Announcements, information and updates from The AG Alliance Members and Associates
September 5, 2019
CYBERSECURITY HIGHLIGHT
CWAG-AGA CYBERSECURITY WORKING GROUP
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Contact Andrea Friedman by email at AFriedman@AGAlliance.org for more details and to attend our next meeting! RSVP and secure your spot!
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
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!
HOT TOPICS: DATA PRIVACY
STUDENT LOAN LAWSUIT
California Attorney General Becerra Joins Amicus Brief in Support of Pennsylvania Lawsuit Against Navient
August 29, 2019

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, as part of a coalition of 32 attorneys general, filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in support of Pennsylvania’s lawsuit against student loan servicer Navient for misconduct in the servicing and collection of federal student loans. In the brief, the coalition argues that the federal Higher Education Act does not preempt Pennsylvania’s state law claims and that Pennsylvania may sue Navient under the federal Consumer Financial Protection Act, adopted as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. Navient services approximately $300 billion in federal and private student loans held by 12 million borrowers. An estimated 1.5 million Navient borrowers live in California.

Attorney General Becerra joins the attorney generals of New York, Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawai‘i, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia in filing the amicus brief.
CONSUMER PROTECTION
Arizona Attorney General Brnovich Warns of Hurricane Dorian Charity Scams
September 4, 2019

After viewing the heartbreaking images of the devastation in the Bahamas, many Arizonans have started to donate to Hurricane Dorian relief efforts. Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich commends their generosity but reminds those that wish to donate to watch out for hurricane charity scams.
SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION
Montana Attorney General Fox Announces Sex Assault Kit Tracking System Completion
August 29, 2019

Attorney General Tim Fox announced the completion of Montana’s Sexual Assault Kit Tracking System. The system, which launched September 1, will be used by sex assault survivors, health care professionals, and law enforcement agencies statewide.
North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein: "Me Too" At-Home Sexual Assault Kits are Dangerous and Misleading
September 4, 2019

Attorney General Josh Stein warned North Carolinians to avoid “Me Too Kits” – a privately sold and tested sexual assault kit for at-home use. Anyone who is the victim of a sexual assault should contact law enforcement or a medical professional. Attorney General Stein is also reviewing this company’s products to determine whether or not they violate North Carolina’s consumer protection laws. 
WORKER PROTECTION
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New Report Details Attorney General’s Office Worker Protection Efforts
August 30, 2019

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson released his inaugural Labor Day Worker Protection Report. The report details work as part of the Attorney General’s Office Worker Protection Initiative over the past year to protect workers’ rights in the State of Washington and beyond. The office will release the report annually.

The report includes overviews on civil and criminal cases handled by the office, legislation the office spearheaded, and additional advocacy done by Attorney General Ferguson to preserve the rights of workers in the state.
DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR
Why We're Changing the Rules On Endangered Species
CNN
Opinion by David L. Bernhardt and Wilbur Ross
September 4, 2019

On August 17, 2019, Department of the Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross wrote an op-ed for CNN regarding the recent implementation regulations for the Endangered Species Act:

Jointly implemented by the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is one of our nation's most important wildlife conservation laws. This act requires us to use the best scientific data and commercial information available to identify and address the threats facing imperiled species and to facilitate their recovery.

Click button below to access complete opinion.
OPIOID CRISIS
Texas Attorney General Paxton Announces Medicaid Fraud Suit Against Opioid Manufacturer Johnson & Johnson
September 4, 2019

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that his office filed a civil Medicaid fraud lawsuit against pharmaceutical manufacturer Johnson & Johnson, and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., for misrepresentations made to the Texas Medicaid program about their dangerous opioid drug, Duragesic.
Trump Administration Awards $1.8 Billion in Grants to Combat Opioid Epidemic
The Wall Street Journal
September 4, 2019

The Trump administration announced it was awarding $1.8 billion in grants to help states and communities continue to battle the opioid epidemic, part of the administration’s broader effort to drive down overdose deaths and addiction.
TOBACCO/VAPING
Michigan Attorney General Nessel Commends Governor's Move to Ban Flavors in Nicotine Vaping Products
September 4, 2019

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel praised the bold move made by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer by declaring a public health emergency and putting in place emergency rules that ban flavors in nicotine vaping products to better protect the state's children from addiction.
Juul’s Marketing Practices Under Investigation by FTC
The Wall Street Journal
August 29, 2019

The Federal Trade Commission is investigating whether e-cigarette startup Juul Labs Inc. used influencers and other marketing to appeal to minors, according to people familiar with the matter, ratcheting up pressure on a company whose products are blamed for a rise in vaping among teens.
Probes of E-cigarette Giant Juul Underway in Illinois, DC
AP News
August 29, 2019

E-cigarette giant Juul Labs is facing mounting scrutiny from state law enforcement officials.

The attorneys general in Illinois and the District of Columbia are investigating how the company’s vaping device became so popular with underage teens.

The company’s rapid rise to the top of the multi-billion dollar U.S. e-cigarette market has been accompanied by accusations from parents, politicians and public health advocates that Juul fueled a vaping craze among high schoolers. In addition to the ongoing inquiries in Illinois and the district, which had not been publicly disclosed before, four other state attorneys general are probing or suing Juul.
CVS Health Strengthens Commitment to Helping People Lead Smoke-Free Lives, Five Years After Ending Tobacco Sales
CVS
September 3, 2019

Five years after it made the bold move to pull tobacco products from CVS Pharmacy locations, CVS Health said it is expanding its focus on helping people quit smoking.

Be The First, the five-year, $50 million dollar initiative by the company and the CVS Health Foundation to help create the first tobacco-free generation, is tackling the growing challenge of youth vaping with additional investments and new partners, like Discovery Education and the National Medical Association. The company is also bringing its smoking cessation expertise to areas across its businesses, with an expanded focus in 2020 on increasing effective smoking cessation approaches in Medicaid plans, including in Aetna Better Health managed Medicaid plans and together with CVS Caremark clients interested in creating or expanding smoking cession efforts for their Medicaid members.
ELDER ABUSE PREVENTION
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 ​ Ellen.Klem@doj.state.or.us .
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