Announcements, information and updates from CWAG Members and Associates
2017 CWAG Annual Meeting Registration
San Francisco, CA
July 30- August 2, 2017
A friendly reminder that our registration is closing on Monday, July 17th at 5:00 pm PST
If you have not registered for the 2017 CWAG Annual Meeting we encourage you to do so as soon as possible. 

To register online use the following link: 2017 CWAG Annual Meeting Registration
If you have attended an annual meeting in the past few years your contact information has been saved in the registration system. Please review your contact information during the registration process to make sure it is current.
To register go to "Sign In" and enter the email address and password you or your assistant previously provided. If you can't recall your password, click on the "Forgot Password" link and your password will be sent to the email that is saved in the system.
If you have not previously registered for the annual meeting go to "New Registration", enter your email and create a personal password to be used for future registrations.
A new and updated agenda is available! [Click here]

Hotel room cutoff  date was July 7, 2017
Our CWAG room block closed on July 7, 2017. To reserve a room at the Westin St. Franscis please call the reservation number 1.888.627.8546. 

Early Bird Registration:
Early bird registration ended on June 2nd. All registrations received after this date will be charged the regular registration fee.
Onsite Registration:
Pre-registering for primary attendees and guests who would like to attend any of the substantive or social opportunities is required. CWAG must make commitments to the hotel and activity vendors based on pre-registered guests prior to our arrival. The registration fees cover the cost of activities and meals at the conference which have been pre-arranged. Given the necessity of pre planning, we will not be accepting any onsite registrations. 
CWAG Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt of Nevada announced that Nevada will be the first state in the country to launch the most enhanced version of Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE). A free service provided by Appriss Safety, VINE is the nation's leading victim notification network. VINE offers crime victims and members of the public timely and reliable offender custody information through a toll-free telephone number, website or mobile application. Users may also register to receive automated notifications relating to changes in custody status via telephone, email or text message. "A victim's need for assistance does not stop once an offender has been sentenced-it continues throughout an offender's custody," said Attorney General Laxalt. "VINE is designed with victims in mind, providing them with quick and easy access to information and connecting them to service providers who can assist them further. I am proud of my office's leadership in this initiative, and hope our efforts will pave the way for other states around the country to provide this much-needed service."
CWAG Attorney General Hector Balderas of New Mexico announced that he has filed a lawsuit against Presbyterian Health Plan, Inc., and Presbyterian Healthcare Services for fraud based on the systematic, deliberate underpayment of taxes on premiums received or written. The Office of the Attorney General's complaint alleges that between 2001 and 2015, Presbyterian routinely filed false claims for premium tax deductions and credits, thereby defrauding the people of New Mexico and evading its legal duty to pay these taxes. The Presbyterian lawsuit is the first action brought by the Attorney General as part of his independent civil and criminal review, which is ongoing, and this lawsuit is limited to Presbyterian's alleged false claims for reductions related to the Medicaid program. "New Mexicans deserve a healthcare system they can trust," said Attorney General Balderas. "When insurance providers break the rules, they must face consequences. My office is working with the State Auditor to make sure that Presbyterian-and any other companies that engaged in similar fraudulent conduct-are held responsible for the serious injuries imposed on New Mexican taxpayers." Under New Mexico law, every insurer doing business in New Mexico is required to pay a premium tax and surcharge. According to the Office of the Attorney General's complaint, Presbyterian falsified its Medicaid deductions and credits, thereby evading tens of millions of dollars in premium taxes and surcharges.
CWAG Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman of Colorado announced a collaborative effort to educate and empower members of Colorado's immigrant communities to protect themselves from phony immigration consultants and other consumer scams. While Colorado's immigrant communities are being targeted and victimized by scammers and fraudsters, victims are not often reporting these crimes to agencies that can help. One of the most egregious scams currently targeting immigrant communities involves individuals who claim that, for a substantial fee, they can select, prepare, and file immigration forms, speed up the visa and citizenship process, or even use some "special relationship" with U.S. immigration officials to obtain other benefits.  These individuals may call themselves an "immigration specialist," "immigration consultant," "visa consultant," "notary," "notary public," "notario," or "notario publico."  True notarios in many Latin American countries and in Europe are highly trained and regulated legal experts. This can easily cause confusion with the much narrower authority of a notary in the United States.  Predators count on the similarity in titles to mislead the public about their skill and authority to assist immigrants who are simply trying to improve their legal standing in the United States.
