Announcements, information and updates from CWAG Members and Associates

August 30, 2018
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

We look forward to seeing you at the 2018 CWAG Winter Dinner, Tuesday, November 27, 2018 in Charleston, South Carolina. We invite your participation in this Endowment Dinner benefiting the programs and goals of the Attorneys General. 
Attorneys General and private sector supporters will join together for a dinner and informal discussions at The Dewberry Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina. This highly personal and engaging dinner includes participation from approximately 25-30 Attorneys General. Attend this year's event and participate in this premier opportunity for exchanging views and forging relationships.
You may register as either a current sponsor using one of your allocations under your annual membership, or as a new sponsor. If you are an existing sponsor who registered for the 2018 CWAG Annual Meeting, you may use your same registration code to register for the Winter Dinner. If you need your code re-sent to you, please contact Meeting Manager Ale Stephens. To register online, go to the   2018 CWAG Winter Dinner Registration Website . Click on "Register" and enter your name, last name and email address, then select your attendee type.

To register as a new sponsor, review the 2018 Membership Information Package and contact Meeting Manager Ale Stephens.

Along the top of the registration site, you will find tabs with complete details about the schedule, hotel accommodations, suggested transportation and more.
~CWAG Meeting Manager Ale Stephens,  or 303.304.9206
The next meeting of the Cyber Security Working Group will be held in conjunction with the CWAG Winter Dinner in Charleston, South Carolina at the Dewberry Hotel. The Working Group session will be held on Wednesday, November 28th, from 9:00-11:00 am. A light breakfast will be provided.
Please RSVP directly to Lauren Niehaus at  to attend our next session. Please be sure to separately register for the Winter Dinner on the  CWAG 2018 Winter Dinner Registration Website .
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AG Schimel Leads Bipartisan Group of 52 Attorneys General in Urging Congress to Close Deadly Fentanyl Loophole
August 23, 2018
Attorney General Brad Schimel is leading a bipartisan group of 52 state and territory attorneys general, calling on the U.S. Congress to pass legislation that will help end the opioid epidemic and close a loophole that has allowed those who traffic deadly fentanyl to stay a step ahead of law enforcement. The legislation is called the Stopping Overdoses of Fentanyl Analogues (SOFA) Act.
“A small amount of fentanyl has the ability to cause great harm, even to unsuspecting people like children and first responders at overdose scenes,” said Attorney General Brad Schimel. “Attorneys general in all 50 states agree - passing the SOFA Act in Congress is vital to the front line law enforcement fighting the opioid epidemic every day.”
Led by Attorneys General Brad Schimel and George Jepsen of Connecticut, the attorneys general from all 50 states and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico sent a letter to the U.S. Congress in support of the SOFA Act.
Montana’s Lawsuit against Purdue Pharma Returns to State Court
Request for injunction against OxyContin marketing again pending
August 27, 2018

Montana achieved an important victory when a federal judge in Ohio remanded the lawsuit against Purdue Pharma from federal court and returned it to state court, where the Attorney General’s Office filed it originally.
In December of 2017, Attorney General Tim Fox filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, alleging the company engaged in deceptive promotion of its addictive and dangerous painkiller OxyContin to increase sales. In February of this year, Fox filed a motion for a preliminary injunction in Montana District Court, asking the court to halt Purdue’s product marketing campaign in the state. In March, in an apparent effort to delay the case and avoid answering Montana’s motion for a preliminary injunction, Purdue moved the case to federal court. 
AG Schimel and Hometown Pharmacy Partner to Educate Public on Opioid Drug Deactivation Product
August 27, 2018
Attorney General Brad Schimel and Hometown Pharmacy rolled out a new option for consumers to help prevent the diversion of painkillers and other highly addictive medications with an environmentally sound drug deactivation pouch that will be available at Hometown Pharmacies across Wisconsin.

The new program utilizes the Deterra® Drug Deactivation System which allows an individual to destroy medications by placing them in the pouch, adding water, waiting 30 seconds, and sealing the pouch before safely disposing of the pouch in the garbage. Deterra® has been supported by the DEA Educational Foundation and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. When put into use the technology behind the pouch renders the drugs inert and non-retrievable and is environmentally sound when disposed. An individual pouch can be utilized to destroy up to 45 pills, 6 ounces of liquid, or 6 patches. Unused or expired medicine should never be flushed or poured down the drain. Water reclamation facilities are not designed to remove all of them and trace amounts of pharmaceuticals are showing up in rivers, lakes, and our drinking water.

To find a drug disposal location near you, search an interactive map at
CWAG Alliance Partnership and TrustStamp Introduce Technology to Ease Data Sharing Among Law Enforcement
Technology will Assist Victims of Human Trafficking while Deterring Human Traffickers
Attorneys General in Guanajuato, Mexico and New Mexico First to Test Proof of Concept
August 28, 2018

The Conference of Western Attorneys General Alliance Partnership and TrustStamp are proud to introduce a proof of concept model that the Attorneys General of New Mexico and Guanajuato, Mexico, will pilot with the goal of aiding victims of human trafficking and resolving human trafficking cases faster without breaching personally identifiable information (PII) standards.

The announcement comes today at the Real Estate Innovation and Investment Summit in San Francisco, during which TrustStamp Co-founder Andrew Gowasack presented findings and expanded upon the cutting-edge uses of this technology. The application promises to have utility for not only law enforcement, but for any company dealing with confidential, secured data.
Attorney General Becerra, as Part of a Multistate Coalition, Secures Preliminary Injunction Blocking Distribution of Blueprints of 3D-Printed, Untraceable "Ghost” Guns
August 27, 2018
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, along with a Washington State-led coalition of 20 Attorneys General, secured a preliminary injunction to continue blocking the Trump Administration’s reckless action to make available blueprints for untraceable so-called “ghost” guns that can be manufactured on a 3D printer.
Attorney General Becerra Files Additional Criminal Charges, Names New Defendant in “Oficina Guerrero” Fraud Scheme Targeting Individuals Seeking Immigration Relief
August 24, 2018
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed new grand theft charges against brothers Edgardo and Hector Guerrero, who operated “Oficina Guerrero” in Inglewood. According to the complaint, the Guerrero brothers defrauded undocumented immigrants and their families seeking lawful permanent residence in the United States. They charged thousands of dollars for legal services that they were not legally qualified to dispense and failed to maintain a required bond. Edgardo’s wife, Sidia Landaverde, was also charged for her role in the scheme.
AGs Becerra and Racine Address Real Estate Professionals at the iOi 2018 Summit
August 29, 2018

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Washington D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine spoke at the inaugural Real Estate Innovation, Opportunity & Investment (iOi) Summit, August 29-30 in San Francisco, CA.

General Becerra delivered a keynote address on "Consumer Protection & the Real Estate Professional," discussing pressing consumer protection issues in real estate.

General Racine delivered a keynote speech, "Regulatory Forces & the Impact on Innovation In Real Estate," where he discussed how strategic collaboration and awareness of key policy issues can substantially reduce an entrepreneurs’ risk in the real estate ecosystem.
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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
Follow the 31 AG Races in 2018 on this Interactive Website
A significant number of states, 30 and the District of Columbia, have contests for the Office of Attorney General. Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice hosts an interactive map for those interested in following the races throughout the country. The State AG Election Tracker includes state-by-state AG candidate snapshots, filing deadlines and primary election dates; daily news, insights, polling and fundraising data; and the ability to sign up for real-time election-night updates via text and email. Access is free.