Nebraska Attorney General (AG) Mike Hilgers is leading multistate coalitions in two lawsuits aimed at challenging the Biden administration and the State of California’s electric vehicle mandates on truck owners and operators nationwide. The lawsuits argue that these mandates exceed the constitutional and statutory authority of the federal government and California regulators.Continue Reading Nebraska Attorney General Leads Multistate Coalitions to Challenge Electric Truck Mandates

A new Connecticut law expands the authority of the state’s attorney general to enforce certain provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the Act).[1]Continue Reading Connecticut AG Adds Independent Enforcement Authority for Dodd-Frank Actions

State attorneys general (AGs) have increased their scrutiny of the use of artificial intelligence (AI), particularly in relation to data privacy laws, consumer protection statutes, and anti-discrimination laws. Our state AG team has issued a new white paper examining this trend, including a detailed look at the recent advisory opinion issued by the Massachusetts AG’s office, which provides guidance on how existing laws apply to AI. Understanding the potential legal implications of AI use is important to any consumer-facing business, include private equity firms and other investors.Continue Reading AGs Focus on AI Has Implications for Private Equity Investors

A state attorney general (AG) and a major American corporation recently battled over the scope and applicability of the government contractor defense.

The case is about per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals. These fluorine-related chemicals are used in a variety of products, including waterproof clothing, nonstick cookware, furniture, and food packaging. Opponents of PFAS refer to them as “forever chemicals” because, as they argue, PFAS compounds do not break down naturally and can contaminate the soil and drinking water.Continue Reading When Worlds Collide: State AG-Led Tort Claims Meet Government Contractor Defense

Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. (Spirit), a subsidiary of a company that produces fuselages for Boeing’s 737 jets, has filed a lawsuit against Texas in response to the attorney general’s (AG) recently initiated investigation into the company’s alleged manufacturing issues — which the AG says led to midair emergencies earlier this year. The lawsuit, filed on May 1, asserts that the state’s probe is unconstitutional and violates Spirit’s rights to be free from unreasonable searches.Continue Reading Spirit AeroSystems Files Lawsuit Against Texas

Just before the close of the Colorado legislature’s 2024 session, lawmakers approved a bill aimed at streamlining several deficiencies in the state’s regulation of marijuana businesses. While not all the bill’s intended fixes were passed, certain provisions will facilitate significant changes for businesses, including for licensing processes, contaminant testing protocols, reporting obligations, compliance procedures, and operations management practices. Several notable changes are discussed below.Continue Reading Key Regulatory Changes in Colorado’s Marijuana Industry – What Businesses Need to Know

On May 8, attorneys general (AG) from 14 states and the District of Columbia sent a letter to Congressional leadership opposing provisions of the recently proposed federal American Privacy Rights Act (APRA). In addition to the District of Columbia, the signatory states include California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. Their objections primarily center on the APRA’s preemption clause, which would nullify 16 state comprehensive data privacy laws that have been enacted since 2018.Continue Reading State AG Coalition Opposes Current Federal Privacy Legislation

On Wednesday, attorneys general (AG) for the states of Florida, New York, and the District of Columbia announced that they are joining Tennessee and Virginia in a multistate coalition challenging the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) “Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL)-recruiting ban.” Troutman Pepper previously reported on the lawsuit after the District Court entered a preliminary injunction order in February.Continue Reading Florida, New York, and the District of Columbia Join NCAA Antitrust Lawsuit