Troutman Pepper State Attorneys General Team

President Joe Biden announced his nomination of Ryan Y. Park, the solicitor general of North Carolina, for the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. This selection underscores the pivotal role that attorneys general (AGs) offices play in the legal landscape, not just as enforcers of state laws but also as training grounds for future judges who will bring their unique perspectives to the bench.Continue Reading President Biden Nominates North Carolina Solicitor General Ryan Park for the Fourth Circuit

California Attorney General (AG) Rob Bonta and Los Angeles City Attorney Hyde Feldstein Soto recently settled a lawsuit with Tilting Point Media, LLC (Tilting Point) related to a SpongeBob Square Pants-themed app. In the complaint, Tilting Point is accused of collecting, using, and sharing the personal information of children in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).Continue Reading California Regulators Settle With Kids Gaming App

On June 6, New York Attorney General (AG) Letitia James filed suit against NovaTech Advisors, LLC, AWS Mining Pty Ltd., and several other entities, alleging the defendants orchestrated two consecutive, fraudulent cryptocurrency schemes that largely targeted Haitian nationals. Defendants Cynthia Petion and Eddy Petion allegedly defrauded investors of tens of millions of dollars by promising large returns in WhatsApp group chats and social media advertisements in Haitian creole by appealing to religious beliefs. The action highlights the regulation-by-enforcement nature of the cryptocurrency industry, and underscores the need for comprehensive, consistent regulation.Continue Reading New York AG Sues $1B Crypto Firms Allegedly Engaged in Fraudulent Schemes

California Attorney General (AG) Rob Bonta, along with a coalition of AGs, has submitted a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) regarding a proposed final rule. This rule aims to establish a registry of nonbank entities that have been subject to orders related to consumer protection law violations.Continue Reading California AG Leads Multistate Effort to Support CFPB’s Registry for Corporate Offenders

Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) Andrea Joy Campbell announced a $4 million settlement with Next Step Healthcare, LLC (Next Step), a Massachusetts-based long-term care management company, in a deal that the AG described as the largest-ever nursing home settlement in Massachusetts. According to the AG’s announcement, Next Step operates 16 nursing homes in Massachusetts.Continue Reading Massachusetts AG Secures Landmark $4M Settlement Over Alleged Staffing Violations

Anticompetitive conduct remains a priority for state attorneys general (AGs), as evidenced by a preliminary settlement between the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and an 11-state coalition of AGs, including Virginia, Colorado, District of Columbia, Illinois, Minnesota, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia recently entered. Notably, the U.S. Department of Justice also signed the proposed settlement agreement. Filed in the Northern District of West Virginia, the antitrust lawsuit challenged the NCAA’s transfer eligibility rule. The proposed settlement agreement is subject to approval by U.S. District Judge John Bailey, who previously granted a preliminary injunction, preventing the NCAA from enforcing the transfer rule during the spring sports season.Continue Reading NCAA Reaches Settlement Agreement in Multistate AG Antitrust Lawsuit

California Attorney General (AG) Rob Bonta has issued two petitions to enforce an investigative subpoena against the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) and the American Chemistry Council (ACC). PLASTICS lobbies on behalf of entities involved in the plastics supply chain. ACC is a trade association that represents chemical companies who create plastic products. The AG’s petition accuses PLASTICS and ACC of failing to comply with the AG’s prior subpoenas by providing insufficient responses and failing to provide requested documents. In response, PLASTICS and ACC filed lawsuits against the AG in Washington, D.C.Continue Reading California AG Enforces Subpoena; Plastic Lobbying Groups Respond With Lawsuit

On June 3, the U.S. Treasury Department filed a reply in its 11th Circuit litigation[1] against the National Small Business Association regarding the constitutionality of the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA). Of late, the Treasury Department has faced additional pressure and scrutiny, with 22 states filing a joint amicus brief last month, asserting that the CTA displaces state authority and would economically harm residents.Continue Reading Treasury Department Pushes Back Against State Efforts to Dissolve CTA

Tennessee and Mississippi attorney generals (AG), joined by 13 other states, filed a multistate lawsuit in the Southern District of Mississippi. The lawsuit challenges the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) attempt to expand the breadth of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) antidiscrimination provision, known as Section 1557. This section prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. HHS’ new rule, which is scheduled to take effect on July 5, extends the definition of sex to encompass gender identity. The AGs argue that HHS’ expansion of the ACA provision will have undesirable effects on the medical industry. They claim that the promulgation of this new rule is also unconstitutional and interferes with states’ reserved powers.Continue Reading Tennessee and Mississippi AGs Sue the HHS Over New Antidiscrimination Rule

California Attorney General (AG) Rob Bonta is leading a coalition of Democratic AGs from 22 states and the District of Columbia to defend the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rule that sets stringent greenhouse gas emissions standards for heavy-duty vehicles. The coalition filed a motion to intervene in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, where the EPA’s rule is facing a legal challenge from Republican AGs.Continue Reading California Spearheads Multistate Effort to Defend EPA’s Stringent Emissions Standards for Heavy-Duty Vehicles