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State Attorneys General and Their Influence on Merger Enforcement

September 12, 2018 – Although the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are the principal merger enforcers in this country, state attorneys general (state AGs) can, and often do, play a major role in merger review as well. State AGs have the authority to challenge mergers and acquisitions under federal antitrust… Read more »

New York Attorney General Subpoenas Every Catholic Diocese in the State

September 6, 2018 – New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood has issued subpoenas to every catholic diocese in the state as part of an investigation into how the church reviewed and possibly covered up allegations of sexual abuse of minors. Local district attorneys would potentially prosecute any alleged crimes. The Archdiocese of New York and… Read more »

How State Attorneys General are Driving Tech Policy

August 31, 2018 – State attorneys general (AGs), for better or worse, are increasingly important actors in tech policy. As political scientist Paul Nolette explains in “ Federalism on Trial: State Attorneys General and National Policymaking in Contemporary America,” many AGs, no longer content to police garden variety consumer protection issues, now drive national policy… Read more »

Miller Asks Court to Strengthen Conditions of Bayer-Monsanto Agreement

August 10, 2018 – Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller and four other attorneys general urged the U.S. Department of Justice and a federal judge to add measures to protect farmers and consumers before the $66 billion merger of Bayer and Monsanto can take effect. “Arriving so quickly after the Dow/DuPont and ChemChina/Syngenta mergers, the Bayer/Monsanto… Read more »

Beshear, State Attorneys General Urge Transparency of Shell Corporations

August 9, 2018 – Attorney General Andy Beshear announced he joined a bipartisan group of 24 other attorneys general in support of changes in federal law that would make it tougher for criminals to secretly launder money through shell corporations. In a letter sent to the leadership of the House Financial Services Committee, Beshear urges… Read more »

Texas Attorney General Paxton Leads 14-State Brief Challenging Constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

July 11, 2018 – Leading a coalition of 14 states, Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, challenging the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). “The CFPB was designed to be a rogue agency and its structure violates the Constitution’s separation… Read more »

18 Attorneys General Sue Over Trump Administration Family Separations

June 26, 2018 – A coalition of 18 attorneys general filed a lawsuit on Tuesday over the Trump administration’s separation of undocumented children and parents at the border. The lawsuit argues that the practice of family separations is “irrationally discriminatory” and violates the constitutional guarantee of equal protection “because it targets only people crossing our… Read more »