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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

Adobe Reaches $1M Settlement with 15 States Related to 2013 Data Breach of Customer Data

Last week, attorneys general in 15 states announced a $1 million settlement with Adobe Systems Inc. (“Adobe”), concluding a multistate investigation related to a 2013 breach of Adobe customer data. The breach, which was...more

Indiana 2016 General Election Recap

Now that the dust has settled from the November 2016 election, Faegre Baker Daniels’ Indiana government team is providing you with a recap of the state’s results. The unexpected landslide of the Trump-Pence ticket had...more

CFPB post-election changes could increase state enforcement activity

Since last Tuesday’s election, there has been much discussion of how expected changes under a Trump Administration are likely to reduce the CFPB’s impact, particularly in the enforcement arena. Little attention, however, has...more

What to Expect from the FTC

Our colleague Bill MacLeod, chair of the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association, and former director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, penned the following blog post on what we might expect at the FTC...more

New Mexico Judge Orders Payday Lender to Pay $32 Million in Restitution

On November 9, 2016, the New Mexico Attorney General (AG) announced that a New Mexico judge issued a final judgment against a payday lender and ordered the lender to pay $32 million in restitution. The court found the...more

Debt Collection Practices Under Scrutiny of CFPB and NY Attorney General

On November 2, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and New York Attorney General filed a lawsuit in federal district court in New York over an alleged “massive, illegal debt-collection scheme” that supposedly...more

2016 State Attorneys General Post-Election Report

Trump Win May Unsettle Washington but State Attorney General Activism Is Expected to Continue - In his remarkable run for the White House, billionaire real estate developer Donald J. Trump presented himself as the...more

Ohio AG Files Lawsuit Against Mortgage-Relief Services Provider

On November 4, 2016, the Ohio Attorney General’s office (AG) announced it filed a complaint against a California-based mortgage-relief services provider and its director (Defendants) alleging violations of Ohio’s consumer...more

Student Loan Company Ordered to Stop Doing Business in Kentucky

On September 27, 2016, the Kentucky Attorney General announced that on September 15, 2016, a Franklin Circuit Judge ordered a Florida-based student loan company to cease all operations in Kentucky. The Attorney General’s...more

New York Attorney General Answers White House’s Call: Promises Bill to Curb Non-Compete Use

On the same day that the White House released its “State Call to Action on Non-Compete Agreements,” encouraging states to adopt best practice policies in the enforcement of non-compete agreements, New York State’s Attorney...more

Kansas AG Settles With Auto Credit Company For Improperly Disclaiming Warranties

On August 19, 2016, the Kansas Attorney General announced a settlement with a Michigan-based auto credit company for “improperly disclaiming warranties in contracts with Kansas consumers in violation of the Kansas Consumer...more

CFPB and NY AG File Joint Lawsuit Against Debt Collectors

On November 2, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and New York Attorney General (AG) announced the filing of a complaint in the United States District Court for the Western District of New York against...more

School’s in Session for the Ed Tech Industry: California AG Gives Lessons on Student Data Safeguards

On Wednesday, California’s Attorney General released a report with recommendations for the education technology (“Ed Tech”) industry, a multi-billion dollar industry that is transforming learning as we know it. The Ed Tech...more

The Dispute Between Governor John Bel Edwards and Attorney General Jeff Landry Over the Appointment of Private Legal Counsel...

On September 30, 2016, Governor John Bel Edwards sued Attorney General Jeff Landry to compel him to approve several contracts between the Governor’s office and private legal counsel. In his Petition, the Governor alleged...more

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