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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:

  • Election News Roundup
  • Coalition of AGs Files Amicus Brief Against Mask Mandate
  • AG Coalition Objects to Climate Change-Based ESG Investments
  • Washington AG Ferguson Fines Towing Company For Selling Service Members’ Vehicles

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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Publications

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.

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.

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 | 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

$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.

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.

Paul Connell Featured in the Aquinas Report

June 07, 2021

Paul Connell was featured in the Aquinas Report - a bi-annual magazine published by the Aquinas Catholic Schools in LaCrosse, Wisconsin (Paul is an alum).

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.

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.

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.

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.

INSIGHT: State AGs Targeted Opioids in 2018, Wider Trends Predicted for 2019 [Bloomberg Law]

February 20, 2019

Ann-Marie Luciano and Jawaria Gilani discuss the State Attorneys General actions relating to opioids in 2018 and predict enforcement trends for 2019.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections - Special General Election Edition

October 30, 2018

On this podcast, Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies Managing Partner Howard Schweitzer and Former Virginia Attorney General and member of the Cozen O’Connor State AG group Jerry Kilgore join Blake Rutherford to discuss the highlights of key incumbent and open seat races in the 31 State AG elections in 2018.

Federal Trade Commission Guidance to Multi-Level Marketing Companies [Today's General Counsel]

October 17, 2018

An article authored by JB Kelly and Bryan Mosca has been published in the most recent quarterly issue of Today’s General Counsel.

New Jersey’s U.S. Supreme Court Victory for Legalized Sports Betting [New Jersey Law Journal]

June 01, 2018

Bryan Mosca, a member of Cozen O'Connor's State Attorneys General practice and Mark Quist, a law clerk of the firm's State Attorneys General practice, wrote about the implications of the gaming industry with legalized sports gambling in New Jersey.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

RMAI Executive Summit 2022

August 04, 2022 - Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin

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.

2017 Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting

October 15, 2017 - Washington, D.C.

State CPA Society ED/CEO and Managing P/MD Summit

October 03, 2017 - Westlake, TX

Cybersecurity Workshop

September 27, 2017 - Tampa, FL

FinTech Policy Roundtable Fly-In

September 07, 2017 - Washington D.C.

In The News

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.

Mira Baylson L’08 balances her Big Law billables with a parallel pro bono workload

June 21, 2021

University of Pennsylvania Law School recently published an article highlighting alumni Mira Baylson’s extraordinary pro bono and public interest work.

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 Adds Wis. AG Alum in Chicago Office

January 20, 2021

Expecting an influx of activity by state attorneys general in litigation and pandemic-related regulations, Cozen O’Connor LLP added its first Chicago-based attorney to its state AGs practice.

Cozen O’Connor Expands State Attorneys General Practice with Addition of Former Wisconsin Deputy Attorney General Paul W. Connell

January 11, 2021

Connell served as deputy attorney general and senior counsel to Wisconsin Attorney General Brad D. Schimel from 2015 to 2019.

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.

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

February 08, 2019

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

18 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named New York Metro Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

September 21, 2018

Super Lawyers has named 17 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2018 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list. Twelve were recognized as Super Lawyers and five were named "Rising Stars."

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

August 22, 2018

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

Fifty Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Ranked by Chambers USA 2018

May 21, 2018

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that Chambers USA has recognized 50 Cozen O’Connor attorneys for 2018 as leaders in their respective fields; 12 attorneys were recognized nationally and 14 were ranked in the top band either nationally or at the state level.

The ‘people’s lawyers’ v. the POTUS

May 02, 2018

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

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

February 13, 2018

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

State AG Practice Opens Virginia Office

January 03, 2018

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

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

November 09, 2017

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

SupplySide West Podcast 59: Dissecting State AG Activities in Dietary Supplement Industry

September 19, 2017

Lori Kalani, co-chair, and Jerry Kilgore, a member of Cozen O'Connor's State Attorneys General practice, joined Josh Long of Natural Product Insider for his podcast.

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

August 23, 2017

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

Contacts

Bernard Nash

Co-Chair, State Attorneys General

bnash@cozen.com

(202) 471-3406

Lori Kalani

Co-Chair, State Attorneys General

lkalani@cozen.com

(202) 471-3407

People

Awards

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.

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

August 22, 2018

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

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