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By Matthew P. Denn, Scott R. Wilson, Joy G. Kim and Elizabeth Callahan Across the country, State Attorneys General are encouraging consumers to inform them of price-gouging incidents related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and are issuing hundreds of cease-and-desist letters to sellers whom they believe are violating price gouging laws, regulations, and orders. On April 15, 2020, for example, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced that his office…
State Attorneys General throughout the country are vigorously enforcing state unfair trade practice and price gouging statutes against those alleged to be taking advantage of consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sellers − particularly those who sell goods over state lines − are alerted that some states and localities consider price increases of 10 percent or less over pre-emergency prices to constitute price gouging. Learn more here. Please visit our Coronavirus Resource Center and subscribe to
Multiple State Attorneys General, including the AGs of Washington, Oregon, Minnesota, and Colorado, recently reached settlements with CenturyLink, a provider of internet, television, and telephone services, arising from allegations that the company had charged its customers hidden fees in violation of state consumer protection laws.   As significant as the settlements themselves was the suggestion by some of those AGs that the issue of hidden fees would continue to be a priority for their offices.  Washington…
In December, Attorneys General from 24 states and the District of Columbia submitted detailed comments to the Federal Trade Commission on proposed revisions to the rules implementing the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).  These comments were significant for multiple reasons. The obvious reason is that State Attorneys General have concurrent enforcement authority for COPPA.  The COPPA statute delegates to the FTC an unusual amount of administrative discretion in establishing standards and requirements.  Therefore,…
As food manufacturers have become more sophisticated in creating vegetarian meat alternatives whose taste and texture more closely resemble animal meat, a number of states have enacted statutes seeking to restrict how those vegetarian meats are labeled and advertised.  Some State Attorneys General have been charged with enforcing these new statutes, which raise substantial First Amendment issues.  The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas recently enjoined Arkansas from enforcing its new…