Arkansas Attorney General Warns Retailers Over Youth Vaping

October 8, 2019 – The attorney general in Arkansas has warned retailers that they can face steep fines for selling or shipping vaping products to minors. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge delivered the warning in an enforcement advisory Monday at the start of a youth vaping conference at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. The… Read more »

Attorney General Dave Yost seeks DNA markers underlying opioid addiction

October 3, 2019 – Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is funding a study in a bid to find genetic markers that could make people more prone to opioid addiction. “While Ohio’s first responders and treatment and recovery experts are fighting a heroic battle to curb opioid-related fatalities, the key to victory is to stop people… Read more »

New York Attorney General sues Dunkin’, says company ignored cyberattacks

September 26, 2019 – Dunkin’ bungled its response to a series of “brute force” cyberattacks aimed at thousands of its customers through the company’s free mobile app and its website, ignoring the assault and misleading the customers, the New York attorney general has alleged in a lawsuit. “Dunkin’ failed to protect the security of its… Read more »

West Virginia Attorney General Suing Johnson & Johnson over surgical mesh marketing

September 18, 2019 – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey filed a suit against Johnson and Johnson and subsidiary companies Ethicon Inc. and Ethicon US, LLC. According to a press release for the Attorney General’s office, the lawsuit alleges that the companies engaged in unlawful, unfair and deceptive marketing practices associated with their surgical mesh… Read more »

States Split by Party on Accepting Purdue Pharma Settlement

September 13, 2019 – The opioid crisis has hit virtually every pocket of the U.S., from rural towns in deeply conservative states to big cities in liberal-leaning ones. But a curious divide has opened up. The nation’s Republican state attorneys general have, for the most part, lined up in support of a tentative multibillion-dollar settlement… Read more »

Google is Fined $170 Million for Violating Children’s Privacy on YouTube

September 4, 2019 – Google agreed on Wednesday to pay a record $170 million fine and make changes to protect children’s privacy on YouTube, as regulators said the video site had knowingly and illegally harvested personal information from children and used it to profit by targeting them with ads. Critics denounced the agreement, dismissing the… Read more »

Attorneys General and Telecoms Announce Plan to Tackle Illegal Robocalls

August 22, 2019 – Twelve of the nation’s largest telecommunications companies and attorneys general from all 50 states plus DC announced a voluntary agreement Thursday to prevent and punish illegal robocallers. It’s the latest move by regulators and law enforcement to push back against the growing tide of unwanted and even illegal calls from telemarketers… Read more »

In the Opioid Litigation, It’s Now States v. Cities

August 6, 2019 – When tobacco companies agreed to pay states $206 billion two decades ago to settle litigation over the public-health costs of smoking, cities and counties eagerly awaited their share of the money. For the most part, it never came. Now, in similar litigation seeking to hold the pharmaceutical industry accountable for the… Read more »

Attorneys General Urge Congress to Act on ‘Forever Chemicals’

July 30, 2019 – Calling on Congress to reduce toxic chemicals in drinking water, Attorney General Maura Healey joined her counterparts in 21 states Tuesday in urging federal lawmakers to pass legislation to help states address their threat to public health. The manmade chemicals, known as PFAS, are widespread and have been used for decades… Read more »