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Antitrust Ohio Attorney General Investigates Businesses for Potential Price Gouging Following a City Tap Water Ban In response to consumer complaints, Ohio AG Mike DeWine is investigating businesses for any possible bottled water price gouging during the city of Toledo’s water ban. The city of Toledo banned the use of tap water for drinking and… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in 2014 Election, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Employment, Environment, Medicaid Fraud, Mortgages/Foreclosures, Pharmaceuticals

2014 Election Connecticut Election Results Incumbent AG George Jepsen (D) and Kie Westby (R) received their respective parties’ nomination after both ran unopposed in the primary. They will face Stephen Fournier (Green Party) in the general election. Minnesota Election Results Incumbent AG Lori Swanson (D), who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, will face Scott Newman (R), Andy… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

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Hot News Navigating State AG Subpoenas: A Map Dickstein Shapiro State AG Practice Partner Milton A. Marquis and Counsel Ann-Marie Luciano published an article in the Summer 2014 issue of the American Bar Association’s State and Local Law News outlining strategies for handling a subpoena from a State Attorney General. The article maps out the… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

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Antitrust West Virginia Attorney General Settles Allegations of Antitrust Violations West Virginia AG Patrick Morrisey settled antitrust allegations with GE Funding Capital Market Services, Trinity Plus Funding Co. LLC, and Trinity Funding Co. LLC for $950,000. Those allegations included violations of the Sherman Act and the state Antitrust Act by illegally rigging bids, fixing prices,… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

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Antitrust Settlement to Resolve Allegations of Unlawfully Restrained Competition Obtained by New York Attorney General New York AG Eric Schneiderman settled with waste hauling company Casella Waste Systems, Inc. to resolve allegations that it unlawfully restrained competition by combining restrictive contracting practices with market dominance and a pattern of acquiring smaller competitors. The company’s contracts… Continue Reading

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Posted in Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, Employment, Environment, Health Care, Insurance, Medicaid Fraud, Mortgages/Foreclosures, State AGs in the News, Utilities

Consumer Protection New York Attorney General and Uber Announce Agreement to Cap Pricing During Emergencies and Natural Disasters New York AG Eric Schneiderman and Uber, the provider of a mobile application that connects riders with for-hire vehicles, have announced an agreement to cap prices for all services within the state during abnormal disruptions of the… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

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Hot News CFPB Exercises Both Supervisory and Enforcement Authority The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) continues to assert itself in the consumer credit card market, exercising both its supervisory and enforcement authority in finding that GE Capital Retail Bank, now operating as Synchrony Bank, allegedly engaged in discriminatory and deceptive practices against consumers. The two-part… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in 2014 Election, Antitrust, Climate Change, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, Environment, For-Profit Colleges, Medicaid Fraud, State AGs in the News, Utilities

2014 Election Colorado Primary Election Results Don Quick (D) and Cynthia Coffman (R) received their respective party’s nomination after both ran unopposed in the primary. Incumbent AG John Suthers (R) is term limited. Maryland Primary Election Results Brian Frosh defeated Jon Cardin and Aisha Braveboy for the Democratic nomination by a margin of 49.68 percent to 30.28 percent and 20.04 percent,… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

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Hot News Attorneys General Discuss Possible Approaches to Prescription Drug Abuse Problem The dangers of prescription drug abuse continue to be a huge concern for regulators at every level, including state AGs. This week at the National Association of Attorneys General summer meeting in Mackinac Island, Michigan, AGs furthered their discussions of such abuse and… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

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Hot News Alabama Primary Election Results Incumbent AG Luther Strange (R) and Joe Hubbard (D) received their respective party’s nomination after both ran unopposed in the primary. California Primary Election Results Incumbent AG Kamala Harris (D) will face Ronald Gold (R) in November’s general election after the candidates received 53.1 percent and 12.7 percent of… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

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Hot News U.S. Supreme Court Bars State Suit Against Indian Community for Operating a Casino Outside Indian Lands The U.S. Supreme Court ruled, in a 5-4 decision in the case of Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community, that tribal sovereign immunity bars Michigan’s suit against the Bay Mills Indian Community for opening a casino outside… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in 2014 Election, Antitrust, Consumer Protection, Energy, Environment, False Claims Act, Financial Industry, For-Profit Colleges, Insurance, State AGs in the News

