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A combination of eased federal business regulation and corporate consolidation has dramatically transformed the role of state attorneys general, increasing their clout to shape national public policy through aggressive litigation. The shifting legal and corporate landscape has now made unified action among state attorneys general-combined with creative individual actions-a strategic necessity. “For AGs to do what they did in the past, today often requires crossing state lines,” said James Tierney, a former Maine attorney general. “When I sued a pharmacy 25 years ago for price-posting violations, that pharmacy didn’t have stores in 30 states, and it didn’t have an online sales presence. That’s no longer true.” Recent victories by AGs working together have included:

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