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General Brnovich leads 20 states attorneys general in class action suit

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September 2022

PHOENIX – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, leading a coalition of 20 state attorneys general, filed an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) to grant certiorari in Lowery v. Joffe.  

The case stems from the settlement of a 2010 class-action lawsuit where plaintiffs alleged that Google’s Street View cars collected millions of consumers’ private data (emails, passwords, usernames, etc.) on their WiFi networks without consumers’ knowledge. The parties settled and created a $13 million cash fund, but harmed consumers received nothing from the fund. Instead, Google would pay almost $4 million to attorneys and more than $9 million to select organizations that have nothing to do with the lawsuit.

“Class action settlements should benefit people who have been harmed and not just the attorneys,” said General Brnovich. “That’s why we are asking the court to ensure consumer interests are being faithfully represented.”

Similar settlements, where class members receive no direct benefit, have garnered the attention of federal courts across the country, including the Supreme Court. This brief is a continuation of Brnovich’s efforts to protect consumers from class action settlement abuse. Brnovich previously led coalitions in filing amicus briefs in the Northern District of California and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Brnovich was joined in today’s brief by the attorneys general of Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Virginia.

AZYP awarded significant grant aimed to assist homeless youth

The Arizona Youth Partnership (AZYP) has secured a significant financial boost in its mission to support homeless youth in Mohave County. The non-profit organization has been awarded a $307,000 grant from The Arizona Housing Coalition, part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) allocation by the Arizona Department of Housing.

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Arizona residents brace for fallout from University of Arizona’s financial problems

The size of the university’s financial problems has become increasingly alarming in recent months. Initial reports of a multimillion-dollar shortfall have ballooned, with the latest estimates suggesting a deficit potentially exceeding $140 million. It appears this is not simply a one-time budget gap but a deep-seated structural problem with the university spending far more than it brings in each year.

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