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An Energ(y)etic Uproar over Exports | Texas AG Lights into Cities’ Marijuana Policies | Who Is in Charge of A.I.?

The State AG Report – 2.8.2024

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

  • Republican AGs Express Concern over Potential for Political Bias in A.I. Regulatory Scheme
  • Texas AG Paxton Indicates Disapproval for Marijuana Amnesty Cities
  • Republican AGs Urge End to Pause on Liquified Natural Gas Exports
  • FTC  Settles over Alleged Student Loan Debt Relief Scam
  • AGs Net $500 Million in Opioid Epidemic Settlements
  • Washington AG Settles over Health System’s Alleged Deception of Low-Income Patients
  • Minnesota AG Reports on Negative Impacts of Technology on Youth

Read more here.

As their state’s chief legal officer, state attorneys general (AGs) wield broad authority to investigate and take action on virtually any subject and in any industry. With the increasing use of the office as a springboard for higher political ambitions, AGs across the country are continuing to grow in prominence, power, and influence. Any company that hires employees, makes or sells a product, offers a service, conducts marketing, or engages with consumers may be subject to scrutiny by an AG.

Cozen O’Connor was one of the first firms to establish a team dedicated to representing clients in AG investigations and litigation, and counselling clients on state AG matters. Our attorneys work at the cutting edge of issues of critical importance to AGs, including antitrust, cybersecurity, data privacy, consumer protection, the environment, and labor laws. We serve a wide range of clients, from nimble start-ups to Fortune 50 companies. With more than 40 years’ experience, and backed by the resources of an AmLaw Global 100 firm, we help companies analyze and interpret AGs’ interests and understand how those interests inform their enforcement and policy priorities. We actively engage in dialogue with AG offices and regularly attend AG events and meetings to advocate on our clients’ behalf. Our team is nationally recognized for our deep understanding of how every AG office operates and our relationships in the AG community. When AGs, either alone, in multi-state actions, or jointly with federal agencies, focus their attention on a company’s activities or business practices and an investigation or lawsuit ensues, we have the experience and knowledge to mount a vigorous defense.

Members of the Cozen O’Connor State AG Group have served both in senior government and in-house positions, providing us with a unique perspective and ability to assist our clients. We have first-hand experience in the formulation of policy positions and long-standing professional relationships with key decision-makers. We also appreciate the imperatives of business, and are focused on achieving practical solutions that align with our clients’ long term strategic business goals.

Our services include:

  • Establishing and maintaining dialogue with AGs
  • Anticipating and crafting creative solutions to address state AG and federal agency policy positions that impact clients
  • Minimizing litigation exposure
  • Defending vigorously against AG investigations and lawsuits

As the internet has revolutionized business, whole industries such as transportation, gaming, energy, financial services and hospitality have been turned on their heads by new entrants, new technologies, and new ways of doing business. We have particular experience working with clients to address the “square peg, round hole” issues brought by innovators in these “disrupted” industries, as well as in other industries such as banking, software and technology, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, and nutritional and dietary supplements.

AFFIRMATIVE OUTREACH EFFORTS AND CAMPAIGNS

State AGs can be powerful allies, or indeed adversaries, when it comes to causes and issues their constituents care about. Our team formulates and executes multi-pronged outreach and advocacy efforts to educate AGs and encourage action that supports our clients’ business goals. Based on our in-depth knowledge of policy, state law, and individual AGs’ priorities, we focus on those AGs where there is alignment with our clients’ business objectives. We aim to control and shape our clients’ narrative, before someone else does.

State AGs can have a significant impact on the outcome of litigation as amici. Our team regularly works with clients to identify state AG champions who would have a stake in Supreme Court cases affecting their interests and have secured AG amicus support in the U.S. Supreme Court in many landmark cases, including Concepcion, Twombly and linkLine.

INVESTIGATIONS AND LITIGATION

As the chief consumer protection advocates in their states, AGs regularly investigate and take enforcement action against businesses under their states’ unfair, deceptive, and abusive practices laws (commonly referred to as UDAP laws). Our team has successfully resolved investigations and other enforcement actions involving all 50 states and the District of Columbia in connection with alleged violations of consumer protection laws involving sales, marketing, pricing, and labeling of products and services. On behalf of our clients, we also regularly work with consumer protection staff within state AG offices to address consumer complaints and resolve potential disputes before they escalate to lengthy and expensive litigation or investigations.

We also have extensive experience advising clients in antitrust matters involving state and federal competition enforcers, particularly as federal agencies have begun coordinating and undertaking joint actions with their AG counterparts. Our lawyers regularly handle investigations and high-stakes litigation involving state AGs and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Department of Justice (DOJ), and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). We regularly clear mergers with AG antitrust enforcers, and have represented clients with respect to the largest mergers in the telecommunications and pharmaceutical industries.

COMPLEX DISPUTE RESOLUTION

With a deep bench of experience defending actions brought by AGs, our team defends companies facing civil investigative demands, subpoenas, and lawsuits. Given today’s rapid escalation in active enforcement, AG action can result in critical business exposure. AGs may act alone, as part of a multi-state action, or in concert with other federal regulators such as the DOJ, FTC, CFPB, FCC, and SEC, as well as Congress. We have represented clients in large and complex “bet-the-company” suits that often present novel legal issues and involve coordinated action by numerous AGs. We work with our clients to facilitate favorable outcomes throughout the entirety of a matter from document collection, review and production, discovery, pre-trial motions, settlement negotiations, and, if necessary, trial.

DATA PRIVACY AND INFORMATION SECURITY

Enforcement of data protection and privacy laws has become an area of intense focus for AGs in recent years. We advise companies in the retail, finance, healthcare, credit card, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, and other industries on cybersecurity, data privacy, and information security matters before AGs. We conduct data breach counseling, represent clients facing AG scrutiny for their data management practices, assist clients in navigating the complex data breach notification process, and help resolve AG inquiries into data loss. We also conduct internal investigations and counsel clients with respect to the legal, political, and public relations issues that result from data breach incidents.

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Credit Card Surcharging Regulatory Changes Create Both Risks and Opportunities for Businesses [Alert]

February 14, 2024

Several states are considering or enacting laws addressing credit card surcharging, with New York and New Jersey offering recent examples and providing clarity for businesses and consumers.

An Energ(y)etic Uproar over Exports | Texas AG Lights into Cities’ Marijuana Policies | Who Is in Charge of A.I.?

February 08, 2024

The State AG Report – 2.8.2024 Here are curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US.

The Future Of State AG Antitrust Enforcement And Federal-State Cooperation

February 01, 2024

In CPI’s January Antitrust Chronicle Milton Marquis, Keturah Taylor and Meghan Stoppel review recent state AG antitrust enforcement actions and offer predictions for what’s to come.

NCAA Attracts More AG Attention | ESG-alating Action over Climate-Based Investments | Made in America (Maybe)

February 01, 2024

The State AG Report – 2.1.2024 Here are curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US.

Congressional action beats a patchwork approach to protecting children on social media

January 31, 2024

In this op-ed in the Washington Examiner Jerry Kilgore calls on the federal government to set national, age-appropriate standards for social media apps to guide and empower parents.

Free Speech and Social Media | Answering the AI Call | Even Safer Choices

January 25, 2024

The State AG Report – 1.25.2024 Here are curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US.

Pack of AGs Endorse Menthol Cigarette Ban | Overdraft Fees Targeted by New CFPB Rule | Record Clean Air Act Settlement

January 18, 2024

The State AG Report – 1.18.2024 Here are curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US.

Weeding Out Illegal Cannabis Sales | AGs Support Digital Payments Regulation | FTC: Don’t Sell Raw Location Data

January 11, 2024

The State AG Report – 1.11.2024 Here are 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 Users Search for Privacy Protections | COPPA Rule Updates | Russell Coleman Sworn in as Kentucky’s New AG

January 04, 2024

The State AG Report – 1.8.2024 Here are curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US.

How State AGs Process And Prioritize Consumer Complaints

January 02, 2024

In Law360 Meghan Stoppel and Hannah Cornett Land discuss how AG offices manage consumer complaints and how businesses can mitigate complaints.

