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
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and a coalition of nine state attorneys general (AG) filed a lawsuit on February 26, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon seeking a preliminary injunction to stall Kroger Company’s (Kroger) proposed $24.6 billion acquisition of Albertsons Companies (Albertsons), citing concerns that the proposed deal would eliminate competition among the supermarket giants, leading to higher grocery prices for millions of Americans. FTC commissioners voted unanimously to authorize the lawsuit, which was joined by AGs from Arizona, California, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, and Wyoming. Simultaneously, the FTC filed an administrative complaint against Kroger and Albertsons to block the proposed transaction.Continue Reading FTC and a Coalition of Nine AGs Sue to Block Kroger’s Proposed $24.6B Acquisition of Albertsons
On February 23, U.S. District Judge Clifton L. Corker of the Eastern District of Tennessee granted a preliminary injunction requested by the Tennessee and Virginia attorneys generals (AG) against the NCAA’s “NIL-recruiting ban.” This ban prohibits boosters and collectives from discussing name, image, and likeness (NIL) opportunities with student-athletes before they commit to a school. The court found that the AGs had established both a likelihood of success on the merits and irreparable harm that would occur without the injunction. This decision could have significant implications for the landscape of college sports.Continue Reading Federal Court Halts NCAA’s Restrictions on NIL Recruiting: A Game Changer?
California Attorney General (AG) Rob Bonta and Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Jim Wood have introduced new legislation addressing private equity health care deals. The bill, A.B. 3129, would grant the AG oversight over private equity and hedge fund acquisitions of health care facilities.Continue Reading California Bill Aims to Increase Oversight Over Health Care Acquisitions
In February 2018, Ohio become the first state to sue DuPont alleging that the company had released perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) into the environment. Since then, multiple state attorneys general (AG) have continued to weigh in on DuPont’s alleged role in contaminating the environment with per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), including recent lawsuits filed by Tennessee and North Carolina.Continue Reading North Carolina Court Rules Predecessor Company Liable If AG’s Environmental Lawsuit Succeeds
On February 14, Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) Andrea Joy Campbell filed a civil lawsuit against Holtec Decommissioning International LLC and its affiliate Holtec Pilgrim LLC (Holtec), alleging the improper handling of asbestos-containing demolition debris in violation of the Commonwealth’s Public Health Law. The Commonwealth is seeking civil penalties of $25,000 for each day of violation, as well as a permanent injunction that would require Holtec to comply with the state’s Air Act and the air regulations that are promulgated under the state’s Public Health Law. Shortly after the filing, the parties announced that they are working toward a settlement that could require Holtec to pay somewhere between $200,000 to $500,000.Continue Reading Massachusetts AG Sues Over Allegedly Mishandled Asbestos Debris From Decommissioned Power Station
Announced as the 2024 Chairman of the Attorney General Alliance (AGA), Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford has announced an initiative to help consumers navigate today’s consumer landscape. Titled “Empowering Consumers through Education,” this strategy seeks to address consumer challenges through a multipronged approach.Continue Reading Nevada AG Ford Emphasizes Consumer Education as AGA Chair
On January 31, Tennessee Attorney General (AG) Jonathan Skrmetti, joined by Virginia AG Jason Miyares, filed suit against the NCAA in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee for alleged violations of the Sherman Antitrust Act over the association’s restrictions on the ability of current and future student-athletes to benefit from their name, image, and likeness (NIL). The lawsuit was filed just one day after the announcement that the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) is investigating the University of Tennessee for NIL violations.
On February 6, a bipartisan group of 51 attorney general (AG) sent a warning letter to Life Corporation (Life Corp.) for allegedly engaging in an illegal robocall campaign that they claim was intended to deter New Hampshire voters from participating in the primary on January 23. The calls purportedly used artificial intelligence (AI) to impersonate the voice of President Biden, telling recipients to refrain from voting in the presidential primary.Continue Reading Bipartisan Group of AGs Issue Warning Letter Over Alleged Election Robocalling
On February 7, a coalition of 19 state attorneys general (AG) filed a comment letter supporting the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) proposed Trade Regulation Rule on Unfair or Deceptive Fees (Rule). The state AGs echoed the sentiment that the proposed rule would provide much-needed safeguards for consumers against unfair or deceptive fees that are a “prevalent problem in many different types of industries.”Continue Reading State AGs Support FTC’s Proposed Rule Prohibiting “Junk” Fees