Case Details


Attorney General Representation Of The Public Interest

Filing State



Supreme Court of the State of New York Appellate Division




People by Cuomo v. H&R Block, Inc. 870 N.Y.S. 2d 315 (N.Y. Supt. Ct. App. Div. 2008)


Attorney General can sue on behalf of out-of-state victims because state has an interest in securing an honest marketplace.

Case Description

Defendants appealed a lower court decision in a case brought by the Attorney General alleging that the defendants engaged in a fraudulent scheme involving an investment product, Express IRA. The court of appeals specifically upheld the ability of the Attorney General to recover for plaintiffs outside the state. The court stated, “New York’s vital interest in securing an honest marketplace in which to transact business was threatened when defendants used a New York business to complete the deceptive transactions at issue here by administering their money market fund, and advised customers that the New York business would be their ‘authorized agent’.”