Facing the Dark Side of Facial Recognition Tech | FCC Closes Robocall Loophole | When Nonprofit Leaders Reap Profits

December 21, 2023

The State AG Report – 12.21.2023 Here are curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US.

California AG’s Consumer Protection Authority Gains New Teeth [Alert]

December 14, 2023

Meghan Stoppel and Keturah Taylor discuss new legislation taking effect on January 1, 2024, in California that will establish a Consumer Fraud Restitution Fund within the state treasury.

State AGs May Spoil the Party for Renegade Social Media Influencers

December 07, 2023

The National Law Journal quotes Meghan Stoppel and Hannah Cornett as they discussed warnings from the FTC to advertisers about how and when they should disclose endorsements from influencers.

When Is a Convenience Store Too Convenient? | Let the Sun Shine In | AGs Question if EPA Rule Holds Water

December 07, 2023

The State AG Report – 12.7.2023 Here are 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 Pulse | Influencers, Identify Yourselves, Says FTC

December 04, 2023

Influencers have an outsized impact on what we buy. In this week’s podcast Meghan Stoppel and Hannah Cornett discuss warnings from the FTC to advertisers about how and when they should disclose endorsements from influencers.

Pa. 'Skill Games' Ruling Could Chill Gambling Crackdowns

December 01, 2023

Ketan Bhirud is quoted in Law360 on a recent ruling that could have wide repercussions for Pennsylvania’s legal gambling industry.

A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the SponCon Go Down | Which Arbitration Act Analysis Is Half-Baked? | DNA Testing Deception

November 30, 2023

The State AG Report – 11.30.2023 Here are 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 Voice Support for Israel | Smoking Out Illegal Vapes | AGs Working Overtime on Worker Protections

November 16, 2023

The State AG Report – 11.16.2023 Here are curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US.

ABA’s Inaugural Democracy Fellow Named

November 15, 2023

As the American Bar Association’s inaugural Democracy fellow, Stephen Cobb will work to develop scholarship and programming on democracy, voting rights, politics and the law.

State AG Pulse | AG Elections: Summing Up 2023 and Eying Up 2024

November 13, 2023

With the 2023 AG elections almost done and dusted, Stephen Cobb and Emily Yu consider the results and look ahead to what these off-cycle elections portend for 2024’s AG elections.

GOP AGs Want No Truck with California | One Million Dollars to Donuts | CFPB Wants to Watch Your (Digital) Wallet

November 09, 2023

The State AG Report – 11.9.2023 Here are 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 Pulse | CT AG Reacts to Genetic Data Breach

November 06, 2023

When 23andMe suffered a data breach that potentially exposed sensitive data collected in genetic testing, Connecticut AG William Tong took action. Chris Allen and Hannah Cornett discuss the implications of the breach and identify best practices for anticipating and responding to data security incidents.

All that Glitters is Not Investment Gold | Wage Violations? No Dice! | 23andMe’s DNA Data Breach Dilemma

November 02, 2023

The State AG Report – 11.2.2023 Here are curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US.

How Consumer Complaints Can Help Companies

November 02, 2023

In Law360 Meghan Stoppel and Hannah Cornett offer up a new way to think about consumer complaints.

State AG Pulse | America’s Pastime Unites AGs

October 30, 2023

A case stemming from action by Major League Baseball that left 40 minor league teams out in the cold has energized AGs on both sides of the aisle. Stephen Cobb and Keturah Taylor discuss the action by state AGs and the signals it sends.

AGs to Baseball Antitrust Exemption: Yer Out! | No-Poaches Tax AGs’ Patience | Crypto Crackdowns Continue

October 26, 2023

The State AG Report – 10.26.2023 Here are 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 Pulse | When Testing Systems, Don’t Use Real Data!

October 23, 2023

When more than $2 billion was withdrawn from borrowers’ accounts without their authorization as the result of a data testing error, AGs paid attention. Meghan Stoppel and Emily Yu explore why and suggest precautionary measures companies can take.

When Data Security Doesn’t Pass the Test | Who Will be Louisiana’s AG? | Stop Sharing My Health Data, Inmediata-ly

October 19, 2023

The State AG Report – 10.19.2023 Here are curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US.

Throwing Out the Junk (Fees) | AG Appreciation for App Accessibility | Colorado AG Issues Workplace DEI Defense

October 12, 2023

The State AG Report – 10.12.2023 Here are 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' Distaste For Food Bill May Signal Other State Issues

October 11, 2023

In Law360 Chris Allen and Stephen Cobb discuss the EATS Act and how state AGs are making their voices heard at the federal level.

State AG Pulse | AGs: The Dukes of (Environmental) Hazard

October 09, 2023

In Episode 5, Meghan Stoppel and Keturah Taylor discuss how a recent action by DC AG Schwalb against an electric utility company exemplifies AGs’ clout in the environmental arena.

D.C. AG Sends Message: Pollution Can-a-Costia | Student Debt Repayment Looms | Time’s Up for Timeshare Exit Cos.

October 05, 2023

The State AG Report – 10.5.2023 Here are 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 Pulse | Is SAFER Banking Finally Coming To The Cannabis Industry?

October 02, 2023

In Episode 4, Chris Allen and Emily Yu look at the history of the SAFER Banking Act and consider whether the latest legislative proposal will realize AGs’ bipartisan ambitions for a regulatory and enforcement regime for cannabis that generates additional state revenues, deters bad actors, and provides businesses with predictability and legal certainty.

AGs Seek Banking Re-Leaf for Cannabis Industry | Choice Hotel Promises Informed Hotel Choices | FTC Holds Up Roll-Up

September 28, 2023

The State AG Report – 9.28.2023 Here are 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 Pulse | CFPB’s AI Guidelines for Lenders Send Important Signals For All Businesses

September 25, 2023

In Episode 3, Meghan Stoppel and Hannah Cornett recommend that all businesses pay attention to the CFPB’s recently issued guidelines on the use of AI tools in credit writing, since other regulators are likely to follow suit and the impacts go beyond the credit industry.

Shelf Shock at Dollar General | CFPB’s AI Lending Guide | Location, Location: CA Settles with Google

September 21, 2023

The State AG Report – 9.21.2023 Here are 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 Pulse | Action By MN AG Ellison Could Ripple Through Debt Servicing Industry

September 18, 2023

This episode of State AG Pulse looks at an investigation by Minnesota AG Keith Ellison into student loan providers alleged to have violated consumer protection and registration laws in his state, and the likelihood that it will sweep in other regulators and ripple throughout the debt servicing industry.

Swain Wood: Scoring Success in Opioid Settlements and Life Beyond the Law

September 15, 2023

State AG Group member Emily Yu speaks with Swain Wood to learn more about his life in and out of the law.

Consumer Lease Confusion | Student-Debt Relief in the Crosshairs | FTC Checks Bogus Background Reports

September 14, 2023

The State AG Report – 9.14.2023 Here are 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 Pulse | AGs to Forever Chemicals Cos: We Want More Money and We Want It Now

September 11, 2023

Season 3 of State AG Pulse launches with a dive into an amicus letter submitted by a group of state AGs in which the AGs express their concerns about how much the companies responsible for “forever chemical” contamination should pay and when.

Reshaping the game: State attorneys general scrutinize the sports industry

September 08, 2023

In WestLaw Stephen Cobb warns professional and collegiate sports that AGs are paying attention.

Google and AGs Play Nice | Amgen Cleared to Broaden Horizons | Mortgage Tech Merger No Longer on Thin ICE

September 07, 2023

The State AG Report – 9.7.2023 Here are 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 Cracks Down on Alleged AI Scheme | AGs Light Up E-Cig Industry | PFAStidious About Payments and Plans

August 31, 2023

The State AG Report – 8.31.2023 Here are curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US.

Fights Over ESG Investment Reach the Courts, With States Battling Banks

August 25, 2023

Jerry Kilgore comments in National Law Journal on legal battles taking place in Missouri and Kentucky over those states’ efforts to bar companies from basing investment decisions on ESG concerns.

