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State AGs seek to intervene in CFPB enforcement action to modify settlement terms

The Attorneys General for the states of Connecticut, Indiana, Kansas, and Vermont recently took the unusual step of filing a joint motion to intervene to modify the settlement terms of a CFPB enforcement action....more

20 states, U.S. take aim at collusion claims, soaring prices for generic drugs

If there ever were naïve wishes that parts of Big Pharma might work in more enlightened ways for patients, the attorney generals in 20 states and federal prosecutors, have dashed optimism about “white hat” drug makers. Led by...more

Price Fixing Charges Brought Against Generic Drug Companies and Former Executives

Generic drug manufacturers have come under increasing scrutiny recently from state and federal regulators for price increases and alleged price collusion. Over the past year, drug pricing has faced sharp criticism from...more

DOJ and Stage AG Investigations Into Generic Pricing Lead to Suits Against Manufacturers and Employees

As we have previously reported, (click, here, here, here, and here to read more), generic drug manufacturers have recently come under intense scrutiny from state and federal regulators for their price hikes. Last week, the...more

What Can We Expect From California's Upcoming 2017-2018 Legislative Session?

With the dust still settling from last month's unprecedented presidential election, California’s politicians have not stood still. In partisan terms, the election results in California could not be more different from that...more

Caldwell’s Comments Draw Criticism, Apology—But Might Her Advice Be Timely?

It is no secret that top Department of Justice officials in Washington may occasionally be at odds with local prosecutors over charging or investigatory decisions made in U.S. Attorney offices around the country. Indeed, DOJ...more

Ashley Madison Settles with FTC and State AGs for $1.6 Million

We have previously reported on the Ashley Madison data breach and subsequent litigation. On December 14th, Ashley Madison announced that it has agreed to pay $1.6 million and implement additional security measures to settle...more

Battle Between Arizona Attorney General And Serial Lawsuit Filer Heats Up

Seyfarth Synopsis: A disability advocacy group behind approximately 1,700 Arizona access lawsuits breaks new ground by filing suit against the Arizona Attorney General, in an unusual counter-attack to the AG’s motion to...more

Jamming Out Costs New York Auto Dealerships Millions

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman recently announced a $1.6 million settlement with two auto dealerships, SG Hylan Motors and Best Auto Outlet, Inc., who were found to have engaged in jamming schemes between 2010...more

In Data Privacy, Don’t Forget the State Attorneys General

State attorneys general play an active role in data privacy and security matters. Their involvement is increasing as they grapple with changing technologies and threats, rapidly evolving state laws and their relatively broad...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - December 2016 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus - Trump picks Scott Pruitt to lead EPA - New York Times - Dec 7 - President-elect Donald J. Trump has selected Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general and a close ally...more

President-Elect Nominates Oklahoma Attorney General to Head EPA

On December 8, 2016, President-Elect Donald Trump confirmed his intention to nominate Oklahoma Attorney General (AG) E. Scott Pruitt to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Rumors about Mr. Pruitt’s...more

Post-Election Events Making Waves in the Cannabis Industry

As we reported previously, the cannabis industry had a historic election night, with eight out of nine states approving their respective referendums legalizing some form of adult cannabis use. In the short time since that...more

NY Medical Providers: Use Caution When Soliciting Positive Reviews on Consumer-Review Websites

Consumers often seek online reviews of a business on platforms such as Yelp, CitySearch, Yahoo and Google Plus Pages before purchasing products or services. This includes patients seeking online reviews of a physician or...more

Chris Lazarini Provides Insight on Standards Applied to Pro Se Litigants

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini provided insight on a case revealing that while less stringent standards are often applied to pro se litigants, courts still should require them to adhere to the procedural rules....more

New California AG Appointed with Possibilities for Privacy Enforcement

With the election of current California Attorney General Kamala Harris to the U.S. Senate, Governor Jerry Brown was tasked with appointing her replacement. On December 1, he announced that his pick is U.S. Representative...more

Lessons from Adobe’s State AG Data Breach Settlement

Last month, several state Attorneys General announced a $1M settlement with Adobe Systems, Inc. in connection with a 2013 data incident involving the personal information of roughly 534,000 consumers. The 15 Attorneys General...more

Michigan Attorney General Intervenes in Suit Against Consumer Reports to Defend Constitutionality of Michigan Privacy Laws

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette filed a brief this week intervening in a federal lawsuit between a subscriber of Consumer Reports magazine and publisher Consumers Union of the United States (“Consumers Union”) to...more

Michigan AG Steps In to Defend State Privacy Law

The Michigan attorney general intervened November 22 in a suit brought under a Michigan privacy law, making it one of the first times a state attorney general has weighed in on a case involving data use. Michigan AG Bill...more

Massachusetts AG Announces $2.4 Million Settlement with Student Loan Servicer Over Improper Servicing Practices

On November 22, 2016, the Massachusetts Attorney General announced that it entered into a settlement agreement with a national student loan servicing company over allegations the company violated various state and federal...more

United States Attorney’s Office Announces Guilty Pleas in Criminal Prosecution of Alleged $31 Million Debt Collection Scheme

On November 18, 2016, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (“USAO”) announced that the co-owner and chief financial officer of a debt collection company, and a company manager, pleaded guilty to...more

New Attorney General Nominee Raises Questions for Civil Rights Enforcement

President-Elect Donald Trump has offered the job of Attorney General of the United States to Senator Jeff Sessions (R- Alabama). The announcement raised eyebrows in some circles due to Senator Sessions’ history and recent...more

Significant Swiss ruling handed down on privilege in anti-money laundering investigations

In a recent judgment, the Swiss Federal Tribunal has ruled that, where a financial institution delegates its investigation and reporting obligations under the Swiss Anti-Money Laundering Act ("AMLA") to external counsel,...more

Virginia Announces New Initiative to Protect Consumers

On Nov. 21, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced an expansion and reorganization of the state’s Consumer Protection Section, which aims to protect consumers in the Commonwealth from “abusive and illegal business...more

Vermont AG Settles Lawsuit with California Student Loan Debt Consolidation Company

On November 18, 2016, the Attorney General for the State of Vermont (Vermont AG) announced that it had entered into a settlement with a California student loan debt consolidation company related to the company’s business of...more

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