In the last week of December 2017, Democratic senators introduced the “Accountability for Wall Street Executives Act of 2017,” which would amend the National Banking Act to allow state AGs to request a wide variety of information from nationally-chartered banks. As the Supreme Court explained in Cuomo v. Clearing House Ass’n, L.L.C., 557 U.S. 519 (2009), the National Banking Act distinguishes between “visitorial powers” – such as examination of a bank’s accounts or inspection of its records – and law enforcement,… More
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Democratic Attorneys General have continued their efforts to combat the Trump administration’s attempts to roll back environmental regulations developed under the Obama administration in two recent actions. Thirteen AGs, including Massachusetts AG Maura Healey, sent a letter last week to Scott Pruitt, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, threatening legal action if the agency takes steps to weaken or delay the greenhouse gas emissions standards that were established in 2012 for cars and light-duty trucks for model years 2022-2025.… More
State governors and attorneys general typically find themselves on the same side of the law. Nonetheless, an overwhelming majority of states directly elect their attorneys general. This framework creates a natural opportunity for conflicts to erupt, particularly when officials act to protect what they perceive to be equally legitimate interests.
One such drama is playing out in Rhode Island. On May 18, 2014,… More
On May 1, 2017, Maine Governor Paul LePage sued Maine Attorney General Janet Mills in the culmination of a long-running dispute over the Governor’s ability to retain outside counsel when his views differ from those of AG Mills. In particular, Governor LePage sent AG Mills a letter in March 2017 instructing the AG to represent the Governor and the State of Maine in ongoing litigation in Hawaii concerning the constitutionality of President Trump’s executive orders on immigration. … More