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COVID-19 and Its Impacts on Substance Use and Overdose

By Amanda Bowes
October 19, 2021

In many ways, COVID-19 has stymied efforts to provide substance use treatment access and overdose prevention.

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  • COVID
  • Public Health

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

On November 30, the U.S. reached 232.8 million persons (70.1% of the total U.S. population) having received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 196.8 million persons (59.3% of the total U.S. population) being fully vaccinated (i.e., having received either one shot of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine or two shots of either…

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  • Consumer Protection
  • NAAG, Attorneys General

Multistate Consumer Protection Actions

State attorneys general play a critical role in enforcing state and federal consumer protection laws. While much of their activity is focused on enforcement within single jurisdictions, attorneys general frequently work collaboratively with one another and with federal partners on consumer protection efforts connected to widespread instances of business misconduct. These investigations are often resolved…

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  • Consumer Protection

Consumer Chief of the Month: Leslie Kyman Cooper, Arizona Attorney General’s Office

I joined the Arizona Attorney General’s Office as Consumer Protection and Advocacy Section Chief in January of this year.   It was a homecoming of sorts, because I was at the Attorney General’s Office from 2010 to 2017.  And it was a return to an area of law I had experienced some thirteen years ago, when…

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  • Consumer Protection

Federal Consumer Protection News: November 2021

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) sued pawn lenders FirstCash, Inc. and Cash America West, Inc. for allegedly violating the Military Lending Act (MLA) by charging higher than the allowable 36% annual percentage rate (APR) on pawn loans to active-duty servicemembers and their dependents. The loans allegedly had APRs that frequently…

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  • Charities
  • Consumer Protection
  • Veterans and Military

Attorney General Consumer Protection News: November 2021

Multistate Actions A multistate investigation of Instagram led by a bipartisan group of 8 attorneys general from California, Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Vermont was announced. The attorneys general are investigating Meta Platforms, Inc., formerly known as Facebook, for providing and promoting Instagram to children and young adults despite allegedly knowing that…

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article of the month; michele casey, greg jones, and alan williams; assistant attorneys general, illinois attorney general's office
  • Consumer Protection

The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program and the Limited Waiver Opportunity

The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (“PSLF”) program, created by Congress, is meant to provide federal student loan relief for borrowers who spend at least 10 years working in public service. Despite lofty aspirations, the PSLF program has fallen woefully short of expectations, and far too many borrowers have had their applications for loan forgiveness denied….

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  • Criminal Law

An Update on the Legal Landscape of Revenge Porn

Introduction As of 2020, approximately 223 million Americans used social media, with that number only continuing to rise into 2021.1 Approximately 84% of Americans aged 18-29 are users of social media.2 For the roughly 70% of Americans who currently use social media, checking their profile is a part of their daily routine.3 Moreover, an estimated…

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  • Powers and Duties

Investigatory Authority of Hawaii Attorney General Affirmed

The Hawaii attorney general’s subpoena authority was recently upheld by the Hawaii supreme court in In re Investigation of KAHEA, 2021 Haw. LEXIS 213 (Haw. Sept. 20, 2021).  The attorney general issued subpoenas to KAHEA, a community-based environmental justice organization that opposes development of a large telescope on Mauna Kea on the island of Maui….

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  • Supreme Court

Supreme Court Report: West Virginia v. EPA, 20-1530; North American Coal Corp. v. EPA, 20-1531; Westmoreland Mining Holdings, LLC v. EPA, 20-1778; North Dakota v. EPA, 20-1780

November 9, 2021 Volume 29, Issue 3 This Report summarizes cases granted review on October 29 and November 5, 2021 (Part I). Cases Granted Review: West Virginia v. EPA, 20-1530; North American Coal Corp. v. EPA, 20-1531; Westmoreland Mining Holdings, LLC v. EPA, 20-1778; North Dakota v. EPA, 20-1780 West Virginia v. EPA, 20-1530; North…

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  • Supreme Court

Supreme Court Report: Marietta Memorial Hospital Employee Health Benefit Plan v. Davita, Inc., 20-1641

November 9, 2021 Volume 29, Issue 3 This Report summarizes cases granted review on October 29 and November 5, 2021 (Part I). Cases Granted Review: Marietta Memorial Hospital Employee Health Benefit Plan v. Davita, Inc., 20-1641 Marietta Memorial Hospital Employee Health Benefit Plan v. Davita, Inc., 20-1641. The Medicare Secondary Payer Act prohibits a health…

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  • Supreme Court

Supreme Court Report: Egbert v. Boule, 21-147

November 9, 2021 Volume 29, Issue 3 This Report summarizes cases granted review on October 29 and November 5, 2021 (Part I). Cases Granted Review: Egbert v. Boule, 21-147 Egbert v. Boule, 21-147. The Court limited the grant of certiorari to the first two questions, which ask: (1) “Whether a cause of action exists under…

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  • Supreme Court

Supreme Court Report: Arizona v. City and County of San Francisco, CA, 20-1775

November 9, 2021 Volume 29, Issue 3 This Report summarizes cases granted review on October 29 and November 5, 2021 (Part I). Cases Granted Review: Arizona v. City and County of San Francisco, CA, 20-1775 Arizona v. City and County of San Francisco, CA, 20-1775. The Court limited the grant of certiorari to the first…

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