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December 16, 2004

Statement of the Attorney General's Office: Pursuant to a settlement agreement reached between the parties this week, Jenna, Bryan and Lisa Sievers today asked the Polk County District Court to dismiss their petition for judicial review of the Iowa State Fair Board's decision to disqualify their steer, "Pickles," from the...

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November 10, 2004

State Alleges Consumer Fraud in Charitable Fund-raising Calls DES MOINES. Attorney General Tom Miller filed a lawsuit today alleging deceptive fund-raising practices by the "American Deputy Sheriffs' Association," a not-for-profit corporation headquartered in Louisiana that asks for donations supposedly to help Iowa law enforcement agencies with things like bullet-proof vests...

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October 5, 2004

Iowa has joined federal and multi-national agencies in "Operation Roaming Charge" - a concerted campaign against telemarketing fraud originating both in the U.S. and abroad. "This is a very important development in the long-running battle against telemarketing fraud, because so many operations have moved out of the U.S. but are...

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October 1, 2004

The Iowa Attorney General's Office issued a consumer protection subpoena late Thursday to a Virginia company advertising a "Spectacular Estate Auction" Saturday in Sioux City -- and the company canceled the auction early today. Advertising said the auction was to feature "exclusive items from a multi-million dollar private estate due...

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September 17, 2004

Miller: "They gave the telemarketers instant access to consumers' bank accounts and withdrew millions of dollars -- sometimes without consumers even knowing it. We are asking the court to put a stop to this practice in Iowa and nationwide." DES MOINES. Attorney General Tom Miller filed a lawsuit today alleging...

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September 3, 2004

"Sweepstakes reply-mail came to a D.M commercial mail-box site," Miller said. "We allege the mailings are illegal -- and that they are used to identify elderly consumers who are vulnerable to big-ticket scams from Canada and the U.S." DES MOINES. Attorney General Tom Miller said today that his office obtained...

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August 30, 2004

CD distribution wraps up nationwide antitrust case, which also resulted in payment of almost $1.6 million to 113,000 Iowans in February. DES MOINES. Over 56,000 compact discs are now being delivered to 305 public and academic libraries in Iowa as a result of a nationwide antitrust case and settlement. Iowa...

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August 23, 2004

Another company joins in settlement with states -- which includes restrictions on advertising and promotion of tobacco products to young people. Another large tobacco company has joined the Master Settlement Agreement with Iowa and other states, which means the company now is bound by a wide array of restrictions on...

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August 18, 2004

Texas company must refund more than $100,000 to Iowa victim. "This business opportunity scheme won't claim any more Iowa victims," Miller said. DES MOINES. Attorney General Tom Miller announced today that a Texas company that promotes a business opportunity supposedly based on grocery coupons has been barred from operating its...

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July 21, 2004

Multi-State Settlement to Benefit Cell Phone Users Verizon, Cingular and Sprint PCS agree to coverage maps and return policies that help consumers. Verizon Wireless, Cingular Wireless, and Sprint PCS have agreed with thirty-two states including Iowa to provide accurate coverage maps to consumers, give consumers at least two weeks to...

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