Coast-to-coast state AG investigation and litigation defense
Our coast-to-coast litigators resolve countrywide investigations and lawsuits brought by state AGs, including joint federal-state matters. We maintain relationships with key state AGs and their offices. However, our practice is not just about knowing the right people. We are prepared to defend you in state AG investigations or litigation as well
State Attorneys General (AGs) are among the most aggressive regulators in the country. In addition to continued focus on traditional consumer protection, state AGs have expanded their enforcement to involve environmental concerns, antitrust, cryptocurrency and fintech matters, and data privacy issues.
As one of only five law firms in the country to be ranked by Chambers USA among the top nationwide State AG practices, we draw upon our multi-disciplinary perspective when handling state AG investigations and litigation.
We know how state AGs work because we have held key leadership positions in these offices. Our team includes senior officials from the California and New York state AG offices, and federal officials (including assistant US attorneys from 15+ jurisdictions across the country, trial attorneys and senior policy officials from Main Justice), as well as key personnel from the Federal Trade Commission, Securities and Exchange Commission, US Department of Transportation, the US Food and Drug Administration, US Department of Labor and the Environmental Protection Agency.
“As one of only five law firms in the country to be ranked by Chambers USA among the top nationwide State AG practices, we draw upon our multi-disciplinary perspective when handling state AG investigations and litigation.”
We will guide you through essential pre-emptive planning and preparation involving risk mitigation in the face of a single or multi-state AG investigation or enforcement action. Our team advises on a number of areas that are top-of-mind to state regulators, such as environmental concerns (PFAS, plastics, heavy metals, recycling), alleged contaminants, and cryptocurrency.
We maintain strong ties with AGs across the country by interacting with them regularly in such organizations as the National Association of Attorneys General, the Attorney General Alliance/Conference of Western Attorneys General and other key national organizations.
Awards and recognition
- We are one of five firms ranked nationally by Chambers in the State AG category
- A large direct-market internet retailer with over USD2 billion in annual sales in a consumer protection lawsuit brought by the Washington AG’s office involving allegations that the retailer operates an illegal “pyramid scheme.”
- A global pharmaceutical company and its subsidiary in an antitrust investigation and litigation by 48 state AG offices involving the generic pharmaceutical industry, as well as a parallel criminal cartel investigation by the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice.
- T-Mobile in presentations, negotiations and settlements with many of the state AGs related to its merger with Sprint.
- A global chemical company as lead counsel in a non-public industry investigation by the California AG’s office involving the use, handling, manufacturing, sale and distribution of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
- A food and beverage company in state AG investigations and related class actions across the country concerning alleged unsafe levels of heavy metals in baby foods.
- A multinational vehicle manufacturer in a consumer protection lawsuit filed by the New Mexico AG’s office under the state’s deceptive trade practices and unfair advertising law in connection with airbags.
- A major pharmacy in connection with a consumer protection investigation led by the Massachusetts AG’s office.
- A major medical device company in multi-state investigation of purported product defects and marketing claims.
- A major medical device company in multi-state AG investigation of purported product defects and marketing claims.
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