Attorney General Consumer Protection News: March 2021

Multistate Actions Led by California Department of Justice and the Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, 48 attorneys general announced a $186 million multistate settlement with surgical mesh manufacturer Boston Scientific Corporation to resolve deceptive marketing allegations. A bipartisan group of 24 attorneys general expressed disappointment in the Purdue Pharma restructuring plan submitted in bankruptcy court. …

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NAAG Urges U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to Reevaluate Changes to Claims Processing Policy

We urge the VA to postpone any change to this long-standing policy until the VA, VSOs and veterans can have more thorough discussions regarding the VA’s reasons for the change, the implications it will have on VSOs and veterans, and whether there are alternative solutions that do not call for complete elimination of this critical quality review.

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NAAG Asks Department of Education to Discharge Loans of Disabled Veterans

We write, as the Attorneys General of our jurisdictions, to urge the Department of Education to take prompt action to satisfy its statutory mandate to discharge the student loans of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled or otherwise unemployable. As a nation, we have a moral obligation to assist those who have put their lives on the line to defend us.

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Attorneys General Urge Senate to Support Veterans by Passing the Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act

We urge the Senate to further support this important court program. H.R. 886 would establish a Veteran Treatment Court Program in the Department of Justice to provide grants and technical assistance to state, local and tribal courts that implement Veterans Treatment Courts. As Attorneys General, we strongly support this important program in our courts and encourage the continued support of the Congress for our nation’s veterans.

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NAAG Urges U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to Reevaluate Changes to Claims Processing Policy

Washington, D.C. — The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) expressing concerns regarding the VA’s decision to rescind its Veteran Service Officer (VSO) 48-hour review policy. The VSO policy served as the last opportunity to identify and correct errors in the claims process before…

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Bipartisan Coalition of Attorneys General Urges Senate to Pass the Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act

Washington, D.C. — A coalition of 44 state and territory attorneys general is urging Congress to further support Veteran Treatment Courts by passing the Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act of 2019. In a letter to Senate leaders, the attorneys general wrote to encourage the passage of House Resolution 886 (H.R. 886), the Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act of…

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NAAG Statement on President Trump’s New Directive Requiring Swift Discharge of Debt for Disabled Veterans

Washington, D.C. — The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) issued the following statement following the announcement yesterday of President Trump’s new presidential directive requiring the U.S. Secretaries of Education and Veterans Affairs to swiftly discharge debt for totally and permanently disabled veterans: “The President’s action to ensure that tens of thousands of disabled veterans…

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NAAG Urges Department of Education to Discharge Loans of Disabled Veterans

Washington, D.C. — The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos urging the U.S. Department of Education to discharge the student loans of permanently and totally disabled veterans, also known as total and permanent disability (TPD). Under the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, veterans rendered permanently and…

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Protecting Veterans’ Access to Housing

Once the Washington Attorney General’s Office heard that landlords were turning veterans away from housing because they were using Veterans Affairs Supporting Housing vouchers to pay rent, the office’s Civil Rights Unit sent investigators out to determine the extent of the problem and ensure that such discriminatory conduct ceased. A new Washington law specifically prohibiting such discrimination gives the Civil Rights Unit the authority to insist that recalcitrant landlords come into compliance and end discriminatory practices.

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Veterans Legal Manual – First Edition

This manual is meant to give a concise overview of some of the major legal issues faced by military servicemembers, veterans and their families in broad areas such as litigation, consumer protection and employment.

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