their health right now and taking steps to avoid contracting COVID-19. We know that most young people are not as susceptible to some of the more serious effects of the virus unless they have a preexisting condition. But, for teens who vape, we are now hearing that vaping may cause damage to their young lungs and is even more devastating when combined with COVID-19. More.
VIDEO: Attorney General Moody Takes Legal Action in Ongoing Generic Drug Price-Fixing Conspiracy Investigation
Attorney General Ashley Moody is taking legal action against several generic drug manufacturers for participation in a conspiracy to fix prices and allocate the market for generic drugs. This lawsuit is the third resulting from a multistate antitrust investigation into a widespread conspiracy by generic drug manufacturers to artificially inflate and manipulate prices, reduce competition and unreasonably restrain trade for generic drugs sold nationwide. This latest complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, focuses on more than 80 topical dermatological generic drugs that account for billions of dollars of sales in the U.S. The complaint names 26 corporate defendants and 10 individual defendants, seeking damages, civil penalties and actions by the court to restore competition to the generic drug market.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “These major pharmaceutical companies colluded to disrupt the free market—and consumers paid the price. The defendants in our ongoing, multistate litigation must answer to the public for their conspiracy to artificially inflate prices on these important generic drugs; forcing consumers, including many seniors, to pay more than they should have for the treatment and relief so important to their health.” More.
VIDEO CONSUMER ALERT: Attorney General Moody Takes Action to Stop COVID-19 Grant Scam Targeting Seniors
Attorney General Ashley Moody is issuing a Consumer Alert to warn Floridians about a new scam targeting seniors with offers of fake COVID-19 grants. The Florida Attorney General’s Office is receiving reports from seniors offered thousands of dollars in federal grant money to stay isolated at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Scammers are contacting seniors via Facebook Messenger, email and text message to offer these sham grants and request upfront payment as insurance for the expedited delivery of grant money.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “This scam appears to involve an international criminal organization utilizing a multifaceted communications plan to deceive seniors. These criminals are hacking Facebook accounts to send messages to targets from a friend’s profile—creating the illusion that the grant program is being promoted by an acquaintance. Once contact is made, the criminals request personal information, bank account numbers and insurance payments purportedly to help ensure the safe delivery of thousands of dollars in federal grant money, and of course, the money is never sent.” More.
Friday marked the four-year anniversary of the tragic attack at Pulse nightclub in Orlando that took 49 innocent lives. Attorney General Ashley Moody issued a statement this week on social media and stands united with all Floridians in condemning hatred and violence towards the LGBTQ community.