The State AG Report – 6.30.2022

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Multistate Reaches Settlement with Carnival over 2019 Data Breach

AGs from 46 states reached a $1.26 million settlement with Carnival Corporation and three of its subsidiaries to resolve allegations that Carnival violated state consumer protection and personal information protection laws when deficiencies in its information security program contributed to a 2019 data breach.
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Election News Roundup

South Dakota – Following the impeachment of AG Jason Ravnsborg, Governor Kristi Noem has selected Pennington County State’s Attorney Mark Vargo as the next state AG. Vargo, who was the lead prosecutor in Ravnsborg’s impeachment trial, will serve until the AG election later this year, in which former AG Marty Jackley will serve as the Republican nominee.
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AG James Leads Coalition Demanding Action on Baby Food Contaminants

New York AG Letitia James led a coalition of 22 AGs in calling for the FDA and USDA to take swift action to address elevated levels of toxic and heavy metals in baby food, including lead, arsenic, cadmium, and mercury.
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Walmart Sued by FTC for Money Transfers

The FTC sued Walmart alleging that the company violated the FTC Act, Telemarketing Act, and Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) when it turned a blind eye as fraudsters used the company’s wire transfer services to scam customers out of millions of dollars.
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FTC Sues Westinghouse, Harley-Davidson over Right-to-Repair

The FTC filed complaints and proposed consent orders to resolve allegations that motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson Motor Company Group, LLC and Westinghouse outdoor generator maker MWE Investments, LLC illegally restricted the right of customers to repair purchased products.
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FTC Prevails in Lawsuit over False Energy Savings Claims

A federal District Court awarded the FTC summary judgment in an enforcement action against SPM Thermo-Shield, Inc. and its officers involving allegations that the company violated the FTC Act when it made deceptive claims about the insulating and energy-saving capabilities of its architectural wall-coating products.
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