Montana Defends TikTok Ban | Construction Wage Theft | Medical Billing Scrutiny

August 24, 2023

The State AG Report – 8.24.2023 Here are 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 Go Whole Hog on Fighting CA Pork Regulations | SEC Audit Trail Pushback | Room to Improve on Room Rates

August 17, 2023

The State AG Report – 8.17.2023 Here are curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US.

Kill-Switch Kerfuffle | No-Poach Protest | Toluene Tussle

August 17, 2023

The State AG Report – 8.10.2023 Here are curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US.

NAAG Hosts Antitrust Bootcamp: Recap

August 16, 2023

In a series of three articles Chris Allen summarizes panel discussions on antitrust law history, state/federal cooperation and emerging antitrust trends.

AGA Gaming Workshop: State AGs Tackle New Challenges in Face of Unprecedented Gaming Growth [State AG Report]

August 10, 2023

Chris Allen shares key takeaways from AG Alliance’s recent gaming workshop.

Life in Plastic, Not So Fantastic | A Blessing . . . or a Curse? | AGs Support Federal Drug Discount Program

August 03, 2023

The State AG Report – 8.3.2023 Here are curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US:

Game-On: Why Tabletop Exercises Are Key to Cybersecurity Resilience

August 02, 2023

In this Corporate Compliance Insights article Meghan Stoppel and Hannah Cornett summarize the importance of tabletop exercises and how they can save companies millions and help them avoid potential regulatory scrutiny.

Sobering FTC Settlement for Rejuvica | Healthy Criticism of Tracking Tech | AGs Against Bank Bailouts

July 27, 2023

The State AG Report – 7.27.2023 Here are curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US.

Diversity or Discrimination? | Anticompetitive Agricultural Activities | State-Federal Efforts on Fentanyl Epidemic

July 20, 2023

The State AG Report – 7.20.2023 Here are curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US.

Regulators Swarm Around Payment Apps, Raising Fears of Enforcement Spree

July 13, 2023

In Law.com, Siran Faulders and Keturah Taylor offer tips to help digital payment platforms minimize regulatory blowback.

Joint Effort by FTC and FDA on Edibles Marketing | Colmenero Is Texas’s New Interim AG | AGs Take Sides on EPA’s EV Proposal

July 13, 2023

The State AG Report – 7.13.2023 Here are curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US.

Analyzing 2023's New State Privacy Laws: Oregon and Delaware Join the Strictest Tier

July 12, 2023

Meghan Stoppel provides commentary in Cybersecurity Law Report on Oregon and Delaware’s new privacy laws including compliance implications and enforcement impacts.

EVs Killed the Radio Star | FTC Updates Influencer Guidelines | Android Update Leads to Flood of False 911 Calls

July 06, 2023

The State AG Report – 7.6.2023 Here are 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 Discuss Everything from AI to ORC at AGA Meeting [State AG Report]

June 30, 2023

Keturah Taylor discusses key takeaways from the conversations at this year’s AG Alliance annual meeting between AGs and the legal and business communities.

SmileDirectClub Braces for Settlement | AGs Duel on DACA | FTC Battles Consumer Cancellation Confusion

June 29, 2023

The State AG Report – 6.29.2023 Here are curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US.

Proposed Expansion of New York’s Business Law Could Have Significant Detrimental Effects [Alert]

June 28, 2023

The Consumer and Small Business Protection Act could result in a vast expansion of legal liability for businesses operating in the Empire State.

State AG Pulse | The Laboratories of Democracy

June 26, 2023

In the season 2 finale of State AG Pulse, General Rokita of Indiana joins Jerry Kilgore and Chris Allen to talk about the challenges of upholding Indiana’s interests against the federal bureaucracy, and the power of states.

AG ABCs: AI Regulation Requests | Biotech Merger Support | California Climate Conflict

June 15, 2023

The State AG Report – 6.15.2023 Here are 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 Pulse | Vermont: Small Is Mighty

June 12, 2023

Elected in November 2022, Vermont AG Charity Clark has hit the ground running, applying herself across a broad range of issues in the state from consumer protection, the environment, and privacy rights to domestic violence and women’s reproductive health.

State Attorneys General Flexing Muscles, Posing Growing Risk to Legal Departments

June 08, 2023

Lori Kalani is featured in this recent National Law Journal article on the increasing powers of state attorneys general.

FTC, AGs Make Friendly Forces for Fighting Fraud | Product-Hopping Costs Indivior | EPA Thirsty for PFAS Standards

June 08, 2023

The State AG Report – 6.8.2023 Here are curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US.

Don’t let your payment platforms attract regulatory scrutiny

June 06, 2023

In Legal Dive, Siran Faulders and Keturah Taylor offer principles to help companies that provide or use payments fintech avoid regulatory scrutiny and costly investigation.

State AG Pulse | Wrangling Acronyms: SAGs, ORC and AI

May 30, 2023

Lori Kalani, Siran Faulders and Maria Colsey Heard explore two new issues coming into sharp focus for state AGs on both sides of the aisle because of their significant impact on consumers: organized retail crime and artificial intelligence.

Coin Cafe Serves Up Restitution | FTC Schools Ed Tech Company on Privacy | AGs Send Banks ESG Warning

May 25, 2023

The State AG Report – 5.25.2023 Here are curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US.

Sneak Preview: State AG Pulse Season Three

May 24, 2023

In a sneak preview of Season 3 of State AG Pulse, Chris Allen and Emily Yu dig into a story from last week’s state AG news about a cryptocurrency scheme that set off flares in the state AG world.

“No Tipping” = Good Policy for FinTech Loans | AGs Oppose SEC Crypto Regulation | Shark of Wall Street Harpooned

May 18, 2023

The State AG Report – 5.18.2023 Here are 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 Pulse | Iowa: Taking a Commonsense Approach

May 15, 2023

In conversation with fellow Midwesterner Meghan Stoppel and former Virginia AG Jerry Kilgore, newly-elected Iowa AG Brenna Bird addresses a wide range of topics, from preparing to enforce Iowa’s new privacy laws to stumping with her six-year-old.

Federal Freezer Regulations Meet Icy AG Reception | AGs Investigate NFL | James Proposes Crypto Regulation

May 11, 2023

The State AG Report – 5.11.2023 Here are 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 Advocate for Alzheimer’s Drug Access | Insulin Injustice Leads to Price Cap Agreement | WA AG Ferguson Eyes Governorship

May 04, 2023

The State AG Report – 5.4.2023 Here are curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US.

Don’t ignore state antitrust risks, competition specialists say

May 03, 2023

Legal Dive listened to our podcast The Broad Sweep of State AGs’ Antitrust Authority and warns consumer goods companies of the risks of ignoring state AGs’ independent antitrust authority.

State AG Pulse | The Broad Sweep of State AGs’ Antitrust Authority

May 01, 2023

State AGs have a wide range of tools they can use to hold companies accountable. Milton Marquis, Jerry Kilgore and Ann-Marie Luciano explore AGs’ power to prevent anticompetitive business conduct ranging from no-poach agreements and illegal non-competes to collusion and price-fixing.

FTC to Eyeglass Rule Violators: Eye See You | Feds Warn AI is Not Above the Law | AGs Are Non-Fans of Non-Competes

April 28, 2023

The State AG Report – 4.28.2023 Here are 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 AGs, Staff Discuss Algorithms & Organized Retail Crime at Symposium

April 27, 2023

NAAG recently held its annual Attorney General Symposium. Emily Yu outlines key takeaways from two business-critical panels.

How Cos. Should Navigate State AGs' Partisan ESG Approach

April 26, 2023

Meghan Stoppel and Emily Yu wrote in Law360 about why companies should engage with AGs on both sides of the aisle to minimize risk related to ESG-based investing.

Prairie-Chicken Protections Ruffle AG Feathers | NJ AG Teams Up Against Housing Discrimination | AGs Offer Ideas To EPA

April 20, 2023

The State AG Report – 4.20.2023 Here are 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 Pulse | The Age of the Multistate is Here

April 17, 2023

Elected for a second term in 2022, Attorney General Keith Ellison has led his state through the pandemic and its enormous social and economic consequences. He talks with Lori Kalani and Chris Allen about navigating those challenges and their impacts on individuals and businesses in Minnesota.

