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The State AG Report Weekly Update April 18, 2019

This week's update includes the following, and more:

  • California Attorney General Settles With Auto Rental Company for Allegedly Overcharging Consumers for Vehicle Repairs
  • Pennsylvania Attorney General Settles With Auto Dealership Over Allegedly Deceptive Warranty Sales
  • Maryland Attorney General Sues Title Lender Over Allegedly Predatory Lending Practices
  • New Jersey Attorney General Proposes Rule Regulating Financial Services Professionals

View the weekly update.

With the nation’s preeminent state attorneys general (AG) practice, Cozen O’Connor provides clients unmatched counsel and boutique-quality personal service in AG-related legal and policy matters across the country.  Our attorneys represent clients in AG investigations and litigation (including multistates and federal co-enforcement actions) and counsel clients based upon decades of experience working with AGs across the country.

Cozen O’Connor’s state attorneys general practice is one of the largest in the United States. Members of our practice are widely recognized for establishing this area of legal representation and have worked closely with AG offices and clients for more than 30 years. Our attorneys continue to work at the forefront of emerging state attorneys general issues. Drawing from their deep experience, our attorneys help clients:

  • Establish and maintain dialogue with AGs
  • Educate AGs on national and state policy issues
  • Anticipate and craft creative solutions to potential issues before they impact the client
  • Minimize exposure to and liability from litigation
  • Defend vigorously when investigations are unavoidable or litigation is necessary

We provide solutions to businesses on matters brought by state attorneys general across the country, including defending our clients against litigation, qui tam actions, and investigations (including multistate and federal co-enforcement actions) of business practices relating to antitrust, consumer protection, data privacy, and the environment.

Complex Litigation Resolution and Avoidance
We create customized strategies to help our clients avoid becoming targets of costly AG investigations and litigation, and to extricate them from such challenges should they materialize.

Consumer Protection and Antitrust Investigations and Litigation
Whether involving a single state attorney general or multiple attorneys general — we vigorously defend the interests of our clients who face consumer protection and antitrust investigations and litigation. We have successfully resolved investigations involving all 50 state AGs.

State False Claims Acts
Qui tam actions are on the rise as more states adopt false claims acts.  Any company doing business with a state has a potential risk.  We have experience representing clients in both Medicaid and non-Medicaid false claims act actions.  AGs are the gatekeepers that determine whether the state intervenes in an action or not.  We have implemented successful strategies that advocate against the state intervening in qui tam actions.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has made partnering with AGs a top priority. We have significant experience assisting financial services firms with issues before the CFPB and AGs. Our attorneys actively engage with the CFPB and AGs on finance-related issues.

Data Privacy and Information Security
AGs have stepped up enforcement of data protection and privacy laws that range from regulating information collection practices targeted to minors to notice requirements for payment card data losses and other breaches. We advise Fortune 500 companies in the credit card, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, retail and other industries on data privacy, data breaches and information security matters before state AGs.

Amicus Briefs
State AGs can have a significant impact on the outcome of litigation as amici. We have secured AG amicus support in the U.S. Supreme Court in many landmark cases.

Experience

Publications

The State AG Report Weekly Update April 18, 2019 [The State AG Report Blog]

April 18, 2019

Consumer Protection California Attorney General Settles With Auto Rental Company for Allegedly Overcharging Consumers for Vehicle Repairs California AG Xavier Becerra reached a settlement with auto rental company Advantage Opco, LLC d/b/a Advantage Rent A Car and its affiliate E-Z Rent-A-Car...

The State AG Report Weekly Update April 11, 2019 [The State AG Report Blog]

April 11, 2019

Cozen in the News Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice Provides Insight on 2019 AG Election Landscape State Attorneys General Practice Policy Adviser Kristina Howard and law clerk Emily Yu discuss the three state AG elections taking place in 2019. In the article, Howard and Yu...

