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Stephen leads the firm’s Regulatory Investigations, Strategy + Enforcement (RISE) Practice Group. He focuses his practice on enforcement actions, investigations, and litigation. Stephen primarily represents clients engaging with, or being investigated by, state attorneys general and other state or local governmental enforcement bodies, including the CFPB and FTC, as well as clients involved with litigation, with a particular focus on heavily regulated industries. He also has experience advising clients on data and privacy issues, including handling complex investigations into data incidents by state attorneys general other state and federal regulators. Additionally, Stephen provides strategic counsel to Troutman Pepper’s Strategies clients who need assistance with public policy, advocacy, and government relations strategies.

A gambling compact between the state of Florida and the Seminole Tribe of Florida, which allows for sports betting off tribal lands, will remain in place after the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition for review filed by Florida casino operators. This decision will have a significant impact on states’ authority to regulate gambling, especially gambling facilitated by Indian Tribes, moving forward.Continue Reading Supreme Court Declines to Hear Challenge to Florida’s Gaming Compact – Solidifying States’ Rights to Regulate Gaming Outside Tribal Lands

In the latest episode of Regulatory Oversight, Troutman Pepper Partner David Dove welcomes Georgia Attorney General (AG) Chris Carr to discuss AG Carr’s unique approach to his role. His work is shaped by his experience in the legislative side and economic development, emphasizing the importance of problem-solving and fostering a pro-business environment in Georgia.Continue Reading Georgia on My Mind: On the Frontlines of Federal Rulemaking With AG Carr

On Tuesday, Texas Attorney General (AG) Ken Paxton announced the creation of a team dedicated solely to the prosecution and enforcement of Texas’ privacy laws. The team will focus on handling cases under at least seven different laws, including the state’s relatively new comprehensive consumer privacy law, and will be part of the office’s Consumer Protection Division. In his announcement, the AG touts the team as the largest such unit in the U.S., and one that will aggressively enforce the state’s privacy laws.Continue Reading Texas AG Launches Data Privacy Team

Abbey Thornhill, an associate based in Troutman Pepper’s Richmond office, joined the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in May 2024 as a general attorney in the Consumer Protection, Division of Enforcement. In her new position, she will monitor compliance with administrative and federal court orders in FTC consumer protection cases across a wide range of consumer protection issues, including advertising, financial practices, data security, high-tech fraud, and telemarketing. Thornhill will be responsible for conducting investigations of possible order violations, filing contempt actions in federal court to enforce injunctions, initiating court actions to obtain civil penalties for administrative order violations, and enforcing a variety of FTC rules.Continue Reading Troutman Pepper’s Abbey Thornhill Joins FTC’s Consumer Protection, Division of Enforcement

In the latest episode of Regulatory Oversight, Troutman Pepper attorneys Gene Fishel and Joel Lutz welcome guests Aurelia Lewis and Beth Saunders of Lewis Media Partners to discuss evolving privacy laws and their impact on small to mid-sized businesses. Aurelia, as founder and president, and Beth, as vice-president, highlight their wealth of knowledge and experience guiding companies through effective advertising including media channel planning and buying.Continue Reading Decoding Privacy Laws: Insights for Small to Mid-Sized Businesses

This episode of Regulatory Oversight spotlights a recent episode of The Consumer Finance Podcast, “Navigating Facility Relocation: Legal and Practical Considerations,” featuring David Dove from our Regulatory Investigations, Strategy + Enforcement Practice Group. In this episode, podcast host and Consumer Financial Services Partner Chris Willis converses with David about the legal and practical considerations for businesses planning to relocate a facility to a new state. David shares his insights on the various incentives available at the federal, state, and local levels, including grants, tax incentives, and economic development programs. He emphasizes the importance of strategic planning, regulator engagement, and having experienced legal counsel to ensure businesses maximize their opportunities and navigate potential challenges. The discussion provides valuable insights for businesses considering expansion or relocation.Continue Reading Navigating Facility Relocation: Legal and Practical Considerations

This article was originally published in American City & County on March 1, 2024.

For years, private companies have struggled to protect the data of consumers against security incidents and cyber-attacks by malicious threat actors. More recently, there has been a growing surge of data breaches impacting the public sector, and local governments face unique challenges in responding to such incidents.Continue Reading Unique Aspects of Data Incident Response in Local Government

In a recent alert, we reported that California Attorney General (AG) Rob Bonta announced a settlement with DoorDash over allegations that the company violated the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and the California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA) by selling consumers’ personal information without providing notice or an opportunity to opt out.Continue Reading California AG Announces Second CCPA Settlement, Asserting DoorDash Failed to Deliver Privacy