Bernard Nash

Co-Chair, State Attorneys General

Washington, D.C.

(202) 471-3406

(202) 861-1905

Recent Publication:

Star-Studded NY AG’s Race | Barriers Against Robocallers | Challenges Against Vaccine Mandate

The State AG Report – 11.18.2021 Here are last week’s curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US.

Bernie has cultivated an unsurpassed understanding of the State Attorneys General (AG) world over his 50-plus years of practice. He has access to, and strong working relationships with, key decision-makers in state AG offices throughout the country. As AGs have increased their political, policy, and regulatory clout, under Bernie’s leadership the Cozen O’Connor State AG Group has become the leading practice in the United States devoted to defending clients in AG investigations and litigations, resolving state AG disputes and counselling clients on working constructively with AGs.

Bernie advises clients on how to successfully navigate and manage AG scrutiny and oversight in investigations, settlements, and litigation. He advises on strategies for managing litigation, and when it cannot be avoided, works to minimize the associated risks. He has represented some of the largest and most significant national and international companies, including Fortune 50 companies, across a wide range of industries such as financial services, telecommunications, technology and software, retail, energy, automotive, pharmaceuticals, and agriculture. Clients come to him when their company’s reputation, market position, and even very existence, are on the line. His experience in handling large mergers with antitrust implications, significant single-state AG actions, and large multi-state actions is vast.

Bernie’s depth and breadth of experience gives him a unique ability to see all pieces of the state regulatory puzzle and guide his clients to clear and decisive action. This no-nonsense, reality-based perspective facilitates frank conversations through which Bernie helps clients identify achievable solutions. Taken together with Bernie’s decades-long relationships with individual AGs and their staffs, Bernie is uniquely positioned to negotiate creatively with AGs to achieve the best possible outcomes for his clients, aligned with their strategic business goals.

As a former trial attorney and special counsel for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as well as counsel to the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust and Monopoly — where he was responsible for drafting the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Act of 1976 and developing and executing the legislative strategy that overcame two filibusters prior to its enactment — Bernie’s government experience provides an additional valuable perspective to his current client work.

Bernie is the co-editor of Cozen O’Connor’s State AG Report blog, the go-to resource for issues relating to AGs.

Experience

News

More Than 205 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 19, 2021

Best Lawyers selected 210 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Colorado Gov. Repeals Ban On Credit Card Surcharges

July 08, 2021

The State AG Group’s Bernard Nash and Keturah Taylor have notched another win for client CardX, LLC. with Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signing into law SB 21-091 a measure repealing the state's prohibition on credit card surcharges, joining a wave of other states that have recently done the same.

82 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 19 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2021 Guide

May 26, 2021

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the United States, has ranked 82 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the guide’s 2021 edition; of those, 15 lawyers have been recognized nationally.

Big Law Builds Up State AG Expertise Amid Enforcement Boost

May 12, 2021

Lori Kalani was quoted in Bloomberg Law discussing the growth in law firms that have played out over the past five to 10 years in response to state AGs’ ramped up enforcement work in antitrust, health care, worker rights, and other areas.

Wine Asset Sale Watered Down | Fake Vaccination Cards | Misleading Franchisee Offer [The State AG Report Blog]

April 08, 2021

2022 AG Elections County District Attorney Launches Bid for Wisconsin Attorney General Fond du Lac County DA Eric Toney announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination in the 2022 race for the Wisconsin AG’s office, currently held by Democratic AG Josh Kaul. Toney was first elected to...

JD Supra Selects Four Cozen O’Connor Attorneys as Top Authors

April 05, 2021

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that Bernard Nash and Lori Kalani, co-chairs of the firm’s State Attorneys General practice, Michael Schmidt, vice chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Department, and Rachel Welford, an attorney in the firm’s Transportation & Trade Group have been selected as top authors for JD Supra’s 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards for their thought leadership on key topics during 2020.

Mobile Banking App Banned | Sticky Life Alert Contracts | Casino Pays Price for Misleading Regulators [The State AG Report Blog]

April 01, 2021

2023 AG Elections Candidates Ready to Vie for Louisiana Attorney General’s Office Should Incumbent Not Seek Reelection Louisiana Third District Attorney John Belton announced his plans to run for Louisiana AG if incumbent AG Jeff Landry does not seek reelection. Belton is not currently...

