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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

Hot News Received a State AG Subpoena? Determine if Your Insurer Must Pay In a recent blog post, Dickstein Shapiro partners Maria Colsey Heard and Ann-Marie Luciano offer advice for companies facing AG investigations. Consumer Protection New York Attorney General Teams With FTC to Sue Debt Collectors New York AG Eric Schneiderman together with the… 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

Hot News Delaware Amends Unclaimed Property Law In a recent post, Dickstein Shapiro partner Maria Colsey Heard and counsel Aaron Lancaster continue their analysis of the legal reforms taking place to state unclaimed property laws. Antitrust Judge Rules in Favor of Attorneys General, Finds American Express Violated Antitrust Laws Ohio AG Mike DeWine led a… 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

Marijuana Wars Reach SCOTUS

Posted in Marijuana, States v. Federal Government

Last week AGs from Nebraska and Oklahoma filed a motion in the U.S. Supreme Court seeking leave to bring a lawsuit challenging Colorado’s Amendment 64, and related implementing regulations, which have established a regulatory framework allowing for the personal sale and consumption of marijuana. (Pursuant to Article III, § 2, cl.2 of the U.S. Constitution,… 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 Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Financial Industry, State AGs in the News, States v. Federal Government

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau CFPB Proposes New Regulations for Prepaid Accounts The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued proposed regulations pertaining to prepaid accounts under the Electronic Fund Transfer Act and the Truth in Lending Act. The proposed regulations require companies issuing prepaid accounts to disclose applicable fees using an industry-wide, standardized format. The regulations… 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 Attorney General Enforces Federal Statute: Something New or Déjà Vu?

Posted in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, Financial Industry, Health Care, States v. Federal Government

Washington AG Bob Ferguson recently announced that he had filed a “first of its kind” lawsuit against a private company and its chief executive for violations of the 2010 Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act (ROSCA). AG Ferguson alleges that Internet Order, LLC, violated ROSCA’s limitations on “negative option” product purchase plans. While this action is… Continue Reading

State AGs and the High Court: 2014 Term Preview

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

In recent years, State Attorneys General (AGs) have frequently played the role of both active litigant and friend-of-the-court in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, and the upcoming 2014 term is proving to be no different. The following is a preview of the major cases with significant AG amicus participation for which certiorari has been… 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

A Tale of Two “Patent Troll” Cases: Contrasting Recent Developments in the Vermont and Nebraska AGs’ Litigations

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

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 federal case in which MPHJ and another alleged patent troll, Activision TV, Inc.,[1] have sought to enjoin Nebraska AG… Continue Reading

State AGs in the News

Posted in 2014 Election, Antitrust, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Protection, 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

Recent NLRB Directive Against McDonald’s Provides Fuel for Active Attorneys General

Posted in Employment, States v. Federal Government

This week the general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Richard Griffin, 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 unprecedented, but could have far-reaching implications on the entire franchise… 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