State Attorneys General

On July 19, and just over one year after his office began enforcing the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced that he is “seeing great progress” with CCPA enforcement, even while he urged Californians to take advantage of their new rights under the CCPA.

“Enforcement of the CCPA marks an

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

Four Democratic state attorneys general are investigating the online fundraising practices of WinRed, a Republican-affiliated political action committee (PAC), and ActBlue, a Democratic-affiliated PAC. WinRed recently punched back by filing a declaratory judgment action, asserting that federal campaign finance laws preempt the state attorneys general’s investigation. This article outlines WinRed’s response and discusses how this

On June 30, Governor Phil Murphy announced that Andrew Bruck would serve as New Jersey’s acting attorney general for the remainder of the governor’s four-year term. Bruck previously served as first assistant attorney general and has been part of the executive leadership team at the attorney general’s office since January 2018. Bruck succeeds former Attorney

On July 1, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) voted to approve seven omnibus resolutions authorizing staff attorneys to use compulsory process to investigate key enforcement targets. The vote fell along party lines, with Democratic Commissioners Lina Khan, Rohit Chopra, and Kelly Slaughter voting in favor of the resolutions, while Republican Commissioners Christine Wilson and Noah

On June 23, Commissioner Christine Wilson, a Republican appointee, confirmed that she has agreed to use the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) rulemaking authority to craft comprehensive data privacy regulations. With Commissioner Wilson’s agreement, there is an even stronger chance that the FTC will engage in privacy-related rulemaking, especially since recently appointed FTC Chair Lina Khan

On June 4, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a frequently asked question and answer guide. Regulation E, in part, establishes limitations on a consumer’s liability and requires investigations of consumers’ claims of unauthorized electronic fund transfers. This FAQ concerns unauthorized transfers governed by Regulation E.

The first and second questions deal with

If you use the internet, you have probably encountered at least one of the scams con artists use to bilk victims. There’s “catfishing” and other online dating fraud, where scammers use fake identities to woo victims into sending money. There’s also “grandparent scams,” where typically elderly victims are tricked by those posing as his or her grandchild into sending money for a faux emergency. Cryptocurrency’s recent rise in popularity has seen fraudsters put a twist on the old scams and come up with a new one: cryptocurrency investment schemes. And the Federal Trade Commission and state AGs are taking steps to put the public on notice and minimize consumer harm on this new twist.
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