The State AG Report Weekly Update April 4, 2019 [The State AG Report Blog]

April 04, 2019

Cannabis / Marijuana FTC and FDA Issue Warning Letters to Companies Advertising and Selling Cannabidiol Products The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and the Food & Drug Administration (“FDA”) issued warning letters to three companies that advertise and sell products containing cannabidiol...

The State AG Report Weekly Update March 28, 2019 [The State AG Report Blog]

March 28, 2019

Cannabis/Marijuana South Dakota Attorney General Issues Clarifying Statement on Legality of Industrial Hemp and Cannabidiol Oil South Dakota AG Jason Ravnsborg issued a clarifying statement regarding the legality of industrial hemp and cannabidiol (“CBD”) oils after Congress passed the...

The State AG Report Weekly Update March 21, 2019 [The State AG Report Blog]

March 21, 2019

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau 25 Democratic Attorneys General Oppose CFPB Proposed Rule to Delay Compliance Date of Payday Lending Rule 25 Democratic AGs, led by North Carolina AG Josh Stein, submitted a comment to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) in response to the...

The State AG Report Weekly Update March 14, 2019 [The State AG Report Blog]

March 14, 2019

2020 AG Elections Republican Jim O’Neill Announces Candidacy for North Carolina Attorney General Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neill, a Republican, has declared his candidacy for North Carolina AG in 2020. O’Neill, who is currently serving his fourth term as Forsyth County DA, is...

The State AG Report Weekly Update March 7, 2019 [The State AG Report Blog]

March 07, 2019

2019 AG Elections Republican Andy Taggart Announces Bid for Mississippi Attorney General Andy Taggart, a Republican, announced his candidacy for Mississippi AG in 2019. Taggart is an attorney and author who previously served as chief of staff to former Governor Kirk Fordice, executive...

The State AG Report Weekly Update February 28, 2019 [The State AG Report Blog]

February 28, 2019

2020 AG Elections Republican Jon Bennion Announces Bid for Montana Attorney General Jon Bennion, a Republican, announced his candidacy for Montana AG in 2020. Bennion, who currently serves as the Montana Chief Deputy AG, is the first candidate to announce his intention to seek the...

The State AG Report Weekly Update February 21, 2019 [The State AG Report Blog]

February 21, 2019

2019 AG Elections Democrat Jennifer Riley-Collins Announces Intention to Run for Mississippi AG Jennifer Riley-Collins, a Democrat, announced her intention to run for Mississippi AG in 2019. Riley-Collins, a U.S. Army veteran, is the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union...

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 State AG Report Weekly Update February 14, 2019 [The State AG Report Blog]

February 14, 2019

Cozen in the News Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice Co-Chairs Discuss Attorney General Enforcement Trends and Predictions for 2019 Lori Kalani and Bernie Nash, Co-Chairs of Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice, recently discussed trends and predictions for state AG...

What You May Not Know About the Incoming Class of New State Attorneys General

December 12, 2018

Kristina Howard, a policy adviser for Cozen O'Connor's State Attorneys General practice group, wrote about the new incoming class of 2019 State Attorneys General.

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.

Potential for Major Shift in AG Enforcement Priorities in 2019

September 11, 2018

After 31 AG primary elections, of which four incumbents were contested, and three Republican AG runoff primaries, the AG primary season will officially conclude on September 13 in New York.

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.

GNC Lawsuit: Dietary Supplement Companies Can Adapt to Focus of State AGs [Natural Products Insider]

August 31, 2016

Lori Kalani and Chris Allen discuss the implications of the Oregon State AG's lawsuit against GNC for the dietary supplements industry.

Be Prepared When a State Attorney General Calls [Natural Products Insider]

January 06, 2016

Lori Kalani and Maria Colsey Heard discuss AG investigations in, "Be Prepared When a State Attorney General Calls."

Recent Developments in State Attorneys General Enforcement [The Urban Lawyer]

June 10, 2015

Bernard Nash, Ann-Marie Luciano and Bryan Mosca discuss new investigatory and policy activity among state attorneys general.

