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Federal Judge Orders Alleged “Patent Trolls” Back to Mountains (At Least, the Green Mountain State’s Courts)

Posted in Consumer Protection, Intellectual Property, States v. Federal Government

The latest development in Vermont Attorney General (AG) Bill Sorrell’s landmark lawsuit against alleged patent troll MPHJ, which we have discussed before, counts as a win for the state, as a federal judge yesterday held that the case should be heard by a state court judge. AG Sorrell filed the case in state court in… 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 Antitrust, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, Employment, False Claims Act, Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, State AGs in the News, States v. Federal Government

Antitrust Oklahoma Attorney General Sues to End Alleged Software Piracy Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt filed a lawsuit against an oil equipment supply company, Neway Valve Co., alleging that it used pirated software to sell equipment in Oklahoma at artificially low prices and to gain an unfair competitive advantage. Neway allegedly stole manufacturing process-related software used… 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

Supreme Court Unanimous – CAFA Does Not Apply to AGs

Posted in Antitrust, Consumer Protection, Contingency Fee Counsel, States v. Federal Government

The U.S. Supreme Court today unanimously held that suits filed by State AGs based on harm to consumers are not removable to federal court under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA). The decision in Mississippi ex rel. Hood v. AU Optronics Corp, an antitrust case brought by the State of Mississippi in state court against… 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

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

Food, Beverage, and Dietary Supplement Companies Beware: Consumer Advocates Pitch AGs to Sue

Posted in Consumer Protection, Contingency Fee Counsel, Pharmaceuticals, States v. Federal Government

The image on the screen is the familiar face of Uncle Sam, pointing his finger toward the viewer and stating “We Want You!” A military recruiting presentation? Think again. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), an aggressive pro-consumer advocacy group, and its allies have stepped up efforts to recruit State Attorneys General… Continue Reading

Taming the Troll Toll – AGs Heighten Scrutiny of Patent Trolls

Posted in Intellectual Property, State AGs in the News, States v. Federal Government

We previously have discussed AGs’ 2013 efforts to combat so-called patent trolls. Vermont AG Bill Sorrell became the first in the nation to use his consumer protection authority against a company that sent letters threatening patent infringement litigation to businesses throughout the state that the AG alleged contained false claims regarding the company’s intellectual property… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in Antitrust, Campaign Finance, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Mortgages/Foreclosures, States v. Federal Government

STATE AGs IN THE NEWS AG Efforts to Combat Patent Trolls Discussed at NAAG Consumer Protection Conference Combating alleged patent trolls continues to be a cutting-edge issue among AGs and, most recently, was incorporated into NAAG’s semi-annual Consumer Protection Seminar this week in Wichita, Kansas, which drew AG consumer protection staff from across the country…. Continue Reading

State AGs, SCOTUS, and the New 2013 Term: What to Watch

Posted in States v. Federal Government

State Attorneys General (AGs) are active in more than a dozen cases before the U.S. Supreme Court this term, often submitting amici briefs involving multiple State AGs. Here is our list of what to watch: Mississippi ex rel. Hood v. AU Optronics Corp. (46 AGs supporting the petitioner, Mississippi): Arguably the State AG case of… 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

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, Employment, Intellectual Property, States v. Federal Government

HOT NEWS Live Webcast: Dickstein Shapiro’s Lori Kalani Will Interview Michigan Attorney General Dickstein Shapiro State AG Practice Partner Lori Kalani will interview Michigan AG Bill Schuette about his role and priorities as Michigan’s chief legal officer in the latest edition of the firm’s “Conversation with State Attorneys General” series. The discussion will cover a… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in Consumer Protection, Environment, State AGs in the News, States v. Federal Government

CONSUMER PROTECTION Mississippi Attorney General to Hit Google with Subpoenas Over Search Results Citing Google CEO Larry Page’s no-show at the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) 2013 Summer Meeting, and lack of response by the company to his inquiries, Mississippi AG Jim Hood asked that his fellow Attorneys General issue subpoenas to the company… Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court to Review Application of CAFA to AG Actions

Posted in States v. Federal Government

In a move that could significantly impact how State Attorneys General exercise their consumer protection and antitrust authority, the U.S. Supreme Court today granted review of whether suits brought by AGs seeking relief on behalf of state consumers are subject to removal to federal court under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA). The Court granted… 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 Protection, Environment, Pharmaceuticals, State AGs in the News, States v. Federal Government

Hot News Dickstein Shapiro Hosts Second-Annual Executive Briefing at NAAG Meeting The Dickstein Shapiro State Attorney General Practice hosted its second-annual Executive Briefing coinciding with the National Association of Attorneys General Winter Meeting. The session consisted of two panels, the first with three state Chief Deputies, and the second featuring three newly elected Attorneys General…. 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

State AGs in the News

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

Hot News: Privacy 2012 was an important year for State Attorneys General and data protection and data privacy. Given the focus on these issues on a variety of regulatory fronts, 2013 promises more of the same. Dickstein Shapiro attorneys and Certified Information Privacy Professionals Divonne Smoyer and Aaron Lancaster provide a review of 2012 and… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in Antitrust, Consumer Protection, Environment, States v. Federal Government

Antitrust New York Attorney General Sues Two Tour Bus Operators Alleging Monopoly New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman joined the U.S. Department of Justice and brought a suit against Gray Line and City Sights bus companies that run New York City hop-on, hop-off tours. The suit alleges the two companies engaged in a joint venture… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in Employment, Environment, Pharmaceuticals, Securities, State AGs in the News, States v. Federal Government

Employment Massachusetts Attorney General Settles with Ruby Tuesday Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office recently announced that they had reached a settlement with Ruby Tuesday restaurant to resolve allegations that the chain violated child labor and meal break laws. Under the settlement, Ruby Tuesday will pay $125,000 to resolve the child labor law violation allegations,… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in Consumer Protection, States v. Federal Government

Hot News A Conversation with State Attorneys General Webcast | Thursday, October 4, 2:00 PM (ET) Join Kamala Harris, Attorney General of California, for the next installment of  “A Conversation with State Attorneys General,” Dickstein Shapiro’s ongoing webcast series. State AG Practice Partner Milton Marquis will interview AG Harris about her role and priorities as California’s chief legal officer. AG Harris… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in Consumer Protection, For-Profit Colleges, Healthcare, Medicaid Fraud, States v. Federal Government

HOT NEWS Nevada AG Masto to Chair Conference of Western Attorneys General At the Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG) meeting in California last week, Nevada AG Catherine Cortez Masto was elected to serve as Chair of CWAG for the upcoming year. Consumer Protection Kansas AG Fines Out-of-State Contractors for Alleged No-Call Act Violations Kansas… Continue Reading