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December 31, 2003

"First USA/Bank One has agreed to police solicitations made by telemarketers who buy the bank's credit card customer lists," Miller says. DES MOINES. Attorney General Tom Miller said today that First USA/Bank One has agreed to strong protections for consumers from alleged unfair and deceptive practices by independent telemarketers that...

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December 23, 2003

DES MOINES. Attorney General Tom Miller today challenged the Legislature to increase funding for drug treatment. "It's the most important thing we can do now to stem the state's methamphetamine problem and fight all drug-related crime," he said. Miller proposed $29 million of new spending for drug treatment and prevention....

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December 17, 2003

Comment of Attorney General Tom Miller: "The Court has upheld and validated the DataMaster alcohol breath testing program, which is used by all levels of law enforcement all over the state. Hundreds of cases hinged on this result, and we are very pleased that the Court upheld use of the...

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December 16, 2003

Checks are heading to 2,886 Iowa households. DES MOINES. Attorney General Tom Miller said today that checks totaling $1,511,142.98 are being sent starting today to 2,886 Iowa households as part of the state's settlement with Household International, Inc., one of the largest "sub-prime" mortgage lenders in the U.S. The minimum...

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December 11, 2003

"We allege the mailings are used to identify elderly consumers who are vulnerable to big-ticket telephone scams mostly operating out of Canada," Miller said. DES MOINES. Attorney General Tom Miller announced today that his office has seized about 7000 pieces of mail at a commercial mail-drop in Clive -- thwarting...

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November 18, 2003

Consumer fraud suit alleges telemarketers trick Iowans into believing the callers are fire fighters, that donations will support local fire fighters, and that most of donated money helps fire fighters. DES MOINES. Attorney General Tom Miller filed a consumer fraud lawsuit today alleging that a Florida-based professional fundraiser company uses...

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November 10, 2003

DES MOINES. Attorney General Tom Miller said today that the principal tobacco companies whose advertising has appeared in Time, Newsweek, and U.S. News and World Report have agreed to the request by the Attorneys General that they remove advertising for their cigarette and smokeless tobacco brands from copies of those...

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November 7, 2003

"Body armor" vest may not be bullet-proof. "The question is what terms the company will offer for providing reliable vests," Miller said. DES MOINES. Attorney General Tom Miller said today that the State Consumer Protection Division is investigating the sale of certain bullet-proof vests by a Michigan company called Second...

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November 3, 2003

Court prohibits misrepresentation of meat or violations of Door-to-Door Sales Act - and orders "Farmer's Pride Meat Company" to make refunds. DES MOINES. The Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division filed a lawsuit alleging that Farmer's Pride Meat Company, Inc., misrepresented meat it was selling door-to-door in Iowa. The company agreed...

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October 22, 2003

The Urbandale business allegedly took over $100,000 from would-be models, but the models earned almost nothing. DES MOINES. A court order was entered this morning in Polk County prohibiting the Lauren Ashly Agency, Inc. of Urbandale from soliciting any more customers for its purported business of discovering, marketing, promoting or...

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