Personal Jurisdiction Over Attorneys General in Out-of-State Federal Courts

Two recent decisions in California and Arkansas reached different conclusions as to the court’s jurisdiction over a state attorney general based on the issuance of civil investigative demands (CIDs). In the more recent case, Twitter, Inc. v. Paxton, No. 21-cv-01644 (N.D. Cal. May 11, 2021), the Texas Attorney General’s Office (AGO) issued a CID to…

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Attorney General Powers and Duties: Arizona Attorney General May Bring Statutory, but not Constitutional Claims Against State Agency

The Arizona attorney general, like those in a few other states, does not have common law authority, and the Arizona constitution provides that the powers and duties of the attorney general “shall be as prescribed by law.”1 Arizona statutes establish the Department of Law and provide that the department “shall . . . [a]t the…

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Update on CAFA and Attorney General Actions

In 2016, the Supreme Court decided in Hood v. AU Optronics1 that the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA), which allows defendants in “mass actions” in state court to remove those cases to federal court, does not apply in parens patriae actions brought by the attorney general where the state is the sole named plaintiff. Lower…

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“Admitted to Practice,” “Practicing Lawyer,” “Active Practice”—What Attorney General Qualifications Mean

It is unusual for courts to decide on the qualifications for candidates for state attorney general, but it has happened in three states during the past two election cycles. Although it was the most recently decided, the California case about attorney general qualifications was filed before the 2018 election.  A petition for writ of mandamus…

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Recent Powers and Duties Decisions

A report on the latest decisions across the country affecting the powers and duties of state and territory attorneys general.

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Recent Powers and Duties Decisions

A report on the latest decisions across the country affecting the powers and duties of state and territory attorneys general.

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State Action Immunity Update

The state action immunity doctrine is an important protection for state regulatory boards and other non-state entities.

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Recent Powers and Duties Decisions

This article reports on the latest decisions across the country affecting the powers and duties of state attorneys general.

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Recent Powers and Duties Decisions

This article reports on the latest decisions across the country affecting the powers and duties of state and territory attorneys general.

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Recent Powers and Duties Decisions

This article reports on the latest decisions across the country affecting the powers and duties of state attorneys general.

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