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State AGs in the News

Posted in 2014 Election, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, For-Profit Colleges, Medicaid Fraud

Hot News Association of Corporate Counsel Webcast: Preview of the 2014 State Attorney General Elections Dickstein Shapiro and the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) are partnering for a webcast on Wednesday, April 30 at 11:00 AM EDT to preview the 2014 state attorney general elections. Bernie Nash and Lori Kalani of Dickstein Shapiro will lead… 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 Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Data Privacy, Environment, Medicaid Fraud, Mortgages/Foreclosures, State AGs in the News

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

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

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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

HOT NEWS Michigan Attorney General Interview Spotlights Key State of Michigan and Attorney General Issues Dickstein Shapiro State AG Practice Partner Lori Kalani sat down with AG Bill Schuette on July 29 in the latest edition of the firm’s “A Conversation with State Attorneys General” series. AG Schuette provided insights on the City of Detroit’s… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

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

Hot News The State AG Enforcement Era Has Begun Practice group Partners Bernie Nash, Milton Marquis, and Divonne Smoyer published the article, “The State Attorney General Enforcement Era,” in Corporate Counsel. The article details several ways State AG authority is expanding, including multistate actions, federal co-enforcement authority, and False Claims Acts and qui tam and… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, False Claims Act, Health Care, Medicaid Fraud, Securities

CFPB CFPB to Increase Oversight of Student Loan Servicers The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed a rule that will allow it to supervise non-bank student loan financers to ensure compliance with federal laws. At the end of 2012, outstanding student loan debt exceeded $1 trillion. A loan servicer is responsible for collecting payments and… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in Consumer Protection, Environment, False Claims Act, Medicaid Fraud, Mortgages/Foreclosures, Pharmaceuticals, State AGs in the News

State AGs in the News D.C. Announces Plan to Transition Attorney General to Elected Position in 2015 Mayor Vincent Gray announced proposed legislation that would implement voters’ 2010 decision to give D.C. an elected Attorney General. D.C. Attorney General Irvin Nathan supports the proposal and urged the D.C. Council to act quickly so that the… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Data Privacy, False Claims Act, Medicaid Fraud, Pharmaceuticals, States v. Federal Government

CFPB Hot News The State AG Practice Hosts Panel Discussing CFPB State and Federal Cooperation On February 13, 2013 Dickstein Shapiro’s State AG Practice hosted a panel of experts to discuss the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s cooperation with the FTC, other federal agencies, and state enforcement agencies, like the Attorney General’s office. Reilly Dolan, Assistant… Continue Reading

2012 in Review: State AGs Focus on Pharmaceuticals

Posted in False Claims Act, Medicaid Fraud, Pharmaceuticals

As in years past, 2012 saw significant action by State Attorneys General (AG) targeting pharmaceutical companies and companies providing drugs paid for by state Medicaid programs. The actions again focused primarily on two theories: alleged state overpayments for drugs through Medicaid, and claims of misleading drug advertising. In many of these cases, AGs enlisted the… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in Consumer Protection, Medicaid Fraud, Mortgages/Foreclosures, Pharmaceuticals

Hot News Last Friday, September 28, 2012, Dickstein Shapiro LLP hosted a panel discussion on Women Attorneys General: Past, Present and Future. Dickstein Shapiro Partners Divonne Smoyer and Lori Kalani, and Women in Government Relations President Katie Vlietstra welcomed current Attorneys General Martha Coakley (Massachusetts), Catherine Cortez Masto (Nevada), Linda Kelly (Pennsylvania), and Ellen Rosenblum… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in Consumer Protection, Employment, Medicaid Fraud, Mortgages/Foreclosures, Pharmaceuticals

Consumer Protection Colorado Attorney General Announces Settlement with Company Over Alleged Fraudulent Internet Marketing Scheme Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced that the Denver District Court has approved a consent judgment with Consolidated Medical Services, LLC and its owner over allegations that the company defrauded consumers through an Internet-based affiliate marketing program. The lawsuit alleges that… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in Consumer Protection, Medicaid Fraud, Mortgages/Foreclosures, Pharmaceuticals

HOT NEWS Attorney General Bill Sorrell Wins Primary; 10 Attorney General Races Set for November On Tuesday, incumbent Attorney General Bill Sorrell defeated challenger T.J. Donovan, Chittenden County State’s Attorney, by approximately 51% to 49%, with 99% of the votes counted. There are nine other Attorney General races this November (Indiana, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina,… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in Consumer Protection, Medicaid Fraud, Mortgages/Foreclosures, Securities

Consumer Protection New York and Connecticut AGs Investigate Citigroup Over Alleged Libor Manipulation According to Citigroup Inc.’s quarterly earnings filing 10-Q  with the Securities and Exchange Commission, New York AG Eric Schneiderman and Connecticut AG George Jepsen have sent requests for documents and information regarding alleged manipulation of the interbank offered interest rates. As previously… Continue Reading