State Attorneys General
Some state attorneys general have become increasingly overreaching in recent years, initiating crusades against one industry after another, and often working in tandem with personal injury lawyers “deputized” to file lawsuits on behalf of state government.
An Expanding, Politicized Role
Certain state attorneys general are operating in a competitive and politically charged environment, where “activism” is the norm and generating media headlines as a “crusader” is an ever-present goal. Much like activist judges whose decisions create new laws and expand lawsuit rules, some attorneys general have been aggressively investigating and filing lawsuits in areas where they previously had not been involved or which traditionally fell within the province of federal authority.
This trend accelerated after the tobacco lawsuits of the 1990’s generated significant state revenue as well as huge profits for certain plaintiffs’ lawyers. Other major state attorney general initiatives have included lawsuits against manufacturers, utilities, software companies and financial services, among others.