Guidance for a New Regulatory Landscape
With the Biden administration taking shape in Washington, D.C., and Democrats now fully in control of Congress, the federal government will have a renewed focus on legal and regulatory enforcement. This will both free up resources for state attorney general offices and open opportunities for attorneys general to work in tandem with the federal government in a way that will exponentially enhance their regulatory capabilities.
As chair of Blank Rome’s State Attorneys General Team, I have been working to ensure that our Firm is prepared to guide you and your business through this new environment.
We expect state attorneys general to continue their increasingly broad and active pursuit of investigations and lawsuits, particularly in the areas of consumer protection, civil rights, labor and employment, environmental enforcement, antitrust, and COVID-related compliance.
Recent Media Coverage of Blank Rome’s State Attorneys General Team
In recent months, our Team’s work has been highlighted in the following national legal publications:
- Shifting Scrutiny: State AG Practices Prepare for New Priorities Under Biden (The National Law Journal)
- As State AGs Rush Into Policy Battles, Big Law Is Seizing the Opportunity (The American Lawyer)
Our Team has had meaningful client-driven interactions with state AG offices across the country, including in California, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, on matters related to:
- Defense of consumer protection investigations and lawsuits in various industries;
- Defense of COVID-related price-gouging investigations;
- Prosecution of state tax appeals defended by AG offices;
- Requests to write off client debt owed to states;
- Requests that AG offices approve state contracts;
- AG control over, and defense of, investigations and lawsuits involving state nonprofits; and
- Defense of various criminal matters investigated and brought before state grand juries.
In addition, our Team has maintained and grown relationships with, and provided substantial support to, state attorney general offices nationally through a variety of high-level events, campaigns, and conversations.
We look forward to staying connected and helping you think about how you and your business may be impacted by the actions (and inactions) of state attorneys general in this rapidly growing area. Please reach out so we can help you navigate potential challenges, issues, and opportunities in 2021.
Jonathan Scott Goldman