In this five-part podcast series, I consider the use of monitors by state Attorneys General. I am joined in this podcast series by Jerry Coyne, the Managing Director of State Monitoring Services at Affiliated Monitors, Inc. who is the sponsor of this podcast series. In this series we introduce the role of state Attorneys Generals as enforcers of state law and bringers of civil litigation; the reaction to the big-tobacco settlement and the criticism of state Attorney Generals over that process; multistate settlements in the post-tobacco era; challenges in multistate litigation and the road ahead. Today, in Part 1, we consider the role of state Attorney Generals as enforcers of civil law and in bringing litigation to enforce consumer protect and related statutes.

I hope you will join us tomorrow for Part 2, where we discuss the reaction to the Big Tobacco settlement and the criticisms of state Attorney Generals for the process used. For more information on Affiliated Monitors, Inc. visit their website here.