California Gets a New AG | $188.6 Million Surgical Mesh Settlement | Keystone Pipeline Litigation [The State AG Report Blog]

March 25, 2021

State AGs in the News Governor Newsom Nominates Rob Bonta for California Attorney General Governor Gavin Newsom nominated California Assemblyman Rob Bonta to replace Xavier Becerra as California AG. Bonta’s appointment will need to be confirmed by the California legislature. According to...

41-State Data Breach Settlement | Additional CCPA Regulations | Suit over Patient Discharge Notice [The State AG Report Blog]

March 18, 2021

Antitrust Attorneys General Testify in House Hearing on Big Tech and Competition On March 18, 2021, Colorado AG Phil Weiser and Nebraska AG Doug Peterson testified before the Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law of the House’s Committee on the Judiciary in a hearing...

Anti-Discrimination Clarification from CFPB | $110 Million Charity Scam | Deceptive Claims re: CBD Cures [The State AG Report Blog]

March 11, 2021

2022 AG Elections Kansas Attorney General Eyes Governor’s Mansion Kansas AG Derek Schmidt announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Governor in 2022. Schmidt, who first assumed the AG’s office in 2011, is the first Republican to announce his candidacy to unseat Democratic...

1st Amendment Win for Credit Card Surcharges| Texas Sues over Electricity Bills | Dodgy COVID Fees [The State AG Report Blog]

March 04, 2021

Cozen in the News Meghan Stoppel, Former Nebraska Consumer Protection Division Chief, Joins State Attorneys General Group Former Nebraska Consumer Protection Division Chief Meghan Stoppel joined Cozen O’Connor’s State AG Group as a Member. She is a Certified Information Privacy...

Law Firms Double Down on State AG Practices

March 03, 2021

Reuters noted the addition of former Nebraska Consumer Protection Chief Meghan Stoppel to Cozen O’Connor’s expanding State AG Group. The article quotes Group Co-Chair, Lori Kalani: “the firm strives to add lawyers to the practice who have specialized expertise with state attorney general matters, which can make it difficult to expand. The firm feels very fortunate to have been able to hire Meghan.”

CardX One Step Closer to Operating in 50 States.

March 01, 2021

The Kansas District Court issued a judgment on Friday Feb 26 in favor of our client, Chicago-based payments technology company CardX, LLC, declaring that a Kansas law prohibiting credit card surcharges was unconstitutional as applied to CardX’s surcharging model. The court held that the statute violated CardX’s First Amendment right to commercial speech by unjustifiably controlling how prices are communicated to consumers. This judgment brings the number of states in which CardX is able to operate to 47, with only Colorado, Connecticut and Massachusetts continuing surcharge bans.

Texas Power Companies Investigated Post-Storm | Cryptocurrency Investors Misled| Student Loan Relief [The State AG Report Blog]

February 25, 2021

2022 AG Elections Republican Candidate Seeks 2022 Rematch Against Minnesota’s Incumbent Attorney General Doug Wardlow, general counsel for My Pillow, Inc. and a former state representative, has announced he will again seek the Republican nomination for Minnesota AG. If he were to receive...

$834 Million Plavix Judgment | Student Loan Servicing Settlement | Former NH Attorney General’s New Role [The State AG Report Blog]

February 18, 2021

Cozen in the News Cozen O’Connor State AG Group Attorneys Discuss Workplace Enforcement Priorities and Regulatory Risks Cozen O’Connor State AG Group members Maria Colsey Heard and Ann-Marie Luciano published an article in Bloomberg Law in which they discussed how state attorneys general are...

Testimony Against Flavored Tobacco | Affordable Cellular Service | McKinsey Settles over Opioid Role [The State AG Report Blog]

February 11, 2021

2022 AG Elections Arkansas Lt. Governor Announces Intent to Run for Attorney General Arkansas Republican Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin announced that he is dropping his gubernatorial bid and is running for Arkansas AG instead. Current two-term Arkansas AG Leslie Rutledge, a Republican, is...

Strengthening Price Gouging Statute | Illegal Fees for Mortgage Payments | AGs Contest Reprieve for Robocallers [The State AG Report Blog]

February 04, 2021

Cozen in the News Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice Co-Chairs Quoted in Article About HHS Secretary Nominee Bernie Nash and Lori Kalani, Co-Chairs of Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice, are quoted in a Healthcare Dive article discussing the expectations for...

How might Xavier Becerra operate as HHS Secretary?

