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State AGs in the News

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

Hot News James Martin Receives Honor for Legal Writing James Martin, a partner in Dickstein Shapiro’s Antitrust & Financial Services Practice, received a 2015 Burton Distinguished Legal Writing Award for his article, “Fermat’s Principle and the FTAIA: What Courts Can Learn From Optics,” which was published in the September 2014 edition of CPI Antitrust Chronicle…. Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

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

State AGs in the News

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

State AGs in the News

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

State AGs in the News

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

State AGs in the News

Posted in 2014 Election, Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, 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

State AGs in the News

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

State AGs in the News

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

Hot News Dickstein Shapiro Presents a Webcast on Antitrust Scrutiny: Ways to Plan, Prepare and Respond Dickstein Shapiro is partnering with the National Constitution Center to provide a 90-minute webcast on December 17th at 1:00 PM ET discussing recent developments in antitrust laws. Jim Martin and Jennifer Hackett, both partners in Dickstein Shapiro’s Antitrust &… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

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

State AGs in the News

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

State AGs in the News

Posted in 2014 Election, Consumer Protection, 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 2014 Election, Antitrust, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, Environment, False Claims Act, For-Profit Colleges, Mortgages/Foreclosures, State AGs in the News

Hot News State Attorney General Enforces Federal Statute: Something New or Déjà Vu? In a recent blog post, Dickstein Shapiro partner Maria Colsey Heard discusses the expanding authority of State AGs to enforce federal laws and provides insight and specific examples of federal statutes that “deputize” State AGs. 2014 Election Live-Tweeting: Attorney General Election Results… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in 2014 Election, Antitrust, Consumer Protection, Environment, False Claims Act, State AGs in the News

2014 Election ACC Webcast: Post-Election Analysis of the New Attorney General Landscape Dickstein Shapiro and the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) are partnering for a webcast on Wednesday, November 5 at 3:00 PM EST for a post-election analysis of the new Attorney General landscape. Bernie Nash, head of Dickstein Shapiro’s State AG practice will lead… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in 2014 Election, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, 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 2014 Election, Antitrust, Charities, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Environment, False Claims Act, Mortgages/Foreclosures, State AGs in the News, Unclaimed Property

Hot News Firm Fights Back Against Alleged Unconstitutional Unclaimed Property Audit Temple-Inland, Inc., a subsidiary of International Paper, and three Delaware state officials will present oral arguments on cross motions for summary judgment on October 1 in a lawsuit brought by Temple-Inland over the methods the state can employ to determine unclaimed property obligations. For… 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. ACC Webcast: Post-Election Analysis of the New Attorney… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in Antitrust, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, Employment, Environment, Health Care, Intellectual Property, Pharmaceuticals, States v. Federal Government

Hot News A Tale of Two “Patent Troll” Cases: Contrasting Recent Developments in the Vermont and Nebraska AGs’ Litigations We have been following Vermont AG Bill Sorrell’s groundbreaking consumer protection lawsuit against alleged patent troll MPHJ since it was filed in 2013. At the same time, we have been noting the progress of the reverse-image… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in Antitrust, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Environment, For-Profit Colleges, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Marijuana, Mortgages/Foreclosures, State AGs in the News

Antitrust Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri Attorneys General Propose Settlement to Resolve Competitive Concerns Related to Tyson’s Acquisition of Hillshire The AGs of Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri and the U.S. Department of Justice simultaneously filed a complaint and proposed final judgment in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia regarding Tyson Foods Inc.’s proposed… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in Antitrust, Charities, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Contingency Fee Counsel, Employment, Environment, Health Care, Intellectual Property, Marijuana, Medicaid Fraud, Mortgages/Foreclosures, State AGs in the News

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

Posted in Antitrust, Consumer Protection, Energy, Environment, Financial Industry, Health Care, State AGs in the News

Hot News   Recent NLRB Directive Against McDonald’s Provides Fuel for Active Attorneys General The general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) authorized 43 complaints of unfair labor practices brought by McDonald’s franchise workers to proceed against the franchisor, McDonald’s USA LLC. Allowing the workers’ cases to proceed against McDonald’s is not only… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

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

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

Posted in Antitrust, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, Employment, Environment, False Claims Act, Health Care, Mortgages/Foreclosures, State AGs in the News, States v. Federal Government

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

State AGs in the News

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