Since March 2020, America’s attorneys general have been integral to their state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. From addressing open government issues to issuing legal opinions on quarantines and mask mandates, attorneys general are on the front lines of addressing their constituents most pressing pandemic-related concerns.  

Some of the many pandemic-related services provided by attorneys general include consumer protection and federal advocacy. 

Consumer Protection 

Attorneys general are protecting consumers from fraud, scams, and price gouging. Read more from the New York Times. 

Most attorneys general have gathered and promoted COVID-19 resources for their state’s residents. Some examples are below.  

Advocacy 

Attorneys general have come together in support of federal policies and legislation on issues such as protecting consumers, providing benefits for first responders and their families, and protecting victims of elder fraud.  

Recent COVID-19 related policy letters: 

Attorneys General Urge Congress to Pass Extension for CARES Act Funding as Pandemic Impacts Economy

Washington, D.C. — The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) sent a letter urging Congress to extend the Coronavirus Aid,…

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U.S. Coin Shortage: What Consumers Need to Know

What is the coin shortage and why is it happening? June 2020 marked the onset of yet another COVID-19-induced shortage:…

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The Swift Policy Response to Mortgage Delinquencies During COVID-19

Virtually overnight, large segments of the United States economy shut down in order to deal with COVID-19. Very early on it was recognized that many borrowers would have difficulty making their mortgage payment due to this unprecedented and sudden economic disruption.

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NAAG Support During the Pandemic

Since the beginning of March, NAAG has provided information, resources, and training to help state and territory attorney general offices combat the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. These services have included over two dozen webinars and a dedicated members-only resource site.  

NAAG has conducted 37 webinars on COVID-19 related topics, including: 

  • Price gouging and scams 
  • Open meetings and open records 
  • Continuity of Operations: Courts 
  • Prosecuting COVID-19 related crimes 

NAAG’s ConsumerResources.org, a national hub of consumer protection information and resources, has a dedicated page highlighting actions attorneys general have taken to protect consumers during the pandemic. It also includes valuable resources for consumers, including: 

  • How to file a complaint 
  • Relief payment debit card information 
  • Contact tracing information 
  • Warning advice for consumers 
  • Status of relief payments 
  • Price gouging statutes by state 

COVID-19 Resources for NAAG Members

Attorney general staff can access additional resources regarding COVID-19 on NAAG's members-only page. Access to this page can be requested by completing this form. Please note that requests may take up to 24 hours to process. 

Already have access? Launch the members-only page.