Announcements, information and updates from the AG Alliance Members and Associates
November 19th, 2020
HOT TOPICS
CYBERSECURITY

  • General Motors Co. will launch a car-insurance business based on the idea its vehicles can remotely track drivers’ behavior and set insurance rates accordingly.

  • The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued its Fiscal Year 2020 Agency Financial Report which describes the agency’s key program performance for FY 2020, emphasizing consumer protection in areas of data privacy and cybersecurity. 
SPORTS BETTING

  • D.C. AG Karl Racine led a dais of experts in discussing the current state of sports betting. Watch HERE

Stay tuned for a follow-up
program coming early 2021!

  • Find out where your state stands on sports betting using this digital map.
DATA PRIVACY

  • A proposed class action filed this week accuses Google of misappropriating Android users' cellular data allowances to transmit information to and from the company when users aren't using the devices or Google apps.
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

ATTORNEY GENERAL ACTIONS
BIG TECH


CONSUMER FINANCE



SOCIAL JUSTICE



CONSUMER PROTECTION

  • Arizona AG Brnovich announced $5 million settlement with Honda to replace defective Takata airbags.

  • Arizona AG Brnovich secured $71 million in ticket refunds for Arizona events impacted by COVID-19.

  • Nevada AG Ford warned Nevadans to be cautious of increasingly sophisticated utility imposter scams as winter approaches and COVID-19 cases increase. 

  • Nevada AG Ford advised Nevadans to be on the lookout for deceptive credit card surcharges.

  • Arizona AG Brnovich announced that Arizona petition signature gathering company faces criminal charges for alleged illegal payments to prop 208 initiative circulators.

  • Oregon AG Rosenblum announced settlements with five Oregon companies for consumer protection violations related to the COVID-19 pandemic.


CHILD PROTECTION

  • Texas AG Paxton announced that the Child Support Division sets new record by collecting $4.8 billion for Texas children.


ELDER PROTECTION

  • Vermont AG Donovan announced the Office and Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living's launch of an elder abuse help guide.


TOBACCO

  • Montana AG Fox announced a historic record settlement with tobacco companies that will restore millions of dollars to the state of Montana.



OPIOIDS CRISIS

  • Washington AG Ferguson announced county Judge found opioid distributor in contempt of court for refusing to disclose documents and make key witnesses available for testimony.
COVID -19 VACCINE DEVELOPMENT

  • Pfizer and BioNTech conclude phase 3 study of COVID-19 vaccine candidate, meeting all primary efficacy endpoints.

SOCIAL JUSTICE

  • Johnson & Johnson has committed $100 million over the next five years to invest in and promote health equity solutions.

  • WilmerHale racial justice speaker discussed leading change toward antiracism and real allyship.

  • Cigna and Magic Johnson joined forces to combat health disparities and support minority and women-owned businesses.


CONSUMER PROTECTION


CONSUMER FINANCE

CHAIR'S INITIATIVE ANNOUNCEMENT
Thanks to everyone for your continued interest and support of the Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG) and the AG Alliance (AGA) Virtual Chair Initiative: A COVID-19 Attorney General Legal and Policy Response Manual. The response from our partners has been fantastic.

Our second week of calls has been a great success. We invite you to virtually attend the second half of this series of interactive calls as we continue to explore the policy and legal challenges we are all confronting during this pandemic.

Participation for this initiative is strongly encouraged for sponsors at the *Premier level and above and we will be hosting an ongoing policy dialogue between AGO’s and experts for each of the five cohorts that are actively meeting and working towards a common goal and deliverable related to COVID-19 vaccinations:
  1. Vaccine Methodologies and Legalities led by ID and WA;
  2. State’s Role in Vaccine Administration led by NM and AK;
  3. Deceptive Trade Practices, Diversion and Black Market Issues led by SD and NV;
  4. Governmental Authorities led by CO and ND; and
  5. Vaccine Collaboration and Antitrust Concerns led by NE and CO.
Each cohort is being led by a bipartisan group of state AG office staff and has identified more specific legal and policy issues that will be addressed in their assigned area to develop an issue guide for policymakers. Cohorts meet via Zoom on a weekly basis between 11/10 and 12/10.
 
For more information about participation, please contact Andrea Friedman at AFriedman@AGAlliance.org.
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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