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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

State AGs Intervene in For-Profit College Accreditor Lawsuit

The attorneys general from five states and Washington, D.C. recently filed a motion to intervene in a federal lawsuit involving the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (“ACICS”), which is pursuing a case...more

Trump Fires Acting Attorney General

Acting attorney general, Sally Yates, was fired after she ordered Justice Department attorneys not to defend President Trump’s January 27th immigration Executive Order (EO). The EO restricts entry into the U.S. by refugees...more

Enforcement under a Jeff Sessions DOJ [Video]

Colleen Conry, Ropes & Gray government enforcement partner, provides insights on what to expect with enforcement activity under the Trump administration and a Jeff Sessions led Department of Justice....more

PHH files supplemental response to CFPB’s rehearing petition; opposes state AGs’ motion to intervene

This past Friday, PHH filed a supplemental response to the CFPB’s petition for en banc rehearing and a response opposing the motion filed by Democratic Attorneys General of 16 states and the District of Columbia to intervene...more

NY Attorney General Schneiderman Settles Data Breach Investigation

New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced a settlement with Acer Service Corporation (a Taiwanese computer manufacturer) relating to the NYSAG’s investigation of a breach of Acer’s data. The data breach,...more

Democratic state AGs seek to intervene in PHH appeal

The Democratic Attorneys General of 16 states and the District of Columbia have filed a motion with the D.C. Circuit seeking to intervene in the PHH appeal.  The states are Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa,...more

Texas Legislative Outlook

It’s that time again – the 85th Texas Legislature is underway in Austin, and a number of bills could affect civil litigation in state courts. Below are a few bills that trial lawyers may want to follow....more

News from Second and State

Weekly Wrap - The biggest news in Harrisburg this week was the swearing-in of our newly elected row officers. Josh Shapiro took the oath of office to serve as the state’s new Attorney General and Joe Torsella will serve...more

Mississippi AG Sues Google for Collection of Student Data

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood filed a Complaint against Google last week for alleged violations of the state’s Consumer Protection Act for its collection and use of students’ personal information and search history....more

#MLWashingtonCyberWatch: Nominees Discuss Future of Cybersecurity

With Inauguration Day upon us, it’s time for a #MLWashingtonCyberWatch update. President-elect Donald Trump has vocalized his support for the future of “cyber” throughout his campaign – but how will members of his cabinet...more

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