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State AGs, Staff Discuss Algorithms & Organized Retail Crime at Symposium

On April 18, 2023, the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) held its annual Attorney General Symposium in Philadelphia, PA.  State AGs, AG office staff, and private sector attendees gathered to hear from panelists and to discuss the most pressing issues of the times, including those most relevant to businesses—algorithms and organized retail crime (ORC).  Key takeaways from these two business-critical panels are highlighted below.

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AG Election Update

In a May 24 run-off election, incumbent Ken Paxton, a Republican, has defeated land commissioner George P. Bush by a margin of 67.9% to 32.1%. Former ACLU attorney Rochelle Garza won the Democratic run-off against Joe Jaworski by a margin of 62.8% to 37.2%. Paxton and Garza will face off in the statewide AG election in November.

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Rent-A-Center Settles Allegations of Deceptive Marketing and Harassing Debt Collection Practices

Georgia AG Chris Carr reached a settlement with rent-to-own retailer Rent-A-Center, Inc. to resolve allegations that it violated the Georgia Fair Business Practices Act, the Georgia Lease-Purchase Agreement Act, and the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

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Past as Future: AGs’ Prior Experience Can Shape Their Priorities and Policies

This is the second in a series of articles by the Cozen O’Connor State AG team providing guidance on what corporate America needs to know in planning legal, regulatory and political strategies to anticipate and react to shifts in the AG landscape.

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