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Stephen represents clients interacting with, and being investigated by, state attorneys general and other enforcement bodies, including the CFPB and FTC, as well as clients involved with litigation, particularly in heavily regulated industries.

Two dozen Republican attorneys general (AGs), led by Tennessee Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti and Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen, sent a letter to the CEOs of credit card giants Visa, American Express, and Mastercard, warning them to halt plans that would add a new merchant category code for gun retailers. The International Organization for Standardization

In Episode 8 of the Regulatory Oversight Podcast, Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford joins Troutman Pepper RISE attorneys Stephen Piepgrass and Ketan Bhirud to discuss a range of topics, including recent consumer protection actions and emerging trends his office examined over the past several years, and the criteria considered when determining to begin an

This edition of Regulatory Oversight spotlights recent RICO Report Podcast episode “Pattern of Racketeering Activity,” featuring two firm Regulatory Practice Group attorneys Chris Carlson and Mary Grace Metcalfe. In this episode, podcast host and White Collar and Litigation Partner Cal Stein sits down with Chris and Mary Grace to discuss the RICO element requiring a

This article was originally published on August 19, 2022 in Reuters and is republished here with permission.

Companies today face increased risks from numerous regulatory bodies at the municipal, state, and federal levels. As we discussed in our previous article, “Preparing Companies for a New Day in Multistate AG Investigations,” sophisticated regulators —

This article was originally published in Westlaw Today and is republished here with permission.

As detailed in our articles[1] earlier this year, the “right to repair” movement has gained significant steam in the last year. The right to repair movement is an effort focused on ensuring that consumers and aftermarket businesses have the ability

In this episode of Regulatory Oversight, Troutman Pepper attorneys Nick Ramos, Christina Sava, and Stephen Piepgrass offer thoughts on how to incorporate, or not incorporate, regulatory approaches from the alcohol industry into the cannabis industry.

The cannabis industry’s rapid U.S. evolution poses many unique questions, most interestingly: What cannabis regulation will look like under federal legalization. Although (legal) cannabis is a brand new industry, it is not the first time the United States has come out of a prohibition era. So, learning from the regulatory schemes governing the highly regulated alcohol industry should assist in a smoother transition to a world where recreational cannabis usage is no longer considered a taboo in our society.

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Please join Troutman Pepper Partner Chris Willis and guests Troutman Pepper Associates Chris Carlson and Susan Nikdel as they discuss the multistate coalition of state attorneys general calling on many of the nation’s largest banks to eliminate overdraft fees. The conversation focuses on what was done, which state attorneys general participated, the current controversy surrounding

In a keynote address at the Consumer Federation of America’s 2022 Consumer Assembly, CFPB Deputy Director Zixta Martinez squarely took aim at “rent-a-bank schemes” in some of the first (if not the first) such comments by a senior CFPB official. Historically, the CFPB has confined itself to “true lender” litigation against participants in high-rate

Until the early 2000s, companies developing innovative business models or technologies could make reasoned predictions regarding how their innovations would be treated by government by analyzing the text of statutes and implementing regulations and interpreting case law, enabling them to make calculated decisions about how to proceed based on risk tolerance.

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On May 24, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron sent a letter to the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), expressing concerns about perceived partisanship. Joined by the attorneys general of Alaska, Florida, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, and Virginia, the letter explains that these eight attorneys general believe “NAAG needs structural reform [t]o avoid partisanship”