Hawaii v. Standard Oil Co., 405 U.S. 251, 265 (1972)
Attorney general has common law power to bring antitrust action
Chun v. Bd. of Trustees of the Employees’ Retirement Sys., 952 P.2d 1215 (Haw. 1998)
In Hawaii, the supreme court has recognized that due to the [Attorney General’s] statutorily mandated role[s] in our legal system, we cannot mechanically apply the [Hawaii] Code of Professional Responsibility to the [Attorney General’s] office. . . . In large part, this is because . . . when the client is a governmental organization ….
Office of Hawaiian Affairs v. State of Hawai’I, 2005 Haw. LEXIS 475, at *47 (Hawaii 2005), vacated on other grounds, Office of Hawaiian Affairs v. State of Hawai’I 110 Haw. 338; 133 P.3d 767 (Haw. 2006)
A Hawaii statute specified that funds from lands held in trust for native Hawaiians were to be paid to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA). An airport was operated on the trust lands, and the state paid OHA from the operations of the airport. A federal statute requires that all revenues generated by an airport…
Rees v. Carlisle, 153 P. 3d 1131 (Hawaii 2007)
A local prosecutor used public funds and resources to advocate for a particular result on a proposed constitutional amendment concerning direct filing of felony charges, and a taxpayer sued. The prosecutor argued that the local ordinance authorizing his office, which stated that the prosecutor shall ”Prosecute offenses against the laws of the state under the…