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Posted in Climate Change, Data Privacy, Environment, False Claims Act, Securities, States v. Federal Government

Environment States Come Up Short on Petition for Stay The state plaintiffs in Michigan v. EPA were dealt a blow on Wednesday when the U.S. Supreme Court denied their petition for a stay of enforcement of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (“MATS”) rule during the period in which the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) conducts… Continue Reading

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Posted in Data Privacy, Environment, False Claims Act, Securities, States v. Federal Government

Environment States Ask SCOTUS to Stay EPA Rule—This Time Without Justice Scalia A group of twenty State AGs filed a petition in an ongoing lawsuit, Michigan v. EPA, asking the Supreme Court to stay the implementation of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (“MATS”) rule while the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) makes the required procedural… Continue Reading

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Posted in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, Environment, False Claims Act, State AGs in the News

Consumer Protection State AGs Draft Team Against Daily Fantasy Sports Texas AG Ken Paxton issued an opinion against the legality of Daily Fantasy Sports wagering, indicating that any wager placed “on the performance of a participant in a sporting event and the house takes a cut” constitutes illegal gambling under Texas law. With this opinion,… Continue Reading

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Posted in Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, Environment, State AGs in the News

Consumer Protection New York AG Demands Fantasy Sports Websites Give Back Money New York AG Eric Schneiderman has amended his lawsuit against prominent daily fantasy sports gaming sites FanDuel, Inc. and DraftKings, Inc., this time asking the court to order them to return all the money collected from New York State consumers, and to pay… Continue Reading

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Posted in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Data Privacy, Environment, False Claims Act, Securities, State AGs in the News

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau CFPB Continues to Scrutinize Student Loan Servicers The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is allegedly investigating Wells Fargo & Co. over its student loan servicing practices. The exact issue with Wells Fargo remains undisclosed, and the bank transferred the servicing of its federal student loan portfolio to third parties in 2011…. Continue Reading

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Posted in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Data Privacy, Environment, Financial Industry, Health Care, Pharmaceuticals, Securities, State AGs in the News

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau CFPB Continues Drive to Clean Up Auto Lending The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) settled with Westlake Services, LLC and wholly-owned subsidiary Wilshire Consumer Credit, LLC (“Westlake”), resolving allegations that the indirect auto lender and title loan company violated the Consumer Financial Protection Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and… Continue Reading

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Posted in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Environment, Securities, State AGs in the News

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau CFPB Double Teams With DOJ to Double Up on Fifth Third The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) resolved two separate enforcement actions with Fifth Third Bancorp, the first claiming discriminatory auto loan pricing and the second claiming deceptive acts or practices in marketing credit card add-on products. In the first action,… Continue Reading

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Posted in Charities, Consumer Protection, Environment, False Claims Act, Financial Industry, Securities, State AGs in the News

Charities California Gives AG Greater Oversight of Charities California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that seeks to increase transparency and accountability in charitable fundraising. The new law, which goes into effect in January 2016, will bring some significant changes, particularly for those companies that raise money for charities. For-profit companies acting as… Continue Reading

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Posted in Charities, Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, Environment, False Claims Act, Intellectual Property

Charities California Attorney General Wins at Ninth Circuit in Dispute Over Donor Disclosures The Ninth Circuit issued its decision in Center for Competitive Politics v. Kamala Harris, affirming the District Court’s denial of a preliminary injunction, and finding that a California law which requires nonprofit groups to provide to the California AG a list of… Continue Reading

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Posted in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, Environment, State AGs in the News, States v. Federal Government

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau CFPB Settles With Military Payroll Processor Over Camouflaged Fees The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) settled with Fort Knox National Company and its subsidiary, Military Assistance Company, LLC, for charging hidden fees when processing military allotments in violation of the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA). The military allotment system allows service… Continue Reading

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Posted in Antitrust, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Employment, Environment, False Claims Act, State AGs in the News, States v. Federal Government

Antitrust Massachusetts Attorney General Seeks Bill to Enhance Health Policy Commission Reports Massachusetts AG Maura Healey, together with House Majority Leader Ron Mariano, submitted a bill to the legislature intended to strengthen the State Health Policy Commission (HPC) and the AG’s ability to control rising consumer health care costs associated with mergers and acquisitions in… Continue Reading

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Posted in Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, Environment, Financial Industry, State AGs in the News, States v. Federal Government

  Consumer Protection New York Attorney General Teams With FTC to Sue Debt Collectors New York AG Eric Schneiderman together with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed lawsuits against two groups of related entities: Vantage Point Services, LLC, and Four Star Resolution, LLC. The lawsuits alleged violations of the U.S. FTC Act and Fair Debt… Continue Reading

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Posted in Antitrust, Charities, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, Environment, State AGs in the News, States v. Federal Government

Antitrust Hospital Backs Away From Acquisition After New Massachusetts Attorney General Voices Concern Partners HealthCare System, Inc. decided not to move forward with its proposed acquisition of South Shore Health and Educational Corporation. The parties filed a stipulation of voluntary dismissal with the Suffolk County Superior Court, where a consent judgment detailing the terms and… Continue Reading

