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State AGs in the News

Posted in 2014 Election, Antitrust, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, Environment, Intellectual Property

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

Posted in Consumer Protection, Environment, False Claims Act, Financial Industry, Healthcare, Mortgages/Foreclosures

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

Posted in Antitrust, Consumer Protection, Energy, Environment, Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, State AGs in the News, States v. Federal Government

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

Posted in 2014 Election, Antitrust, Consumer Protection, Environment, False Claims Act, Intellectual Property, Medicaid Fraud, Pharmaceuticals, State AGs in the News

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

Posted in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Environment, False Claims Act, Intellectual Property, Medicaid Fraud, Pharmaceuticals, State AGs in the News

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

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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

State AGs in the News

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HOT NEWS Patent Troll Roundtable with InsideCounsel and Dickstein Shapiro InsideCounsel and Dickstein Shapiro are co-hosting a roundtable on February 4, 2014 in New York City that will focus on the rise of patent trolls. The issue of patent trolls is an area of mutual concern for State AGs and corporate legal officers, and the… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in Consumer Protection, Environment, Financial Industry, Healthcare, Medicaid Fraud, States v. Federal Government

CONSUMER PROTECTION Connecticut Attorney General and Federal Trade Commission Settle Weight Loss Product Claim Charges Connecticut AG George Jepsen and the FTC have settled with three companies, LeanSpa LLC, NutraSlim LLC and NutraSlim U.K. Ltd. and their owner over charges of alleged deceptive and unfair internet marketing and sales practices. The companies are alleged to… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

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State AGs in the News Herring Wins Virginia Attorney General Race After Obenshain Concedes Republican Mark Obenshain conceded the very close 2013 race for Virginia Attorney General to Democrat Mark Herring after Herring’s lead began to widen during a statewide recount this week. Obenshain’s concession spares a three-judge panel in Richmond from having to decide… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

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HOT NEWS New Jersey Governor Nominates Chief of Staff Kevin O’Dowd as Attorney General One month after winning his second term, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has nominated Kevin O’Dowd to serve as Attorney General. O’Dowd, who must be confirmed by state lawmakers, has already received public support from both Democrats and Republicans following the… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in Campaign Finance, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, Environment, Healthcare, Mortgages/Foreclosures, State AGs in the News, States v. Federal Government

HOT NEWS States, Federal Government Reach Largest Settlement Against Single Entity in U.S. History Federal and state governments will receive $13 billion from JP Morgan Chase in the largest settlement against a single entity in U.S. history. A $4 billion portion of the settlement will go toward consumer relief. The settlement resolves federal and state… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

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HOT NEWS Virginia Attorney General Election Closest in State History The only AG race this year, Virginia’s AG race between state Senator Mark Herring (D) and state Senator Mark Obenshain (R) is even closer than the 2005 Virginia AG election in which Bob McDonnell (R) defeated Creigh Deeds by only 360 votes after a recount…. Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

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STATE AGs IN THE NEWS Obenshain Has Narrow Lead Over Herring in Virginia Attorney General Race Virginia is the only state that had an AG election this year. Republican candidate Mark Obenshain currently leads Democrat candidate Mark Herring by fewer than 700 votes, but the race has not been definitively called. Local precincts now are… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, Employment, Environment, Medicaid Fraud, Mortgages/Foreclosures

HOT NEWS SCOTUS Hears Michigan Affirmative Action Case; We Summarize Six Cases before SCOTUS Earlier this week, The U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) heard oral arguments in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, which challenges Michigan’s 2006 constitutional amendment that bans the use of affirmative action in admissions and hiring. Michigan Solicitor General John Bursch… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

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HOT NEWS Dickstein Shapiro Partner Divonne Smoyer Moderates Panel on State Enforcement of Privacy Laws State AG Practice Partner Divonne Smoyer moderated a panel entitled (with a nod to poet W. B. Yeats) “The Widening Gyre of State AGs” at the International Association of Privacy Professionals’ Privacy Academy on October 1 in Seattle, Washington. The… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, Environment, Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, States v. Federal Government

WEBCAST AVAILABLE  Recording from Our Most Recent “Conversations with State Attorneys General” Series is Now Available  Earlier this month, State AG Practice Leader Bernie Nash sat down with Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson to discuss his role as an AG and the progress he has made in addressing his campaign priorities, including protecting seniors and… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

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AGs IN THE NEWS National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Holds Presidential Initiative Summit, America’s Promise: Keeping Our Kids Safe This week, NAAG hosted its Presidential Initiative Summit, America’s Promise: Keeping Our Kids Safe. Eighteen State and Territorial AGs attended the three-day conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NAAG President and Wisconsin Attorney General JB Van Hollen… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

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AGs IN THE NEWS National Association of Attorneys General Presidential Summit Focus is Keeping Kids Safe The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Annual Presidential Summit, hosted by NAAG General President and Wisconsin AG J.B. Van Hollen, is being held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on September 16-18. Eighteen state and territorial AGs are scheduled to attend…. Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, Environment, States v. Federal Government

ASSOCIATION OF CORPORATE COUNSEL WEBCAST Dickstein Shapiro and The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) are partnering for a webcast with Washington State AG Bob Ferguson on September 12 from 2 PM to 3 PM EST. If you are a member of the ACC, be sure to tune in. Register here. HOT NEWS Wyoming Governor Names… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

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

STATE AGs IN THE NEWS Washington Attorney General Appoints FTC Official as Chief Deputy Washington AG Bob Ferguson has appointed David Horn as the office’s new Chief Deputy Attorney General, to begin in October. Horn has been the Assistant Regional Director for the Federal Trade Commission and is a former Washington Assistant AG. After AG,… Continue Reading