Announcements, information and updates from The AG Alliance Members and Associates
September 19, 2019
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Upcoming: CWAG-AGA Cybersecurity Working Group
Friday, November 15, 2019
JW Marriott Camelback in Scottsdale, Arizona

Current topics on this year’s agenda:
Securing the Cloud
Anti-fraud Solutions and Data Privacy
How Lawyers Proceed After a Data Breach
International Standards for Data Security Laws
Data Security and the Travel Industry
Gaming Industry Data Protection and IP Enforcement
Cyber Issues and AG Authority

This VIP Working Group session will run from 2-5pm with a cocktail reception and dinner to follow. Please email Andrea Friedman to provide a topic, panelist, or with any questions. We look forward to seeing you in Arizona!
Articles on topics relevant to the work of Attorneys General.
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UPCOMING CWAG-AGA and Thomson Reuters Human Trafficking Webinar
Using Data to Disrupt Human Trafficking Supply Chains
Monday, September 30th, 2019
11am- 12pm MT
Platform: GoToMeeting
*All registered attendees will receive a link prior to the start of our webinar.

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas invites attorney general staff and all interested parties to join in a webinar titled, "Using Data to Disrupt Human Trafficking Supply Chains." This webinar is hosted by CWAG-AG Alliance in conjunction with our partners at Thomson Reuters. 

Approximately 40.3 million people live in some form of modern human slavery. Victims are forced into agricultural, domestic and industrial labor; prostitution; and other forms of exploitation. It is also big business (generating an estimated US $150 billion in illegal profits annually), making it the fastest growing organized crime crisis in the world.

Experts agree that one of the keys to disrupting human trafficking, whether labor or sex trafficking, is to identify the source and eradicate it. Law enforcement is on the frontlines of this fight and in the best position to identify and shut down the supply chain and partner with AGs to prosecute traffickers. 

In this webinar we will discuss common questions related to supply chain that federal, state and local law enforcement can ask on these topics, as well as strategies for tackling each concern with transparency, clarity and the best possible results. We will explore how law enforcement can utilize technology and practical tools available to create arrest plans to better track and facilitate rescue operations. We will also discuss how prosecutors can engage in interstate collaboration and information sharing to stop this global crisis. 

Gina Jurva Esq., Attorney & Manager, Thomas Reuters Thought Leadership Enterprise Content: Corporate & Government (former criminal prosecutor, San Francisco Bay Area)

Introduction by Hector Balderas, New Mexico Attorney General
Sara Crowe, Strategic Initiatives Director, Financial Systems, Polaris
Robert McGinnis, Analyst Manager at Thomson Reuters Special Services LLC
California Attorney General Becerra Files Sex Trafficking Charges Against Organized Crime Ring Operating Statewide
Septemer 13, 2019

Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced the filing of multiple charges against Jing Chiang Huang, Shu Mei Lin, Shao Lee, Peihsin Lee, Pengcheng Cai, and Dafeng Wen for alleged felonies involving sex trafficking, tax fraud, and money laundering as part of an organized crime ring operating throughout California. The charges are the product of multiple operations undertaken by the California Department of Justice and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with numerous local and national law enforcement partners.
Montana Officials Work to Stop Sex Trafficking
NBC Montana
September 16, 2019

The Montana Department of Justice is working with Truckers Against Trafficking  (TAT) and statewide Motel 6's to combat human trafficking.
California Governor Signs Law Protecting Gig Economy Workers
September 18, 2019

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a sweeping new labor law this week extending wage and benefit protections to about a million workers and aimed primarily at drivers contracted by ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft.
New York Bans Sales of Flavored E-Cigarettes After Seventh Death Nationwide
CBS News
September 17, 2019

New York banned the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, a move that comes as federal health officials investigate a mysterious surge of severe breathing illnesses and seven deaths linked to vaping. Retailers will have two weeks to remove merchandise from store shelves.
Flavored E-cigarettes Sweetly Lure Kids Into Vaping and Also Mislead Them to Dismiss Danger, Studies Suggest
The Conversation
September 3, 2019

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Sept. 15, 2019 that he plans to pursue emergency regulations to quickly ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, making New York the second state to consider such a ban. Cuomo’s action came only days after the Trump administration called for a ban on flavored e-cigarettes in an effort to address six recent vaping deaths and 380 cases of confirmed or probable lung diseases in the U.S.

On Sept. 4, Michigan announced a ban on the sale of flavored cigarettes that is expected to go into effect within 30 days of the announcement.
Washington Attorney General Ferguson Seeks Up To $41 Million in Consumer Refunds From Avista Corp.
September 13, 2019

Following a victory for ratepayers at the Court of Appeals, Attorney General Bob Ferguson urged the state Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) to require Avista Corp. to refund customers up to $41 million for rates that violated state law.
Michigan Attorney General Nessel Issues Statement on Michigan Being Named to Purdue Pharma Settlement Committee
September 17, 2019

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel issued a statement after Michigan was named to the committee that will represent the governmental claimants in Purdue Pharma:

“Purdue’s bankruptcy filing was expected. And by entering into this structured bankruptcy, not only do we ensure an infusion of billions of dollars for our states to address this economic and life-debilitating epidemic, we ensure that this company – and its owners – can no longer flood our communities with harmful products that take lives and devastate our cities and towns." Click the press release to view the full statement.
Florida Attorney General Moody Recognizes Rx Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week
September 16, 2019

Attorney General Ashley Moody is recognizing Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week and will make an announcement regarding state efforts to end the deadly crisis. Since her first day in office, Attorney General Moody has fought the opioid crisis and this crucial mission remains a top priority of the administration.
4th Annual Attorney General Rosenblum’s Elder Abuse Conference – October 28-30, 2019

Attorney General Rosenblum's Fourth Annual Elder Abuse Conference will take place at the Salishan Spa & Resort in Gleneden Beach, Oregon starting with an optional happy hour on Monday, October 28, 2019 at 4:00 PM and ending on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 12:00 PM (PST).

This a ​comprehensive ​conference ​for ​law ​enforcement, ​district ​attorneys, ​deputy ​district ​attorneys, ​U.S. ​Attorneys, ​Adult ​Protective ​Services, ​medical ​professionals, ​and ​individuals ​employed ​by ​federal, ​state ​or ​local ​governments.* Attendees will receive:
  • More than 10 hours of in-depth training from experts (CLE, CEU and DPSST credits are pending)
  • Extensive networking and collaboration opportunities
  • Two breakfasts
  • One lunch
  • Snacks and beverages

The ​cost ​to ​attend ​is ​$150 ​a ​person ​and ​does ​not ​include ​lodging. ​A ​block ​of ​rooms ​have ​been ​reserved ​at ​the ​Salishan Spa & Resort. ​ To reserve a room at the Resort, please visit the conference website or contact the Resort directly at 1-800-452-2300.

*If ​you ​are ​NOT ​a ​government ​employee ​and ​would ​like ​to ​register ​for ​the ​conference, ​please ​contact ​Ellen ​Klem ​at ​ .
Webinar: The Final California Consumer Privacy Act – What Are Your Obligations?
Hosted by Squire Patton Boggs
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Noon – 1 p.m. EDT

"The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) takes effect January 1, 2020. The California legislature passed a slew of amendments last week that alter the law in important ways, which are now being reviewed by the Governor and will be finalized by October 13, 2019. Join our webinar just a few days later, on October 17, when Elliot Golding and Lydia de la Torre will explain requirements under the CCPA and practical steps to comply, including an analysis of how the law is modified by the amendments related to employee data, B2B data, loyalty programs, disclosure methods, parental consent, and other issues."
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