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Posted in Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, Elections, Environment, False Claims Act, Mortgages/Foreclosures, Securities, State AGs in the News

Hot News Hawaii Governor Appoints Doug Chin as New Attorney General For more on Hawaii’s new AG see our recent blog post. Consumer Protection Missouri Attorney General Settles With Credit Card Issuers Over Allegedly Misleading Payment Protection Services Missouri AG Chris Koster settled with Discover Financial Services, Inc., HSBC Finance Corp., and Capital One Financial… Continue Reading

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Posted in Antitrust, Charities, Consumer Protection, Employment, Environment, For-Profit Colleges, Health Care, Mortgages/Foreclosures

Antitrust Attorneys General Continue to Scrutinize Merger of Food Distributors In a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) dated December 10, 2014, Minnesota AG Lori Swanson questioned the effectiveness of divestitures proposed by Sysco Corporation and US Foods, Inc., as they seek regulatory approval to merge. Earlier this year, a group of AGs began… Continue Reading

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Posted in Antitrust, Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, Environment, False Claims Act, Intellectual Property, State AGs in the News, States v. Federal Government

Hot News More States Join Texas Lawsuit Against President’s Immigration Order Seven additional states have joined Texas AG Greg Abbott’s lawsuit challenging President Obama’s Executive Order on immigration as unconstitutional and in violation of the U.S. Administrative Procedures Act. The amended complaint now lists a total of 25 plaintiffs, including 19 State AGs. Antitrust Idaho… Continue Reading

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Posted in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, Environment, State AGs in the News, States v. Federal Government

Hot News States Bring Lawsuit Challenging White House Immigration Order Led by Texas, 14 State AGs and three governors have filed a lawsuit in federal court in the Southern District of Texas, alleging that President Obama’s 2014 Executive Order granting relief from deportation to approximately 4.4 million undocumented immigrants violates the U.S. Constitution’s Take Care… Continue Reading

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Posted in Antitrust, Consumer Protection, Environment, False Claims Act, Mortgages/Foreclosures, State AGs in the News, States v. Federal Government

Antitrust New York Attorney General Opposes Taxi and Limousine Commission Rule In a letter to the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission, New York AG Eric Schneiderman urged the Commission to revise its proposed rule that would require for-hire vehicle companies to agree in writing before allowing their drivers to accept dispatches from rival… Continue Reading

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Posted in Consumer Protection, Elections, Environment, Health Care, Mortgages/Foreclosures, State AGs in the News, States v. Federal Government

2014 Election AG Election Results The results are in for the 2014 State AG elections. Incumbents running for re-election performed well, winning in all of their races. Overall, Republicans picked up two spots, bringing the balance of State AGs to 27 Republicans and 23 Democrats. For a complete list of results, please see our recent… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in Antitrust, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, Elections, Environment, False Claims Act, For-Profit Colleges, Mortgages/Foreclosures, State AGs in the News

Antitrust Connecticut Regulators Approve Frontier Communication’s Purchase of AT&T’s Wireline Business The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority recently approved Frontier Communications Corporation’s purchase of AT&T Inc.’s wireline operations in Connecticut, after months of negotiations with Frontier, Connecticut AG George Jepsen, and Governor Malloy to address consumer protection issues. As part of the approval process, Frontier… Continue Reading

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Posted in Antitrust, Consumer Protection, Elections, Environment, False Claims Act, State AGs in the News

Antitrust Texas Attorney General Settles Investigation of Municipal Advising Firm Texas AG Greg Abbott reached an agreement with R. Craig Rathmann and his financial advising firm, Rathmann & Associates, L.P., regarding an investigation into Rathmann’s alleged anticompetitive conduct. According to AG Abbott, Rathmann had an agreement with his former employer, RBC Capital Markets, LLC (RBC),… Continue Reading

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Posted in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, Elections, Environment, Financial Industry, For-Profit Colleges, Mortgages/Foreclosures, State AGs in the News

Hot News California Requires Identity Theft Protection for Data-Breached Customers California governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law AB 1710, requiring businesses that handle customer data to provide identity theft prevention services at no charge for 12 months following a data breach. In light of the increasing scope and frequency of data breaches, other states… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in Antitrust, Charities, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Elections, Environment, False Claims Act, Mortgages/Foreclosures, State AGs in the News, Unclaimed Property

Hot News Insights From FTC Commissioner Brill and Nevada Attorney General Masto at Women, Influence & Power In Law Conference The 2014 Women, Influence & Power in Law conference, a national forum facilitating women-to-women exchanges on current legal issues, provided a panel, “Coordinated State and Federal Enforcement Trends: An Up-Close Perspective from the Regulators,” featuring insights from FTC… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in Antitrust, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, Environment, Mortgages/Foreclosures, State AGs in the News

Hot News Tennessee Appoints New Attorney General The Tennessee Supreme Court appointed Republican Herbert Slatery III as the state’s next Attorney General. Tennessee is the only state where the Supreme Court appoints the Attorney General. For more information, please see our recent blog post on this appointment. Antitrust New York Attorney General Sues to Block… Continue Reading