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Oregon Attorney General Announces $545,000 Settlement with Retailer

The Oregon AG recently announced a $545,000 settlement with the Vitamin Shoppe over allegations that the store violated Oregon state law by selling dietary supplements containing ingredients that FDA has deemed unsafe or...more

New Mexico On the Brink of Passing Data Breach Law

On March 15, 2017, New Mexico's Senate passed H.B. 15, which would create the state's first data breach notification law. New Mexico is currently one of only three states (including Alabama and South Dakota) without a data...more

Brooklyn Supreme Court Recognizes Private Right of Action for Not-for-Profit Employees under New York Nonprofit Revitalization Act...

Not-for-Profit Corporation Law (“NPCL”) § 715-b, enacted as part of the New York Nonprofit Revitalization Act, requires New York not-for-profit corporations with 20 or more employees and annual revenue in excess of $1 million...more

AG's latest remarks signal no outright campaign against cannabis yet

On March 2, 2017, it seemed as if the U.S. Department of Justice was aiming to crack down on the U.S. cannabis industry in a way not seen since before the previous administration. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and White...more

"US Announces Record-Setting Penalties for Violations of Export Controls and Economic Sanctions"

On March 7, 2017, the United States announced that China’s Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation and ZTE Kangxun Telecommunications Ltd. and their respective affiliates (collectively, ZTE) had agreed to a record...more

Privacy and Information Security a Top Priority in California under Xavier Becerra

Governor Jerry Brown’s selection of Congressman Xavier Becerra to succeed (now Senator) Kamala Harris as the new Attorney General of California was a surprising move that brings into power in California a seasoned advocate of...more

New Attorney General Issues Guidance on Corporate Compliance Programs

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) Fraud Section has published new guidance for corporate entities on corporate compliance programs. The guidance, titled, “Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs” (Compliance Program...more

Recent Updates from the Attorney General’s Nonprofit Division

Several attorneys from the Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division of the Office of the Attorney General (the Division) participated in an engaging panel discussion at the Boston Bar Association last week. The...more

Arizona Attorney General Secures Dismissal of 1,700 Lawsuits By Serial Plaintiffs

Seyfarth Synopsis: A state court has granted the Arizona Attorney General’s Motion To Dismiss approximately 1,700 Arizona access lawsuits on grounds that the organizational and individual plaintiffs lacked standing to sue....more

Trump Administration Rescinds Guidance on Transgender Rights under Title IX

The Trump Administration has announced that the Department of Education (DOE) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) rescinded the Obama Administration’s May 2016 Dear Colleague Letter directing that schools “treat a student’s...more

Fourth Circuit Takes a Pass on Statistical Sampling, Finds DOJ's Settlement Veto Authority Unreviewable

After granting the relators’ petition for an interlocutory review of the district court’s rejection of the use of statistical sampling to establish FCA liability, the Fourth Circuit ultimately declined to reach that issue in...more

Friend or Foe? State Attorneys General Start to Change Their Tune on Industry & Cybersecurity

Should businesses be thought of as victims or bad actors when it comes to data breaches? State attorneys general are embracing the idea that businesses are not necessarily adversaries in the struggle to protect sensitive...more

Statistical Sampling in FCA Cases Remains Uncertain, But the Government’s Absolute Veto Power Regarding Settlements Gets Affirmed

While all hoped the Fourth Circuit would finally provide some clarity regarding the use of statistical sampling in False Claims Act (FCA) cases, Valentine’s Day 2017 yielded some surprising events for those awaiting the...more

Democratic lawmakers/ Democratic state AGs/ consumer advocacy groups seek reconsideration en banc of motions to intervene in PHH...

After the D.C. Circuit panel issued a per curiam order on February 2 denying the three motions to intervene that were filed in the PHH case, we expected the next development in the case to be a decision by the D.C. Circuit on...more

Five Washington Realities for President Trump’s Consideration

Last week, we published an op-ed, “Here are Five things President Trump can't change,” in The Hill discussing long-established and irrevocable rules of how D.C. works that Trump and his team need to factor into their thought...more

White Collar Enforcement and the New Trump Administration: Your Top Ten Questions Answered

Enforcement activity under the Obama administration often made headlines for the eye-popping level of fines, with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulations, and economic sanctions...more

Attorney General Sessions' Focus on Fraud Enforcement to Have Immediate Impact on Federal Government Contractors

Today, Feb. 9, former U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions was sworn in as the 84th Attorney General of the United States. While today marked only the beginning of his term, Attorney General Sessions’ record as a former federal...more

You’re Fired: What Impact Will Sally Yates’ Departure Have on the DOJ’s Fraud Enforcement?

As most of the world now knows, President Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates last week after she declined to defend the President’s travel ban. Dana Boente has replaced Ms. Yates, but he may not be long for the...more

CFPB/NY AG lawsuit against RD Legal Funding may signal greater scrutiny of non-loan financial products such as merchant cash...

The CFPB and the New York Attorney General this week filed an action against RD Legal Funding, LLC, two of its affiliates, and their principal (collectively, “RD”), alleging that a litigation settlement advance product...more

VIZIO to Pay $2.2 Million to Settle Consumer Tracking Charges; FTC Treats Television Viewing History as “Sensitive Information”...

On February 6, 2017, the FTC and New Jersey Attorney General and Department of Consumer Affairs filed a Complaint and Stipulated Order for Permanent Injunction and Monetary Judgment against television manufacturer VIZIO,...more

Small Dollar Lender to Refund Virginia Consumers $15.335 Million

On January 31, 2017, the Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia (VA AG) announced that it entered into a settlement with a small dollar loan lender. The lender allegedly engaged into a “rent-a-tribe” scheme through...more

Judge Gorsuch on Class Actions

On January 31, President Trump announced that Judge Neil Gorsuch of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals would be nominated for the United States Supreme Court. We took a look at those opinions authored by Judge Gorsuch on the...more

Federal Enforcement Priorities and the Business of Marijuana: How Jeff Sessions Could Change the Landscape

As Senator Jeff Sessions’ nomination for Attorney General advances to the full Senate, questions are being raised as to what impact he might have on the business of marijuana in the United States. Sessions has historically...more

D.C. Circuit denies motions to intervene in PHH case

The D.C. Circuit panel that issued the PHH decision last October has issued a per curiam order denying the three motions to intervene that were filed in the case last month....more

"A Trump-Appointed AG May Not Translate to Less Aggressive Enforcement"

Forecasting the enforcement priorities of the Department of Justice (DOJ) under the Trump administration is difficult at best. Previous statements from both President Donald Trump and his nominee for attorney general, U.S....more

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