In December, cryptocurrency executives testified before the House Financial Services Committee that they would like clearer guidance because the lack of a federal framework is causing uncertainty and inconsistent oversight at both the federal and state levels. These comments are not unique to cryptocurrency[1] executives, but mirror recent ones from cannabis[2] and data

As routinely covered at Regulatory Oversight, state attorneys general have assumed an ever-more prominent role in driving national regulatory policy through advocacy and enforcement activities.[1] Underlying many of these efforts is an aggressive focus on environmental justice by the state attorneys general that reaches further than federal efforts. Most recently in U.S. EPA

On November 16, North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein launched a probe into e-cigarette maker Puff Bar and others, citing concerns of youth-appealing flavors, youth marketing, and poor age verification. In a statement, Stein announced, “We are actively investigating Puff Bar and other companies at all stages of the distribution chain, from manufacturers to retailers

Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed California Assembly Bill 45 (AB 45) into law, which, among other things, allows hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) to be included in any food, beverages, and dietary supplements sold in California. This is not only a break from California’s prior position prohibiting CBD from being included in such products even as the

On September 20, nine Democratic senators wrote a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), requesting that it create new rules to protect consumers’ personal data and privacy.

The senators played on FTC Chair Lina Khan’s aversion to Big Tech and aggressive antitrust agenda, which we discussed in a prior post, by stating that

The Department of Justice has loosened restrictions on the use of agency guidance documents to establish violations of underlying legal requirements in enforcement actions and other litigation. According to a memorandum by Attorney General Garland, DOJ attorneys may now “rely on relevant guidance documents in any appropriate and lawful circumstances, including when a guidance document

The federal government’s recent argument that neither federal law nor the U.S. Constitution preempted a municipal ordinance in South Portland, ME demonstrates the sometimes-complex relationship between federal, state, and local laws.

Overview. The Portland Pipe Line Company had plans to reverse the oil flow in a pipeline from Canada to South Portland and construct 70-foot-tall

FTC’s ‘Nixing the Fix’ Offers Insight Into Ramifications of Presidential Directive

Introduction

Regulators are increasingly interested in transactions related to consumer technology. For example, hybrid transactions involving the purchase and sale of Internet of Things (IoT) devices is one area ripe for regulatory oversight and enforcement as detailed in our prior article, “Regulators Likely