Marc Dann will focus his remarks on the federal government's decision to abandon its regulatory responsibilities, forcing state attorneys general around the country to aggressively defend the interests of taxpayers, individual and institutional shareholders, and ethical businesses against the attacks of 21st century robber barons.
Sworn in as Ohio's 47th attorney general on January 8, 2007, Dann serves as the lawyer for the people of the state as well as its institutions. In their capacity as lawyers for the people, Dann and his staff enforce Ohio's consumer protection laws, regulate charitable trusts, pursue anti-trust and securities fraud actions, battle organized crime, and help governmental entities comply with the state's open records laws. They also litigate on behalf of the state, collect debts, defend the state when it is sued, and provide legal advice to their clients.
Since January, Dann has negotiated a $175 million settlement in the AOL/Time-Warner securities fraud case, clamped down on predatory lender New Century Financial, and is working to bring Ohio into compliance with the Adam Walsh law.
A Mahoning Valley lawyer, Dann formerly served as a member of the Liberty Local Schools Board of Education and then as a member of the Ohio Senate. While serving in the Ohio Senate, Dann introduced environmental legislation to place a moratorium on new construction debris landfills and bills to extend unemployment benefits, provide retraining assistance for displaced workers, and to make the use of prison labor on public construction projects illegal.