2017 Guide to State Attorneys General [Map]

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

Past Events

CTeL Executive Telehealth Fall Summit 2017

November 30, 2017 - Washington DC

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.

2017 Consumer Protection Conference

February 02, 2017 - Atlanta, GA

2016 SupplySide West Conference

October 05, 2016 - Las Vegas, NV

Will You Be Ready If An AG Calls?

December 07, 2015 - Washington, D.C.

In The News

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.

AGs Join Forces to Help Consumers; Get Votes

February 22, 2018

JB Kelly, of Cozen O’Connor’s State AG group, was featured in the American Financial Services Association’s Newsbriefs highlighting his remarks at AFSA’s first Law & Compliance Symposium about how AGs develop their investigations against companies.

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.

How Law Firms Can Prepare For More State AG Actions

June 29, 2017

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

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

May 26, 2017

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

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

May 22, 2017

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

Interview of Massachusetts AG Maura Healey by Cozen O'Connor Shareholder Lori Kalani

April 25, 2017

Lori Kalani, co-chair of Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General practice, recently had the opportunity to speak to Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey about her efforts in concert with other AGs challenging the Trump Administration in several key policy areas, as well as her other priorities and issues of focus as an attorney general.

Cozen O’Connor Promotes 17 Attorneys to Membership

April 03, 2017

The management committee is pleased to welcome a particularly qualified group to membership, composed of outstanding attorneys who have demonstrated remarkable professionalism, leadership, dedication, and loyalty to the firm and the legal community at large.

Jerry Kilgore’s Addition to Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice Featured in National Media

February 28, 2017

The expansion of Cozen O’Connor’s leading State Attorneys General practice with the addition Jerry Kilgore has been profiled by The National Journal.

Cozen O’Connor Expands State Attorneys General Practice with Addition of Former Virginia State Attorney General Jerry Kilgore

February 27, 2017

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that Jerry Kilgore has joined the firm’s State Attorneys General (AG) Practice as a member.

Sixty-Two Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 15, 2016

Sixty-two Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 13 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Herbalife Settles with FTC and Illinois Attorney General’s Office

July 18, 2016

Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice represented Herbalife International, Inc. and Herbalife International of America, Inc. in separate settlements with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Illinois Attorney General’s Office.

Cozen O’Connor Earns Client Recognition in 2016 Chambers USA Rankings

May 27, 2016

Chambers USA recognized 41 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields; 12 attorneys were recognized nationally and 11 were ranked in the top band.

Lori Kalani Discusses Dietary Supplement Industry

January 22, 2016

Lori Kalani, a member of Cozen O'Connor's State Attorneys General practice, discusses last years investigation into the Nutritional Supplement Industry and their steps moving forward.

Cozen O’Connor Expands Nationally Recognized State Attorneys General Practice with Addition of Sean J. Riley

December 01, 2015

Riley previously served as chief deputy attorney general in the Kentucky Attorney General’s office and will be resident in Cozen O’Connor’s Washington, D.C., office.

Cozen O’Connor Earns Client Recognition in 2015 Chambers USA Rankings

July 06, 2015

Chambers USA recognized 37 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields; 12 attorneys were recognized nationally and 10 were ranked in the top band.

Milton Marquis Elected to Case Western Reserve Board of Trustees

June 30, 2015

Milton A. Marquis, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice, has recently been elected to the Board of Trustees for Case Western Reserve University. Milton focuses his practice on antitrust and consumer protection litigation. As a member of the nation’s leading State Attorneys General Practice, Milton has represented major companies on a wide range of antitrust and consumer protection investigations and litigations and legal and policy matters involving state attorneys gen

Lori Kalani and JB Kelly Discuss Lag in Pennsylvania AG Work

June 04, 2015

Lori Kalani and JB Kelly discuss the lag in Pennsylvania-related attorney general work and possible causes for the decline.

Cozen O’Connor Launches New State Attorneys General Practice with Addition of Nationally Acclaimed State AG Practice

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.