Shortly after the Board of Regents appointed Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens as president of Kennesaw State University at its meeting Wednesday, Gov. Nathan Deal confirmed long-circulating rumors in tapping Department of Economic Development Director Chris Carr as Georgia’s next attorney general.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today the formation of an advisory group tasked with creating a model law enforcement policy for the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The Ohio Attorney General’s Advisory Group on Unmanned Aircraft Systems will be chaired by Cuyahoga Community College Police Chief Clayton Harris. Unmanned aircraft systems, more commonly referred to as drones, can be used by law enforcement for a number of investigative purposes, such as crime scene and traffic accident investigations, missing persons cases, SWAT operations, and active shooter incidents.
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is warning political campaigns and political groups to adhere to state telephone privacy laws and refrain from robocalling residents leading up to the 2016 General Election on November 8. Zoeller also warns Hoosiers against such calls that are illegal if there isn’t a live operator that obtains your permission before playing a recorded message.
“This blatant overreach by local government infringes upon the constitutional rights of people who own and stay at short-term rentals,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The city of Austin’s draconian ordinance defies logic and common sense, and must be struck down.” The ordinance, approved by the Austin City Council last February, violates the freedom of assembly by prohibiting more than 10 people at a time from using a property and no more than six from congregating in the property’s yard outside. Additionally, the rules allow code compliance officers to enter a short-term rental property at any time – violating homeowner protections against unlawful search and seizure.
The Kansas attorney general’s office today published a new report that shows marijuana from Colorado has permeated nearly all parts of Kansas, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. The report also shows that Colorado’s decision to “legalize” marijuana has resulted in a sharp increase in the availability of marijuana-laced “edibles” in Kansas, a phenomenon rarely encountered here before the Colorado experiment.
In a settlement announced today, software company Entrinsik agreed to provide better warnings after a Vermont college experienced a security breach that potentially exposed 14,000 social security numbers due to the ordinary use of its reporting tool. Because the Attorney General believes that the software practice involved is widespread and many companies may not even realize that this practice could violate State law, no monetary penalty was imposed.
California’s attorney general on Friday rolled out an online form aimed at making it easier for consumers to report suspected violations of a state law requiring website and app operators to post clear privacy policies, with information including how they respond to “do not track” requests. In an effort to boost compliance with the California Online Privacy Protection Act, or CalOPPA, Attorney General Kamala Harris released an online form to help consumers report websites, mobile apps and other online services that are in violation of violation of the landmark 2003 statute, which requires covered entities to conspicuously post privacy policies.
Attorney General Sam Olens today announced that the State of Georgia and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) have charged Laptop & Desktop Repair, LLC, an electronics buyback company, and its owner, Vadim Olegovich Kruchinin, with violating the Georgia Fair Business Practices Act and the FTC Act through a long-running scam in which they promised consumers “top dollar” amounts for used electronic devices and then paid them only a fraction of the quoted amount after consumers sent in their devices.
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today was informed that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an original action case against the State of Delaware that she and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed in June. The bipartisan coalition 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.
Attorney General Lisa Madigan, along with 49 other attorneys general, today announced a settlement with national retailer USA Discounters Ltd., over claims the company targeted and misled U.S service members into expensive financing for overpriced consumer goods. Illinois -consumers are expected to receive more than $1.3 million in restitution through financing credits and loan wipe-outs, primarily benefitting more than 500 active Illinois service members and veterans.