Warranty Claims Spike, Target Tesla After FTC Action

April 13, 2023

Jerry Kilgore noted State AGs’ consumer protection authority makes them a target for trial attorneys pitching new causes of action in a recent Law.com article.

Republican AGs Cool on Gas Stove Standards | FTC Halts Illumina’s Quest for GRAIL | AG Morrisey Runs for Governor

April 06, 2023

The State AG Report 4.6.2023 Here are curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US.

Regulators and Cybersecurity Leaders Advise Businesses on How to Prepare For A Major Attack and the Consequences of Failure to Act

April 06, 2023

On April 4, 2023, the office of Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul was joined by leaders in technology and law enforcement for a full-day symposium designed to inform CISOs, CTOs and CIOs on how best to protect their business from cyber threats.

State AG Pulse | State AGs and Feds: The Dynamics of Influence & Collaboration

April 03, 2023

Even when state AGs are not specifically authorized in a particular area, they can still be highly influential on their federal counterparts when it comes to regulation, enforcement, rulemaking and interpretation of statutes. Our team digs into state/federal collaboration: the who, what, why and how.

AGs Fight for Right to Repair | EPA Urged to Bee Aggressive on Pesticides | AGs Throw Weight Behind Baby Food Heavy Metal Limits

March 30, 2023

The State AG Report – 3.30.2023 Here are curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US.

Car Thefts Drive AGs to Act | CFPB Schools Loan Servicers | FTC Probes Misleading Social Media Ads

March 23, 2023

The State AG Report – 3.23.2023 Here are 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 Pulse | Nebraska: Listening and Learning

March 20, 2023

New Nebraska Attorney General Mike Hilgers describes himself as a very strong conservative who believes in openness in relationships and is committed to ensuring that people feel that they are being heard. In conversation with Lori and Meghan, he expands on the philosophy that underpins his dealings with AG office staff, businesses and state AG colleagues on both sides of the aisle.

CFPB Trashes Junk Fees | FTC: Proposed Merger is a Real LOSer | AG James Has No Kudos for KuCoin Crypto

March 16, 2023

The State AG Report – 3.16.2023 Here are 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 Make Spirited Objection to Airline Merger | FTC to BetterHelp: Do Better | AGs Prove TikTok Investigation is No Lark

March 09, 2023

The State AG Report – 3.9.2023 Here are curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US.

Cozen O'Connor Adds Former Va. Deputy AG To DC Office

March 08, 2023

Cozen O'Connor has added an attorney to its state attorneys general group who spent two years as Virginia's deputy attorney general under Mark Herring and has a range of professional experience in public service and private practice, the firm said in a Wednesday news release.

State AG Pulse | Attorneys General as State Policymakers: The NY Model

March 06, 2023

Cozen Public Strategies Managing Director Katie Schwab joins Jerry Kilgore, former VA AG, and Meghan Stoppel, former NE Consumer Chief, to debate the role of state AG as policymaker, and whether the NY model holds for the rest of the country.

CFPB Fights Alleged Predatory Lenders | Kobach Gives Price Gouging the Cold Shoulder | Bonta Calls for Privacy Law Changes

March 02, 2023

The State AG Report – 3.2.2023 Here are 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 to Robocallers: Put a Ring on It | AGs Rail Against Liquid Gas Shipment | Tech Out the New FTC Office

February 23, 2023

The State AG Report – 2.23.2023 Here are 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 Pulse | Illinois: Getting Stronger Through Adversity

February 21, 2023

State AG Pulse S2E3 now available: Illinois: Getting Stronger Through Adversity w/ State AG team member Lori Kalani + Ann-Marie Luciano.

EPA’s Methane Proposal Emits AG Approval | AGs Battle in Dobbs’ Shadow | ESG Gets AZ AG’s OK

February 16, 2023

The State AG Report – 2.16.2023 Here are curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US.

NY AG Watching Out for Stalkerware | FTC Has Bone to Pick over Health Claims | Hard Pill to Swallow for Medicare Fraud

February 09, 2023

The State AG Report – 2.9.2023 Here are curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US.

Attorneys general open to penalty negotiations if framed right

February 08, 2023

Legal Dive Lead Editor Robert Freedman listened to our podcast Money Money Money: Where does it go and why and teases out some of the key themes related to restitution, disgorgement and penalty negotiations in state AG settlements.

State AG Pulse | Money, Money, Money: Where does it go and why?

February 06, 2023

In this episode we draw back the curtain on attorney general settlements, including an AG’s statutory authority and motives, and the factors that determine the size and composition of a settlement, and provide insights to help businesses negotiate for the best possible outcome.

Nexo’s No-Nos Cost It $24 Million | FTC Obtains $3 Million as Karma for Pre-Approval Fibs | AGs, DOJ Fight Google Ad Tech Dominance

January 26, 2023

The State AG Report – 1.26.2023 Here are 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 Pulse | “I View Businesses As Poverty Destroyers”

January 23, 2023

In the first episode in Season Two, new Virginia AG Jason Miyares dispels the myth that AGs are anti-business. He talks about how he views businesses as victims when it comes to data breaches and seeks to work with them rather than blame them.

CFPB Settles Gaze on Fine Print | FTC Closes Tab on Drizly’s Alleged Security Flaws | AGs Favor Student Debt Forgiveness

January 19, 2023

The State AG Report – 1.19.2023 Here are curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US.

In 2022, Opioids, Data Privacy, and ESG Dominated the State AG Landscape

January 17, 2023

State AG Group member Emily Yu speaks with her colleagues for their take on the most significant AG actions of the past year and what they foretell for AGs’ priorities in 2023.

New AGA Chairman Elected | AG James Turns Up Heat on Former Celsius CEO | AG Platkin Settles Small Business Loan Fraud Claims

January 12, 2023

The State AG Report – 1.12.2023 Here are 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 and $391-Million State AG Case Put Location Data Enforcement on the Map

January 09, 2023

Meghan Stoppel was quoted in a recent Cybersecurity Law Report article titled FTC and $391-Million State AG Case Put Location Data Enforcement on the Map. (subscription required).

States Seek Power to Regulate Tracks | Google Settles Over Tracking | AGs to DOJ: Foreign Litigation Funding Must Be Tracked

January 05, 2023

The State AG Report 1.12.2023 Here are curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US.

ESG Investing Wars Hit Public Nerve Amid BlackRock Saga

December 19, 2022

Lori Kalani was quoted in a recent Bloomberg Law article titled ESG Investing Wars Hit Public Nerve Amid BlackRock Saga.

State AGs, Federal Regulators Gather to Discuss Tech Competition, ESG, Privacy, and More

December 14, 2022

State AG Group member KeturahTaylor provides an inside look at last week’s NAAG Capital Forum and gives a rundown on all the important topics covered.

COMING SOON: State AG Pulse Season Two

December 12, 2022

In Season Two of State AG Pulse we will go behind the news headlines to help business leaders understand the key players, their motivations + goals, and the broader context of state AG actions.

AG James: No-Go on No-Poach Agreements | Loan Doctor Fails CFPB Check Up | AGs Ask SCOTUS to Limit Tech Immunity

December 08, 2022

The State AG Report – 12.8.2022 Here are this 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 Target Phone-y Ads | D.C. Circuit Urged to Freeze EPA Climate Regs | AGs Ask FTC for Data Minimization Rules

December 01, 2022

The State AG Report – 12/1/2022 Here are this 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 Ink Largest Privacy Settlement | Commanders Flagged for Deceiving Fans | CFPB Notes Rise in “Pig Butchering”, Other Crypto Scams

November 17, 2022

The State AG Report – 11.17.2022 Here are this 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.

Do You Ever Feel Like a Plastic Bag (Is Not Recyclable)? | AGs Urge Approval of OTC Birth Control | FTC Says No to Dark Patterns

November 10, 2022

The State AG Report – 11.10.2022 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.

