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Law360 (September 17, 2020, 8:51 AM EDT) --
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought new compliance risks and considerations for companies and individuals. In this ongoing Expert Analysis series, state attorneys general share their enforcement priorities.
Phil Weiser Talks Colorado Health Orders
Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser explains how his office collaborated with local governments to enforce COVID-19 public health orders, and how moral suasion and education have limited the need for civil and criminal penalties against businesses.
Keith Ellison Talks Minnesota Housing
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison explains how helping people afford their lives — and live with dignity, safety and respect — during the COVID-19 pandemic has meant protecting tenants from eviction, going after scammers and profiteers, and taking action against wage theft.
Clare Connors Talks Hawaii Travel Measures
Hawaii Attorney General Clare Connors shares how her office created a clear legal framework to assist policymakers in decisions regarding travel-related and other COVID-19 response efforts.
Peter Neronha Talks RI Criminal Justice
Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Neronha describes the core principles guiding his state's criminal justice approach in a way that balances public safety and public health during the pandemic.
Tom Miller Talks Iowa Derecho
The intense, straight-line windstorm that devastated Iowa in August brought out scammers and charlatans, but state Attorney General Tom Miller says that the COVID-19 crisis had prepared his office's Consumer Protection Division to take swift action on price-gouging and other problems in the wake of the disaster.
Gurbir Grewal Talks NJ Price-Gouging
New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal explains how his office adapted its enforcement playbook to unexpected challenges in order to crack down on unconscionable pricing amid the pandemic.
Dana Nessel Talks Michigan Drop Shippers
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel discusses her office's efforts to curb deceptive business practices by drop shippers — middlemen who entice purchasers using false or misleading information — and to educate consumers about the pitfalls of online shopping during the pandemic.
Letitia James Talks New York Response
New York Attorney General Letitia James highlights her office's efforts to ease financial burdens for New York residents and businesses struggling during the pandemic by fighting fraud, policing employers, assisting with debt relief and more.
Tim Fox Talks Montana Meatpacking
Montana Attorney General Tim Fox discusses his efforts with other state attorneys general to push federal authorities to pursue an antitrust investigation of the beef processing industry, and the importance of maintaining competitive markets and protecting consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Maura Healey Talks Massachusetts Worker Safety
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey explains how her office is responding to workplace safety concerns and ensuring businesses are following health directives during the pandemic, despite such enforcement being outside her office's traditional portfolio.
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