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Posted in Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, Environment, Pharmaceuticals

New State AG Client Resource: 2013 Guide to State Attorneys General

Dickstein Shapiro’s State Attorney General Practice is pleased to introduce our newest client resource, the 2013 Guide to State Attorneys General. Developed by attorneys in the practice, the guide includes information on AGs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, including a photo and website address, year first elected or appointed, political party affiliation, AG association leadership positions, and brief background and priority summary. An electronic version of the guide can be found on our website and we hope that you find it to be a valuable resource.

Consumer Protection

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi Sues Four Timeshare Companies

  • Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced that her office executed a “Timeshare Fraud Sweep” that resulted in filing suit against four companies: A1 Marketing Unlimited, Access Travel Network, Inc., International Timeshare Exchange/Network, and Travel Buy Owner/CFL Ventures.
  • The suits allege that the companies acted as telemarketers and used false promises to entice consumers to pay between $400 and $2,500 in up-front fees for advertising services to sell or rent their timeshares.
  • AG Bondi immediately secured an injunction enjoining the companies from operating in Florida and also won an order to freeze the companies’ assets.
  • The suits seek restitution for consumers. The companies could also face penalties of up to $15,000 for each violation.

Texas Attorney General Resolves Claims Against Tanning Salon

  • Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced that his office has resolved its enforcement action against tanning salon Darque Tan resolving allegations of improper advertising.
  • Texas law prohibits tanning salons from advertising health benefits. Darque Tan allegedly advertised that customers would benefit from increased Vitamin D provided by Darque Tan’s tanning beds.
  • The settlement agreement prohibits Darque Tan from continuing to unlawfully advertise its businesses. Darque Tan will also pay $88,000 in civil penalties and $45,000 for the state’s attorney fees.

Data Privacy

Thirty-eight State Attorneys General Reach $7 Million Settlement with Google

  • Thirty-eight State AGs reached a $7 million settlement with Google, resolving allegations that the company’s street view Wi-Fi data collection practices violated privacy protections.
  • As part of the settlement, Google has agreed to train its employees about privacy and confidentiality for at least the next 10 years. Google will also destroy or secure any improperly collected information.
  • The executive committee for the settlement included the Attorneys General of Connecticut, Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, and Texas.

Environment

Wisconsin Attorney General Wins $40,000 Judgment Against Cheese Manufacturer

  • Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced a $40,000 judgment against Saputo Cheese USA, Inc., resolving allegations that the company violated a pollution permit.
  • The violation allegedly occurred when lift pump stations at the facility failed and caused untreated water to overflow, bypassing the company’s wastewater treatment plant, and enter the Little River.
  • The company cooperated with the state and will institute new employee training regarding spill notification and improve tracking for the operation of the wastewater plant.

Pharmaceuticals

Forty-eight Attorneys General Urge Anti-Abuse Measures for Generic Drugs

  • Forty-eight state and territorial Attorneys General sent a letter to the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) urging the body to adopt tamper-resistant standards for generic drugs that would reduce abuse.
  • The letter applauds the FDA for developing guidelines that will assist with the formulations of opioid drugs with abuse-deterrent properties but encourages the agency to ensure generic versions of such products are designed with similar features.
  • The letter is an “open sign-on letter” organized through the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), which assists AGs in coordinating joint actions and policy positions.