COVID-19 Vaccines and Effective Communications Strategies

The U.S. distribution of safe and efficacious vaccines to prevent COVID-19 has increased exponentially since December 2020. The average daily rates of vaccines administered in the U.S. has reached 3.3 million in April. On April 14, the U.S. reached more than 194.8 million total doses administered with 76.7 million persons (23.1% of the total U.S….

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NAGTRI and IJM Join Forces to Train Prosecutors and Investigators Across Ibero-America

For the first time, the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI), the training and research arm of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), and International Justice Mission (IJM) are joining forces to train prosecutors and investigators from the Ibero-America region on case management and proper care for victims of violence against women…

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Bipartisan Coalition of Attorneys General Fight Unlawful Sales of Fake COVID-19 Vaccination Cards

Washington, D.C. — The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) today called on Twitter, eBay, and Shopify to act immediately to prevent people from selling fraudulent CDC vaccination cards on their platforms. The bipartisan coalition, led by North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein and Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III, raised concerns about the…

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NAAG Works to Prevent the Online Sale of Fraudulent COVID Vaccination Cards

The false and deceptive marketing and sales of fake COVID vaccine cards threaten the health of our communities, slow progress in getting our residents protected from the virus, and are a violation of the laws of many states.

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Federal Consumer Protection News and Other Items of Interest: March 2021

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) sued payment processor BrightSpeed Solutions Inc. and its former CEO Kevin Howard for supporting Internet-based tech-support scams. The CFPB alleges the defendants knowingly processed more than $71 million in payments for clients who tricked consumers, often older Americans, into purchasing expensive and unnecessary…

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Consumer Chief of the Month: Phil Carlson, Assistant Attorney General, Nebraska Attorney General’s Office

I want to begin this month’s “Chief of the Month” section by saying that I take great joy in my family and to thank them publicly for their willingness to tag along with me in this crazy journey I’m going to tell you about. My wife, Jean, is a stay-at-home mom who wrangles me, our…

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The Impact of Recent Tax Law Changes on Consumer Protection Settlements

On January 14, 2021, the IRS promulgated final regulations in connection with the tax laws and reporting requirements found in 26 U.S. Code § 162(f) and 26 U.S. Code § 6050X which impact consumer protection settlements and state attorney general offices. These final regulations, found at 26 C.F.R. § 1.162-21 and 26 C.F.R. § 1.6050X-1,…

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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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Attorneys General Lead National Discussion with Congress on State Responses to Domestic Terrorism

Following the events of January 6th at the U.S. Capitol and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s March 2021 report warning that domestic violent extremists pose an elevated threat this year, it was no surprise that the House Homeland Security Committee’s Intelligence and Counterterrorism Subcommittee’s first hearing of the 117th Congress was focused…

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Current Status of COVID-19 Vaccines Rollout Nationwide: March 2021 Update for the Attorney General Community

The distribution of three safe and efficacious vaccines to prevent COVID-19 has continued to ramp up both globally and domestically. Here in the U.S., average daily rates of vaccines administered has increased from 1.5 million at the end of February to close to 2.5 million in March. On March 24, the U.S. reached over 130…

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