State attorneys General (AGs) continue to emerge as major regulators of financial services and show little sign of being cowed by their federal counterparts….or efforts to preempt state authority.

This past week, representatives of the consumer protection divisions of the AGs of nearly all 50 states plus officials from the FTC and CFPB met in Phoenix to compare notes and coordinate activity on a range of issues impacting consumers. Among the issues addressed, none was more prominent that those involving consumer financial services.  Key panels at the meeting addressed state involvement in FinTech, Payday Lending and Structured Settlements.

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Travis P. Nelson is counsel in the Financial Services Regulatory Group at Reed Smith LLP, resident in the Princeton and New York offices. Prior to joining Reed Smith, Travis was an Enforcement Counsel with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, U.S. Treasury Department, in Washington, D.C. Travis is also adjunct faculty at Villanova University School of Law, and a frequent lecturer at national and regional banking conferences.