CWAG Associate Attorney General Pam Bondi of Florida entered into a settlement agreement with Avis Budget Car Rental System, LLC, which owns the Avis, Budget and Payless car rental companies. The settlement agreement resolves an investigation by her office regarding Avis, Budget and Payless' practices involving add-on fees for cashless tolls in Florida and other related add-on charges. The office investigated allegations that Avis, Budget and Payless did not sufficiently disclose to consumers that they would be charged a daily fee for the companies' e-Toll service, in addition to the cost the customer incurs for a toll on a cashless toll road. The rental companies imposed this charge for each day of the rental, even on days the customer did not use a cashless toll road. Unaware of the e-Toll fee or how to avoid it, many consumers received bills from Avis, Budget or Payless four to six weeks after concluding their rental, advising of the additional charges owed. Since the office commenced its investigation, Avis, Budget and Payless have provided more than $1 million in refunds to consumers. The settlement further requires the three companies to provide refunds to any consumers charged for e-Toll without sufficient disclosures, who have not already been reimbursed and who file a claim for a refund.
CWAG Associate Attorney General Tom Miller of Iowa announced that two out-of-state companies marketing a so-called money-making system must stop promoting the scheme in Iowa, through a court-approved agreement.  In the consent judgment, Judge David Porter ordered the companies and people behind Wealthperx, formerly called Lotto Magic, to stop promoting their money-making system in Iowa and refrain from any marketing directed to Iowa residents. In addition to the Iowa marketing ban, the defendants must pay more than $53,000 for refunds to about 300 Iowa victims identified in Wealthperx records. "Our investigation revealed many blatantly fraudulent claims and testimonials," Attorney General Miller said.  "The defendants constructed this scheme around a central lie, namely, that by becoming paying members of the Wealthperx system a participant would enjoy a steady stream of income. But our investigation showed that the money stream consistently flowed away from Iowans, not to them."
Looking to hold Remington responsible for the harm caused by the defective triggers on many of its rifles, CWAG Associate Attorney General Maura Healey of Massachusetts announced that her office is leading a coalition of 14 attorneys general in urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit to overturn a class action settlement arranged by the gun manufacturer. As reported by 60 Minutes and CNBC, more than 7.5 million Remington rifles are prone to accidentally fire without a trigger pull, a defect that already has resulted in numerous deaths and other serious bodily injuries. Despite these ongoing risks, under the settlement, fewer than 25,000 of the defective guns are expected to be repaired. In an amicus brief, the attorneys general criticize the settlement with Remington because it unfairly terminates valuable legal claims for the rifle owners while leaving consumers and the public at ongoing risk of death or injury. The brief was led by Massachusetts and joined by attorneys general from California, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.
CWAG Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem of North Dakota joined Attorneys General from across the country in submitting comments to the Federal Communications Commission, to urge enactment of new rules to block robocalls and caller ID spoofing. "Illegal robocalls are more than just an annoying interruption. They are easy money makers for scam artists, who use computer software not only to generate millions of calls every day but also to display a false number on the caller ID to hide their location," said Attorney General Stenehjem. In the letter, the Attorneys General urge the FCC to allow telephone service providers to block calls from unassigned and invalid numbers, and to provide assistance to people whose actual telephone number has been hijacked by scam artists spoofing the caller ID. CWAG Attorney General Tim Fox of Montana stated, "Last year, my Office of Consumer Protection fielded 2,867 complaints and inquiries regarding telephone scams; a 22 percent increase from 2015. Most of these consumer complaints involved spoofed telephone numbers, and many of them were related to the IRS scam or other scams intended to intimidate Montanans into sending money to these swindlers.  It's imperative for our nation's telecommunications providers to have the ability to block illegal robocalls to protect consumers from falling victim to this kind of fraud." The attorneys general from the following states also joined the letter: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, and Wisconsin.
Chris Coppin | Legal Director
Conference of Western Attorneys General