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Last month, we discussed the broad authority that State Attorneys General have in enforcing price gouging laws – many of which remain in effect given the number of states that are still under some state of emergency.  We noted the significant expansion in recent AG enforcement, and observed that at least two courts had pushed back on these efforts, dismissing cases brought by the Texas and New York Attorneys General.  Just a short month later however, both cases have now been reinstated by appellate courts, again raising the prospects that AGs will continue to push the boundaries in price gouging enforcement, especially while consumers are struggling to deal with high prices due to labor shortages and inflation.
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This week, 38 Attorneys General joined forces in a letter promulgated by the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) to urge Congress to provide them with authority to address consumers’ frustrations with airlines, further advocating for a shift of federal authority over consumer complaints away from the Department of Transportation.

Stating that the airline industry

How To Protect Employee/HR Data and Comply with Data Privacy Laws
Wednesday, July 20

As workforces become increasingly mobile and remote work is more the norm, employers face the challenge of balancing the protection of their employees’ personal data and privacy against the need to collect and process personal data to recruit, support and monitor

Even as states continue to pass comprehensive privacy laws, Attorneys General remain active enforcing their data breach laws and utilizing their deceptive trade practice authority in the privacy space.  Just last week, 46 State AGs signed on to a settlement, which took the form of an Assurance of Voluntary Compliance, with international cruise corporation Carnival

Kelley Drye State Attorneys General practice Co-Chair Paul Singer, Senior Associate Beth Chun and Abby Stempson, Director of the Center for Consumer Protection, National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) presented State Attorneys General 101. This webinar covered the basics of State AG consumer protection powers, what to expect if you find yourself a

Last week, 40 State Attorneys General entered into a settlement with Ford Motor Company related to its substantiation of payload capacity claims on certain Super Duty pickup trucks and the fuel economy of certain C-Max hybrids.  Ford is paying $19 million to the participating States, plus $200,000 in costs.  The settlement itself is pretty straightforward

In addition to announcing a new COPPA policy statement and related “crackdown” on children’s privacy issues (discussed here) in its most recent open meeting, the FTC also proposed changes to the FTC’s Endorsement Guides.  The changes would build on and expand previous guidance, including by expressly extending liability to endorsers, intermediaries, and platforms

At this week’s Spring National Association of Attorneys General Consumer Protection Conference, State AG staff gathered to discuss multistate investigations, enforcement priorities, and recent challenges.  The introductory panel of the public portion of the conference featured State AGs Herbert Slatery (Tennessee), Kwame Raoul (Illinois), and John Formella (New Hampshire) discussing some of their priorities as