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December 6, 2001

DES MOINES.The Attorney General's Office has advised that so-called "gifting" pyramids operating in Central Iowa are illegal under state and federal statutes. The pyramids, known by various names, including "Seasons of Sharing" and "Women Empowering Women," also are ill-advised because all pyramids inevitably collapse and leave a trail of people...

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November 23, 2001

The Consumer Protection Division of the Iowa Attorney General's Office issued the following statement in response to numerous inquiries about a pyramid program that reportedly is operating in Central Iowa: DES MOINES. We are receiving inquiries about a financial recruitment program purportedly based on a "private gifting" concept. The operation...

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November 13, 2001

More than 2,200 Iowans may be eligible for refunds. Miller gives tips to avoid unwanted charges. Cedar Rapids. Attorney General Tom Miller announced today that an estimated 2,200 Iowans will be eligible to receive refunds from a group of "buying clubs" that allegedly misled consumers into accepting trial memberships and...

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November 8, 2001

Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. agrees to nationwide settlement that includes over $50 million in payments to states and consumers. DES MOINES. Attorney General Tom Miller announced today that Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. will pay Iowa over half a million dollars and make additional consumer restitution as a result of a nationwide settlement the company...

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November 6, 2001

DES MOINES.The Microsoft plaintiff States reported to Judge Kollar-Kotelly this afternoon, and I informed the Judge that Iowa cannot join in the settlement today. We have worked around the clock for many days. Now I literally will go home to Iowa and sleep on it, and give it the deliberation...

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October 30, 2001

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller is asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to begin developing rules that would give Iowa consumers more information on product labels about possible allergens in the foods they buy. Allergens can induce an allergic state or reaction. "There likely are more than 50,000 Iowa...

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October 25, 2001

DES MOINES. Attorney General Tom Miller and leaders of Iowa's public health and pharmacy communities today cautioned Iowans to avoid Internet purchases of the drug Cipro for anthrax. "The bottom line is that taking Cipro now, when it is not needed and not prescribed by your doctor, puts you at...

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September 20, 2001

Des Moines-- Attorney General Tom Miller issued an opinion Thursday concluding that cities in Iowa have authority to pass ordinances requiring home inspections for homes sold on contract. The opinion, requested by Sen. Pat Deluhery of Davenport, was issued today and provided to Deluhery and Davenport city officials. The opinion...

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September 12, 2001

A statement of the Attorney General's Office, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2001: We consider it an unfair practice if sellers of gasoline take advantage of the tragic situation by raising gas prices exorbitantly and without justification. Our investigation and action starting yesterday suggests that a small percentage of retailers raised prices...

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