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Court Dismisses Challenge to New York Donor Disclosure Requirement

On August 29, 2016, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed in its entirety a complaint against the New York Attorney General filed by Citizens United and Citizens United Foundation,...more

Recent Governance and Gift-Giving Guidance from the Non-Profit/Public Charities Division

The Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division of the Office of the Attorney General (the “Division”) recently released helpful guidance regarding (i) good governance of charitable organization and (ii) the rules that...more

Employers Should Not Retreat on Compliance Planning Despite Two-Pronged Attack on OT Rule

Two lawsuits related to the Department of Labor’s revisions to the white-collar exemptions have been filed in East Texas. The first lawsuit, citing (among other things) the severe impact the impending salary increase...more

Attorney General Finds Governor’s Contract for Legal Services Not Approvable, Unacceptable, Illegal, and Unconstitutional

The dispute between Governor John Bel Edwards and Attorney General Jeff Landry over the retention of several private attorneys to represent the State of Louisiana, through the Department of Natural Resources (“LDNR”) in...more

News from Second and Sate

Summer Recap: - As of our last newsletter, the General Assembly had recessed after pushing a 2016-2017 state budget over the finish line to meet the June 30 deadline just in the nick of time. Gov. Wolf let the budget...more

Massachusetts AG Settles With Insurance Company Over Allegedly Improper Force-Placed Insurance

On September 7, 2016, the Massachusetts Attorney General announced a settlement with an insurance company requiring “refunds for Massachusetts homeowners whose mortgage lenders wrongly force-placed the consumers with [the...more

Massachusetts AG Settles with Student Debt Relief Company Over Alleged Illegal Fees

On September 1, 2016, the Massachusetts Attorney General (“AG”) announced a settlement with a student loan debt relief company, over allegations the company charged illegal fees to enroll borrowers in income-based repayment...more

Summer Round-Up: Four States Bolster Data Breach Notification Laws and More Changes on the Way

As has become typical in the data security space, there was quite a bit of activity in state legislatures over the previous year concerning data breach notification statutes. Lawmakers are keenly aware of the high profile...more

"Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - August 2016"

In this edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we highlight guidance issued by the Irish data protection authority regarding the use of location data, as well as the FTC's request for comment on its Standards for...more

Looming Registration and Reporting Deadlines for Nonprofit Raffles: September 1 and October 1

Many charities embrace raffles as a fun and lucrative way to raise money. A lot of them aren't aware that raffles constitute illegal gambling, unless the requirements of the Penal Code are met. If not, the charity is...more

Minnesota AG Settles Suit Against California Online Lender Relating to Alleged “Rent-a-Tribe” Scheme

On August 19, the Attorney General’s Office for the State of Minnesota (Minnesota AG) announced that it had settled a lawsuit against a California-based online lender relating to an alleged “rent-a-tribe” scheme. The...more

CFPB proposes rule expanding disclosure of confidential supervisory information to state AGs

Without an announcement, the CFPB has proposed a rule that would expand its discretion to share confidential supervisory information (CSI) with state attorneys general and other agencies that do not have supervisory authority...more

New York A.G. Announces $100k Settlement Over Data Breach

On August 5, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced a settlement with Provision Supply, LLC d/b/a EZcontactsUSA.com, imposing $100,000 in penalties and ongoing obligations to maintain certain security...more

NY Attorney General Schneiderman Declares “War” on Non-Compete Agreements That He Perceives as Overbroad

In an initiative that is virtually without precedent in New York, in the past two months (June 15, June 22 and August 4) Attorney General Schneiderman announced agreements with three separate companies in three different...more

NYAG Announces Settlement with Synergy Fitness for Improper Billing

This week, the New York State Attorney General (the “Attorney General”) announced that it had settled with nine Synergy Fitness (“Synergy”) health clubs over alleged deceptive and improper billing practices. Specifically,...more

New York’s Fantasy Sports Law at Work

On August 3, 2016, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law legalizing fantasy sports in New York. The timing is critical to the industry, as it may enable major fantasy sports providers to reopen operations in New York by the...more

2 for 1—Private and Government Actions Regarding Price Comparisons

Amazon made recent news for pricing items without stating a list price or whether an article was on sale or was offered at a discounted cost. The policy was based on the idea that Amazon's numerous Prime members would buy...more

State Attorneys General on the Attack Against Noncompete Overuse

Too much of a good thing can be bad – a maxim that some employers have historically ignored by requiring entire workforces, including rank-and-file employees, to submit to post-employment noncompete obligations as a condition...more

Illinois AG Rules That Public Employees' Personal Emails Are Public Records - Messages Pertaining to Public Business in Personal...

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has issued a binding opinion under the state's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that email messages sent or received through public employees' personal email accounts may be public...more

DOJ Files FCA Complaint Against Recipient of Grant Funding

The FCA began as a response to procurement fraud by military contractors during the Civil War. In the intervening years, its reach has extended and increasingly the government is using the FCA as a tool in the context of...more

New Federal Law Will Require Disclosure of GMO Content in Food

A new federal law will require food makers to disclose when foods contain genetically modified ingredients. The law, which was recently signed by President Obama, will require such food products to be labeled with text,...more

Advertising Law - August 2016 #2

Electric Toothbrushes Battle It Out Before NAD - In a battle over electric toothbrushes, the National Advertising Division determined that Procter & Gamble can support superiority claims for its Oral-B models challenged...more

Gun Manufacturing's Large Role in MA Economy Has Not Deterred AG Healey

It was good, I guess, that the Massachusetts Medical Society weighed in on August 9th in favor of Attorney General Maura Healey’s actions strengthening the state ban on assault weapons by expressly having it cover an array of...more

Cybersecurity and Data Privacy: Attorney General Reaches Six-Figure Settlement With Entity That Failed to Provide Required Data...

A recent settlement announced by the New York Attorney General’s Office has made clear that failing to provide the required notifications after experiencing a data breach can prove very costly. On August 5th, the Attorney...more

New York State Attorney General Orders Companies to Stop Making Anti-Zika Claims In Connection with Minimum Risk Pesticides and...

On August 3, 2016, the New York State Attorney General issued cease-and-desist letters to seven companies making pesticidal claims to prevent or protect consumers against the Zika virus. The claims at issue were made in...more

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