Earlier this month at the 2022 NAAG Consumer Protection Fall Conference panelists including current and former AG personnel discussed recent consumer protection legislation and rulemakings that have been implemented or proposed, as well as recent court actions affecting consumer protection laws to provide AGs and staff a year in review.

In the wake of the

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

Remington recently agreed to a groundbreaking $73 million settlement of claims brought by families of Sandy Hook school shooting victims. Notably, the plaintiffs secured this settlement by deploying consumer protection claims, which are exempted from the otherwise broad immunity provided to firearm manufacturers under the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (“PLCAA”).

Attorneys General now appear to be pursuing a similar strategy of using consumer protection laws against firearm manufacturers, including by using their authority to investigate the companies’ internal files. For example, litigation concerning the New Jersey Attorney General’s subpoena to Smith & Wesson demonstrates how AGs will seek to use their consumer protection investigative powers in this area and further how courts in response will continue to grapple with the intersection between consumer protection law, the PLCAA, and the Second Amendment.

On October 13, 2020, the New Jersey Attorney General served an investigative subpoena to Smith & Wesson pursuant to its authority under the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act (“CFA”).The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs’ preliminary investigation suggested the company’s advertisements to New Jersey residents “may misrepresent the impact owning a firearm has on personal safety and/or safety in the home.” The Agency also noted that certain of the manufacturer’s advertisements “market the concealed carry of firearms while omitting the material fact that, in New Jersey, concealed carry of a firearm requires a permit.”
Continue Reading After Remington Settlement, Attorneys General Aim To Press Forward With Consumer Protection Investigations of Firearms Manufacturers

 5 min  PLAY   Senate Spars with FTC BCP Director Sam Levine over FTC Enforcement, Surprisingly from Both SidesYesterday, the Senate Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Data Security held its second hearing in less than a year on COVID-19 fraud, price gouging, and related enforcement efforts. Groundhog Day Eve was a fitting date for the hearing, as the Federal Trade Commission – this time through Bureau of Consumer Protection

For the first time in two years, State Attorneys General and their key consumer protection staff have gathered in Washington D.C. to attend the National Association of Attorneys General Fall Consumer Protection conference.  For State AG staff in particular, this meeting, and its Spring counterpart, may be the most important and well attended event

Texas Associate Deputy Attorney General Paul Singer has joined Kelley Drye as a partner in the firm’s growing State Attorneys General practice group.We are thrilled to welcome Texas Associate Deputy Attorney General Paul Singer to the firm’s growing State Attorneys General practice group. On the heels of former top Federal Trade Commission (FTC) officials Jessica L. Rich and Laura Riposo VanDruff joining the firm, Paul’s addition further strengthens Kelley Drye’s ability to help clients prepare for

Bill MacLeod and other panelists representing antitrust and consumer protection bureaus from across the country discussed recent enforcement activities and the ongoing missions of state enforcement agencies during the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Section Virtual Spring Meeting.

Watch the replay here.

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In conjunction with the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Section Spring Meeting, practice chair Christie Thompson participated in a panel discussion on recent FTC enforcement and priorities, including impacts, if any, of COVID-19 on enforcement priorities, as well as in the areas of privacy, data security, marketing, advertising, and fintech, consider whether FTC enforcement has

Andrew Smith was recently named Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. With a strong background in financial matters, businesses can expect Smith to focus on issues affecting consumer financial services.

Smith is not a stranger to federal positions. Although most recently a Partner in the Regulatory and Public Policy Group at Covington &

FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny is scheduled to resign effective April 28 and may leave with acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen as the sole commissioner. Law360  published an article by partner John Villafranco and professor Stephen Calkins that discusses whether the FTC can take formal action by a 1-0 vote and when does a commission cease being