February 01, 2021

State AG Group co-chairs, Lori Kalani and Bernie Nash, recently discussed the nomination of California AG, Xavier Becerra, to head up the Department of Health and Human Services with Healthcare Dive.

FTC Under New Management | First Assertion of the BOTS Act | Ash Cleanup Costs Redistributed [The State AG Report Blog]

January 28, 2021

Breaking News New Leadership at the FTC President Joseph R. Biden designated Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter as Acting Chair of the FTC. As Commissioner, Chairwoman Slaughter advocated for the “aggressive use of the FTC’s authorities,” and has been...

Impostor Government Invoices | Car Dealer Employees Working Without Pay? | Democratic AGs v. Trump Administration [The State AG Report Blog]

January 21, 2021

State AGs in the News Alaska Governor Nominates Acting Attorney General to Be Attorney General Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy nominated acting Alaska AG Clyde “Ed” Sniffen for the AG position. The nomination must be confirmed by the Alaska Legislature. As previously reported, Acting AG...

Charity Shenanigans | Virtual In-Game Rewards Not Real | Apps’ Data Privacy Lapses [The State AG Report Blog]

January 14, 2021

Cozen in the News Paul Connell, Former Wisconsin Deputy Attorney General, Joins Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Group Former Wisconsin Deputy AG Paul Connell has joined Cozen O’Connor’s State AG Group as a Member. Connell served as Deputy AG and as senior counsel to then-Wisconsin...

Cozen O'Connor beefs up state AG practice with Wisconsin statehouse, Reed Smith alum

January 11, 2021

Former Wisconsin deputy attorney general Paul Connell has joined Cozen O’Connor in Chicago, calling the firm’s state attorneys general practice the “market leader in the space.”

Google Faces 2 Antitrust Suits | “Made in USA” Glue Isn’t | Mortgage-Backed Securities Settlement [The State AG Report Blog]

January 07, 2021

Antitrust Google Is in the Crosshairs of Two Multistate Antitrust Suits Two groups of AGs filed antitrust lawsuits against Google LLC (“Google”). A group of seven Republican AGs, led by Texas AG Ken Paxton, sued Google over allegations that it violated the Sherman Act and state antitrust...

Credit Score Use Without Notice | Financing Bad Landlord Behavior | § 340B Mandated Pharma Discounts [The State AG Report Blog]

December 17, 2020

COVID-19 Defunct Travel Agency To Refund Travelers Who Paid Twice for Their Lodgings Massachusetts AG Maura Healey reached a settlement with online travel agency BookIt Operating LLC d/b/a BookIt.com and its CEO (collectively “BookIt”) to resolve allegations that it knowingly collected money...

Razors Raise Antitrust Worries | $86 Million Mortgage Servicing Settlement | Creative Alleged Tax Avoidance [The State AG Report Blog]

December 10, 2020

2020 AG Elections Maine AG Aaron Frey was reelected to a second two-year term by a joint convention of the Maine House and Senate. California AG Xavier Becerra was nominated by President-Elect Joe Biden to lead the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”). Should AG Becerra be...

AGs Urge CARES Act Extension | iPhone Throttling Settlement | Consolidation in Web Listings Service Market [The State AG Report Blog]

December 03, 2020

Cozen In The News Cozen O’Connor Member Jerry Kilgore Recognized for Contributions to NAAG Earlier this week, former Virginia Attorney General and Cozen O’Connor member, Jerry Kilgore, was recognized amongst his peers during the Society of Attorneys General Emeritus (“SAGE”) Business Meeting...

COVID-19 Fake Cures | Accuracy in Debt Collection Reporting | North Carolina AG Reelected [The State AG Report Blog]

November 19, 2020

2020 AG Elections Just Called: Incumbent Attorney General Wins Second Term in North Carolina North Carolina AG Josh Stein (D) won reelection in a closely watched race over Jim O’Neill (R) by a margin of 51% to 49.9%. AG Stein, first elected in 2016, will serve his second term in office....

$60 Million Pest Control Settlement | Sotheby’s Alleged Tax Dodge | More Zoom Security Scrutiny [The State AG Report Blog]

November 12, 2020

2020 AG Elections New Leadership Team at the Republican Attorneys General Association The Republican Attorneys General Association (“RAGA”) announced the election of the leadership team for its Executive Committee for 2021, which will be led by Chairman Georgia AG Chris Carr, Vice-Chairman...

