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Federal district court denies state AGs’ request to redirect unused CFPB settlement funds to NAAG

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

We previously reported that the Connecticut Attorney General, on behalf of himself and the Attorneys General of Indiana, Kansas and Vermont (the “state AGs”), had filed a joint motion to intervene in a CFPB enforcement action...more

Illinois Attorney General Limits "Probable or Imminent Litigation" Exception Under Open Meetings Act For Closed Sessions

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has issued a binding opinion concerning action taken by the City of Bloomington City Council. The binding opinion further limits the attorney general's interpretation of the Illinois...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

Charities- New York Attorney General Reaches Settlement with Breast Cancer Charity over Fraud Allegations- New York AG Eric Schneiderman reached a settlement with the Breast Cancer Survivors Foundation, Inc. (“BCSF”)...more

Attorneys General Continue to Battle the Trump Administration Over Environmental Regulations

Democratic Attorneys General have continued their efforts to combat the Trump administration’s attempts to roll back environmental regulations developed under the Obama administration in two recent actions. Thirteen AGs,...more

New Fed Policy Eliminates Ability of Settlement Options to Include Payments to Non-Party NGOs

by Snell & Wilmer on

On June 7, 2017, United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memorandum to all Department of Justice (DOJ) components and 94 United States Attorney’s Offices prohibiting them from entering into any agreement on...more

State Attorneys General Warn the EPA of Legal Action Should Obama-Era Fuel Economy Standards Get Rolled Back

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Even as the Trump administration is calling into question whether it will remain committed to Obama-era fuel economy and emissions targets, state governments are stepping up to enforce those same targets....more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

AG Elections- 2017 Virginia Attorney General Election Update- Following uncontested primaries, incumbent Democrat AG Mark Herring and Republican challenger John Adams will proceed to the Virginia general election this...more

AG Sessions seeks repeal of Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Since the new Presidential administration took office late last year, the cannabis industry has received a mixed set of signals from this administration as to how it will treat the growing cannabis industry in relation to the...more

Major Change in DOJ Environmental Penalty Policy

by Alston & Bird on

On June 5, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo prohibiting DOJ from including payments to third party non-government entities in civil and criminal settlements. This memo will have far reaching consequences...more

DOJ Eliminates Option of Third Party Payments in Settlements

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On June 7, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memorandum prohibiting the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) from directing any settlement payments to third-party, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that were not...more

SEC and U.S. Attorney’s Office Continue Their Pursuit of Criminal Actions Against Purveyors of “Political Intelligence”

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On May 24, 2017, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) launched their latest criminal and civil salvos against prohibited insider trading by...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

2018 AG Elections- Republican Ashley Moody Announces Bid for Florida Attorney General- Republican Ashley Moody formally announced her candidacy to become Florida AG. Moody is the third candidate to enter the 2018...more

Attorney General Sessions Bars Settlement Payments to Third Parties: RIP SEPs?

Earlier this week, Attorney General Sessions issued a brief memorandum barring DOJ from entering into any civil or criminal settlement that would provide for a payment by a defendant to any non-governmental person that is not...more

To Report or Not to Report – Is it Really A Question?

In a May 15, 2017 Bankruptcy Court decision (Gardens Decision) from California’s Central District (In re Gardens Regional Hospital and Medical Center, Inc. (Bankr. C.D.Cal., May 15, 2017, No. 1617463), Judge Ernest M. Robles...more

Antitrust Suit Against Michigan Hospital Moves Forward As Both Sides Denied Summary Judgment

by Mintz Levin on

A federal district court denied summary judgment motions brought by both sides in the government’s antitrust suit against a Michigan hospital alleging an agreement not to compete in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act....more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

Democrat Steve Deetelbach Announces Bid for Ohio Attorney General- Steve Deetelbach formally announced his candidacy to become Ohio AG. Deetelbach is the first Democrat to officially enter the 2018 Ohio AG race,...more

Kentucky AG Announces Home Loan Protections in Connection with Settlement with Mortgage Recording Company

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On May 25, 2017, Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear (“Kentucky AG”) announced steps it is taking to provide guidance to Kentucky homeowners whose banks use online mortgage recording databases? instead of traditional...more

Massachusetts AG Obtains Judgment Against Online Auto Title Lender for Illegal Loans

by Goodwin on

On May 25, 2017, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey (“Massachusetts AG”) announced? a final judgment and permanent injunction entered? in Suffolk Superior Court against an unlicensed ?online auto title lender,...more

Arizona Supreme Court Clarifies Due Process Rights in Administrative Hearings

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The due process clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution does not allow "the same person to serve as an accuser, advocate, and final decisionmaker in agency adjudication," the Arizona Supreme Court has ruled in...more

Trending Wonkology: What is 'Special Counsel'?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Special Counsel - Definition: A person appointed by the U.S. Attorney General, or their designee, in cases where an internal investigation may present a conflict of interest or when it may be in the public interest....more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

2018 Election Update- Michael Dougherty Announces Bid for Colorado Attorney General- Michael Dougherty formally announced his candidacy to become Colorado AG. Dougherty is the third Democrat to formally enter the...more

Fallout from Target’s 2013 Data Breach includes an $18 Million Multistate AG Settlement

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Target Corporation agreed to an $18.5 million settlement with 46 State Attorneys General and the Attorney General of the District of Columbia this week, resolving allegations that the company failed to provide reasonable data...more

The Fight For Legal Services Corporation

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Describing the value of legal services, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan once said, "As a society, we do not do nearly as well as we ought to in enabling low-income, and for that matter middle-income, Americans to...more

Special Counsels in U.S. Government

by Bryan Cave on

Appointments of "special counsels" in the United States government are historically very rare and only called upon to investigate politically complicated matters, but they have been in the news lately as Deputy Attorney...more

Minnesota AG Secures Judgment Against Debt Collector Over Allegedly Abusive Collection Practices

by Goodwin on

On May 15, 2017, the Minnesota Attorney General’s office (“Minnesota AG”) announced that it obtained a judgment in a lawsuit filed in Minnesota state court against a debt collection company. As a result of the final judgment,...more

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