Attorney General Schwalb Introduces Legislation to Protect Personal Health Data of District Consumers and Strengthen Privacy Laws

Attorney General Brian L. Schwalb today introduced the Consumer Health Information Privacy Protection Act of 2024 (“CHIPPA”), legislation to protect District consumers’ personal health data by requiring certain entities that fall outside of the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”)—such as tech companies that have developed fitness apps or patient support groups—to adhere to strengthened privacy provisions regarding the collection, sharing, use, or sale of consumer health data.

Protecting the Environment for all Washingtonians

Last week, communities around the world gathered to celebrate Earth Day, and at the Office of the Attorney General, we are committed to using every legal tool available to protect the District’s abundant natural resources, fight for environmental justice, and ensure all Washingtonians have access to clean air and water.  

Attorney General Schwalb Releases 2023 Impact Report

Attorney General Brian L. Schwalb today released a 2023 Impact Report detailing how over the past year, The Office of the Attorney General has delivered for District residents, securing $610 million in total savings and benefits – over four times its annual budget.

Ushering in 2024 at OAG

Happy 2024! It’s hard to believe that January is already drawing to a close. Here at the Office of the Attorney General (OAG), we hit the ground running, kicking off the year with a new public safety grant program and a series of successful wage theft and consumer protection cases that put hundreds of thousands of dollars back into the pockets of District residents. As always, I continued this month spending time at community events and forums throughout the city, hearing directly from District residents. Thank you for making your voices heard – your concerns and ideas for the District directly inform our work here at OAG.

Attorney General Schwalb Sues Property Manager for Facilitating Hostile Housing Environment for Black Female Tenants

Attorney General Brian L. Schwalb today sued UDR, Inc. (UDR), a District property manager that manages Waterside Towers Apartments in Ward 6, for facilitating a hostile housing environment that subjected Black female tenants to persistent, pervasive race-based and sex-based harassment, including threats of physical violence, in violation of the DC Human Rights Act (DCHRA) and the Consumer Protection Procedures Act (CPPA). 

Attorney General Schwalb Announces Resolution in Housing Voucher Discrimination Lawsuit

Attorney General Brian L. Schwalb announced today a court-approved settlement agreement, secured alongside the Equal Rights Center (ERC), with Adams Investment Group LLC (Adams View), Adams-Cathedral, LLC, Barkan Management Company, Inc., Broadhouse Management Group, LLC, and Entrata, Inc. that resolves allegations that these owners, managers, and third-party leasing companies engaged in a pattern of source-of-income discrimination against prospective tenants who were housing voucher holders.

Taking on the Rental Housing Cartel

At the Office of Attorney General (OAG), we use the law to preserve and advocate for affordable housing, protect tenants, and hold abusive and neglectful landlords accountable. This month, we announced our lawsuit against RealPage, a Texas-based technology firm that offers various technology-based services to real estate owners and property managers, and 14 of the District’s largest landlords for colluding to inflate rent prices in rental buildings across our city. 

Standing Up for District Workers, Every Day

At the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia (OAG), we’re committed to protecting the rights of District workers and ensuring that businesses compete on a level playing field.