Web Design Do's And Don'ts Amid Dark Pattern Enforcement

November 09, 2022

In Law360, Ann-Marie Luciano and Emily Yu offer practical guidance to help businesses minimize the risk of regulatory enforcement arising from “dark pattern” marketing practices.

Track the 2022 State AG Elections Live on Election Night

November 03, 2022

On November 8, the State AG Report will provide a one-stop-shop for live state attorney general election results.

Hey, Google, Stop Listening | AG James Burns Cookware Company | CFPB Consumer Reporting Update

October 27, 2022

The State AG Report – 10.27.2022 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.

15 state AG races to watch on the environment [E&E News]

October 27, 2022

In this E&E News article Lori Kalani weighs in on the upcoming state AG races and how AGs divide down partisan lines when it comes to energy and environmental regulation.

AGs Call for Emission Rules to Hit the Road | AG Paxton Kicks Off Game-Night Opioid Program | CFPB Deactivates Active

October 20, 2022

The State AG Report – 10.20.2022 Here are this 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.

ESG Best Practices In The Face Of Increased AG Scrutiny

October 18, 2022

In this Law360 article, Lori Kalani, Mira Baylson and Meghan Stoppel offer businesses commonsense practices to consider, pitfalls to avoid and opportunities related to their ESG plans, policies and procedures.

AG James Delivers to USPS | PGS --Urine Trouble | AG Landry Seeks Governorship

October 13, 2022

The State AG Report – 10.13.2022 Here are this 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.

Countdown to Decision 2022 – Election Perspectives from Our Team

October 06, 2022

As election day 2022 approaches, members of the Cozen O’Connor State AG Group share their thoughts on some of the trends and themes that have emerged over the course of the primary season.

Google Stopped in Its Tracks | AGs Challenge Student Debt Cancellation | AG Lights Up Solar Company

October 06, 2022

The State AG Report – 10.6.2022 Here are this 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.

Surprise Bank Fees Prompt Penalties | Crypto Companies Must Register | AG Frosh Recovers for Renters

September 29, 2022

The State AG Report – 9/29/2022 Here are this 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.

AG Coalition Targets Gun Store Merchant Code | FTC Sheds Light on Dark Patterns | AG Bonta Rings Up Safeway Gas Tank Tab

September 22, 2022

The State AG Report - 9.22.2022 Here are this 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 Drive For Better Protection For Car Buyers |AG James Burns Cigarette Company Over Taxes| Judge Finds (For) Grail

September 15, 2022

The State AG Report – 9/15/2022 Here are this 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.

Khan to USDA: Don’t Play Chicken with Poultry Processors | AGs Want to Copilot Airline Enforcement | AG Tong: Oh Slow You Don’t

September 08, 2022

The State AG Report 9.8.2022 Here are this 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 Seek to Evict Roomster | Virginia AG Opinion Sparks Row over Gas-Car Ban | AG Bonta to Sephora: Sell Makeup, Not Data

September 01, 2022

The State AG Report – 09.01.2022 Here are this 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 Seek to Close Pipeline Taps | AGs Argue For In-State Regulation | AG Racine Delivers Fines and Penalties

August 25, 2022

The State AG Report – 8.25.2022 Here are this 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 unite to ensure federal privacy legislation sets floor, not ceiling, for states

August 23, 2022

In an Attorney Analysis published in WestLaw Today, Meghan Stoppel illuminates AGs’ concern that any federal privacy legislation protect the states’ ability to pass future, potentially more expansive privacy laws

AG James Cuts Off Robocall Voter Suppression | Ghost Guns Exorcised from DC | FTC Calls out COPA Laws

August 18, 2022

The State AG Report – 8.18.2022 Here are this 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.

Ex-Virginia Assistant AG Joins Cozen O'Connor

August 15, 2022

A former Virginia assistant attorney general is joining Cozen O'Connor's state attorneys general group in Washington, the firm announced Monday. Siran Faulders, who had spent much of her private practice career at Troutman Sanders LLP, now known as Troutman Pepper, is joining Cozen O'Connor as a shareholder.

State AGs: Know ‘Em Before You Need ‘Em

August 12, 2022

Lori Kalani, Bernie Nash and Chris Allen joined host Richard Levick on the “In House Warrior” podcast to discuss all things state AG.

AG Coalition Seeks To Unmask Mandate | Making Things Hot for BlackRock Over Climate | AG James Fights for Flights

August 11, 2022

The State AG Report – 8.11.2022 Here are this 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.

Rent-A-Center to Pay-A-Penalty | FTC Closes In on Opendoor | Wisconsin Delivers Frontier Justice

August 04, 2022

The State AG Report 8.4.2022 Here are this 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 Pulse | Season Finale: 2022 AG Election Wrap-Up

August 01, 2022

Lori, Bernie and Mira take a final look at the incumbents and the challengers, and speculate on the make-up of what looks like a bumper freshman class of AGs entering office in 2023.

NAAG Taps Kane to Lead | AGs Sandwich Wawa over Data Breach | AG Schmidt Wants to Talk About Extended Warranties

July 28, 2022

The State AG Report 7.28.2022 Here are this 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 Pulse | In Massachusetts, What Will Sway The Voters?

July 25, 2022

Bernie, Mira and Milton discuss whether the candidates’ backgrounds, or an endorsement by the outgoing AG, could be the deciding factor in the tight race for the Massachusetts AG’s office.

FTC Teams up with Labor | AGs Call for Federal ‘Floor’ for Privacy Protections | Consumers Win $25 Million Relief in FTC Sweepstakes Settlement

July 21, 2022

The State AG Report – 7.21.2022 Here are this 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.

Iowa AG: Lights Out For Fraudulent Solar Sales | AG Coalition Serves (Micro)Chips | AG Tong Throws Switch on Power Suppliers

July 18, 2022

The State AG Report – 7.14.2022 Here are this 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 Pulse | Winner Takes All in Kansas

July 18, 2022

Lori, Bernie and native Kansan Meghan Stoppel debate the chances of the three Republican candidates in the August 2 Kansas primary, and whether the moderates will split the vote to the benefit of the polarizing Trumpian candidate.

State AG Pulse | Money Is The Mother’s Milk of Politics

July 11, 2022

In Arizona, a crowded field means having money to spend on name recognition and get-out-the-vote efforts will be the key to success. Jerry Kilgore and Paul Connell discuss the candidates that have it… and those that don’t.

State AG Pulse | The Democrats: Playing Their Best Chess Match

July 01, 2022

Lori, Bernie and Chris engage Sean Rankin, President of the Democratic AGs Association, on the challenges and opportunities he sees for the Democratic party as it fights headwinds going into the November 2022 election.

Carnival Cruise Line Docked over Data Breach | AG James Jars FDA over Baby Food | FTC Fixes Right-to-Repair Problem

June 30, 2022

The State AG Report – 6.30.2022 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 Close Taps on Pipeline Permit Re-Review | AG Bonta Floats Water Argument | AG Healey Finds A Wrong Pathway

June 23, 2022

The State AG Report – 6.23.2022 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 Pulse | The Politician v. The Judge: Maryland’s Primary

June 20, 2022

The two leading contenders for Maryland AG come from very different backgrounds. In this week’s podcast, host Bernie and his State AG Group colleagues Milton Marquis and Chris Allen debate what this means for their election prospects and the future of the Maryland AG’s office.

AGs Have No Taste for Non-Tobacco Nicotine Products | AG Tong Trashes Non-Recyclable Bags |  When What You See Isn’t What You Get

June 16, 2022

The State AG Report – 6.16.2022 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 Pulse | Local Job, National Impact

June 13, 2022

In this week’s episode, Lori gets together with fellow State AG Group members Maria Colsey Heard and Ann-Marie Luciano to talk about the evolution of the DC Office of the Attorney General into a national powerhouse, Karl Racine’s legacy as its first elected AG, and this year’s contentious race.

States Must Step Up to Fill Federal Delta-8 Loophole

June 13, 2022

Mira Baylson, Meghan Stoppel and Gianna Puccinelli examine recent developments around the question of the legality of delta-8 THC and similar products and what they mean for cannabis companies.

