Attorney General's Weekly Newsletter
Volume 9, Issue 23 • June 24, 2011

This week, I attended a National Association of Attorneys General Conference in Chicago. It was an excellent learning experience and a great opportunity to get to know other attorneys general from across the country. The conference theme was "Maximizing State and Local Partnerships to Help Constituents," and a wide array of topics and issues that face our nation were covered, including prescription drug abuse. While at the conference, I also met with Gil Kerlikowske, Director of National Drug Control Policy to discuss Florida's fight against pill mills and prescription drug abuse.

During this week's conference, the 2011-2012 officers were announced and I was named the chairman of the southern region of the National Association of Attorneys General. It is an honor to be named chairman, and I look forward to working closely with the other attorneys general of the southern region on issues pertinent to our area.

In the News
Sunshine State News - In a Public Records Showdown, Pam Bondi Will Be the One Wearing the White Hat
WCTV Tallahassee - Fla. AG Reaches $40.75 Million Settlement with Pharmaceutical Companies
The Gainesville Sun - William Large: A new approach to fixing Florida's mortgage crisis

Protecting Floridians
Decoupling Bill Signed by Governor Scott

Attorney General Bondi applauded Governor Scott for signing Senate Bill 146 on Tuesday, that separates occupational licensing requirements from civil rights restoration. Felons who have served their sentences deserve a chance to become productive members of society, and this legislation will help felons enter the workforce while protecting the public. By separating the restoration of civil rights from the licensing process, we ensure that licenses are issued by the appropriate authority based on an individualized vetting process. Click here to read the statement.


Attorney General Bondi and 37 Attorneys General Reach $40.75 Million Settlement with Pharmaceutical Companies

On Thursday, Attorney General Bondi announced that she and 37 other attorneys general reached a $40.75 million settlement with GlaxoSmithKline, LLC and SB Pharmco Puerto Rico, Inc. arising from alleged unfair and deceptive trade practices. Florida will receive approximately $2.92 million from the settlement. According to the complaint, GlaxoSmithKline, LLC and SB Pharmco Puerto Rico, Inc. were manufacturing drugs that had been adulterated because the manufacturing processes used to produce these drugs were substandard. Consumers should note that there is no current cause for concern regarding the drugs covered by this agreement because all adulterated batches were recalled years ago. For the full release, click here.


Events

Attorney General Bondi meets Scott Turow, Famed Author

At the National Association of Attorneys General Conference in Chicago, Attorney General Bondi was able to meet world renowned author and attorney Scott Turow. He has written best-selling legal thrillers such as Presumed Innocent, Burden of Proof and Reversible Errors, which were also feature films.