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Your Bitcoin on Every Block: An Introduction to Cryptocurrency Kiosks

By Miles Vaughn
May 4, 2022

In this article we will discuss the technology behind cryptocurrency kiosks and cover some of the regulatory compliance issues raised by these machines.

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  • Consumer Protection

Federal Consumer Protection News: July 2022

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency fined Bank of America a combined $225 million for failing to disburse state unemployment benefits at the height of the pandemic. Bank of America automatically and unlawfully froze people’s accounts with a faulty fraud detection…

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  • Consumer Protection

Attorney General Consumer Protection News: July 2022

Multistate Actions The bipartisan opioids executive committee of 12 attorneys general announced $6.6 billion in agreements in principle with opioid makers Allergan and Teva. Teva purchased Allergan’s opioid products and generic portfolio in 2016. The attorneys general stated that both settlements remain contingent on resolution of key issues involving settlement structure and changes in business…

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Article of the Month; Melissa Wright & Melissa Szoda Smith; Ohio Attorney General's Office
  • Consumer Protection

Vigilance and Collaboration: The Continued Battle to Eliminate Robocalls

Vigilance and collaboration to combat illegal robocalls and protect consumers was the unofficial theme of the recent 2022 Robocall Summit in Detroit. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost joined NAAG in bringing together staff from Attorney General Offices, federal agencies, industry groups, and others to discuss education, enforcement tools and…

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  • Powers and Duties

Massachusetts “anti-SLAPP” Statute Does Not Apply to Attorney General Actions

The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts has ruled that the state’s “anti-SLAPP”1 statute does not apply to actions by the attorney general. Commonwealth v. Exxon-Mobil, No. 13211 (Mass. May 24, 2022). Anti-SLAPP statutes “provide defendants a way to quickly dismiss meritless lawsuits —filed against them for exercising their First Amendment rights. These laws aim to…

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Consumer Chief of the Month David McDowell
  • Consumer Protection

Consumer Chief of the Month: David McDowell, Tennessee Attorney General’s Office

I joined the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office in August of 2016, after ten years of private practice in Nashville.  Earlier that year, on a dark and stormy night, my car had broken down on the edge of town.  I walked to a roadside bar to wait for a tow truck, where I ended up shooting…

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  • COVID
  • Public Health

Current Status of COVID-19 Vaccines Rollout Nationwide: July 2022 Update for the Attorney General Community

On July 13, the U.S. reached over 222.6 million persons (67.1% of the total U.S. population) having received their primary COVID-19 vaccine series (i.e., having received either one shot of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine or two shots of either the mRNA Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines). Nearly 400,000 children under five years of age have…

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  • Ethics

Center for Ethics and Public Integrity Newsletter: July 2022

Discover the latest consumer protection updates from your state or territory attorney general from May 2022.

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  • Supreme Court

Supreme Court Report: MOAC Mall Holdings LLC v. Transform Holdco LLC, 21-1270

Volume 29, Issue 21 This Report summarizes cases granted review on June 27 and 30, 2022 (Part II). Case Granted Review: MOAC Mall Holdings LLC v. Transform Holdco LLC, 21-1270 MOAC Mall Holdings LLC v. Transform Holdco LLC, 21-1270. The question presented is whether during bankruptcy proceedings 11 U.S.C. §363(m) limits appellate jurisdiction over any…

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  • Supreme Court

Supreme Court Report: Ciminelli v. United States, 21-1271

Volume 29, Issue 21 This Report summarizes cases granted review on June 27 and 30, 2022 (Part II). Case Granted Review: Ciminelli v. United States, 21-1271 Ciminelli v. United States, 21-1271. The Court will resolve “[w]hether the Second Circuit’s ‘right to control’ theory of fraud—which treats the deprivation of complete and accurate information bearing on…

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  • Supreme Court

Supreme Court Report: Percoco v. United States, 21-1158

Volume 29, Issue 21 This Report summarizes cases granted review on June 27 and 30, 2022 (Part II). Case Granted Review: Percoco v. United States, 21-1158 Percoco v. United States, 21-1158. At issue is whether “a private citizen who holds no elected office or government employment, but has informal political or other influence over governmental…

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  • Supreme Court

Supreme Court Report: Moore v. Harper, 21-1271

Volume 29, Issue 21 This Report summarizes cases granted review on June 27 and 30, 2022 (Part II). Case Granted Review: Moore v. Harper, 21-1271 Moore v. Harper, 21-1271. Petitioners ask the Court to adopt what has come to be known as the “independent state legislature” theory. Their question presented is: “Whether a State’s judicial…

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  • Powers and Duties

DC Court of Appeals Defines Qualifications for Candidates for DC Attorney General

In a rare case addressing the qualifications for the office of attorney general, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals held that a candidate’s tenure as a city councilmember did not satisfy the D.C. Code’s requirement that the District of Columbia attorney general must have “(5) . . . been actively engaged, for at least…

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