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Posted in Climate Change, Data Privacy, Environment, False Claims Act, Securities, States v. Federal Government

Environment States Come Up Short on Petition for Stay The state plaintiffs in Michigan v. EPA were dealt a blow on Wednesday when the U.S. Supreme Court denied their petition for a stay of enforcement of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (“MATS”) rule during the period in which the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) conducts… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in Data Privacy, Environment, False Claims Act, Securities, States v. Federal Government

Environment States Ask SCOTUS to Stay EPA Rule—This Time Without Justice Scalia A group of twenty State AGs filed a petition in an ongoing lawsuit, Michigan v. EPA, asking the Supreme Court to stay the implementation of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (“MATS”) rule while the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) makes the required procedural… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in Campaign Finance, Consumer Protection, False Claims Act, Financial Industry, State AGs in the News, States v. Federal Government

Campaign Finance Washington AG Continues Pursuit of Trade Group for Alleged Campaign Subterfuge Washington AG Bob Ferguson is seeking summary judgment and an order to lift the protective order over the documents filed in his case against the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) on claims that the group intentionally disguised efforts to fund a campaign against… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in Antitrust, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, Securities, State AGs in the News, States v. Federal Government

Consumer Protection Vermont AG Discourages Reuse of Renewable Credit Vermont AG William Sorrell issued official guidance for solar power companies to use when making statements regarding the character of electricity provided by a project facility without factoring in the impact of selling renewable energy credits (RECs) in regional markets. The sale of RECs helps finance… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in Antitrust, Charities, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Securities, State AGs in the News, States v. Federal Government

Antitrust FTC Finds Breeders Association’s Code of Ethics to Be Anticompetitive The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approved a final order resolving allegations that certain membership rules and practices implemented through the National Association of Animal Breeders, Inc.’s (NAAB) Code of Ethics violated Section 5 of the FTC Act. The FTC alleged that the NAAB, a… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

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

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau CFPB Lowers the Curtain on Debt Buyers The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) secured consent orders with Encore Capital Group, Inc. (including subsidiaries Midland Funding, LLC, and Midland Credit Management, Inc.) and Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC, resolving allegations that the two debt purchasers and collectors violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in Antitrust, Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, False Claims Act, Securities, States v. Federal Government

Antitrust California DMV Asked to Prevent “Bird-Dogging” California auto dealers have asked the California DMV to stop Tesla Motors Inc. from offering current Tesla owners a $1000 credit when they successfully refer a new purchaser, with the purchaser also receiving a $1000 discount. The dealers argue that the practice, known in the industry as “bird-dogging,”… Continue Reading

States Seek Strengthened Data Breach Laws

Posted in Data Privacy, States v. Federal Government

Data privacy and breach notification has become a hot topic for state legislatures—thanks, in part, to the prompting of State AGs and a recent spate of high profile data breaches affecting millions of consumers. During the first half of 2015, 32 state legislatures considered bills to significantly amend or enhance state laws on consumer data… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in Antitrust, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, False Claims Act, Securities, State AGs in the News, States v. Federal Government

Antitrust Second Circuit Upholds Ruling That Apple Violated Antitrust Laws When Setting E-Book Prices In a two to one decision, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a 2013 trial court decision that Apple Inc. violated the Sherman Act by conspiring with e-book publishers to sustain higher prices. The case was originally filed in the… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in Antitrust, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Employment, False Claims Act, For-Profit Colleges, State AGs in the News, States v. Federal Government

Antitrust FTC and State AGs Succeed in Preliminarily Blocking Food Distribution Merger The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) secured a temporary injunction to block the proposed merger between Sysco Corporation and U.S. Foods Inc. The injunction prevents the companies from integrating operations and preserves the status quo while the FTC conducts its internal merger review and… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in Consumer Protection, Employment, False Claims Act, State AGs in the News, States v. Federal Government

