Restitution: The Superior Remedy

In most consumer fraud cases, restitution is the optimal remedy, serving the two-fold purposes of restoring consumers and deterring businesses from engaging in unlawful acts and practices. State attorneys general may sometimes settle matters without obtaining restitution for a variety of reasons, some of which are addressed below. However, prioritizing restitution begets important recoveries for…

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Press Invited to Attend First Half of Virtual Consumer Protection Conference

WHO: The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) is holding its 2021 Consumer Protection Spring Virtual Conference. The private, nonprofit, and government sectors are invited to attend the public portion of the conference on May 11. WHAT: The agenda aims to address pressing and relevant issues specific to consumer protection. NAAG Consumer Protection Committee co-chairs…

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

Here in the U.S., average daily rates of COVID-19 vaccines administered has increased from 2.5 million in March to a peak of 3+ million in April. On April 28, the U.S. reached over 234.6 million total doses administered with 98 million persons (29.5% of the total U.S. population) fully vaccinated (i.e., having received either both…

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NAAG Supports Funding for Legal Services Corporation (LSC)

LSC funding has also fostered public-private partnerships between legal aid
organizations and private firms and attorneys across the country which donate their
time and skills to assist residents in need. Nationwide, 132 independent nonprofit
legal aid programs rely on this federal funding to provide services to nearly two
million of our constituents on an annual basis.

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Attorneys General to Congress: Provide Adequate Funding for the Legal Services Corporation

Washington, D.C. — The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) sent a letter to Congress today in support of robust funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC). The LSC provides vital legal assistance to low-income Americans, including support for families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. “As the single largest funder of civil legal aid in…

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Attorneys General Urge Congress to Support Bipartisan School Violence Prevention Bill

Washington, D.C. — The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) is urging Congress to pass the EAGLES Act, a national program to prevent targeted school violence. The legislation is named for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Eagles and would expand the U.S. Secret Service’s National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) with a greater focus on…

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NAAG Endorses EAGLES Act

No one person or entity can achieve these goals alone. Preventing targeted violence demands a multi-faceted approach toward a solution and calls for coordination among law enforcement officials, lawmakers, educators, parents and students, and community members. Moreover, reducing targeted violence in our schools requires partnership between state and federal agencies – precisely the type of collaboration contemplated by the EAGLES Act.

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Walter Mondale: Remembering the 42nd U.S. Vice President and 23rd Minnesota Attorney General

On April 19, Walter Mondale passed away at the age of 93. Prior to serving as President Carter’s vice president, President Clinton’s ambassador to Japan, and a U.S. senator from Minnesota for twelve years, Mondale’s first foray into public office came in 1960 when he was appointed Minnesota attorney general. Just two years later, he…

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George Mason University, NAAG, ASCP, and Montana Forensic Science Division Receive Federal Grant to Launch Center on Forensics

Washington, D.C. — A consortium of organizations in the academic, legal, and medical communities has been awarded a $2 million grant by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to launch and administer the NIJ National Center on Forensics (NCF). The work will be led by George Mason University (Mason), in partnership with the American Society…

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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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