Announcements, information and updates from the AG Alliance Members and Associates
July 22nd, 2021
UPCOMING PROGRAMS
Date: TODAY, July 22nd
Time: 3:30 - 4:30pm EST

  • Vivek Narayanadas, Vice President of Legal, Shopify 
  • Bryan Stroube, Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, London Business School
  • Jeanique Druses, Vice President of Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Grady Hedgespeth, Assistant Director for Small Business Lending Markets, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

Overview: This virtual program will focus on entrepreneurialism with an emphasis on access to markets for merchants who have been left out of e-commerce due to financial and logistical barriers. This will include merchants from both historically disadvantaged communities of color and women who have been denied access and have been “digitally redlined”. The current movement for social justice reform and the COVID-19 pandemic have laid bare the inequities which this class of business people face. Attorneys General can help usher in a sense of fair play for small businesses whether though access to credit, equal opportunities for digital ad placements, access to digital platforms, and education on the economic divers which small businesses generate in their local communities. These issues range from economic social justice, consumer protection for small businesses, anti-trust laws which protect small businesses from monopolies, and access to credit and digital markets for small and minority owned businesses.
2021 North Dakota Energy Summit Overview

CWAG and the Attorney General Alliance are pleased to partner with co-hosts and Immediate Past Chairs Attorneys General Wayne Stenehjem of North Dakota and Hector Balderas of New Mexico for the 2021 North Dakota Energy Summit. 
 
Since the Industrial Revolution, energy has become perhaps our most important resource, now powering nearly all industries and economies around the world. This bipartisan gathering will highlight energies like oil, gas, wind, and solar power, and will discuss the importance of energy awareness, conservation and environmental sustainability through human-centered approaches and technological solutions. Attorneys General are well-positioned to create policies, regulations, and strategies for energy conservation. Through collaboration and meaningful engagement, attendees will share and discuss new solutions and ways to enhance the wellbeing of our communities and citizens moving forward. 

For more information on event registration and sponsorships, please contact Ale Stephens at AStephens@AGAlliance.org.
Law Seminar International’s 14th Annual
Advanced Natural Resource Damages Conference
 VIRTUAL: August 12th and 13th, 2021

Overview: This year’s conference will focus on addressing climate change, environmental justice, and widespread contamination from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) – and the direct implication these issues have on natural resource damages practitioners.

For government discount rates and more information, please contact Bill Jackson at BJackson@kelleydrye.com
ATTORNEY GENERAL ACTIONS
OPIOID CRISIS

A bipartisan coalition of states and subdivisions reached final agreements with four major pharmaceutical companies to resolve legal claims related to the opioid addiction epidemic. The agreements require industry changes that will help prevent future related instances.

A $26 billion agreement was reached that will help bring desperately needed relief to people across the country who are struggling with opioid addiction. The agreement includes Cardinal, McKesson, and AmerisourceBergen – the nation’s three major pharmaceutical distributors – and Johnson & Johnson, which manufactured and marketed opioids. The agreement also requires significant industry changes that will help prevent this type of crisis from ever happening again. The agreement would resolve investigations and litigation over the companies’ roles in creating and fueling the opioid epidemic. State negotiations were led by Attorneys General Josh Stein (NC) and Herbert Slatery (TN) and the attorneys general from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

This settlement comes as a result of investigations by state attorneys general into whether the three distributors fulfilled their legal duty to refuse to ship opioids to pharmacies that submitted suspicious drug orders and whether Johnson & Johnson misled patients and doctors about the addictive nature of opioid drugs. The agreement would resolve the claims of both states and local governments across the country, including the nearly 4,000 that have filed lawsuits in federal and state courts. States have 30 days to sign onto the deal and local governments in the participating states will have up to 150 days to join to secure a critical mass of participating states and local governments. States and their local governments will receive maximum payments if each state and its local governments join together in support of the agreement.

Settlement Overview:
  • The three distributors collectively will pay up to $21 billion over 18 years.
  • Johnson & Johnson will pay up to $5 billion over nine years with up to $3.7 billion paid during the first three years.
  • The total funding distributed will be determined by the overall degree of participation by both litigating and non-litigating state and local governments.
  • The substantial majority of the money is to be spent on opioid treatment and prevention.
  • Each state’s share of the funding has been determined by agreement among the states using a formula that takes into account the impact of the crisis on the state – the number of overdose deaths, the number of residents with substance use disorder, and the number of opioids prescribed – and the population of the state.

Injunctive Relief Overview:
The 10-year agreement will result in court orders requiring Cardinal, McKesson, and AmerisourceBergen to:
  • Establish a centralized independent clearinghouse to provide all three distributors and state regulators with aggregated data and analytics about where drugs are going and how often, eliminating blind spots in the current systems used by distributors.
  • Use data-driven systems to detect suspicious opioid orders from customer pharmacies.
  • Terminate customer pharmacies’ ability to receive shipments, and report those companies to state regulators, when they show certain signs of diversion.
  • Prohibit shipping of and report suspicious opioid orders.
  • Prohibit sales staff from influencing decisions related to identifying suspicious opioid orders.
  • Require senior corporate officials to engage in regular oversight of anti-diversion efforts.

The 10-year agreement will result in court orders requiring Johnson & Johnson to:
  • Stop selling opioids.
  • Not fund or provide grants to third parties for promoting opioids.
  • Not lobby on activities related to opioids.
  • Share clinical trial data under the Yale University Open Data Access Project.

For more information, please view the deal's Summary here.
CONSUMER PROTECTION




COMBATTING VIOLENT CRIME

  • District of Columbia AG Racine issued a statement about violent crime in the District, addressing the city's need for a comprehensive plan to combat gun violence.

SPORTS BETTING


SAFE AND SECURE HOUSING

 ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FOR ONGOING SOCIAL JUSTICE & EQUITY INITIATIVES

Over the last year, communities across the country have assessed their treatment of minorities and other under-represented populations. In an effort to facilitate dialogue in the Attorney General community, Amazon and the Attorney General Alliance have partnered to create a series of conversations exploring issues around justice and social equity. We are excited to announce 2021 as the inaugural year of this forum and we look forward to providing focused programing aimed at facilitating exploration of these issues. We thank Amazon for their leadership and invite all of our public and private partners join us as we embark on these discussions.
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
- AG Wayne Stenehjem - AG Phil Weiser -
- AG Jason Ravnsborg - AG Hector Balderas -

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