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Countering Elder Exploitation in the Age of a Global Pandemic

By Bereket Tesfu
August 3, 2021

This article surveys some of the resources available to citizens to protect themselves from swindlers who operate online as well as those who operate through the two other primary communication channels: telephone and U.S. mail.

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  • COVID
  • Public Health

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 the total U.S. population) having received at least one dose and 171.2 million persons (51.6% of the total U.S. population) being fully vaccinated. Among those individuals aged 65 years and older, 91.5% have received at…

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  • Anticorruption
  • Ethics

The Anticorruption Manual: Section I: Species of Corruption

This article is part of a series about The Anticorruption Manual: A Guide for State Prosecutors. It follows an introductory article that explains why the Manual is important and timely, looks at challenges faced by state-level corruption prosecutors and how the Manual can address those challenges, and provides an overview of the Manual’s six sections….

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  • Criminal Law

Is a Closed-Ended Question Inherently a Leading Question?

Introduction There is significant confusion among attorneys and judges regarding whether closed-ended questions (questions that ask respondents to choose from a distinct set of pre-defined responses) are inherently leading. Most jurisdictions hold that closed-ended questions are not inherently leading, but in some jurisdictions the caselaw is either unsettled or unclear regarding this issue. Contributing to…

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  • Charities
  • Consumer Protection
  • Veterans and Military

Federal Consumer Protection News: August 2021

Federal Trade Commission Online lender LendingClub Corporation agreed to pay $18 million to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that the company deceived consumers about hidden fees that it charged and whether their loan applications were approved. In addition, the settlement bars LendingClub from making misrepresentations to loan applicants and requires that the company clearly…

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  • Consumer Protection

Attorney General Consumer Protection News: August 2021

Multistate Actions Led by Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein, and Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, a bipartisan coalition of 51 attorneys general urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to fight back against the scourge of illegal robocalls by moving up the deadline for smaller telephone companies to implement caller ID…

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  • Consumer Protection
  • COVID
  • Public Health

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 18 months have demonstrated, con artists view every breaking news story about COVID-19 as an opportunity for a new fraud or flimflam. Consumer protection agencies – including the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general…

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  • Consumer Protection

Consumer Chief of the Month: Scott L. Barnhart, Indiana Attorney General’s Office

As a Consumer Protection Chief, I am reminded daily just how much of an impact, either positive or negative, business practices have on consumers’ day-to-day lives. Whether it is a data breach of personal information or a bad customer experience, citizens have dozens of experiences as consumers every week. As a private practice litigator, I…

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  • AG History
  • Powers and Duties

New Project Teaches Skills and Builds Community for Those Teaching Law Students About The Role Of State Attorneys General

“Students come to law school wanting to do good, but they leave wanting to do well.” That is what one of my law school professors told me more years ago than I will admit. Fortunately, at this significant time in our nation’s history, the current generation is quite serious about doing good and students are…

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  • Bankruptcy

The Continuing Saga of Medical and Recreational Marijuana Under the Bankruptcy Code

In March 2016, an article appeared in the “Affairs of State” column of the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal that discussed the quandary of medical marijuana in the context of banking and cannabis dispensaries’ need for banking services during a bankruptcy case.1 Since then, the legalization of medicinal and recreational marijuana has expanded significantly with several…

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  • Powers and Duties

Personal Jurisdiction Over Attorneys General in Out-of-State Federal Courts

Two recent decisions in California and Arkansas reached different conclusions as to the court’s jurisdiction over a state attorney general based on the issuance of civil investigative demands (CIDs). In the more recent case, Twitter, Inc. v. Paxton, No. 21-cv-01644 (N.D. Cal. May 11, 2021), the Texas Attorney General’s Office (AGO) issued a CID to…

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  • Anticorruption

The Anticorruption Manual: Helping State Corruption Prosecutors Fill the Role the U.S. Supreme Court Expects Them to Play

The Center for Ethics & Public Integrity is thrilled to announce the release of The Anticorruption Manual: A Guide for State Prosecutors. This thirty-chapter book is the first-ever manual written with state anticorruption enforcers as the primary audience. NOW AVAILABLE: The Anticorruption Manual provides a comprehensive overview of prosecuting corruption in the United States. Purchase a copy….

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  • COVID
  • Public Health

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

On July 27, the U.S. reached over 342.2 million total COVID-19 vaccine doses administered with 188.7 million persons (56.8% of the total U.S. population) having received at least one dose and 163.2 million persons (49.1% of the total U.S. population) being fully vaccinated. Among those individuals aged 65 years and older, 89.5% have received at…

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