AG Elections Roundup | FTC Requires Medical Device Divestiture | Aetna Data Breach Settlement [The State AG Report Blog]

November 05, 2020

2020 AG Elections Ten AG elections were held on November 3, 2020. As of this writing, six incumbent AGs won their elections, and Republicans held the open-seats in Indiana and Montana. In the two undecided races, Democratic incumbents in North Carolina and Pennsylvania are narrowly leading...

More Than 200 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 20, 2020

Best Lawyers selected 201 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© (Copyright 2020 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

63 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 16 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2020 Guide

May 14, 2020

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the United States, has ranked 63 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the guide’s 2020 edition.

Big Tech Antitrust Probes to Stretch States’ Limits

November 06, 2019

Bernard Nash and Lori Kalani were quoted in Bloomberg Law, discussing the strain that antitrust probes of Alphabet, Inc.’s Google and of Facebook, Inc. may place on the budgets of state Attorneys General already handling resource-intensive investigations and suits relating to opioids and drug-price fixing.

Exxon’s Climate-Change Accounting Goes on Trial

October 21, 2019

Bernie Nash, co-chair of the firm’s State Attorneys General Practice, is quoted in a Wall Street Journal article describing the upcoming courtroom showdown between Exxon Mobil Corp. and New York’s Attorney General over how the oil industry accounts for the impact of climate change.

138 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 28, 2019

Best Lawyers selected 138 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 21 of the firm’s national offices for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

State Attorneys General Joined in 9 Legal Causes in May—Likely a Record Number

June 03, 2019

Bernie Nash discussed with Corporate Counsel the legal causes that state attorneys general pushed during the month of May.

57 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 16 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2019 Guide

April 25, 2019

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the USA, has ranked 57 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the Guide’s 2019 edition.

Experts Predict 2019 Will Be Most Aggressive Year Yet for State Attorney General Litigation

February 08, 2019

Bernie Nash and Lori Kalani discussed with Corporate Counsel which sectors may see more aggressive scrutiny from state attorneys general in 2019, the kinds of actions corporations can expect to see, and how to be prepared.

126 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 22, 2018

One hundred twenty-six Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 20 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

The ‘people’s lawyers’ v. the POTUS

May 02, 2018

Bernard Nash and Lori Kalani, co-chairs of Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General practice, were quoted in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin regarding the trend of state AGs bringing lawsuits against the federal government, from the Reagan administration to the present.

State Attorneys General Group Launches Election Tracker Covering All Primary and General State AG Races

February 13, 2018

Thirty states plus the District of Columbia will hold elections for State AG this year, including at least ten open-seat races. AGs appointed by governors or legislatures may change in an additional five states in 2018.

State AG Practice Opens Virginia Office

January 03, 2018

The Virginia team will be headed by Jerry W. Kilgore, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s State AG practice and former Virginia State Attorney General. Cozen O’Connor’s State AG group is one of the largest and oldest state AG practices in the nation, with a focus on AG-facing investigations, litigation, outreach, and policy.

A.G. and Antitrust Law Pioneer: Bernie Nash '66

November 09, 2017

Bernie Nash, co-chair of Cozen O'Connor's State Attorneys General practice, was featured in Brooklyn Law School's alumni notes.

100 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 23, 2017

Lawyers were selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition based on a rigorous peer-review that has been developed and defined for more than 30 years.

How Law Firms Can Prepare For More State AG Actions

June 29, 2017

Bernie Nash and Lori Kalani, both members of Cozen O'Connor's State Attorneys General practice, discuss how law firms can prepare for more State AG actions in Law360.

Cozen O’Connor Earns Client Recognition in 2017 Chambers USA Rankings

May 26, 2017

Chambers USA recognized 47 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields; 14 attorneys were recognized nationally and 11 were ranked in the top band.

Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice to Be Honored for Excellence in Legal Coverage of State AG Issues

May 22, 2017

Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General practice group has received the Burton Award’s first “Blog of the Year Award in Law.” The national awards program is held in association with the Library of Congress and co-sponsored by the American Bar Association.

Publications

Star-Studded NY AG’s Race | Barriers Against Robocallers | Challenges Against Vaccine Mandate

November 18, 2021

The State AG Report – 11.18.2021 Here are last week’s curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US.

Supermarket Divestiture | Instagram Influencer Faces Consumer Complaints | Washington Data Breach Report

November 11, 2021

The State AG Report – 11.11.2021 Here are last week’s curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US.