Hot News Ohio Primary Election Results Ohio statewide primary elections took place on May 6. Incumbent Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) and challenger David Pepper (D) were nominated unopposed for the general election. We will continue to provide updates on AG primary results. For breaking news, please follow us on Twitter @StateAGMonitor. Kentucky Attorney General… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

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Hot News U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Michigan Constitutional Amendment Banning Use of Affirmative Action in Admissions The U.S. Supreme Court ruled, in a 6-2 decision in the case of Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, that the Michigan constitutional amendment banning the use of racial preferences in school admission decisions did not violate the… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, Employment, Energy, Environment, Financial Industry, Health Care, Pharmaceuticals, State AGs in the News, States v. Federal Government

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Mid-Year Report on Student Loan Complaints Reveals Reports of Auto-Default When Co-Signer Dies or Files Bankruptcy The CFPB issued a mid-year report on student loan complaints and highlighted co-signer issues reported by borrowers. The complaints included lenders placing loans into auto-default when a co-signer dies or files… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in 2014 Election, Antitrust, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, Environment, Intellectual Property, State AGs in the News

Hot News Delaware Attorney General Declines 2014 Reelection, Will Seek Governorship in 2016 Delaware AG Joseph “Beau” Biden III announced today that he will not seek reelection in 2014, and instead will stand for Governor in 2016. According to a statement on AG Biden’s website, he “concluded that it is not right to ask for… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

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Consumer Protection Massachusetts Attorney General Sues Travel Companies for Alleged Deceptive Marketing Massachusetts AG Martha Coakley has sued Berkshire Concepts, LLC, and several affiliates for alleged violation of the state’s consumer protection laws in their marketing of travel services. The AG’s suit against the companies alleges that they engaged in deceptive marketing by using “high… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

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Antitrust Attorneys General To Review $45 Billion Comcast And Time Warner Merger for Antitrust Violations AGs will allegedly join the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to review the proposed $45 billion merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable to determine the impact on their states and whether there are any antitrust violations. “We are part… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

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Hot News National Consumer Protection Week: Attorneys General List Top Consumer Complaints In honor of National Consumer Protection Week, a number of AG offices have posted lists of the top consumer complaints received by their offices in 2013. Topics have included debt collection, telecommunications (mobile phones, cable, satellite television), lending, identity theft, health services, and… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in 2014 Election, Antitrust, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, Environment, False Claims Act, Financial Industry, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Medicaid Fraud, Pharmaceuticals, State AGs in the News

2014 Election District of Columbia Dismisses Lawsuit Seeking to Place Attorney General on April Ballots  The District of Columbia Superior Court granted a motion to dismiss in Paul Zukerberg v. District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics, et al., 2103 CA 8004 (D.C. Super. Ct. Feb. 26, 2014). Zukerberg, a potential candidate for Attorney… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

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Hot News Multistate Investigation Best Practices Announced by Attorneys General at NAAG Meeting  At the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) meeting in Washington, DC, Colorado AG John Suthers and Missouri AG General Chris Koster announced proposed best practices that would significantly change the process for AG approval and oversight of multistate investigations and large-scale consumer investigations. … Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in Antitrust, Consumer Protection, Environment

ANTITRUST New York Attorney General Settles Collusion Allegations With Generic Drug Manufacturers New York AG Eric Schneiderman announced a settlement with Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. over allegations that the companies colluded to restrict competition in the generic drug market in the state. AG Schneiderman alleged that Ranbaxy and Teva agreed not… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

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HOT NEWS Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler Talks Data Privacy and Enforcement With Dickstein Shapiro’s Divonne Smoyer Maryland AG Doug Gansler joined Divonne Smoyer, a partner in Dickstein Shapiro’s State Attorneys General Practice, in a Q&A discussing his data privacy initiative and priorities. In 2013, when AG Gansler was the president of the National Association… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

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HOT NEWS  Missouri Attorney General Challenges California Legislation That Allegedly Encroaches on Missouri Sovereignty  Missouri AG Chris Koster filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California arguing that a California farming law violates the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution and infringes on Missouri sovereignty.  In 2010, the California… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in Antitrust, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Environment, Insurance, Mortgages/Foreclosures, State AGs in the News, States v. Federal Government

HOT NEWS Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley Discusses Patent Trolls with Dickstein Shapiro’s Bernie Nash Massachusetts AG Martha Coakley recently sat down with Dickstein Shapiro’s Bernie Nash to discuss how the states and federal government are addressing the patent troll problem. AG Coakley stated that the issue is taken up by State AGs because patent… Continue Reading