We recently reported that several state legislatures are considering bills to establish vapor product directories this year — namely Florida, Indiana, Missouri, and Virginia. Throughout January and early February, similar bills have been introduced in Arizona, Hawaii, Iowa, Nebraska, New York, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia. Additionally, a bill in Oklahoma would update the state’s existing directory framework to be consistent with the proposals of these recent bills. The directories would allow states to prohibit the sale of vapor products that are not authorized by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) or subject to a pending premarket application. Like the proposals discussed in our previous coverage, these bills are intended to reduce the proliferation of illicit vapor products.Continue Reading More States Consider Establishing Vapor Product Directories

Pennsylvania Attorney General (AG) Michelle Henry reached a settlement with attorney Erik Helbing and his business, Helbing Law Group, LLC, resolving allegations of deceptive advertising practices and failure to effectively deliver on promised debt settlement services. The law firm advertised that it could facilitate significant reduction in client debts through negotiation or litigation processes using licensed attorneys. According to Henry, these advertisements were false or misleading.Continue Reading Pennsylvania AG Settles With Debt Services Law Firm

Whether you believe that cannabis legalization has occurred too quickly or too slowly, one thing is certain: recent developments herald a potentially seismic shift in federal cannabis policy in the U.S. Reflecting on our article from September, which discussed the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) recommendation to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to reschedule cannabis from Schedule I to Schedule III of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), it is clear that the landscape continues to evolve rapidly. Since that publication, numerous noteworthy developments have unfolded, along with a growing discourse on the potential unintended consequences of such a reclassification. This article aims to catch readers up on the latest developments in federal cannabis legalization.Continue Reading From “High Potential for Abuse” to “Accepted Medical Use”: Tracking Developments and Possible Outcomes of Federal Cannabis Rescheduling in the U.S.

In early January, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, sitting en banc in Wages & White Lion Investments, L.L.C. v. U.S. Food & Drug Administration, held that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) marketing denial order (MDO) of petitioner’s premarket tobacco applications (PMTAs) violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA).

Continue Reading En Banc Fifth Circuit Solidifies Circuit Split on Flavored ENDS Product MDOs

In an era where privacy, security, and artificial intelligence are at the forefront of many business operations, staying informed about the latest developments is crucial. Our 2023 Privacy Year in Review is an in-depth analysis of the past year’s significant advancements and challenges in these areas.Continue Reading Navigating the Privacy Landscape: Insights from Troutman Pepper’s 2023 Privacy Year in Review

Michigan Attorney General (AG) Dana Nessel filed a lawsuit seeking injunctive relief and dissolution of several limited liability companies owned by John and Michele Church. The Churches’ companies have allegedly violated the Michigan Consumer Protection Act (MCPA) by engaging in unlawful business practices related to their residential snow removal, lawn care, and landscaping services.

Continue Reading Michigan AG Dana Nessel Sues to Dissolve Detroit Landscaping and Snow Removal Companies

Vermont Attorney General (AG) Charity Clark recently announced the resolution of an investigation into the withholding of security deposits across five motels that were participating in the state’s Transitional Housing Program, also referred to as the “Motel Program.” The settlement establishes a $310,000 restitution pool to provide payments to impacted Vermonters who stayed in motels owned by Anil Sachdev (or companies he controls), along with injunctive relief. Sachdev will also be required to pay $523,600 to the state, which will be suspended for cooperation with the resolution of the matter, including putting adequate funds toward the repair, maintenance, and improvement of the properties he owns.

Continue Reading Vermont AG Reaches Settlement Over Motel Program Security Deposit Withholdings

On January 23, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed a district court ruling that Martin Shkreli, CEO of Vyera Pharmaceuticals (Vyera), violated federal and state laws by engaging in illegal and anticompetitive behavior.

Continue Reading FTC and Bipartisan State AGs Win Landmark Case Against ‘Pharma Bro’ Martin Shkreli Over Daraprim Monopoly

In a recent case involving TikTok and the state of North Carolina, the social media giant was compelled to produce detailed information for 98,000 meetings, despite its claim that this violated its Fourth Amendment rights. As noted by Troutman Pepper’s Ashley Taylor, Robert Angle and Mackenzie Jessup in a recent article for Law360, this case highlights the differences between responding to state investigations and standard civil litigation.Continue Reading Navigating State AG Investigations: Lessons from TikTok’s Experience

State attorneys general (AGs) continue their role as innovators, shaping the regulatory environment by utilizing their expertise and resources to influence policy and practice. The public-facing nature of the AGs’ office across the U.S. compels responses to constituent concerns on abbreviated timetables. This political sensitivity, coupled with the AGs’ ability to bring the full power of the sovereign to address local and national issues alike, demonstrates why the AGs may be the most formidable authority in the current regulatory environment.Continue Reading 2023 State AG Year in Review