Maria Colsey Heard is a Washington, D.C.-based member of Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice. For 25 years she has represented clients being sued or investigated by the FTC, State AGs and other state government entities. Maria guides her clients through the unique pre-litigation investigations that the AGs can conduct. The subject matter can range from antitrust to consumer protection to data breaches to licensing to unclaimed property. Maria works with her clients to resolve government inquiries in a way that serves the business function. She also crafts legislative and other public policy solutions to legal challenges.
Maria’s other focus is on class action settlements. She has negotiated settlements of product liability claims. She developed the administrative framework for national settlement programs. Maria also has defended settlements from attacks on appeal and collaterally.
May 05, 2015
On the heels of its recent announcement of the addition of 60 lawyers in Chicago, Cozen O’Connor is proud to announce the addition of ten attorneys and government professionals and the formation of the firm’s State Attorneys General Practice.
October 25, 2018
The process of ironing out settlements of state attorney general (“AG”) investigations and litigations is likely to get more complicated. The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“Act”), among the many other things it did, amended a key provision of the Internal Revenue Code (“Code”), 26 U.S.C. § 162, which...
October 06, 2016
This week, consumer protection staff from State Attorneys General Offices across the country met at the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Consumer Protection Seminar in Phoenix, Arizona. This semi-annual meeting is one of the key opportunities during the year for AG staff to convene,...
May 24, 2016
Consumer protection staff from State Attorney General offices around the country are in Washington, D.C., this week to attend the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) 2016 Spring Consumer Protection Seminar. This twice-a-year seminar provides government officials and staff an opportunity...
January 06, 2016
Lori Kalani and Maria Colsey Heard discuss AG investigations in, "Be Prepared When a State Attorney General Calls."
December 17, 2015
Maryland Attorney General Intervenes in Structured Settlement Transfer Cases
Maryland AG Brian Frosh filed motions to intervene in a number of cases to prevent allegedly unregistered out-of-state companies from purchasing structured settlements.
These actions by AG Frosh are...
November 12, 2015
FTC Challenges Proposed Acquisition Approved Previously by West Virginia Attorney General
The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued an administrative complaint challenging the proposed acquisition of St. Mary’s Medical Center, Inc., by Cabell Huntington Hospital, Inc., after West...
September 10, 2015
Michigan Attorney General Sends Notice of Intent to Sue to Charitable Organization for Alleged Violations of State Charities Law
Michigan AG Bill Schuette ordered Childhood Leukemia Inc. (“CLF”) to cease and desist unsolicited phone calls to Michigan residents and issued a Notice of...
August 27, 2015
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
CFPB and NYDFS Sue Pension Advance Companies for Allegedly Abusive Business Practices
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) and the New York Department of Financial Services (“NYDFS”) filed a lawsuit against Pension Funding, LLC, Pension Income,...
July 23, 2015
Consumer interest in eating healthy has grown. Organic food sales have risen rapidly over the last decade, jumping from just over $10 billion in sales in 2004 to $32 billion in 2014. This boom in sales has led to some of the nation’s biggest food companies acquiring small organic food companies...
July 09, 2015
Seventeen Attorneys General and the FTC Approve Merger of Discount Retailers
Seventeen AGs and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) approved the $9.2 billion acquisition of Family Dollar Stores, Inc. by Dollar Tree, Inc. after initially raising concerns that the merger of the two...
May 28, 2015
22 Attorneys General Settle With Social Networking Site and Online Florist for Allegedly Engaging in Unfair and Deceptive Practices.
22 Attorneys General, led by Kansas AG Derek Schmidt and Maryland AG Brian Frosh, reached a settlement with social networking site Classmates,...
May 05, 2015
The guide includes information on attorney generals in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Commonwealth, and Territories of the United States, including a photos, year first elected or appointed, political party affiliation, leadership positions and brief background summaries.
Events & Seminars
June 19, 2018 - New York, NY
May 20, 2016 - New York, NY
December 07, 2015 - Washington, D.C.