The Texas Office of the Attorney General in Austin announced on January 19, 2021 that they have recovered $1.2 billion in civil litigation between fiscal year 2015 and fiscal year 2020, an average of over $200 million for each year.
“This recovery total was gathered from collections in cases involving administrative law, consumer protection, antitrust, bankruptcy and collections, environmental protection, financial litigation and charitable trusts, transportation and civil Medicaid fraud,” AG Ken Paxton said.
“I am immensely proud of the hard work and dedication of my office’s civil litigation teams. Not only have they taken on some of the most substantial cases of the decade, they’ve recouped millions for Texas taxpayers each year and continued to uphold our position as a significant source of revenue and savings for our great state,” said Attorney General Paxton.
“Through litigation, defense of the state in lawsuits, and consistently strategic decision-making, this office successfully avoided and minimized costs while fulfilling our mission of championing liberty and justice for all Texans. We will continue to fulfill that mission.”
Some of the cases that contributed to this recovery total include settlements with:
- AstraZeneca – $110 million
- Mallinckrodt – $90 million specified for opioid abatement
- Lupin Pharmaceuticals – $63.5 million
- Wells Fargo – $40.5 million
- CVS – $22 million
- Fiat – $9.1 million
- Johnson and Johnson – $5.7 million
- Honda – $3.9 million
The $1.2 billion in recovered tax dollars does not include the record-setting $4.8 billion collected in child support during fiscal year 2020, which served over 1.6 million children in just one year.