Hawaii Attorney General Clare Connors on Tuesday joined a bipartisan coalition of 46 state and territory attorneys general “calling on Facebook, Craigslist, and eBay to take proactive measures against alcohol sales on their platforms which frequently violate state laws.”
Hawaii Attorney General Clare Connors.
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The case, according to a press release, is led by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey.
“The purchase of alcohol through online platforms raises serious consumer protection concerns, and even health concerns,” said Connors. “Facebook, Craigslist, and eBay must take immediate action and prioritize our communities’ welfare.”
In a second press release from Connors Tuesday it was announced that she had signed on to a comment letter opposing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule “which would unlawfully curtail state authority under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act.”
The complaint is led by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, New York Attorney General Letitia James and Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson. The coalition numbers 23 attorneys general.
Connors frequently joins other AGs in legal actions. But she does not appear to be part of 47 attorneys general investigating Facebook for antitrust violations.
“The multistate investigation was announced in September with participation from seven other states, but it has since expanded to nearly the entire country,” CNBC reported Tuesday. “The probe will zero in on whether Facebook broke any state or federal laws as a result of any anti-competitive conduct related to its dominance of social media.”
Asked why Connors was not part of the case, spokesman Bryan Yee said, “It is the policy of the Department of the Attorney General to neither confirm nor deny its involvement in any investigation, and therefore, have no comment on the investigation referenced in the linked news article.”