2021 Election Results | Republican AGs Challenge Vaccine Mandate For Federal Contractors | Improper Data Disposal

November 04, 2021

The State AG Report – 11.4.2021 Here are last week’s curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US.

Bank Settles Redlining Allegations | Dialysis Deal Requires Divestiture | Limiting Arsenic in Baby Food

October 28, 2021

The State AG Report – 10.28.2021 Here are last week’s curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US.

Cease-and-Desist Letters to Crypto Platforms | $20M False Claims Settlement | Objections to Proposed IRS Reporting Rules

October 21, 2021

The State AG Report – 10.21.2021 Here are last week’s curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US.

Two AGs Announce Future Plans | USPS Plan Under Fire | FTC Warns of Steep Fines for Deceptive Practices

October 14, 2021

The State AG Report – 10.14.2012 Here are last week’s curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US.

Foreclosure Not a Timeshare Exit Strategy | CBP Sweeps on Greyhound Buses Ended | FTC, Florida AG Stop Scam

September 30, 2021

The State AG Report – 9.30.2021 Here are last week’s curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US.

Antitrust Suit re: American-JetBlue Pact | Vaccine Mandate Objections | Health Apps’ Data Security Obligations

September 23, 2021

The State AG Report – 9.23.2021 Here are last week’s curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US.

FTC’s New Enforcement Arsenal | Income Share Agreements Scrutinized | Big Oil Faces New Climate Suit

September 16, 2021

The State AG Report – 9.16.20214 Here are last week’s curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US.

$27.2 Million Subprime Auto Loan Settlement | California’s Labor Day Report | Stalkerware Apps Shut Down

September 09, 2021

The State AG Report – 9.9.2021 Here are last week’s curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US.

AGs Spar Over Firearm Regulations | FDA Urged to Help Curb Youth Nicotine Use | Alleged Wage Theft by Cannoli Factory

August 26, 2021

Here are last week’s curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US.

UnitedHealthcare Mental Health Settlement | Fuel Card Doesn’t Deliver Promised Savings | Service Dog Scam

August 19, 2021

The State AG Report – 8.19.2021 Here are last week’s curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US.

Hydrogen Water Scam | NAAG Seeks Earlier Anti-Robocall Tech Adoption | False Claims Over Emissions Certifications

August 12, 2021

The State AG Report – 8.12.2021 Here are last week’s curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US.

$20.7 Million Wage Theft Plea | Smith & Wesson Loses Bid to Toss AG Subpoena | FTC Merger Review Changes

August 05, 2021

The State AG Report – 8.5.2021 Here are last week’s curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US.

Natural Gas Price-Surge Investigation | Repair Restrictions in FTC Crosshairs | Uninhabitable Rentals

July 29, 2021

Here are last week’s curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US.

$26 Billion Global Opioid Settlement | Source of Millions of Robocalls Shut Down | Diesel-Related False Claims

July 22, 2021

The State AG Report – 7.22.2021 Here are last week’s curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US.

Google Antitrust Suit | Credit Card Surcharge Ban Lifted | California Clean Air Act Waiver Unconstitutional?

July 15, 2021

The State AG Report – 7.15.2021 Here are last week’s curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US:

FTC’s New Made in the USA Labeling Rule | Semiconductor Monopoly Alleged | Falsified Truck Inspections

July 08, 2021

Here are last week’s curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US

State AG Report Wins Burton Award for 2021 Law Blog of the Year

July 02, 2021

Cozen O’Connor’s State AG Report, the go-to resource for issues relating to state attorneys general (AGs), has again in 2021 received the “Blog of the Year Award in Law” presented by the prestigious Burton Awards. Since 1999, The Burton Awards has rewarded excellence in the legal profession and we are honored to receive this recognition.

New Jersey AG Accepts SEC Post | Divestiture Required in Retail Fuel Chain Deal | $230 M Opioid Settlement

July 01, 2021

Here are last week’s curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the United States.

FTC’s Alternative Path to Restitution—Collaborating With State AGs [Bloomberg Law]

May 05, 2021

Bernie Nash, Milton Marquis, and Mira Baylson authored an article predicting that the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling revoking the FTC’s ability to go straight to federal court to seek monetary relief for unfair or deceptive acts will strengthen the commission’s partnership with state attorneys general.

