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 »

Montana, North Dakota Push Against Washington State Rail Law

July 18, 2019 – Attorneys general for North Dakota and Montana asked the Trump administration on Wednesday to overrule a Washington state law that imposed new restrictions on oil trains from the Northern Plains to guard against explosive derailments. In a legal petition to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Montana Attorney General Tim Fox and… Read more »

Attorney General Aaron Ford joins multi-state settlement against data breach

July 12, 2019 – Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford and 29 other attorneys general announced a filed settlement that requires a health insurance company to pay $10 million to resolve claims about its failure to secure consumer date. According to a statement from Ford’s office, Premera Blue Cross, based in the pacific northwest, had insufficient… Read more »

Attorney General Raoul Announces New Crackdown on Illegal Robocalls

June 25, 2019 – Attorney General Kwame Raoul, in cooperation with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), today announced a major crackdown on illegal robocalls. The sweep includes 94 actions targeting operations around the country that are responsible for more than 1 billion calls pitching a variety of products and services, including credit card interest rate… Read more »