Rutledge Releases Statement on Arkansas Ranked Most Pro-Life State in AmericaWed, Dec 16, 2020
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued a statement following the announcement Arkansas is ranked the most pro-life state in America by Americans United for Life. The pro-life organization ranks each state based on state laws protecting the unborn, the elderly, the disabled, and the terminally ill.
“It is an incredible day in the State of Arkansas to be named the most pro-life state in America by Americans United for Life. This has not been an easy road, but it is the most important fight we could take on and win. My office has successfully defended and won a number of pro-life cases, and as long as I am Attorney General, I will ensure we continue to fight for the lives and the rights of the unborn. Even with this remarkable announcement our work continues and I promise I will keep fighting wholeheartedly to defend our pro-life laws.”
Rutledge On U.S. Supreme Court Victory That Defends Local Pharmacies Against Predatory PBMsThu, Dec 10, 2020
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued a statement following the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous opinion upholding Arkansas’s pharmacy benefit manager regulations in Rutledge v. Pharmaceutical Care Management Association. The Supreme Court’s decision reverses a lower court ruling blocking enforcement of Arkansas’s law.
“This is an important unanimous win for not only locally owned pharmacies that have experienced financial hardships at the hands of pharmacy benefit managers, but more importantly, this is a win for all Arkansans and Americans to have access to affordable health care,” said Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. “I will always protect Arkansans and small businesses from unfair practices and fight to lower the costs of prescription drugs.”
Rutledge Joins Multistate Lawsuit Seeking to End Facebook’s Illegal MonopolyWed, Dec 9, 2020
Says, ‘the social media giant must be held accountable when it keeps other competitors from entering into the marketplace’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today joined a bipartisan coalition of attorneys general in filing a lawsuit against Facebook, Inc., alleging that the company illegally stifles competition to protect its monopoly power. The lawsuit alleges that, over the last decade, the social networking giant illegally acquired competitors and cut services to smaller threats, depriving users of the benefits of competition, and reducing privacy protections and services while gaining billions through increased advertising revenue.
“Many Americans rely on Facebook to connect with family and friends we may not see on a regular basis and the social media giant must be held accountable when it keeps other competitors from entering into the marketplace which keeps Arkansans from having the best option when they chose to share information online,” said Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. “I am bringing this lawsuit to ensure that Arkansans have a choice in the marketplace and to remedy Facebook’s anti-competitive practices.”
Since 2004, Facebook has operated as a personal social networking service that facilitates sharing content online without charging users a monetary fee, but, instead, provides these services in exchange for a user’s time, attention, and personal data. Facebook then monetizes its business by selling advertising to firms that attach immense value to the user engagement and highly targeted advertising that Facebook can deliver due to the vast trove of data it collects on users, their friends, and their interests.
The complaint alleges that Facebook employed various methods to keep its market dominance. The allegations, including buying potential rivals in an effort to stifle competition, detail how Facebook maintained its monopoly and made billions from advertising.
The lawsuit asks the court to halt Facebook’s illegal, anti-competitive conduct and block the company from continuing this behavior in the future. Additionally, the lawsuit asks the court to restrain Facebook from making further acquisitions valued at or in excess of $10 million without advance notice to the State of Arkansas and other plaintiff states. Finally, the court is asked to provide any additional relief it determines is appropriate, including the divestiture or restructuring of illegally acquired companies, or current Facebook assets or business lines.
Rutledge Issues Statement on Recent Texas Motion before U.S. Supreme CourtTue, Dec 8, 2020
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued a statement following the motion put forward by Texas before the U.S. Supreme Court.
“Arkansans and Americans across the country have real concerns about the lack of integrity in our federal elections this year,” said Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. “After reviewing the motion filed by Texas in the U.S. Supreme Court, I have determined that I will support the motion by the State of Texas in all legally appropriate manners. The integrity of our elections is a critical part of our nation and it must be upheld.”
Rutledge Applauds U.S. Supreme Court Decision to Hear Arguments on Arkansas WorksFri, Dec 4, 2020
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge appreciates the U.S. Supreme Court decision to hear oral arguments on Arkansas’s Medicaid Expansion Community-Engagement Requirement, otherwise known as Arkansas Works.
“I am pleased the U.S. Supreme Court will hear our case on why the requirements under Arkansas Works’ are necessary to build a better future for Arkansans,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Arkansas Works reaffirms Arkansas’s commitment to ensure the Medicaid program is sustainable.”
Arkansas Works is a pilot Medicaid expansion program designed to encourage able-bodied Arkansans without dependents to transition into the workforce and build a stronger, more resilient connection with their communities.
The case is Arkansas v. Gresham, No. 20-38.
Rutledge Applauds Court’s Decision to Deny Jim Bakker’s Motion to DismissWed, Dec 2, 2020
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge appreciates the Arkansas Circuit Court’s decision to deny a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Jim Bakker and his production company, Morningside Church Productions, Inc., which conducts business as The Jim Bakker Show. The decision confirms Rutledge’s continued determination to investigate fraud regardless of its form or its guise. In the suit, Rutledge argues Bakker violated the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act by falsely telling Arkansas consumers that colloidal silver products would cure, eliminate, kill or deactivate COVID-19.
“I am pleased with the court’s decision to deny Bakker’s motion to dismiss our lawsuit against him and his production company. We will continue our work in holding people like Mr. Bakker accountable for illegal schemes that directly harm and impact Arkansans,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Mr. Bakker used the power of fear and religion to line his pockets by peddling unsafe and ineffective potions as a cure for COVID-19.”
Approximately 385 Arkansans made purchases from Bakker’s company totaling approximately $60,524 for colloidal silver products between January 1 and March 9, 2020.
In February 2020, The Jim Bakker Show hosted Sherrill Sellman who falsely claimed the colloidal silver products hawked by Jim Bakker were “proven by the government to have the ability to kill every pathogen it has ever been tested on, including SARS and HIV… .” Both Bakker and Sellman have separately received warning letters from the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for selling unapproved drugs to cure or prevent COVID-19. The FDA had previously stated that silver products are not scientifically recognized to be safe and effective.
Rutledge is urging all consumers who have purchased products from Bakker or Sellman to contact the office immediately at (800) 482- 8982 or visit ArkansasAG.gov.