Wine Asset Sale Watered Down | Fake Vaccination Cards | Misleading Franchisee Offer [The State AG Report Blog]

April 08, 2021

2022 AG Elections County District Attorney Launches Bid for Wisconsin Attorney General Fond du Lac County DA Eric Toney announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination in the 2022 race for the Wisconsin AG’s office, currently held by Democratic AG Josh Kaul. Toney was first elected to...

Mobile Banking App Banned | Sticky Life Alert Contracts | Casino Pays Price for Misleading Regulators [The State AG Report Blog]

April 01, 2021

2023 AG Elections Candidates Ready to Vie for Louisiana Attorney General’s Office Should Incumbent Not Seek Reelection Louisiana Third District Attorney John Belton announced his plans to run for Louisiana AG if incumbent AG Jeff Landry does not seek reelection. Belton is not currently...

California Gets a New AG | $188.6 Million Surgical Mesh Settlement | Keystone Pipeline Litigation [The State AG Report Blog]

March 25, 2021

State AGs in the News Governor Newsom Nominates Rob Bonta for California Attorney General Governor Gavin Newsom nominated California Assemblyman Rob Bonta to replace Xavier Becerra as California AG. Bonta’s appointment will need to be confirmed by the California legislature. According to...

41-State Data Breach Settlement | Additional CCPA Regulations | Suit over Patient Discharge Notice [The State AG Report Blog]

March 18, 2021

Antitrust Attorneys General Testify in House Hearing on Big Tech and Competition On March 18, 2021, Colorado AG Phil Weiser and Nebraska AG Doug Peterson testified before the Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law of the House’s Committee on the Judiciary in a hearing...

Anti-Discrimination Clarification from CFPB | $110 Million Charity Scam | Deceptive Claims re: CBD Cures [The State AG Report Blog]

March 11, 2021

2022 AG Elections Kansas Attorney General Eyes Governor’s Mansion Kansas AG Derek Schmidt announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Governor in 2022. Schmidt, who first assumed the AG’s office in 2011, is the first Republican to announce his candidacy to unseat Democratic...

1st Amendment Win for Credit Card Surcharges| Texas Sues over Electricity Bills | Dodgy COVID Fees [The State AG Report Blog]

March 04, 2021

Cozen in the News Meghan Stoppel, Former Nebraska Consumer Protection Division Chief, Joins State Attorneys General Group Former Nebraska Consumer Protection Division Chief Meghan Stoppel joined Cozen O’Connor’s State AG Group as a Member. She is a Certified Information Privacy...

Texas Power Companies Investigated Post-Storm | Cryptocurrency Investors Misled| Student Loan Relief [The State AG Report Blog]

February 25, 2021

2022 AG Elections Republican Candidate Seeks 2022 Rematch Against Minnesota’s Incumbent Attorney General Doug Wardlow, general counsel for My Pillow, Inc. and a former state representative, has announced he will again seek the Republican nomination for Minnesota AG. If he were to receive...

$834 Million Plavix Judgment | Student Loan Servicing Settlement | Former NH Attorney General’s New Role [The State AG Report Blog]

February 18, 2021

Cozen in the News Cozen O’Connor State AG Group Attorneys Discuss Workplace Enforcement Priorities and Regulatory Risks Cozen O’Connor State AG Group members Maria Colsey Heard and Ann-Marie Luciano published an article in Bloomberg Law in which they discussed how state attorneys general are...

Testimony Against Flavored Tobacco | Affordable Cellular Service | McKinsey Settles over Opioid Role [The State AG Report Blog]

February 11, 2021

2022 AG Elections Arkansas Lt. Governor Announces Intent to Run for Attorney General Arkansas Republican Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin announced that he is dropping his gubernatorial bid and is running for Arkansas AG instead. Current two-term Arkansas AG Leslie Rutledge, a Republican, is...

Strengthening Price Gouging Statute | Illegal Fees for Mortgage Payments | AGs Contest Reprieve for Robocallers [The State AG Report Blog]

February 04, 2021

Cozen in the News Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice Co-Chairs Quoted in Article About HHS Secretary Nominee Bernie Nash and Lori Kalani, Co-Chairs of Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice, are quoted in a Healthcare Dive article discussing the expectations for...

FTC Under New Management | First Assertion of the BOTS Act | Ash Cleanup Costs Redistributed [The State AG Report Blog]

January 28, 2021

Breaking News New Leadership at the FTC President Joseph R. Biden designated Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter as Acting Chair of the FTC. As Commissioner, Chairwoman Slaughter advocated for the “aggressive use of the FTC’s authorities,” and has been...

