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Virginia attorney general says couples do not need to give race information for marriage licenses

By FRANK GREEN, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has concluded that while circuit court clerks must ask people seeking a marriage license their race, it does not require they have to answer the question in order to obtain a license. As a result, the Division of Vital Records has revised the marriage certificate form so it is clear that applicants for a marriage license can decline to answer the question about race. Clerks were notified by the Virginia Supreme Court’s Office of the Executive Secretary late Friday in an email made available to the Richmond Times-Dispatch by a clerk.

VaNews September 16, 2019

Virginia opts out as Purdue Pharma reaches tentative settlement in opioid lawsuits

By AARON DAVIS, LENNY BERNSTEIN, JOEL ACHENBACH AND SCOTT HIGHAM, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Purdue Pharma, manufacturer of the painkiller OxyContin, has reached a tentative settlement with 22 states and more than 2,000 localities that sued the company over its role in the opioid crisis of the past two decades, people close to the deal said Wednesday. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring on Wednesday morning announced that he had added the Sackler family — owners of Purdue Pharma — to the state’s lawsuit. In a statement Wednesday evening, Herring said that he hadn’t agreed to the settlement and “won’t unless and until I am sure it is in the best interest of Virginians.”

VaNews September 12, 2019

Herring sues Sacklers for role in opioid epidemic

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 1 article a month)

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is suing four members of the Sackler family, owners of Purdue Pharma, for their personal roles in promoting the opioid epidemic. The suit also alleges they fraudulently took billions of dollars from the company to keep it out of reach of the state, which has been seeking damages from the company to compensate for the cost of coping with the addiction and death caused by opioids.

VaNews September 12, 2019

Mark Herring visits Fluvanna

By RUTHANN CARR, Fluvanna Review

Attorney General Mark Herring stopped in Fluvanna Monday (Sept. 9) to speak to two different groups – the Lefty Lunch Ladies and TRIAD.

VaNews September 13, 2019

Virginia Attorney General warns about at-home rape test kits


A new company is hoping survivors of rape and sexual assault can preserve evidence from the safety of their home, but Virginia's Attorney General Mark Herring is telling people to stay away. "These kits, according to a lot of health care professionals, law enforcement and survivor advocacy groups, leave a lot out and they have a lot of concerns," said Herring.

VaNews September 11, 2019

Soaring pharmaceutical prices capture a General Assembly panel’s attention

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 1 article a month)

Three bits of news for the legislator-members of the Joint Commission on Health Care could turn some serious General Assembly attention to the price of drugs next year.

VaNews September 5, 2019

Virginia AG's office asks court to cut state's potential legal bill for gerrymandering case

By GRAHAM MOOMAW, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Attorney General Mark Herring’s office is opposing a Democratic-aligned law firm’s attempt to collect more than $4.5 million in fees and litigation costs after winning its redistricting lawsuit challenging the Virginia House of Delegates map. In a motion filed in federal court last week, Herring’s office suggested $3.1 million would be a more appropriate amount for the Perkins Coie legal team

VaNews September 4, 2019

Virginia AG Herring joins lawsuit over treatment of detained immigrant children


Attorney General Mark Herring (D-Va.) has joined a group of other attorneys general suing the Trump Administration over its planned changes to detention of children in the United States illegally. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, is lead by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, both Democrats.

VaNews August 27, 2019

Attorney General: Localities can regulate locations of gun shops

By AMY FRIEDENBERGER, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Local governments have the authority to enact zoning ordinances to regulate the location of businesses that sell firearms, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring wrote Friday in an opinion spurred by a gun shop that opened in Roanoke County. Herring issued the opinion in response to an inquiry from Del. Sam Rasoul, D-Roanoke

VaNews August 26, 2019

Attorney General: Against the law for militia members to assume role of police

By AMY FRIEDENBERGER, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

People dressed in fatigues, carrying military-style assault weapons, walking around telling people they are there to keep the peace are likely breaking Virginia law, Attorney General Mark Herring wrote in a formal advisory opinion.

VaNews August 19, 2019