As State Level First Responders, AGs Contend with New Challenges in Response to COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to sweep through the United States, state attorneys general (AGs) are updating their playbooks in an effort to deal with this unprecedented crisis. Chris Allen discusses how addressing the crisis has expanded AGs’ areas of focus and considers the implications for businesses.




Demand for Information-Sharing Platforms Has Soared, Raising Privacy Concerns With Regulators

Lori Kalani and Ann-Marie Luciano identify privacy best practices for information-sharing platform providers, in light of the exponential growth in demand for their services as an alternative to in-person meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic.





AGs on the Front Line of the COVID-19 Consumer Protection Fight [Alert]

Chris Allen discusses how Attorneys General are using the powers they have wielded for decades across a wide range of industries to combat deceptive and misleading claims and unfair business practices as they respond to the coronavirus pandemic.




Recent AG and FTC Enforcement Actions Provide Guidance on Data Security Best Practices [Infographic]

More and more companies are experiencing crippling data breaches. The statistics make for depressing reading. According to IBM Security’s Cost of a Data Breach Report 2019, the average cost of a data breach is $3.9 million and the average cost per record lost is $150. We analyzed recent state Attorney General and FTC enforcement actions to identify eight data security best practices that companies can adopt to mitigate the likelihood of a breach. We’ve summarized our findings on the infographic found here. Please let us know if you’d like more information, or to discuss your data security practices.


Eight Data Security Best Practices Revealed by Recent AG and FTC Enforcement Actions

Ann-Marie Luciano and Jawaria Gilani published an article in the January 8, 2020 edition of Cybersecurity Law Report setting out practical steps companies can take to reduce the likelihood of a data breach.  The article analyzed recent State Attorney General and Federal Trade Commission enforcement actions and identified eight best practices in the categories of access control, threat awareness, and advanced technical security measures.


State Attorney Activism and Enforcement Trends

Ann-Marie LucianoChris Allen, and Bryan Mosca published an article in Bloomberg Law on February 3, 2020, sharing their observations on trends in state Attorney General activity in 2019, and the enforcement priorities they expect to see AGs focus on in 2020.


State Attorneys General Antitrust Enforcement: Trends and Insights

Milton MarquisAnn-Marie Luciano Keturah Taylor published an article in the August 2019 edition of the CPI Antitrust Chronicle, a publication of Competition Policy International. It highlights the growing role of State Attorneys General, who are wielding their antitrust authority on a national scale through multistate action and co-enforcement activity with their federal counterparts.



Be Prepared When a State Attorney General Calls

Lori Kalani and Maria Colsey Heard, provide useful information to help companies prepare for a visit from a state attorney general. The article, first published in Natural Products Insider, explains what a state attorneys general investigation entails. Lori and Maria note that, “companies devote significant resources to monitor state regulatory changes and educate their governor and state legislators about their industry and business practices. Yet many companies – big and small – fail to devote such attention to state attorneys general (AGs) who wield broad authority to investigate and take action against virtually any industry and subject matter.”