Gun owners, rights groups challenge Connecticut firearms ban
Citing a U.S. Supreme Court decision earlier this year, gun rights groups and firearms owners have launched another attempt to overturn Connecticut's ban on certain semiautomatic rifles that was enacted in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. A new lawsuit was filed Thursday in federal court by three gun owners, the Connecticut Citizens Defense League and the Second Amendment Foundation. “We all deserve to live in safe communities, but denying ownership of the most commonly owned firearms in the country is not the way to achieve it," Holly Sullivan, president of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, said in a statement.news.yahoo.com
Suing over climate change: Taking fossil fuel companies to court
With the expense of mitigating the effects of climate change becoming more onerous, more than two dozen cities, counties and states are suing more than 40 fossil fuel companies, accusing them of making false and misleading claims about climate change.cbsnews.com
Mark Herring, along with other attorney generals, discuss rise in anti-Asian hate
ROANOKE, Va. – Days after the deadly shooting in Atlanta, three attorney generals, including Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, sat down to address the rise of anti-Asian hate. Earlier this week, Herring used his No Hate VA initiative to raise awareness about abuse and discrimination acts against Asian Americans. It’s an issue that hits home for Connecticut Attorney General William Tong as he expressed his experience with hateful rhetoric. The attorney generals said they want to pass the No Hate Act to provide funding to law enforcement to collect hate crime data and send it to the FBI for investigations. You can see the attorney generals’ full conversation on YouTube.
Connecticut probing Amazon's e-book deals with publishers
(AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut authorities are investigating whether Amazon's e-book deals with certain publishers are anticompetitive and violate antitrust laws, state Attorney General William Tong said Thursday. He said the state attorney general's office has previous taken action against Apple and e-book publishers to protect competition in the marketplace. Amazon has become the dominant force in print book sales and e-book sales in the U.S. Tong's office issued a subpoena to Amazon in 2019 requesting documents about the company's dealings with five book publishers: HarperCollins Publishers, Hachette Book Group, Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster and Macmillan. The publishers all settled and signed consent decrees prohibiting them from restricting e-book retailers’ ability to set prices.
Federal funding threatened over transgender athlete policy
The U.S. Department of Education is threatening to withhold some federal funding for Connecticut school districts if they follow a state policy that allows transgender girls to compete as girls in high school sports. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb, File)HARTFORD, Conn. – The U.S. Department of Education is threatening to withhold some federal funding from Connecticut school districts if they follow a state policy that allows transgender girls to compete as girls in high school sports. But the U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights argues the policy violates the civil rights of girls who are not transgender under Title IX, the federal law that guarantees equal opportunities in education. The ACLU of Connecticut, which is representing the transgender athletes, said the Trump administration is trying to pressure schools into denying transgender athletes an opportunity to compete. “Transgender girls are girls, and the Office of the Attorney General will continue to protect every woman and girl in this state against discrimination.
Two U.S. state AGs seek info on Zoom's privacy practices
FILE PHOTO: The Zoom Video Communications logo is pictured at the NASDAQ MarketSite in New York, New York, U.S., April 18, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo(Reuters) - At least two U.S. state attorneys have sought information from Zoom Video Communications Inc following multiple reports that questioned the privacy and security of the video-conferencing app. New York State AG Letitia James has sent a letter to Zoom with a number of questions to ensure the company is taking appropriate steps to ensure users privacy and security, a spokesperson said. Elon Musks rocket company SpaceX on Wednesday banned its employees from using the video-conferencing app, citing significant privacy and security concerns, according to a memo seen by Reuters. A Zoom spokesperson said the company would begin talks with officials on the issues.feeds.reuters.com
Two U.S. state attorneys general seek info on Zoom's privacy practices
FILE PHOTO: The Zoom Video Communications logo is pictured at the NASDAQ MarketSite in New York, New York, U.S., April 18, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo(Reuters) - At least two U.S. state attorneys have sought information from Zoom Video Communications Inc following multiple reports that questioned the privacy and security of the videoconferencing app. We are alarmed by the Zoom-bombing incidents and are seeking more information from the company about its privacy and security measures in coordination with other state attorneys general, Connecticut Attorney General William Tong said. New York State AG Letitia James has sent a letter to Zoom with a number of questions to ensure the company is taking appropriate steps to ensure users privacy and security, a spokesperson said. We appreciate the outreach we have received on these issues from various elected officials and look forward to engaging with them, a Zoom spokesperson was quoted as saying by the Politico, which first reported about the move.feeds.reuters.com
States probe Zoom for possible privacy violations after officials' calls are Zoombombed
At least three states are probing Zoom for potential privacy violations after calls with government officials fell victim to "zoombombing," Connecticut Attorney General William Tong announced Friday. The officials are seeking to understand Zoom's privacy practices and how it protects users. Tong fell victim to so-called zoombombing earlier this week after a Zoom forum he held with Connecticut Lt. Gov. Zoom was developed as an enterprise communications tool and has suddenly become shrouded in the issues of a consumer tech company. "We appreciate the outreach we have received on these issues from various elected officials and look forward to engaging with them."cnbc.com
39 states investigating Juul's marketing of vaping products
Investigators from 39 states will look into the marketing and sales of vaping products by Juul Labs, including whether the company targeted youths and made misleading claims about nicotine content in its devices, officials announced Tuesday. The state officials said they also will be investigating the company's claims about the risk, safety and effectiveness of its vaping products as smoking cessation devices. Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody said underage vaping has become an epidemic across the country. The products have become a scourge in U.S. high schools, with one in four teenagers reportedly vaping in the past month, according to the latest federal figures. Juul's meteoric rise has been followed by a hasty retreat in recent months, amid a nationwide political backlash over vaping.cnbc.com
Investigation launched into Juul's marketing practices, health claims
In particular, the state is investigating Juul's promotional pricing offers and "seeks information as to how and why JUUL selects its targeted marketing groups," according to a press release. Also under investigation is Juul's "Enterprise Markets Team." Our investigation will seek to determine whether JUUL is making health claims without FDA approval in violation of the law," said Tong. The comments came at a hearing organized by the House Oversight Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, which is investigating Juul's role in the youth vaping epidemic. In addition to the congressional probe and the Connecticut investigation, Juul was sued in May by North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein over "harmful and unfair marketing practices."