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Representing the State - Public Protection

John Sevier State Office Building

Public Protection consists of five divisions dedicated to preserving the rights of Tennesseans in the areas of consumer issues and crime.

Consumer Advocate and Protection Division

This division consists of three teams: Consumer Advocate and Consumer Protection. The Consumer Protection team protects consumers and businesses from unfair and deceptive trade practices, enforces state and federal antitrust laws, and enforces the Unauthorized Practice of Law statutes. The Consumer Advocate team represents the interests of Tennessee consumers of public utilities services. The False Claims team handles non-Medicaid false claims matters.

Criminal Justice Division

The Criminal Justice Division handles all appellate matters involved in procuring and defending criminal judgments in the state appellate courts. Division attorneys are responsible for interlocutory, extraordinary, direct and post-conviction appeals and for defending criminal judgments in state habeas corpus proceedings in both the trial and appellate courts.

Law Enforcement and Special Prosecutions Division

This division handles criminal matters related to white collar cases, as well as some civil enforcement actions, including forfeitures. The division defends district attorneys and state law enforcement agencies in actions for injunctive relief and criminal judgments in habeas corpus proceedings in both the federal district and appellate courts.

Medicaid Fraud and Integrity Division

This division works with TennCare, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and the Office of Inspector General in combating medical provider fraud in the TennCare/Medicaid program.

Public Interest Division

This division carries out the office´s statutory duty to oversee the operation of nonprofit entities on behalf of Tennesseans. The division also handles charitable oversight and charitable solicitations as well as issues involving open meetings, public records, and campaigns and elections.

Tobacco Enforcement Division

The Tobacco Enforcement Division enforces the provisions of the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement and handles other tobacco–related matters.