Volume 8, Number 6-7

June 26, 2014

New NAAG Officers Selected and Committee Appointments Confirmed

At the 2014 NAAG Summer Meeting this month in Mackinac Island, Mich., elections were held to determine which state attorneys general would serve on the new NAAG Executive Committee, and several members of the NAAG community were recognized during the annual awards ceremony for their hard work and dedication throughout the past year.

NAAG Employee Spotlight: Summer Staff

NAAG welcomes a diverse group of fellows, law clerks and interns to its staff this summer. Meet the newest members of our team in this month’s Employee Spotlight.

The 2013 Supreme Court Term: The Sleeper Cases

Dan Schweitzer, NAAG Supreme Court Chief Counsel
As we conclude the latest Supreme Court Term, we recall a few cases that may have been left out of the front pages of newspapers, but their decisions still remain of importance to attorneys general offices. Here is a look at those sleeper cases from the Court’s 2013 Term.

The FDA’s Proposed Deeming Regulation Marks a Step toward Regulating E-Cigarettes

Jesse Longbrake, NAGTRI Visiting Counsel
The FDA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in April that would deem certain tobacco products—e-cigarettes included—to be subject to federal regulation. The NPRM of the so-called “Deeming Regulation” is the first step in an administrative process to bring e-cigarettes and other tobacco products under the FDA’s jurisdiction.

Regulating Drones: An Analysis of State-Level Legislation in 2013

Jesse Longbrake, NAGTRI Visiting Counsel
Typically known for their role in combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, unmanned aircraft or “drones” are increasingly being considered for use in a variety of roles in the domestic sphere. Attempts by the U.S. Congress to accelerate integration of drones into the nation’s airspace, along with continuing technological advances in the industry, have made it clear that Americans can expect to see unmanned aircraft flying overhead in the near future.

An Explanation of Bitcoin and its Implications for Consumer Protection

D'Juan Jones, NAGTRI Law Clerk
The potential for Bitcoin, a decentralized, peer-to-peer version of electronic cash, is vast, and unfortunately so too are the risks to consumers. There is minimal regulation in the area of digital currencies, and until sufficient regulation exists, informed and cautious consumers are the best defense.

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