My understanding of things is that a state attorney general can sue a private company or organization, not just on behalf of the state government, but also on behalf of the state's citizenry. On what legal theory does the attorney general have standing to do so? Is it similar to a class-action lawsuit?

  • Do you have an example of such a case? Keep in mind that a press release saying "we're suing on behalf of the millions of <state> residents hurt by <company>'s actions" doesn't actually mean the residents are parties to the lawsuit. – cpast Oct 20 '19 at 19:43

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