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The Supreme Court's 2015 decision in North Carolina Dental raised a number of issues regarding the application of antitrust law to actions of state regulatory boards. The State Center sponsored a conference in 2016 to allow assistant attorneys general, who may be called upon to advise or defend such boards, to discuss the case's implications among themselves and with leading experts. In connection with that conference, the State Center also commissioned a primer by University of Texas Law School Professor Abraham Wickelgren to aid state board supervisors and their counsel in analyzing these issues. The primer is available on the State Center website.


In 2015, the State Center organized and/or sponsored conferences on health care antitrust, payday lending and do not call registries. The State Center's support allowed numerous AAGs to participate in meetings intended to foster cooperation among enforcement agencies as well as to enhance the effectiveness of enforcement in these areas.

Combating Fraud Directed At Members of the Military Services

State attorneys general have formed a multistate task force to combat fraud and other unlawful conduct directed against present and former members of the military services. State Center grants have underwritten costs critical to organizing the task force itself and to facilitating subsequent coordination on substantive matters.

Multistate Investigation Of For-Profit Schools

A number of state attorneys general have banded together to investigate whether or not certain for-profit schools may have violated consumer protection statutes. State Center grants have enhanced the ability of the attorneys general and their staffs to work together more productively and efficiently.

Amicus Support

The State Center submitted an amicus brief to the U. S. Supreme Court in Mississippi v. AU Optronics, in support of the right of state attorneys general to pursue parens patriae actions in state courts without removal to federal court under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA). The State Center's brief was featured in article by Supreme Court commentator Marcia Coyle in the October 30, 2013 edition of the National Law Journal. See States' Standing to Bring Mass Torts in Concert Tested.

Investigation/Litigation Assistance

The State Center continues to provide assistance to state attorneys general to improve the efficiency and productivity of their antitrust and consumer protection law enforcement efforts. Such assistance may take various forms, including grants to support use of state-of-the-art document management software and access to subject matter experts. Among the high profile matters that benefitted from such State Center grants in 2013 were multi-state actions challenging the pricing of E-Books by Apple and others and the merger by US Airways and American Airlines.

Mortgage Foreclosure Negotiations

The State Center made a grant to the Executive Group of Attorneys General leading the investigation with respect to the national mortgage foreclosure crisis. The grant helped facilitate the negotiations between the state attorneys general and mortgage lenders that led to a landmark settlement in early 2012.

Student Loan Programs

State attorneys general have been active in seeking to redress and prevent fraud in student loan programs. The State Center provided money that enabled representatives of state attorneys general to participate in negotiated rulemaking sessions held under the auspices of the Department of Education to prepare regulations governing student loan programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act.

The mission of the State Center is to enhance consumer welfare by supporting the fair, effective and vigorous enforcement of antitrust and consumer protection laws at the state level.
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