CA AG Blocks Fracking | FTC Payback for Cash Advance Scheme | AG Primary Results

June 09, 2022

The State AG Report – 6.9.2022 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.

Meeting of the Minds – Negotiating State AG Settlements | 2022 NAAG Spring Consumer Protection Conference (Part 4 of 4)

June 06, 2022

The fourth panel of the day examined the complexities of negotiating resolutions to state AG investigations and litigation, and featured panelists with extensive experience resolving multistate AG investigations and litigation.

Dark Patterns: The Next UDAP Frontier | 2022 NAAG Spring Consumer Protection Conference (Part 2 of 4)

June 06, 2022

The second panel of the day was hosted by Iowa’s Deputy AG for Public Protection, Jessica Whitney, and focused on the emerging issues involving so-called “dark patterns,” and whether they constitute deceptive or unfair trade practices.

Counting Down the Hits – Top Consumer Complaints | 2022 NAAG Spring Consumer Protection Conference (Part 3 of 4)

June 06, 2022

The third panel was comprised of consumer protection chiefs from Florida, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio and Vermont. It provided a brief glimpse into the most common complaints received by their respective offices, and how those complaints are mediated by their staff.

A View from the Top: AGs on Their Consumer Protection Role | 2022 NAAG Spring Consumer Protection Conference (Part 1 of 4)

June 06, 2022

In this first of four panel discussions held at the 2022 NAAG Spring Conference, three sitting AGs discussed the most pressing and cutting-edge consumer protection issues they are confronting.

State AG Pulse | Legendary Former AGs Bemoan the State of Bipartisanship

June 06, 2022

This week Lori and fellow State AG Group team member Mira Baylson are in conversation with former AGs Frank Sue Del Papa of Nevada and Betty Montgomery of Ohio, both phenomenal leaders with distinguished track records of achievement in their states.

CFPB: Lenders Can’t Hide in a Black Box | California Cracks Down on Charity Platforms | Washington AG Turns Sleuth to Uncover Unemployment Fraud

June 02, 2022

The State AG Report – 6.2.2022 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 Investigates Formula Shortage | AG Moody: “Stop Moving”  | H&M Can’t Hang Onto The Money

May 26, 2022

The State AG Report – 5.26.2022 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 Pulse | New Mexico and the Plaintiffs’ Bar Money-Go-Round

May 23, 2022

This week Bernie and Lori engage with State AG Group team member Chris Allen on the race in New Mexico, where the AG’s office is likely to stay blue but a red wave, if it comes, could shake things up. They also ponder AGs’ use of outside counsel to supplement – or supplant - internal AG staff resources.

Climate Storm Brewing in California | FTC Shears Lions Not Sheep | Healey Wants Photographer to Get the Picture

May 19, 2022

The State AG Report – 5.19.2022 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 Pulse | Republicans Forecast A Red Wave

May 16, 2022

In this week’s episode, hosts Bernie Nash and Jerry Kilgore talk with Pete Bisbee of the Republican Attorneys General Association about what RAGA is, how it recruits candidates, and how it raises money to fund races. They speculate on election winners and losers, and we hear Pete’s diagnosis of potentially vulnerable Democrats and his “just crazy” prediction.

AG Elections Heat Up | CFPB Targets Unlawful Garnishments | AGs Support Federal Contractor Wage Hike

May 12, 2022

The State AG Report – 5.12.2022 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

The Elephant (or Donkey) in the Room: Does an AG’s Party Matter?

May 12, 2022

In the fifth article in our Elections 2022 series, Chris Allen and Mira Baylson discuss how the political affiliations of state attorneys general matter—and how they don’t.

State AG Pulse | Bless Your Heart, Arkansas

May 09, 2022

In this week’s episode, we make our prediction for who the new Arkansas AG will be, and talk about the value of meeting with your AG and what a difference an open-door policy makes.

Milton Marquis on the American Bar Association’s Our Curious Amalgam Podcast

May 09, 2022

On May 9th, State AG Group member Milton Marquis was featured on the American Bar Association’s Our Curious Amalgam podcast, talking about how states join together to conduct antitrust investigations and the differences between state and federal antitrust enforcement.

As AGs Come And Go, Challenges for Businesses Remain

May 03, 2022

In the fourth article in our Elections 2022 series, Mira Baylson and Chris Allen focus on what businesses should be thinking about as changes in state AG offices loom.

State AG Pulse - Nebraska: An Insider’s Perspective

May 02, 2022

In this week's episode, co-hosts Lori Kalani and Bernard Nash are joined by fellow State AG Group member Meghan Stoppel.

Minnesota AG Throws Shade at Solar Sales | Student Loan Reform Graded A | AG James, CFPB: Show Users the Money

April 28, 2022

The State AG Report – 4.29.2022 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.

New Jersey AG Declares Police Officers Cannot Face Discipline for Off-Duty Cannabis Consumption

April 26, 2022

Mira Baylson, Meghan Stoppel and Gianna Puccinelli analyze ways in which AGs are stepping in to reshape enforcement practices—and deeply-held beliefs—for a previously illegal drug.

Introducing State AG Pulse

April 25, 2022

Welcome to State AG Pulse, a podcast from Cozen O’Connor’s State AG Group.

AG Healey Leashes Dog Leasers | AGs Seek to Reopen Keystone Taps | FTC Wins Battle With Warrior Trading

April 21, 2022

The State AG Report – 4.21.2022 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

South Dakota AG Impeached | NFL Hit Hard by Regulators | AGs Call for End to Overdraft Fees

April 14, 2022

The State AG Report – 4.14.2022 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.

Montana AG Seeks Title IX Rematch | Comments on Airplane Emissions Land | Time for Controls for Tik Tok

April 07, 2022

The State AG Report – 4.7.2022 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 privacy legislation momentum building

April 01, 2022

In WestLaw Today, Meghan Stoppel analyzes how businesses can engage in the rulemaking process and prepare as more states launch new privacy laws.

AG Healey Switches Off Utility Fees | AGs: Look Now at Buy Now | ND Democrats Go On Lamb

March 31, 2022

The State AG Report – 3.31.2022 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.

A Post-AMG Capital Update: Equitable Solutions For Litigating Parties That Have Past The Point Of No Return

March 25, 2022

In this Legal Opinion Letter published by Washington Legal Foundation, Bernie Nash, Milton Marquis, and Mira Baylson consider the FleetCor case and what it means for businesses post-AMG Capital.

NY AG Pulls Plug on Deceptive Energy Sales | Unsupported Stem Cell Claims | False Hearing Aid Claims Silenced

March 17, 2022

The State AG Report – 3.17.2022 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.

Tick Tock for TikTok: AGs Investigate | Stock-Trading Site to Pay $2.4M | Weight Watchers Settles COPPA Suit

March 10, 2022

The State AG Report – 3.10.2022 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.

Paxton Faces Texas AG Runoff | New Hampshire Settles PCB Suit | Healthcare Merger Blocked

March 03, 2022

The State AG Report – 3.3.2022 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.

RI Healthcare Merger Blocked | “Unleaded?” False Claims & Baby Food | CA AG Supports New Public Nuisance Theory Against Gun Manufacturers

February 24, 2022

The State AG Report – 2.24.2022 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.

Past as Future: AGs’ Prior Experience Can Shape Their Priorities and Policies

February 14, 2022

In our second article analyzing the impact of the 2022 state AG elections on corporate America, Jerry Kilgore and Chris Allen look at how an AG’s experience prior to taking office can inform a business’s approach.

251% Interest Rate on Loans? Nope! | Misleading Claims Entice Franchisees | Reducing Lead in Baby Food

February 10, 2022

The State AG Report – 2.10.2022 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.

CFPB Examines Exploitative Fees | AGs Pick a Side in Epic v. Apple | California Net Neutrality Law Dodges Injunction

February 03, 2022

The State AG Report – 2.3.2022 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.

$4.4 Billion Merger Challenged | Google Sued Over Consumer Privacy | FTC Flags Biased Online Product Ratings

January 27, 2022

The State AG Report – 1.28.2022 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.

