State Attorneys General

On January 18, Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy appointed Clyde “Ed” Sniffen to be Alaska’s next attorney general, subject to approval by the Alaska legislature. Sniffen has served as acting attorney general since the resignation of Kevin Clarkson in August 2020.

In December 2020, Sniffen was among the state attorneys general who supported an amicus brief

A group of state attorneys general, led by New York A.G. Letitia James, are attempting to stop the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) from implementing its new True Lender Rule that is now in effect. The state attorneys general allege that by implementing the Rule, the OCC is once again fostering

Seven state attorneys general, led by New York Attorney General Letitia James, reached a settlement with Residual Pumpkin Entity LLC (formerly known as CafePress LLC) (“CafePress”), related to a 2019 data security incident, exposing 22 million customer accounts and as many as 186,000 social security and tax identification numbers.

Background

Based on the state attorneys

A federal court in Maine recently held that the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”), 15 U.S.C. § 1681, et seq., preempts burdensome credit reporting restrictions imposed by the Maine Fair Credit Reporting Act.  “By seeking to exclude additional types of information” from consumer credit reports, the court held that “the Maine Amendments

New York Attorney General Letitia James and Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on November 4, 2020, that the State will continue the suspension of its debt collection efforts of medical and student debt through the remainder of the calendar year. The suspension, which was originally instituted during March 2020 as part of the state’s response to

On October 29, 2020, the FTC hosted its most recent “Green Lights & Red Flags” workshop. This virtual workshop focused on recent fraud patterns, advertising compliance, and data security.

Fraud Fashioned Under COVID-19. The pandemic’s effect on the consumer protection world was front and center at this year’s workshop. According to Andrew Smith, Director of

New Mexico’s Attorney General Hector Balderas announced on September 29 that his office has filed three lawsuits against debt collection companies. In his statement, Balderas explained that these lawsuits are part of a larger “crackdown” aimed at educating consumers and eliminating abusive debt collection practices within the state.

The lawsuits, filed against LVNV Funding,

On September 17, a State of Washington federal judge granted Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser’s request in State of Washington v. Trump for a nationwide injunction, requiring the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to stop and reverse operational changes that slowed down mail delivery on the grounds that these changes could potentially interfere with the

On Tuesday, September 15, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced a settlement with Dunkin’ Brands Inc. regarding a lawsuit in New York state court titled The People of The State of New York et al. v. Dunkin’ Brands Inc., case number 451787/2019. The case was filed in September 2019 by the New York

In late August, the California legislature passed Assembly Bill 1864, creating a Department of Financial Protection and Innovation and bolstering legal protections for consumers.

The new Department is intended to be a state-level version of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

For example, similar to the CFPB, the commissioner of the Department is authorized