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May 16, 2019
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The CWAG Annual Meeting
June 17 - 20, 2019
Santa Barbara, CA

The Conference of Western Attorneys General, New Mexico Attorney General and CWAG Chair Hector Balderas, and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra look forward to seeing our registered attendees at the CWAG 2019 Annual Meeting in Santa Barbara, California this June 17 to 20, 2019. While the meeting itself is now sold out, we are excited to announce that some of our sessions will be live streamed throughout the conference. As always, the full conference will be available for complimentary viewing on the CWAG website 2 weeks after the close of the event, and most sessions will be available for CLE credit via our partnership with West LegalEdCenter after the event as well. 

Our draft agenda is now available below, we will see you soon!
Amazon Must Remove Toxic School Supplies, Kids' Jewelry From Marketplace Nationwide
May 9, 2019

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced that Amazon will commit to nationwide corporate reforms after his office’s investigation found dozens of children’s school supplies sold on its online marketplace had illegal levels of toxic metals lead and cadmium.
California Attorney General Becerra Announces Consumers May Be Eligible for Relief as Result of Fiat Chrysler Settlement
May 9, 2019

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced that consumers may begin to apply for relief as part of the coordinated government and private class action settlements with Fiat Chrysler. The settlements, announced in January 2019 and approved on May 3, 2019, resolved allegations that the company violated environmental and consumer protection laws by using “defeat device software” to circumvent emissions testing. Fiat Chrysler is accused of installing the defeat device software in approximately 100,000 vehicles nationwide and about 13,500 vehicles in California. The affected vehicles are 2014-2016 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Ram 1500s equipped with 3.0L EcoDiesel engines. With court approval of the settlements, consumers may now begin scheduling appointments to receive approved emissions modifications on their vehicles, along with extended warranties. Consumers may also submit claims for monetary compensation. Owners and lessees are not required to receive the approved emissions modification.
Attorney General Ford Joins 44-State Coalition in Federal Antitrust Lawsuit Against Teva Pharmaceuticals, Other Generic Drug Manufacturers and Executives
May 12, 2019

Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford and 43 other attorneys general filed a lawsuit against Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. and 19 other generic drug manufacturers. The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, alleges that the pharmaceutical companies entered into numerous illegal conspiracies in order to unreasonably restrain trade, artificially inflate and manipulate prices and reduce competition in the U.S. for more than 100 generic drugs. The complaint also names 15 individual defendants that served key executive roles and devised, implemented and orchestrated the alleged schemes on a day-to-day basis.

In addition to Nevada, attorneys general from the following states are participating in this complaint: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon

Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington , West Virginia and Wisconsin.
One Year Post-PASPA, American Gaming Association Establishes Responsible Marketing Code for Sports Wagering
Industry Commits to Self-Regulation of Sports Betting Advertising
American Gaming Association
May 14, 2019

The American Gaming Association (AGA) released a new set of self-regulations on advertising and marketing legal sports betting. The new “Responsible Marketing Code for Sports Wagering” was released on the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court striking down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA).
Washington Attorney General Ferguson Announces Historic Tribal Consent and Consultation Policy
May 10, 2019

Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced a new policy that requires the Attorney General’s Office to obtain free, prior and informed consent before initiating a program or project that directly and tangibly affects tribes, tribal rights, tribal lands and sacred sites. Attorney General Ferguson also announced that his office will refrain from filing any litigation against a tribal government or tribal-owned business without first engaging in meaningful consultation to resolve the dispute, provided that doing so does not violate the rules of professional conduct. This policy is the first of its kind in Washington state.
ONDCP Publicizes Resources and Funding Opportunities

On Thursday, May 2 the Orton Family Foundation held a Heart & Soul Talk: Moving Past TriageSolutions for the Opioid Crisis in Rural America with Anne Hazlett, Senior Advisor for Rural Affairs, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy; Lisa Roberts, Public Health Nurse from Portsmouth, Ohio; and Tina Stride, founder of The Hope Dealer Project. Follow these links to a recording of the event and a list of grants and other relevant funding opportunities.