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Iowa Breach Notification Law Now Requires AG Notification, Applies to Paper Records

Iowa recently joined an increasing number of states that require notification of state regulatory authorities following a breach, as well as a handful of states in which paper records can trigger notification obligations....more

Appointed AG more immune to politics

By statute and practice, the New Jersey attorney general serves as the state’s chief law enforcement officer. The AG’s diverse and complex responsibilities include protecting lives and property through statewide law...more

State AGs, Mexico Agree To Form AML Working Group

On March 25, California Attorney General (AG) Kamala Harris announced that she and four other state AGs—Suthers (CO), Bondi (FL), Cortez Masto (NV), and King (NM)—signed a letter of intent with the President of the National...more

Consumer Group Encourages AG Probe into J&J Document Destruction

The U.S. Attorney General’s office says it is reviewing an open letter submitted by a consumer group encouraging a criminal probe into the destruction by Johnson & Johnson (J&J) of pelvic mesh litigation documents....more

Parens Patriae Actions Are Not Removable Under CAFA: A Unanimous Decision of the United States Supreme Court Has Broad...

The United States Supreme Court delivered a unanimous win to state attorneys general earlier this year. In January, the Court held in Mississippi ex rel. Hood v. AU Optronics, 134 S. Ct. 736 (2014), that parens patriae suits...more

Can You Keep Up? Emergence of CFPB and Significant Developments Transform Consumer Finance Landscape

In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, Congress passed significant financial system reform legislation, the Dodd-Frank Act, which created a new regulator of financial institutions, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau...more

AMS Facing Healthcare Fraud Investigation by California Attorney General

In 2011 Endo Health Solutions bought American Medical Systems for $2.9 billion. That may have been a mistake because since then, the number of product liability lawsuits naming AMS over its transvaginal mesh has grown to...more

New York’s Appellate Division Affirms New York Attorney General’s Ability To Proceed With Tax Fraud Suit Against Sprint

Last spring, a New York trial court denied Sprint’s motion to dismiss the New York Attorney General’s lawsuit alleging tax fraud under the New York False Claims Act (NY FCA). Specifically, the NY AG claims that Sprint...more

New York Attorney General Announces Agreement with Firms to Stop Cooperating in “Insider Trading 2.0”

New York’s Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced this week that he reached interim agreements with 18 Wall Street firms that they will not participate in surveys by elite investment firms that seek to get an...more

Director Cordray confirms 2014 focus on payday and other small-dollar loans

According to a report by Kim Chipman and Carter Dougherty of Bloomberg, in a Q&A with state attorneys general that followed a speech today in Washington, D.C. to the National Association of Attorneys General, Director Cordray...more

Director Cordray highlights CFPB collaboration with state AGs

The CFPB’s collaboration with state attorneys general was the focus of Director Cordray’s remarks today to the National Association of Attorneys General. Director Cordray discussed the role of such collaboration in various...more

Illinois Supreme Court Debates Jurisdiction Over Pension Dispute

The Illinois Supreme Court seemed conflicted during an extremely active oral argument in late January in the high-profile pension case People ex rel. Madigan v. Burge. Burge poses the following issue: can the Attorney General...more

Illinois Supreme Court Debates Whether State FOIA Applies to State's Attorney's Offices

Based upon the oral argument during the recently-concluded January term, it is not clear what the Illinois Supreme Court is likely to decide in Nelson v. The Office of the Kendall County State's Attorney. Nelson raises a...more

State Attorney Generals Settle with Online Payday Lenders

The Attorney General for the State of New York announced that it reached a settlement agreement with several online payday lenders for alleged violations of New York’s usury and licensed lenders laws. ...more

California Attorney General Files Suit Over Untimely Data Breach Notice

On January 24, the California Attorney General (AG) sued a health care company over its alleged failure to timely submit notice of a 2011 data breach. According to the complaint, the company learned of the breach at the end...more

Target and Neiman Marcus Face Government Probes and Litigation as a Result of Holiday-season Cyberattacks

The massive holiday hacking of consumer information belonging to Target and Neiman Marcus customers has the impacted retailers under a microscope. State Attorneys General across the country have banded together to launch a...more

SCOTUS Holds State AG Action Not A Mass Action Subject To CAFA

On January 14, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that an action filed by a state attorney general seeking restitution on behalf of hundreds of the state’s citizens who are not themselves parties to the action is not a...more

Advertising News & Analysis - January 23, 2014

In this issue: - Former BCP Director Discusses how FTC Picked its Fights - Court Pierces the Veil on Anonymous Online Reviews - FTC Finds Green Diaper Claims Don’t Hold Water - A Warning Letter is...more

Daimler AG v. Bauman: The US Supreme Court Significantly Limits Where Companies May Be Sued for Claims Unrelated to Their...

The US Supreme Court last week issued a major ruling that will significantly limit where corporations may be sued for claims that do not relate to business they may do in a particular place. In Daimler A.G. v. Bauman, the...more

Daimler AG v. Bauman: Court Again Rejects a “Sprawling View of General Jurisdiction”

On January 14, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court in Daimler AG v. Bauman held that Argentinian plaintiffs could not sue a German car manufacturer in California for human rights violations allegedly committed in Argentina. The...more

Suits Brought by State AGs Alone Not “Mass Actions”: SCOTUS Sides With 4th, 7th, and 9th Circuits in Clarifying CAFA’s Mass Action...

In Mississippi ex rel. Hood v. AU Optronics Corp., No. 12-1036, 2014 U.S. LEXIS 645 (Jan. 14, 2014) the Supreme Court of the United States addressed the circuit split that arose after the 5th Circuit Court of Appeal’s holding...more

New York AG Announces Chief Of New Financial Crimes Bureau

On January 17, New York Attorney General (AG) Eric Schneiderman announced that Gary Fishman will lead a new Criminal Enforcement and Financial Crimes Bureau. The bureau, which expands the Attorney General’s former Criminal...more

Supreme Court: AG Suits Not Removable Under CAFA

On January 14, 2014, the Supreme Court held in Mississippi ex rel. Hood v. AU Optronics Corp. (Hood) that a suit filed by a state as the sole plaintiff does not constitute a "mass action" under the Class Action Fairness Act...more

Supreme Court Holds That State Attorney General Suits Brought on Behalf of a State's Residents Cannot Be Removed to Federal Court...

On January 14, 2014, in Mississippi ex rel. Hood v. AU Optronics Corp., the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that lawsuits brought by state attorneys general seeking, among other things, recovery of funds for the benefit...more

State Attorneys General Served “home cooking” by the Supreme Court of the United States

On January 14, 2014, in Mississippi v. AU Optronics Corp., the Supreme Court held that a parens patriae action (one brought by the state on behalf of its injured citizens) does not constitute a ‘mass action’ and cannot be...more

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