WASHINGTON – Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced today that the District of Columbia has joined a coalition of 18 states, six cities, and the bipartisan United States Conference of Mayors in a legal challenge to block the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.

The suit, filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, asserts that the decision announced by the Department of Commerce violates the mandate in the U.S. Constitution to conduct an “actual Enumeration” via a

Attorney General Karl A. Racine will join OAG’s Seema Gajwani and Lashonia Thompson on WPFW-89.3 FM’s “CrossRoads” with Roach Brown this morning to discuss forward-thinking prosecutorial reforms that enhance public safety by connecting offenders with the supports they need to get on the right track. Those include the Office of the Attorney General’s (OAG) successful Restorative Justice program that brings those affected by a crime together for a discussion to hold offenders accountable, empower victims, and repair the harm caused by

WASHINGTON – With this year’s April 17 deadline looming for filing District and federal income tax returns, Attorney General Karl A. Racine today cautioned District residents to be on the lookout for fraudulent schemes common during tax season. He also warned taxpayers that recent data breaches affecting tens of millions of consumers mean that fraudsters and their schemes have evolved – and consumers should be on the lookout.

“Because of the Equifax data breach and similar breaches over the past couple of years, scammers have enough information to

WASHINGTON – Attorney General Karl A. Racine has joined a coalition of 17 attorneys general in filing a friend-of-the-court brief in the United States Supreme Court in opposition to the third version of President Trump’s travel ban.

The amicus brief was filed in Trump v. Hawaii (No. 17-965), ahead of arguments scheduled for April 25th. In this third challenge, a U.S. District Court entered a nationwide preliminary injunction that prohibits enforcement of President Trump’s indefinite ban on the entry into the U.S. of nationals from six

WASHINGTON, D. C. – Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced today that he has expanded the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) Community Dispute Resolution Program, launched last year to resolve lawsuits against the District government through an informal mediation process. OAG has increased the program’s eligibility limit on monetary claims against the District to $50,000 and will now cover attorney’s fees for special education cases in which the plaintiff has prevailed in an administrative special education hearing.

The program was launched

WASHINGTON, D. C. – Attorney General Karl A. Racine today announced that the District had reached a settlement with Walmart in which the retailer will pay $1.3 million to resolve claims related to its withdrawal from a planned development at Skyland Town Center in Ward 7.

“When Walmart terminated its lease at Skyland, an underserved part of our community was deprived of jobs and retail options it had been promised,” said Attorney General Racine. “My office took action on this matter because District residents expect corporations and developers to

WASHINGTON – Today, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland ruled that the District of Columbia and Maryland have standing to challenge President Trump’s violation of the Emoluments Clauses. The Emoluments Clauses are the Constitution’s anti-corruption provisions. Their purpose is to ensure that the President makes decisions in the best interest of the country and its citizens, not his own personal financial interests.

“Today’s decision is a win for the rule of law, and soundly rejects the Trump Administration’s argument that

WASHINGTON – Attorney General Karl A. Racine today joined with 18 other attorneys general in opposing a Trump Administration proposal that would dramatically expand the ability of businesses and individuals to discriminate on the basis of “religious, moral, ethical, or other beliefs” in the provision of health care. In a comment letter to HHS officials, the attorneys general opposed a new rule proposed by the administration to allow the discrimination.

The letter says that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has proposed a rule that

WASHINGTON, D. C. – Today, Attorney General Karl A. Racine joined a bipartisan coalition of 37 state and territorial attorneys general in sending a letter demanding answers from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about the company’s business practices and privacy protections.

“Thousands of District residents log on to Facebook every day to connect with friends, family, and neighbors, and they should not have to worry that their personal information is being harvested for unauthorized purposes,” said Attorney General Racine. “I’m proud to join a

WASHINGTON, D. C. – Attorney General Karl A. Racine has joined 15 other attorneys general in filing a friend-of-the-court brief arguing that employment discrimination based on sexual orientation violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In the brief filed with the United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit in the case of Horton v. Midwest Geriatric Management, LLC, the coalition urged the court to join a growing number of federal appellate courts in recognizing that Title VII’s workplace protections extend to sexual orientation.