State Attorneys General

In March 2023, the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) hosted its 2023 Attorney General Symposium and Presidential Summit in Philadelphia. Several State AGs and their staff members attended the meetings. Among the topics discussed, the panels involving artificial intelligence (AI) and organized retail crime (ORC) provided particularly relevant and pressing commentary. The Presidential Summit

On April 28, Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes announced a settlement with two Phoenix-area restaurants — Etta Scottsdale LLC and Maple & Ash Scottsdale LLC — over undisclosed add-on charges. AG Mayes claimed that the restaurants charged a 3.5% “employee benefits charge” to walk-in customers not disclosed on either restaurant’s menu, which allegedly violated the

In March 2023, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office issued a letter to Kroger Co., urging the company “to add clear signage to your stores to help consumers understand which eggs, exactly, came from caged chickens.” The letter expressed concerns about Kroger’s confusing and misleading marketing of caged chicken eggs, stemming from a “February

Drawing from her experience investigating and prosecuting businesses in the aftermath of cybersecurity breaches, New York Attorney General Letitia James released a guide to help companies implement effective data security measures that will safeguard the personal information of New York consumers. The guide offers a range of recommendations intended to help companies prevent data breaches

On April 14, 11 state attorneys general reached a $500,000 bipartisan settlement with telehealth company Visibly, Inc. over violations of the states’ consumer protection statutes and health and safety laws. The AGs alleged that Visibly advertised, marketed, promoted, offered for sale, and sold its online vision tests to customers in a manner that violates states’

On April 14, a bipartisan coalition of state attorneys general from across the country joined forces to protect the rights of military veterans, which if successful would secure full educational benefits potentially worth billions of dollars for about 1.7 million post-9/11-era veterans and counting. Virginia AG Jason Miyares led the coalition of 33 states and

On April 7, California Attorney General Rob Bonta and Assembly member Brian Maienschein announced new legislative bill AB 1366, which creates a state Treasury Victims of Consumer Fraud Restitution Fund (VCFRF) to benefit victims of consumer fraud. Currently, victims may receive restitution after a judgment. However, if a business collapses and cannot pay restitution, victims

On April 4, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R) announced his GOP bid for governor. A three-term AG since 2013, AG Morrisey secured multimillion-dollar antitrust and consumer protection settlements, while also defending state laws and educating citizens on protecting their identities. AG Morrisey is the first Republican to serve as AG in West Virginia

State authorities increasingly embrace role as consumer watchdogs

A version of this post was published in Corporate Compliance Insights on April 5, 2023. © Copyright 2023, Corporate Compliance Insights. Reprinted here with permission.

State attorneys general are increasingly taking offensive positions, bringing lawsuits against companies and executives they accuse of bad conduct. A team of