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December 31, 1999

DES MOINES--"The tobacco industry is paying Iowa another $18,703,406.37 today," Attorney General Tom Miller said Friday. The year-end wire transfer means the tobacco industry has paid Iowa over $40 million. The state received its first payment of $21,472,341.20 on December 14. The industry is expected to pay Iowa a total...

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December 22, 1999

Early this year Mattel agreed to pay millions in cash and toys nationwide -- but States argued Mattel first provided outdated and impractical toys. Mattel is distributing $4 million more in toys -- $41,000 worth to Iowa. DES MOINES-- The Mattel toy company has delivered 5,228 more toys for holiday...

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December 7, 1999

Webster County jury determines Harold Williams is a sexually violent predator. Williams entered Civil Commitment Unit at Oakdale on Monday. Harold Williams was transferred Monday to the Civil Commitment Unit for Sexual Offenders at Oakdale after a Webster County jury reached a verdict Friday that Williams is a sexually violent...

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November 5, 1999

(Attorney General Miller is head of the 19-State Microsoft Working Group executive committee.) The States have reached no consensus about the best remedies we might seek in the Microsoft case. Judge Jackson's findings of fact support a wide range of possible remedies, and we continue to explore all those possible...

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November 5, 1999

(Attorney General Miller is head of the 19-State Microsoft Working Group executive committee.) Our first reading indicates that on almost every important point, the Court has very largely accepted the evidence and factual record put forward by the States and U.S. Justice. These findings are crucial. The States and US...

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October 20, 1999

Suit alleged that American Discount Services, Inc., made false claims about drug and medical discounts and targeted older Iowans. Company is ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution and is prohibited from making misrepresentations. DES MOINES-- The Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division has obtained a court order concluding a lawsuit that...

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October 13, 1999

"Stipulated" trial was conducted in Polk County. Court orders Daniel Garren to Civil Commitment Unit for Sexual Offenders. Des Moines-- Polk County District Court Judge Donna Paulsen has ordered Daniel E. Garren to be committed to the Civil Commitment Unit for Sexual Offenders, under Iowa's Sexually Violent Predator Law. Judge...

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October 8, 1999

The Attorney General's Office advises farmers NOT to use a new grain certification form that greatly expands producers' liability if there is a problem later with the grain. DES MOINES-- The Attorney General's Farm Division today advised corn and soybean producers not to market their grain with a new certification...

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August 23, 1999

Miller: "The industry is paying our costs for the suit that resulted in payments to Iowa of $1.9 billion over the next 25 years. Now we need to finish off this work and take action to save thousands of lives." DES MOINES-- Attorney General Tom Miller said Monday that the...

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July 8, 1999

Today the Iowa Supreme Court affirmed the Wright County District Court's ruling and $59,000 civil penalty in an environmental action involving DeCoster Farms. DeCoster Farms had appealed the earlier ruling on both factual and legal grounds. "We are very pleased with the Court's ruling," said Attorney General Tom Miller. "It...

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