Federal Court Blocks Penn State U Hospital Merger

A federal appeals court this week overruled another court’s ruling that would have allowed a merger between the Penn State Hershey Medical Center and PinnacleHealth System, a private hospital operator. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and Pennsylvania’s attorney general have opposed the merger, citing monopolistic concerns. A district court had denied the FTC and the AG’s office’s request for a preliminary injunction to block the merger, saying the legal challenge failed to properly define the relative geographic market the merged hospitals would serve.

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Alabama Attorney General Announces Federal Appeals Court Upholds Constitutionality of Alabama’s Law Banning PAC-to-PAC Transfers

Attorney General Luther Strange announced that a federal appeals court has upheld the constitutionality of Alabama’s campaign law which bans the transfer of money from one political action committee to another (PAC-to-PAC transfers). On September 27, 2016, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a July 31, 2015, ruling in favor of the State by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama in the case of The Alabama Democratic Conference v. Strange.

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Florida Attorney General Outlaws Synthetic Drug U-47700

red pillsAttorney General Pam Bondi announced Tuesday the outlawing of U-47700, a synthetic drug that has been involved in multiple deaths. U-4700 is usually powder form or granular, but also pill form, liquid form and can be found as a nasal spray. Some side effects of U-4770 include vomiting, intestinal bleeding, loss of consciousness, decreased blood pressure and more.

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Legal Trouble Mounts for Ex-Pennsylvania AG

Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane was hit with another lawsuit over emails she leaked before a jury found her guilty on obstruction and conspiracy charges. The federal complaint, filed Friday in the Central District of Pennsylvania, alleges that Kane’s “outrageous and malicious” conduct caused personal and professional harm for plaintiff Christopher Carusone, who worked as a lawyer in attorney general’s office from 2004 to 2011, two years before Kane took office.

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New York Attorney General Announces Settlement With Trump Hotel Collection After Data Breaches Expose Over 70K Credit Card Numbers

data keysAttorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced a settlement with Trump International Hotels Management LLC, d/b/a Trump Hotel Collection (“THC”), involving data breaches resulting in the exposure of over 70,000 credit card numbers and other personal data. THC has agreed to pay $50,000 in penalties and to shore up its data security practices.

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35 US States Sue British Drugmaker over Marketing of Opioid

Thirty-five states and the District of Columbia filed an antitrust lawsuit Thursday alleging that British drugmaker Indivior tried to keep cheaper, generic versions of Suboxone off the market, California’s attorney general announced. The complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania also names New Jersey’s MonoSol Rx, a pharmaceutical dissolving-film company, for conspiring to corner the market on the popular medication used to treat people hooked on heroin and other painkillers.

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Dallas Judges Sends Exxon and Massachusetts Attorney General to Mediation

U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade ordered Exxon Mobil Corp. and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey to mediate within the next 16 days their dispute that brought them into his Dallas federal courtroom earlier this month. The oil giant wants to halt Healey’s investigation into allegations that the company downplayed links between climate change and the use of fossil fuels. Healey wants Exxon’s lawsuit dismissed based on lack of jurisdiction.

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Nevada Attorney General Leads Coalition of States Challenging New US Department of Labor Overtime Rule

Today, Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt led a coalition of 21 states in filing a federal lawsuit challenging the United States Department of Labor’s new overtime rule. If implemented, the new rule would more than double the minimum salary cutoff under which employers must pay overtime to their employees. The rule will force state and local governments and small businesses to substantially increase their employment costs at the expense of their budgets and services. The rule will also likely lead some employees to be reclassified as hourly workers with the potential of reduced hours and pay.

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Multi-state Coalition Against Delaware to Reclaim Money Expands

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has notified the U.S. Supreme Court that attorneys general from the states of California, Iowa, Maryland, Oregon, Washington and the Commonwealth of Virginia have informed Arkansas that they desire to join the complaint against Delaware. With these additions, 27 states will be part of the bipartisan complaint led by Arkansas and Texas that is seeking to reclaim approximately $200 million that rightfully belongs to the sister states of Delaware under the federal Disposition of Abandoned Money Orders and Traveler’s Checks Act. Delaware owes other states may be much higher.

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FCC Should Drop ISP Privacy Plan, 16 State Attorneys General Say

Sixteen attorneys general are urging the Federal Communications Commission to scuttle highly anticipated broadband privacy rules that would require internet service providers to clearly disclose how customer data is being used, in a letter released Monday. The attorneys general, all Republicans, including Ken Paxton of Texas, Mike DeWine of Ohio and Brad Schimel of Wisconsin, told the FCC in a Sept. 9 letter that they opposed FCC’s plan to take steps to protect the information and notify affected customers within 10 days of discovering a data breach.

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