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: 

COVID-19 and Its Impacts on Substance Use and Overdose

Provisional Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) data show that U.S. drug overdose deaths increased by 30% in 2020…

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

On August 25, the U.S. reached over 363.9 million total COVID-19 vaccine doses administered with 202 million persons (60.9% of…

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Consumer Protection During COVID-19: What We’ve Learned So Far

Protecting people from scams is a challenging mission even without the overlay of a global pandemic. But as the past…

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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