Five Tips To Keep Your Business Off Regulators’ Radars During Supply Chain and Other Economic Disruptions [Alert]

January 26, 2022

Lori Kalani and Keturah Taylor give five tips to deter regulatory scrutiny businesses should pay close attention to as they navigate through the supply chain and other economic disruptions.

$1.7 Billion of Student Debt Canceled | Modernizing Federal Merger Guidelines | Business Credit Report Settlement

January 20, 2022

The State AG Report – 1.20.2022 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 Attorney General Elections Matter: Preparing for November 2022

January 20, 2022

Lori Kalani, Bernie Nash and Mira Baylson kick off our team’s analysis of the 2022 state AG election season with early observations.

Complaints re: Money-Sharing Apps | Board Diversity Rule Opposed | Protecting Pregnant Workers’ Rights

January 06, 2022

The State AG Report – 1.6.2022 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.

Head Start Mask Mandate Challenged | “Buy Now, Pay Later” Industry Scrutinized | New Rule for Retirement Plans Opposed

December 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.

Settlement Over Alleged Data Collection from Minors | $50 Million E-Cigarette Settlement | Expanding Charity Care

December 16, 2021

The State AG Report – 12.16.2021 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 Aims to Block $40B Chip Deal | Oil Spill Settlement | U.S. and EU Signal Closer Cooperation on Antitrust

December 09, 2021

The State AG Report – 12.9.2021 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.

FTC Studying Supply-Chain Woes | AGs Seek to Restore Endangered Species Act Protections | $32.5 Million RMBS Settlement

December 02, 2021

The State AG Report – 12.2.2021 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.

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.

Web Scrapers And Their Targets Beware. Regulators Are Zeroing In On Privacy Implications [Alert]

November 17, 2021

Lori Kalani, Mira Baylson, and Meghan Stoppel provide a primer on web scraping as well as an overview of the legal and regulatory challenges.

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.

California Splits from the FDA: CBD Now Permitted in Food, Beverages and More [Alert]

October 25, 2021

Mira Baylson, Meghan Stoppel, and Gianna Puccinelli discuss California's new law AB-45 that prohibits restrictions on the sale of dietary supplements, food, beverages, cosmetics, or pet food that contains CBD.

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.

Is Cooperative Federalism Attainable in Cannabis Regulation? AG Weiser Seems to Think So [Alert]

September 01, 2021

Mira Baylson, Meghan Stoppel, and Gianna Puccinelli discuss Colorado State AG's letter to Congress regarding national cannabis reform and the recently proposed legislation, and how states and the federal government have worked together in the past to enact legislation and regulations.

Recent Trends and Insights in State Attorney General Antitrust Enforcement

August 31, 2021

Milton Marquis, Ann-Marie Luciano and Gianna Puccinelli analyze recent state AG antitrust enforcement trends, provide insight into targeted industries and consider future roles for state AGs.

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.

After Initial Rejection, Ohio AG Certifies Marijuana Legalization Law, But the Damage May Already Be Done

August 24, 2021

Marijuana legalization activists have finally won the support of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost (R). On Friday August 20, AG Yost approved summary language in a petition submission for a proposed law, the “Act to Control and Regulate Adult Use Cannabis,” penned by the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (the Coalition).

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.

Ohio AG Refuses to Certify Marijuana Legalization Law

August 10, 2021

On the heels of our piece from last week about the value of seeking state attorneys general (AG) buy-in on draft legislation, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost (R) rejected a petition submission for a proposed law that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the state.

$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.

Heeding State AGs’ Perspectives on Draft Legislation May Pay Dividends [Alert]

August 02, 2021

In this Client Alert Meghan Stoppel and Gianna Puccinelli discuss how monitoring state AGs’ views on draft legislation and proposed ballot initiatives can help indicate the likelihood of success of such measures.

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.

How Tax Code Changes Affect State AG Settlement Talks

July 28, 2021

In this Law360 article State AG Group members Meghan Stoppel and Gianna Puccinelli highlight issues general counsel and their tax advisers may wish to consider when negotiating settlements with state attorneys general arising from recent changes to the IRS code.

$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:

In South Dakota, the AG and the Governor Are Sparring. What Does this Mean for Marijuana Deregulation in Other States?

July 14, 2021

As marijuana legalization rolls out across the nation, state AGs will play a critical role in the interpretation and development of marijuana policy and enforcement.

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

Considerations for Businesses When Sharing Information with An AG’s Office

July 06, 2021

Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Group co-chair Lori Kalani and members Mira Baylson and Meghan Stoppel recently authored an article in Infosecurity, “Considerations When Sharing Information with an AG's Office” offering advice for companies looking to better protect the sensitive information they submit to government entities in response to an inquiry or investigation.

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.

Stoppel Quoted in CyberSecurity Law Report on New CO Privacy Act

June 23, 2021

State AG Group member Meghan Stoppel was quoted in a recent Cybersecurity Law Report article “Colorado Privacy Law Finishes Third, but Could Become the New Standard.”

Do You Know Your Attorney General With Lori Kalani Of Cozen O’Connor

June 11, 2021

Lori Kalani spoke with Richard Levick about what inspired her to build a State AG practice, the importance of personal AG relationships, trends in AG prosecution as we emerge from COVID-19, and how general counsels can prioritize and improve their AG relationships.

State AGs Share Breach Notification Tips and Latest Enforcement Concerns

June 09, 2021

State AG Group co-chair, Lori Kalani, and members Ann-Marie Luciano and Meghan Stoppel, offer best practice advice for companies whose security has been breached and comment on trends in AG enforcement.

AMG Capital Decision May Mean More FTC Collaboration with State AGs, Increased Costs, Longer Timelines [Alert]

June 02, 2021

Meghan Stoppel discusses the history of state AG and FTC collaboration and how AMG Capital may change that collaboration going forward.

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.

CBD Advertising Proceed with Caution to Avoid Confusion, Stay Out of State AG Crosshairs

April 29, 2021

State AG Group members, Meghan Stoppel and Mira Baylson penned an article for Cannabis Business Executive on the real threat of regulatory scrutiny and the importance of a carefully crafted marketing campaign for companies manufacturing and selling CBD.

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...

State AGs Intensify Focus on Employee Rights in the Pandemic

February 16, 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused state attorneys general to accelerate their workplace enforcement efforts and is reshaping the issues businesses must consider to avoid regulatory risk. Cozen O’Connor State AG Group partners Maria Colsey Heard and Ann-Marie Luciano explain what steps businesses should take to respond. Read the Bloomberg Law piece here or here.

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...

2020 State Attorney General Elections at a Glance [Alert]

October 22, 2020

Jerry Kilgore discusses the state AG races taking place across the country, the outcomes of which will have a profound impact on their states’ constituents and businesses.

As State Level First Responders, AGs Contend with New Challenges in Response to COVID-19

June 30, 2020

Christopher J. Allen discusses state AGs wielding their legal, political, and policy-making authority and increasing enforcement to protect consumers, enhance data privacy and security, eliminate price-gouging, and combat false claims for payment to state authorities.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Announces Nursing Home Criminal Investigations [Alert]

May 15, 2020

Danielle Sapega discusses the Pennsylvania attorney general's investigation into nursing homes, the Department of Health's guidance for nursing homes, and the governor's executive order granting immunity to health care workers.

Demand for Information-Sharing Platforms Has Soared, Raising Privacy Concerns With Regulators [Alert]

April 22, 2020

Lori Kalani and Ann-Marie Luciano discuss privacy and data security issues state AGs are investigating and what technology companies can do to prevent these issues.

Avoiding Online Scams in the Time of Coronavirus [Alert]

March 12, 2020

Trevor McGuinness discusses ways to avoid email scammers and hackers who may use the coronavirus as a way of accessing computers and personal information.

AGs on the Front Line of the COVID-19 Consumer Protection Fight [Alert]

March 12, 2020

Christopher Allen discusses how Attorneys General (“AGs”) are manning the front line in keeping consumers from becoming victims of scams, abuse, or fraud using the powers they have wielded for decades across a wide range of industries to combat deceptive and misleading claims and unfair business practices.

