Each week, Crowell & Moring’s State Attorneys General team highlights significant actions that State AGs have taken. Here are this week’s updates.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Antitrust and Competition

  • A bipartisan coalition of 30 state attorneys general, along with the attorneys general from Washington D.C. and Guam sent a letter to leaders of the U.S. House and Senate, applauding legislative proposals which would modernize federal antitrust law and urging the House and Senate to continue improving the bills being considered. The coalition is seeking changes that respond to shifts in technology, decreased competition in particular sectors, and judicial skepticism towards strong antitrust enforcement. The coalition is also asking Congress to include provisions confirming that states are sovereigns that are equal to federal enforcers, including in terms of the timing of challenging anticompetitive activity.

National Highway Transportation Safety Administration

  • A coalition of 13 attorneys general led by California Attorney General Bonta and New York Attorney General James sent a comment letter to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) asking the NHTSA to re-implement penalties for automobile manufacturers that failed to meet corporate average fuel economy standards for vehicles in model year 2019-2021. The coalition is seeking to restore the penalty to $14 for every tenth of a mile-per-gallon below the standards. It is currently $5.50.

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