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April 25, 2019
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The Wall Street Journal
The Student Debt Crisis: Lives On Hold
May 14, 2019 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM PDT
Portland, OR

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum invites you to attend the Second National Symposium on the Student Debt Crisis. Please join us along with national leaders who are helping address and solve this serious crisis, followed by a reception. For questions or more info, contact
Johnson & Johnson Will Pay $9.9 Million For Failing To Disclose The Risk Of Its Surgical Mesh Devices 
Attorney General announces the relief will go to women harmed by Johnson & Johnson’s conduct
April 22, 2019

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s announced that Johnson & Johnson will pay $9.9 million to avoid going to trial for misrepresentations and failure to include serious risks in the instructions and marketing materials for surgical mesh devices. Ferguson is the first state attorney general to file a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson regarding surgical mesh devices.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Legislative Leaders To Crack Down On Companies That Cheat Workers, Rob Millions From Taxpayers
April 22, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel and Michigan legislators unveiled measures to crack down on companies that misclassify workers to avoid paying full wages, overtime and taxes. According to a Michigan State University study, payroll fraud robs those workers and Michigan taxpayers of hundreds of millions of dollars in lost wages, benefits and tax revenues every year. 
Washington Attorney General Ferguson Bill Strengthening Data Breach Laws Passes Legislature
New law requires consumer notification if a hacker obtains private data such as passport numbers, usernames and passwords
April 22, 2019

With a unanimous, bipartisan vote, state legislators passed a bill requested by Attorney General Ferguson that strengthens data breach notification laws.

The bill expands consumer data breach notification requirements to include more types of consumer information. It also reduces the deadline to notify consumers to 30 days from 45 days. Rep. Shelley Kloba, D-Kirkland, sponsored the bill, which passed the House in a unanimous, bipartisan vote on March 1.
Texas Attorney General Pax­ton Files Brief Sup­port­ing Fed­er­al Law Giv­ing Texas, Oth­er States More Tools to Fight Sex Trafficking
April 22, 2019

Leading a 21-state coalition, Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of a federal law that gives state prosecutors greater authority to take legal action against websites that host sex-trafficking ads.

Texas is joined on the friend-of-the-court brief by the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Alabama Attorney General Marshall:
CVS Rolling Out Time Delay Safes in All Alabama Locations
April 23, 2019

CVS Pharmacy says it now has time-delay safes in all of its 186 Alabama locations.

The safes are meant to deter pharmacy robberies and diversion of controlled substance narcotic medications, company officials said, in a response to the opioid epidemic. The company made the announcement at a ceremony in Birmingham. Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said the safes will keep medications from falling into the wrong hands.
Wisconsin DOJ Reorganized to Create Division of Forensic Sciences
April 18, 2019

Attorney Josh Kaul announced the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) has been reorganized to create the Division of Forensic Sciences (DFS), following approval from Governor Tony Evers. The reorganization reaffirms DOJ’s commitment to ensuring the crime labs are conducting high-quality, objective scientific analysis.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. This will be the DEA’s 17th National Take-Back Initiative (NTBI), According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
April 19, 2019

The Utah Attorney General’s office encourages Utahns to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. 

Utah Take Back, sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, provides the opportunity to dispose of unused prescriptions on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at locations statewide.
Hawaii National Take Back Initiative on Saturday, April 27, 2019
April 17, 2019

The Department of the Attorney General and Department of Public Safety Narcotics Enforcement Division (NED), in partnership with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), along with other law enforcement agencies are coordinating a prescription drug take-back event on Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., at various collection points on Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Hilo, and Kona.
Wisconsin Drug Take Back Day is April 27
April 22, 2019

Attorney General Josh Kaul announced that more than 277 local law enforcement agencies will be participating in Drug Take Back Day across the state on Saturday, April 27, 2019. Wisconsinites are encouraged to dispose of unwanted and unused medications at Drug Take Back and drug disposal locations.
National Drug Take Back Day in North Carolina
April 23, 2019

Attorney General Josh Stein reminded North Carolinians that this Saturday, April 27, is National Drug Take Back Day. On Saturday, North Carolinians can safely dispose of unneeded medication at locations around the state to make sure they don’t get into the wrong hands. For more information, or to find a drop box location near you, visit
Updated American Indian Law Deskbook Is Now Available

The American Indian Law Deskbook  is a concise, direct, and easy-to-understand handbook on Indian law. The chapter authors of this book are experienced state lawyers who have been involved in Indian law for many years.

American Indian Law Deskbook  addresses the areas of Indian law most relevant to the practitioner.
Topics include:
  • Definitions of Indians and Indian tribes
  • Indian lands
  • Criminal, civil regulatory, and civil adjudicatory jurisdiction
  • Civil rights
  • Indian water rights
  • Fish and wildlife
  • Environmental regulation
  • Taxation
  • Gaming
  • Indian Child Welfare Act and tribal-state cooperative agreements