Tag Archives: State Attorneys General

2018 Consumer Protection Priorities of State Attorneys General

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Attorneys general (AGs) are not only lawyers for their states; they are enforcers, regulators, and even public policy advocates. With a broad consumer protection mandate, a state AG is able to reach a wide range of industries that have a consumer touch. When joining in multi-state actions, and even more so those with public policy … Continue reading this entry

A Midyear Review Of State Attorney General Enforcement

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Senators, governors and state attorneys general are racing their campaigns toward election. While appealing to voters, attorney general candidates will inevitably target industries with positions and promises of using their state enforcement powers. How AGs will fare is partly a question of public policy, as seen, for example, with issues of data privacy, opioids and … Continue reading this entry

3 Enforcement Priorities For State AGs In 2018

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2018 is, once again, an election year! State attorney general campaigns will be in full swing with 31 elections, of which 10 are open seats, including big-state races in Florida, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, and the most competitive per-capita primary in South Dakota. In addition, next year triggers up to three gubernatorial appointments among Alaska, Wyoming … Continue reading this entry

State AGs and FTC Combine Forces for Consumer Protection

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A dozen bipartisan State Attorneys General and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently instigated a medieval siege dubbed “Operation Game of Loans” against alleged student loan relief scams.  This coordinated nationwide enforcement effort targets companies charging upfront fees to consumers for promises  of relief from student loan debt – currently estimated to involve $95 million … Continue reading this entry

How Companies Should Prep for Enforcement Shift to State AGs

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“Top Cop” is how every state Attorney General wants to be known. In reality, state AGs have far more authority for civil enforcement than they do for criminal prosecution.  Their civil authority can be vast when partnering with federal agencies, utilizing federal enforcement statutes, and coordinating U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) criminal investigations.… Continue reading this entry

State AGs are Flexing Their Muscles to Protect Your Technology Privacy

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Headlines for state Attorneys General have been dominated by pursuits with the Trump Administration – whether the travel ban case going to the U.S. Supreme Court or challenges to legacy regulations at federal agencies. Less visible, state AGs are pushing forward on their interests and influence in technology-oriented consumer products, as highlighted in panel topics … Continue reading this entry

Old Consumer Protection Laws Don't Necessarily Fit Sharing Economy

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Within the sharing economy, consumers participate in an entirely new marketplace and are empowered as part of the historic shift of leverage from traditional businesses. It’s not just a different venue for delivering existing products and services. It’s a new commerce where consumers can obtain the experience and exactness of products and services they desire: … Continue reading this entry

State Attorneys General Return to Health Care Reform in U.S. Supreme Court

On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in what is being teed up to be “Round 2” on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In the case King v. Burwell, the question before the Court is whether the IRS can extend tax credit subsidies to those using the federal health care exchange when the … Continue reading this entry