Announcements, information and updates from the AG Alliance Members and Associates
October 1st, 2020
The Gig Economy
3:00 - 4:00pm ET

Moderated by
Attorney General Hector Balderas, New Mexico

The arrival of the “gig economy” has transformed the modern provision of goods and services, dramatically expanding consumer choice and providing workers unimagined freedom and flexibility. At the same time, this novel economic system co-exists uneasily with long-established legal paradigms, especially the rule that workers must be classified as either company employees or independent contractors. Such black-and-white classification has significant legal consequences for workers and businesses, yet gig workers by nature do not fit neatly in either category, a conflict that has given rise to a hodge-podge of conflicting law across state lines and even between municipalities in the same state.

This panel examines these challenges along with a proposed “third-way” of worker classification tailored to fit the modern world and ensure workers and consumers alike continue to benefit from the gig economy.
Thomson Reuters Presents
The COVID-19 Pandemic: The Evolving Reality
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
11 - 12:15pm ET

In the latest installment of the AI Invited Speakers Series, the Thomson Reuters Center for AI and Cognitive Computing and Thomson Reuters Institute are proud to present a special public town hall with renowned public health scholar Dr. Michael T. Osterholm, Regents Professor, McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health, and Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota. In this interactive setting, Dr. Osterholm will discuss the epidemiology of the SARS-CoV-2 infection, including what current evidence suggests about the spread of COVID-19 and an examination of public health strategies easily deployed to reduce SARS-CoV-2 transmission.
Cybersecurity Subcommittee Fall Virtual Session*
Thursday, October 22nd
1 - 3pm ET
Opening Remarks from Attorney General Josh Stein, North Carolina

**Registration is not automatic, open to AGOs and group members only. Agenda will be released in the coming weeks.
Dear Colleagues, Partners and Friends – 
The Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG) and the AG Alliance (AGA) are proud to announce this year’s Chair Initiative:  A COVID-19 Attorney General Legal and Policy Response Manual. Everyone has been impacted by COVID-19. It is my honor to lead CWAG and the AGA in taking on some of the most challenging related legal and policy issues we face today.
Our proposal is ambitious. In a timely fashion we will put together public/private working groups, each led by a bi-partisan pair of member states to focus on these general topics: 
  1. Multiple approaches of a vaccine;
  2. Prioritization of vaccine administration;
  3. Consumer protection;
  4. Constitutional considerations;
  5. Antitrust considerations;
  6. Anticipated secondary impacts

Each working group will identify more specific legal and policy issues that can be addressed in their assigned area. Further, each working group will highlight at least one area to focus resources and develop an issue guide for policymakers. 
For example, the working group focused on prioritization may consider the legal risks for states if they prioritize a group of healthcare workers before issuing a vaccine to a first responders who then contract COVID-19 during a citizen call, or worse, a first responder who becomes a super-spreader. At each stage of vaccine distribution, how can states ensure geographic, age, race and economic equity? Perhaps the group tasked with examining constitutional issues can build consensus about how to cope with government employees in essential roles but who have religious objections to being vaccinated? Who will shoulder the liability for adverse effects from a vaccine? Do existing scope of duty regulations in states allow enough flexibility for a mass vaccination effort assuming adequate supply? Are there any antitrust concerns allowing reasonable collaboration among competitors when in service of producing and providing a reliable vaccine?
Attorneys General stand at the center of many of these debates whether through legal advice to Governors or because of enforcement authority entrusted to them directly. But Attorneys General are also tested public servants who can partner with good corporate citizens, “work up” with the Federal government and assist local governments with their needs. Working through these issues requires legal acumen, public trust, bi-partisanship and dedication. Attorneys General in collaboration with our partners will advance the dialogue and position ourselves to be at the center of the conversation, enabling a national response to COVID-19.

Please lookout for our full schedule and program agenda in the coming weeks.

For more information about participation, please contact Karen White ( or David Blake (
Wayne Stenehjem
North Dakota Attorney General
2020-21 Chair, CWAG and AG Alliance

  • Arizona AG Brnovich announced that C.R. Bard, Inc. and its parent company Becton, Dickinson and Company have agreed to pay $1.15 million to Arizona in penalties. The settlement with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office is part of a $60 million settlement with 48 states and the District of Columbia to resolve allegations that C.R. Bard deceptively marketed its transvaginal surgical mesh devices.
  • Consumer Fraud Complaint
  • Proposed Consent Judgment

  • Alaska Department of Law filed a complaint against a used car dealership, alleging unfair and deceptive sales and advertising tactics.

  • Connecticut AG Tong announced that Connecticut has obtained a $39.5 million multistate settlement with Anthem stemming from the massive 2014 data breach that involved the personal information of 78.8 million Americans.

  • The New Mexico Identity Theft Coalition, under the leadership of the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General, and the Identity Theft Resource Center, announced that they will hold a phone bank as part of a nationwide effort  to help victims of COVID-19 scams and identity crime.


  • Florida AG Moody announced Operation Corrupt Collector, a federal-state law enforcement sweep against phantom and abusive debt collection. In a joint effort with the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and more than 50 federal and state law enforcement partners, the initiative involves enforcement actions brought by the FTC, three federal partners and 16 different state agencies against debt collectors engaged in these illegal practices. 

  • Massachusetts AG Healey has issued guidance for Massachusetts customers experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic and needing assistance paying home heating bills.


  • Pennsylvania AG Shapiro issued a statement on the Hershey Trust’s proposal to expand its impact and invest more of its considerable resources educating Pennsylvania’s children through its Early Childhood Education Initiative.

  • Vistra Energy announced Vistra Zero, a comprehensive plan to accelerate its transition to clean power generation sources and advance efforts to significantly reduce its carbon footprint.


  • Citi and the Citi Foundation announced more than $1 billion in strategic initiatives to help close the racial wealth gap and increase economic mobility in the United States. 

  • The Rocket Mortgage Classic, in partnership with title sponsor Rocket Mortgage, announced it generated more than $2.7 million for nonprofits from proceeds raised by Detroit’s second-annual PGA TOUR event. More than $2.4 million will be invested through the event’s “Changing the Course” initiative, which aims to bridge the digital divide in Detroit.


  • Anheuser-Busch delivered nearly five truckloads – approximately 250,000 cans – of emergency drinking water to California and Oregon to support local communities impacted by the devastating wildfires.


  • While many school districts had to substantially limit or cancel summer programming for their students, Capital One Coders offered students the unique opportunity to continue to pursue his passion for technology through hands-on STEM programming.


  • TIAA unveiled a new mobile experience that makes it easier for participants to manage their retirement plans.
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