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Stephen specializes in state Attorneys General investigations and other government entities, as well as litigation.

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”

2022 primary elections for attorneys general are in full swing with 31 state attorneys general elections to be held this November. While there will be at least nine new state attorneys general due to term limits or incumbents choosing not to seek another term, there is also a historically high number of contested primaries, including

In Episode 3 of the Regulatory Oversight Podcast, Ohio Solicitor General Ben Flowers joins Troutman Pepper Partner Misha Tseytlin to discuss the history of the major questions doctrine, recent cases involving the statute, and how the statute has evolved over recent years. Solicitor General Flowers also discusses the recent interest in cutting back Chevron

Creation of CyTech. On May 9, the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) announced the creation of the NAAG Center on Cyber and Technology (CyTech), joining a number of other centers focused upon key issues for state attorneys general and the public, including tobacco and public health, ethics and public integrity, and consumer protection.

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On April 18, the Ninth Circuit issued its opinion in hiQ Labs, Inc. v. LinkedIn Corporation[1] in which the court clarified its position on an important topic: whether the common practice of data “web scraping” can create criminal liability under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). To be clear, the Ninth Circuit was

With the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and the Senate Committee on the Judiciary raising concerns over agencies’ FOIA compliance, the U.S. Department of Justice has responded with FOIA guidelines and related testimony before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary.

The past two months have seen Congress and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

In this Regulatory Oversight Podcast episode, Cookerly PR Founder and President Carol Cookerly joins Troutman Pepper Partner Stephen Piepgrass to examine how outside regulatory counsel can work with crisis communication firms and in-house communications teams to help navigate the public relations aspects of bet-the-business investigations and litigation. During the episode Carol and Stephen discuss best