Attorney General's Weekly Newsletter
Volume 9, Issue 6 • March 11, 2011

This week, I joined Attorneys General from across the country who had convened for the National Association of Attorneys General spring meeting in Washington D.C. In meeting with my colleagues, we shared ideas and relevant issues that we face as a nation and how we address these issues on the state level.

When I met with Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange, we discussed the importance of ensuring that those affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill receive the compensation they deserve. General Strange was appointed by a federal judge to serve as the coordinating counsel in charge of states' litigation. I told General Strange about my correspondences with Mr. Feinberg on moving the Gulf Coast Claims Facility's claims process forward.

I also met with Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway on Florida's pill mill crisis. Unfortunately, Florida leads the nation in diverted prescription drugs, and General Conway has experienced an increase in prescription drug abuse in Kentucky-drugs obtained in Florida. I have made it my top priority to tackle this public safety issue.

In closing, this week began the 2011 legislative session. I am supporting several legislative proposals, ranging from the eradication of Florida's pill mills to Floridians' right to speak at public meetings and from the permanent banning of "bath salts," or MDPV, to provisions that would separate the restoration of civil rights from that restoration being a prerequisite to obtaining an occupational license. I look forward to working with our partners in the Legislature on developing laws to protect the safety and well being of Floridians.

In the News
Business Week: Fla. Senate approves health care amendment
St. Petersburg Times: AG Bondi meets with state Attorneys General in D.C.

Protecting Floridians

Attorney General Bondi and Partners Arrest Eight for Medicaid Fraud

Attorney General Bondi announced on Thursday that in collaboration with partnering agencies, eight Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Broward county residents were arrested after allegedly defrauding the Florida Medicaid program out of more than $24,000. A three-year investigation revealed that the defendants, employed as home health aides by Genesis Home Health, Inc. in Miami, submitted reports and medical records to Genesis for services that were not rendered. The individuals were arrested on felony warrants by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit with assistance from the Sunny Isles Police Department, Aventura Police Department, Hallandale Beach Police Department, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi Reaches Landmark $68.5 Million Settlement with AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals

Attorney General Pam Bondi announced Thursday that Florida, along with 37 other states, reached a record $68.5 million settlement with AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP for the alleged improper marketing of the antipsychotic drug Seroquel. This settlement is the largest multi-state, consumer protection-based investigation against a pharmaceutical company. The Attorneys General from Florida and Illinois led the investigation into AstraZeneca’s marketing and promotional practices, and Florida's share of the 37-state settlement will be just over $4 million in addition to stopping the conduct.



Events

In recognition of March being Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, Attorney General Bondi introduced a resolution during Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting, proclaiming March 9th as “Special Olympics Florida Day.” The resolution promotes a greater understanding of people with mental disabilities.