Impostor Government Invoices | Car Dealer Employees Working Without Pay? | Democratic AGs v. Trump Administration [The State AG Report Blog]

January 21, 2021

State AGs in the News Alaska Governor Nominates Acting Attorney General to Be Attorney General Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy nominated acting Alaska AG Clyde “Ed” Sniffen for the AG position. The nomination must be confirmed by the Alaska Legislature. As previously reported, Acting AG...

Charity Shenanigans | Virtual In-Game Rewards Not Real | Apps’ Data Privacy Lapses [The State AG Report Blog]

January 14, 2021

Cozen in the News Paul Connell, Former Wisconsin Deputy Attorney General, Joins Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Group Former Wisconsin Deputy AG Paul Connell has joined Cozen O’Connor’s State AG Group as a Member. Connell served as Deputy AG and as senior counsel to then-Wisconsin...

Google Faces 2 Antitrust Suits | “Made in USA” Glue Isn’t | Mortgage-Backed Securities Settlement [The State AG Report Blog]

January 07, 2021

Antitrust Google Is in the Crosshairs of Two Multistate Antitrust Suits Two groups of AGs filed antitrust lawsuits against Google LLC (“Google”). A group of seven Republican AGs, led by Texas AG Ken Paxton, sued Google over allegations that it violated the Sherman Act and state antitrust...

Credit Score Use Without Notice | Financing Bad Landlord Behavior | § 340B Mandated Pharma Discounts [The State AG Report Blog]

December 17, 2020

COVID-19 Defunct Travel Agency To Refund Travelers Who Paid Twice for Their Lodgings Massachusetts AG Maura Healey reached a settlement with online travel agency BookIt Operating LLC d/b/a BookIt.com and its CEO (collectively “BookIt”) to resolve allegations that it knowingly collected money...

Razors Raise Antitrust Worries | $86 Million Mortgage Servicing Settlement | Creative Alleged Tax Avoidance [The State AG Report Blog]

December 10, 2020

2020 AG Elections Maine AG Aaron Frey was reelected to a second two-year term by a joint convention of the Maine House and Senate. California AG Xavier Becerra was nominated by President-Elect Joe Biden to lead the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”). Should AG Becerra be...

AGs Urge CARES Act Extension | iPhone Throttling Settlement | Consolidation in Web Listings Service Market [The State AG Report Blog]

December 03, 2020

Cozen In The News Cozen O’Connor Member Jerry Kilgore Recognized for Contributions to NAAG Earlier this week, former Virginia Attorney General and Cozen O’Connor member, Jerry Kilgore, was recognized amongst his peers during the Society of Attorneys General Emeritus (“SAGE”) Business Meeting...

COVID-19 Fake Cures | Accuracy in Debt Collection Reporting | North Carolina AG Reelected [The State AG Report Blog]

November 19, 2020

2020 AG Elections Just Called: Incumbent Attorney General Wins Second Term in North Carolina North Carolina AG Josh Stein (D) won reelection in a closely watched race over Jim O’Neill (R) by a margin of 51% to 49.9%. AG Stein, first elected in 2016, will serve his second term in office....

$60 Million Pest Control Settlement | Sotheby’s Alleged Tax Dodge | More Zoom Security Scrutiny [The State AG Report Blog]

November 12, 2020

2020 AG Elections New Leadership Team at the Republican Attorneys General Association The Republican Attorneys General Association (“RAGA”) announced the election of the leadership team for its Executive Committee for 2021, which will be led by Chairman Georgia AG Chris Carr, Vice-Chairman...

AG Elections Roundup | FTC Requires Medical Device Divestiture | Aetna Data Breach Settlement [The State AG Report Blog]

November 05, 2020

2020 AG Elections Ten AG elections were held on November 3, 2020. As of this writing, six incumbent AGs won their elections, and Republicans held the open-seats in Indiana and Montana. In the two undecided races, Democratic incumbents in North Carolina and Pennsylvania are narrowly leading...

Education

  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1966
  • City College of New York, B.B.A., 1963

Awards & Honors

Brooklyn Law School Lifetime Achievement Award, 2018

Chambers & Partners USA 2007-2021; Band 1 in Government Relations: State Attorneys General

Chambers & Partners USA 2021; Corporate Crime & Investigations Department: Highly Regarded

Best Lawyers in America 2007-2021

State AG Report named “Blog of the Year in Law” by the Burton Awards, 2017

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