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State AGs in the News

Posted in Antitrust, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, False Claims Act, Marijuana, Medicaid Fraud

Antitrust Pennsylvania Attorney General Plays Referee to Dueling Healthcare Networks Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane threatened to sue Highmark Inc. over actions that she alleges are in violation of a recent consent decree between Highmark and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centers (UPMC). In 2013, Highmark acquired West Penn Allegheny Health System, making Highmark a significant… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in Antitrust, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Elections, Employment, False Claims Act, Health Care, Insurance, Marijuana, Medicaid Fraud, State AGs in the News, States v. Federal Government

Hot News States and Federal Government Reach Record $16.65 Billion Settlement With Bank of America Following multiple state and federal investigations, the U.S. Department of Justice and the AGs of California, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, and New York settled for $16.65 billion with Bank of America Corporation and its current and former subsidiaries, including Countrywide… 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 Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Elections, 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 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

Posted in Antitrust, Climate Change, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, Elections, 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

Posted in Antitrust, Consumer Protection, Elections, Energy, Environment, Financial Industry, Health Care, Medicaid Fraud, Pharmaceuticals, State AGs in the News, States v. Federal Government

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 False Claims Act Enforcement Explodes in 2014

Posted in False Claims Act, Medicaid Fraud, States v. Federal Government

Over the last decade, False Claims Act (“FCA”) litigation has exploded, and actions asserting new theories of liability are resulting in increasingly large recoveries. Last year the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it had recovered $3.8 billion under the federal FCA in FY 2013. From all appearances FY 2014 promises to be another… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, Elections, Employment, Energy, False Claims Act, Financial Industry, Insurance, Medicaid Fraud, State AGs in the News

Hot News Blog Post: Think You’re Not a Holder of Unclaimed Property? Think Again! All 50 states have unclaimed property laws that require companies that possess abandoned property (a “holder”) to transfer that property to the state or potentially face investigations resulting in interest and penalties. Many companies limit their unclaimed property due diligence to… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, Elections, For-Profit Colleges, Medicaid Fraud, State AGs in the News

2014 Election District of Columbia Council Objects to Bill Seeking to Place Attorney General on 2014 Ballots According to a media report, the District of Columbia Council, during a council breakfast meeting, objected to a bill introduced by Councilmember Mary M. Cheh that would allow candidates to petition for a place on the election ballot…. Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

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

CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU (CFPB) The CFPB Considers Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Reporting Requirement Changes The CFPB has signaled that it is considering revisions to the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, which requires lenders to report detailed information to supervisory agencies about home mortgage loans and related information. The proposals relate to which lenders will be… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

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

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 Consumer Protection, Environment, Financial Industry, Health Care, 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

Posted in Antitrust, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, Employment, Environment, For-Profit Colleges, Medicaid Fraud, Mortgages/Foreclosures

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 Antitrust, Consumer Protection, Environment, False Claims Act, Health Care, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Medicaid Fraud, Mortgages/Foreclosures, Pharmaceuticals, State AGs in the News

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

Posted in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, Insurance, Medicaid Fraud, Mortgages/Foreclosures

CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU (CFPB) CFPB Probes eBay’s Online Lending Business The CFPB announced that it has sent eBay, Inc. a civil investigative demand requesting information about the company’s acquisition, management, and operation of its lending subsidiary Bill Me Later. Bill Me Later states it is a “secure, instant, and reusable credit line without the plastic.”… 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

Posted in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Financial Industry, For-Profit Colleges, Intellectual Property, Medicaid Fraud, Mortgages/Foreclosures, State AGs in the News

AGs IN THE NEWS Ohio Attorney General Appoints Private Practice Attorney to State Solicitor Post Ohio AG Mike DeWine has appointed Eric Murphy as state solicitor for the Ohio Attorney General’s office. The state solicitor represents Ohio in the state’s major appeals in the U.S. and Ohio Supreme Courts, and the U.S. Court of Appeals… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in Antitrust, Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, Energy, Environment, Health Care, Medicaid Fraud

HOT NEWS National Association of Attorneys General Schedules Presidential Initiative Summit Wisconsin AG J.B. Van Hollen, newly-elected President of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), will hold his Presidential Initiative Summit September 16-18, 2013 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. AG Van Hollen’s Initiative is “America’s Promise: Keeping Our Kids Safe.” The summit is the premier event… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in Antitrust, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Medicaid Fraud, State AGs in the News

STATE AGs IN THE NEWS South Carolina Attorney General Appoints the State’s First Solicitor General South Carolina AG Alan Wilson named Robert Cook as the state’s first Solicitor General. Emory Smith was appointed Deputy Solicitor General. The Solicitor General will assist the AG in developing the office’s legal policy, and will oversee policies and procedures… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Contingency Fee Counsel, Data Privacy, Environment, Medicaid Fraud, Pharmaceuticals, State AGs in the News

AGs IN THE NEWS Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office Establishes Solicitor Office, Appoints First Solicitor Massachusetts AG Martha Coakley announced that her office has established a State Solicitor’s Office and appointed Peter Sacks the first State Solicitor. Solicitor Sacks was most recently the deputy chief of the AG’s Government Bureau. 35 states have State Solicitor or… Continue Reading