Recent AG and FTC Enforcement Actions Provide Guidance on Data Security Best Practices [Infographic]

February 10, 2020

More and more companies are experiencing crippling data breaches. We analyzed recent state Attorney General and FTC enforcement actions to identify eight data security best practices that companies can adopt to mitigate the likelihood of a breach which can be found in this infographic.

State Attorney Activism and Enforcement Trends

February 03, 2020

Ann-Marie Luciano, Chris Allen, and Bryan Mosca published an article in Bloomberg Law on February 3, 2020, sharing their observations on trends in state Attorney General activity in 2019, and the enforcement priorities they expect to see AGs focus on in 2020.

State Attorneys General Antitrust Enforcement: Trends and Insights

August 26, 2019

Milton Marquis, Ann-Marie Luciano & Keturah Taylor published an article highlighting the growing role of State Attorneys General utilizing their antitrust authority on a national scale through multistate action and co-enforcement activity with their federal counterparts.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

2024 RMAI Annual Conference

February 08, 2024 - Las Vegas, NV

2024 NCBP Midyear Meeting

February 02, 2024 -

2024 ABA Midyear Meeting

February 02, 2024 -

2024 AGA Anti-Human Trafficking Summit

January 31, 2024 - Minneapolis, MN

General Counsel Conference Southwest

September 20, 2023 - Dallas, TX

RMAI 2023 Executive Summit

August 03, 2023 -

ACC NCR Fall Conference

August 30, 2022 -

AGA Cannabis Project Spring Meeting

April 21, 2022 - Denver, CO

Health Law 2022

December 08, 2021 - Webinar

Health Law 2020

December 04, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA

Beyond the First Step Act

May 22, 2019 - Washington, D.C.

In The News

Cozen O’Connor Announces New Group Chairs, Office Managing Partners, Other Promotions

February 15, 2024

The firm announced several new practice group chairs, office managing partners, and leaders of firm committees and initiatives

Cozen O’Connor Adds Former Chief Litigation Counsel at the Nevada AG’s Office Ketan D. Bhirud to its State Attorneys General Practice

October 30, 2023

Bhirud, who comes to the firm from Troutman Pepper, joins the firm as a member and will work out of Cozen O’Connor’s Washington, D.C., office.

Cozen O'Connor Forms Strategic Alliance with Former NC First Assistant AG Swain Wood, Morningstar Law

September 05, 2023

While First Assistant Attorney General of North Carolina, Swain worked closely with state AGs and senior staff from nearly every state on multistate investigations, negotiations, and litigation.

Swain Wood Strategic Alliance

September 05, 2023

The State AG Group has entered into a groundbreaking alliance with Morningstar Law Group partner and former North Carolina First Assistant Attorney General, Swain Wood.

Best Lawyers Honors More Than 200 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys to its Best Lawyers in America 2024 Edition

August 17, 2023

Best Lawyers selected 232 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 24 of the firm’s U.S. offices for inclusion in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Eighty-eight Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 23 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2023 Guide

June 05, 2023

Of the 88 lawyers ranked, 17 lawyers have been recognized nationally, and eighteen were recognized in Band 1. Eight of the firm's practice areas have been recognized nationally, and nine were ranked Band 1.

As the Supreme Court Leans on State Authority, Big Law Leans on State AG Practices

May 31, 2023

In this Law.com article Jerry Kilgore notes, “most decisions are being pushed back to the states and that’s going to give state AGs a lot of authority to fashion policies. And SCOTUS will say ‘it’s a state issue, let them decide.”

Bernie Nash Honored As Brooklyn Law School 2023 Alumnus of the Year

March 20, 2023

Nash obtained his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 1966, cum laude, where he was associate editor of the Brooklyn Law Review.

Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Group Continues its Buildout, Landing Former Virginia Deputy Attorney General Stephen Cobb

March 08, 2023

A highly accomplished first-chair litigator, Cobb joins the firm as a member and will work out of its Washington, D.C., office.

Mira Baylson, Joseph Hill Named to Shapiro/Davis Transition Team

November 22, 2022

Hill was named a member of the Transition Personnel Committee, which will recruit, review, and recommend personnel for the incoming administration. Baylson will serve as one of the transition team’s legal counsel.

Andrew Baer, Mira Baylson Named to The Philadelphia Business Journal's Best of the Bar 2022

September 26, 2022

Andrew Baer and Mira Baylson have been named to The Philadelphia Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar 2022.”

Cozen O’Connor Adds Seasoned Attorney General Practitioner Siran S. Faulders to its State Attorneys General Group

August 15, 2022

Cozen O’Connor today announced that Siran S. Faulders—who served as Virginia’s section chief and senior assistant attorney general for nearly a decade before moving to private practice—has joined its nationally recognized State Attorneys General Group in Washington DC.

Chambers Ranks 86 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 22 Practice Areas in Chambers USA 2022 Guide

June 02, 2022

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the United States, has ranked 86 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the guide’s 2022 edition.

Law360 Publishes Our Tips To Avoid Regulatory Scrutiny as Expert Analysis

February 01, 2022

Lori Kalani and Keturah Taylor’s five tips for retailers and other parties impacted by supply chain snafus are a must-read for businesses wanting to avoid attention from state AGs.

SBC North America: Start-ups’ Greatest Assets May Pose Structural Legal Risks

December 03, 2021

In a panel on Knowing and Mitigating Litigation and Regulatory Risk, Lori commented: “I think when you add in money and you add in minors and you add in marketing and responsible gaming…I just had to say those are all issues where state AGs are not going to be quiet”

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.

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.

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.”

Cozen O’Connor Continues State Attorneys General Practice Expansion with Addition of Former Nebraska Consumer Protection Chief Meghan Stoppel

March 02, 2021

Stoppel has served in high-level public roles and led and resolved multistate investigations in key industries including education, financial services, health care, and pharmaceuticals.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

Recent AG and FTC Enforcement Actions Provide Guidance on Data Security Best Practices

January 08, 2020

Ann-Marie Luciano and Jawaria Gilani published an article in the January 8 edition of CyberSecurity Law Report setting out practical steps companies can take to reduce the likelihood of a data breach.

States Press Ahead With Privacy Laws Even as Congress Stalls

December 23, 2019

Lori Kalani, co-chair of Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General practice was quoted in a Bloomberg Law article discussing the cascading effect likely to result from the enactment of California’s new privacy laws and other actions by state attorneys general to hold companies accountable for collection and use of consumer data.

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.

As the Litigation Funding Industry Grows, So Do Efforts to Control It

July 11, 2019

Lori Kalani was quoted in The American Lawyer about attorneys general and state agencies taking action against litigation funders under state consumer protection laws.

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.

Contacts

Lori Kalani

Co-Chair, State Attorneys General

lkalani@cozen.com

(202) 471-3407

Jerry W. Kilgore

Co-Chair, State Attorneys General

jkilgore@cozen.com

(804) 762-6916

People

Awards

Best Lawyers Honors More Than 200 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys to its Best Lawyers in America 2024 Edition

August 17, 2023

Best Lawyers selected 232 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 24 of the firm’s U.S. offices for inclusion in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Eighty-eight Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 23 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2023 Guide

June 05, 2023

Of the 88 lawyers ranked, 17 lawyers have been recognized nationally, and eighteen were recognized in Band 1. Eight of the firm's practice areas have been recognized nationally, and nine were ranked Band 1.

Bernie Nash Honored As Brooklyn Law School 2023 Alumnus of the Year

March 20, 2023

Nash obtained his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 1966, cum laude, where he was associate editor of the Brooklyn Law Review.

Andrew Baer, Mira Baylson Named to The Philadelphia Business Journal's Best of the Bar 2022

September 26, 2022

Andrew Baer and Mira Baylson have been named to The Philadelphia Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar 2022.”

Chambers Ranks 86 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 22 Practice Areas in Chambers USA 2022 Guide

June 02, 2022

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the United States, has ranked 86 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the guide’s 2022 edition.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

August 22, 2018

One hundred twenty-five 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.

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