Attorneys General bear unique responsibilities in protecting consumers from misinformation, scams, and negligence. Your state's attorney general is available to assist in resolving disputes against businesses. AGs work with consumers, the business community, and federal regulators such as the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission to ensure that consumers are treated fairly.
The National State Attorneys General Program is a valuable resource on the subject of AGs' role in protecting consumers. The Program, in conjunction with individual offices of attorneys general and the State Center, has held a number of regional consumer protection meetings at a number of AG offices around the country. These meetings bring together attorneys general and their consumer protection staffs from various states in order to share strategies and work together to establish best practices in their efforts.
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The Program’s Consumer Protection Report is a monthly newsletter providing a state-by-state collection of reported consumer protection cases, investigations, settlements and consumer alerts gathered via state attorneys general press releases. It makes no effort to prioritize or analyze the impact of the announced cases and initiatives. Press releases are organized by state and multi-state activity. In addition, the newsletter presents certain Medicaid fraud cases that touch on consumer protection and advocacy initiatives.
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Protecting Consumers Against Immigration Services Fraud – An Example of the Role State Attorneys General Play in Immigration
In the wake of President Obama’s executive action on immigration, state attorneys general are responding on multiple fronts. While 26 state attorneys general have sued the President to stop the issuance of his order, others have issued consumer warnings and are preparing for litigation to protect the immigrant community from a variety of scams.
Below are representative samples of some of those consumer alerts:
Columbia Law School Professor Discusses Financial Fraud at AG Summit in Charlotte (April 12, 2011)
Columbia Law School Associate Professor Robert Jackson spoke at the annual National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Presidential Initiative Summit focusing on financial fraud prevention. In his presentation to the Charlotte, North Carolina conference, Professor Jackson focused on the implications of dwindling consumer credit ratings during the economic recovery period. "The extent to which consumers participate in the economic recovery will depend crucially upon their credit score—presenting a consumer-protection enforcement challenge for federal and state officials," Jackson said, specifically calling for attorneys general and state regulators to increase their role in preventing credit score related abuse.
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