Announcements, information and updates from the AG Alliance Members and Associates
December, 17th 2020
VIRTUAL SESSIONS
Substance Abuse & Mental Health During COVID-19

On Tuesday, December 15th, Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch led a virtual seminar with a group of experts to discuss substance abuse & mental health during COVID-19.Watch HERE.

The Attorney General Alliance is looking forward to the new year and are working on a tremendous lineup of programming for 2021. Please check back after the new year for updates!
CHAIR'S INITIATIVE
Thanks to everyone for your interest and support of the CWAG/AGA Virtual Chair's Initiative: A COVID-19 Attorney General Legal and Policy Response Manual. The feedback from our partners has been fantastic. Our four weeks of calls included valuable input from both participating states and private sector partners. These working groups will combine to resume weekly meetings in January, with a review and public release of the compilation of legal issues, policy questions and considerations. 
Included topics:
  • Vaccine Methodologies and Legalities
  • State’s Role in Vaccine Administration
  • Deceptive Trade Practices, Diversion and Black Market Issues
  • Governmental Authorities
  • Vaccine Collaboration and Antitrust Concerns 

Please stay tuned for additional next steps in the Chair's Initiative, also described below:

JANUARY 2021
  • By January 4th, our Chair's Initiative team will publicly release a legal issues outline assembled by these five cohort groups.
  • January will also see the formation of a new Health Equity Working Group, chaired by New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, focused on supporting Attorneys General in “…bending the arc towards health equity.” 

For more information about participation, please contact Andrea Friedman at AFriedman@AGAlliance.org.
ATTORNEY GENERAL ACTIONS
DATA PRIVACY

  • Utah AG Reyes announced that Utah joined 10 states in a multistate lawsuit against Google for anticompetitive practices and deceptive misrepresentations in online display advertising. Read the lawsuit here.

  • Facebook's General Counsel issued a response response regarding recent lawsuits filed by the FTC and the State Attorneys General.

BIG TECH

  • Arizona AG Brnovich and Lumen Technologies, formerly known as CenturyLink, announced that the company will invest $2 million in fiber-optic infrastructure across Arizona.
SOCIAL JUSTICE

  • Rhode Island AG Neronha established a Civil Rights Team made up of criminal and civil attorneys to bring a coordinated and focused approach to the investigation and prosecution of hate crimes and police misconduct. 

CONSUMER PROTECTION

  • New Mexico AG Balderas issued a consumer safety advisory to New Mexican consumers about the increased proliferation of COVID-19 vaccine related scams, as vaccine rollout begins.

  • Nevada AG Ford and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a nationwide crackdown on scams that target consumers with fake promises of income and financial independence.

  • California AG Becerra announced a 10 million dollar nationwide settlement with Royal Pharmaceuticals LLC and Seton Pharmaceuticals LLC.


CITIZEN RIGHTS

  • Connecticut AG Tong led a bipartisan coalition protecting access to affordable prescriptions for low-income patients. Read copy of the letter to HHS here.

  • Arizona AG Brnovich co-led bipartisan coalition urging congress to pass legislation to protect safety of federal judges and families.
CONSUMER PROTECTION



ENVIRONMENT


COVID-19 RELIEF

  • FEDEX announced that operations are in motion to transport its first shipments of COVID-19 vaccines across the United States.
VIRTUAL SEMINAR LIBRARY
Missed our live programs? No problem! Follow the button below to visit our Virtual Seminar Library for access to all recordings.

Do you have a webinar topic suggestion? We want to hear from you! Please email ideas to Andrea Friedman at AFriedman@AGAlliance.org.
CWAG Executive Committee
- Wayne Stenehjem - Phil Weiser -
- Jason Ravnsborg - Hector Balderas -

AG Alliance Co-Chairs
- Lawrence Wasden - Sean Reyes - Karl Racine -
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