Consumer Protection New Jersey AG Settles Lawsuit Against Purveyor of “Home Warranties” New Jersey Acting Attorney General John Hoffman settled the lawsuit against CHW Group, Inc., d/b/a Choice Home Warranty alleging that CHW violated the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act and advertising regulations by selling residential service contracts misrepresented to be home warranties. The Complaint… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in Antitrust, Charities, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, False Claims Act, State AGs in the News, States v. Federal Government

Antitrust DOJ Investigates Movie Theaters for Collusion The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating claims that Regal Entertainment Group, AMC Entertainment Holdings, and Cinemark Holdings (collectively, the “Dominant Theaters”) have engaged in collusive behavior regarding the allocation of first-run movies. At the root of the investigation is the use of a business practice called “clearances”… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in Antitrust, Charities, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, State AGs in the News, States v. Federal Government

  Antitrust Michigan Attorney General Settles With Natural Gas Driller Over Alleged Bid-Rigging Michigan AG Bill Schuette settled with Chesapeake Energy Corporation over allegations that the energy company conspired with Encana Oil & Gas to allocate the market for oil and gas leases in Michigan in violation of state antitrust laws. AG Schuette also alleged… 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 Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, Marijuana, Mortgages/Foreclosures, State AGs in the News, States v. Federal Government

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau The CFPB Takes First Steps to Reform Payday and Title Loan Practices The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it is considering proposed rules to regulate the market for short-term and long-term payday loans, as well as vehicle title, high-cost installment, and open-end credit loans, and deposit advance products. As… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, Financial Industry, State AGs in the News, States v. Federal Government

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau CFPB Seeks to Enhance Public Disclosure With Consumer Narratives The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has finalized a policy that will allow consumers to publish narratives in addition to filing complaints with the CFPB regarding their experiences with various financial products and services. These narratives, which constitute an additional element to… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

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

Consumer Protection FTC Issues Final Order in First Application of FTC Act to Alleged Deceptive Patent Assertion The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approved a final order, following the period for public comments, in a matter in which the FTC accused MPHJ Technology Investments, LLC of violating the FTC Act by deceptively asserting rights under patents… 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, Marijuana, State AGs in the News, States v. Federal Government, Unclaimed Property

Antitrust Judge Rules in Favor of Attorneys General, Finds American Express Violated Antitrust Laws Ohio AG Mike DeWine led a group of 17 AGs, working together with the U.S. Department of Justice, to successfully argue that American Express Co. and American Express Travel Related Services Co., Inc. (Amex), violated antitrust laws by prohibiting merchants from… 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 Antitrust, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, False Claims Act, Marijuana, State AGs in the News, States v. Federal Government

Antitrust Louisiana Attorney General Sues Drug Maker for Allegedly Delaying Generics Louisiana AG Buddy Caldwell filed a lawsuit alleging that GlaxoSmithKline LLC (GSK) violated the Louisiana Monopolies Act and Unfair Trade Practices Act by preventing or delaying Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approval of generic versions of Flonase (fluticasone propionate) to keep them from entering the… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in Antitrust, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Employment, False Claims Act, For-Profit Colleges, Health Care, Securities, State AGs in the News, States v. Federal Government

Antitrust Nevada and Washington Attorneys General Approve Grocery Store Merger With Divestitures Nevada AG Adam Laxalt and Washington AG Bob Ferguson entered into consent decrees resolving separate lawsuits that challenged a proposed $9.2 billion merger between rival grocery chains AB Acquisition LLC (Albertsons) and Safeway Inc. The Nevada and Washington consent decrees expressly adopt the… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, Intellectual Property, State AGs in the News, States v. Federal Government, Utilities

Hot News California Attorney General Announces Candidacy for 2016 Senate Race California AG Kamala Harris announced that she will run for the U.S. Senate seat that will be vacated by Senator Barbara Boxer, who will not seek reelection when her fourth term expires in 2016. Consumer Protection Nine State Attorneys General Settle With Online Shoe… Continue Reading