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November 13, 2009

“These practices have harmed taxpayers, undercut the Medicaid program, and driven up health costs for everyone else, too,” said Attorney General Tom Miller. Des Moines -- Nov. 13, 2009. Eight prescription drug-making companies are paying Iowa $4.3 million to settle allegations that they purposefully reported false and inflated drug prices...

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November 4, 2009

“Weakened consumer protections and limited enforcement authority already have damaged many consumers and the economy in general,” 40 AGs say in letter to Congress. Des Moines. Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller is leading a group of 40 state attorneys general in urging Congress to uphold the role of the states...

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September 2, 2009

Des Moines, Sept. 2, 2009. Pfizer Inc. must change its marketing practices and pay $33 million to 43 states under a settlement resolving allegations by state attorneys general that Pfizer used unfair and deceptive practices in marketing its anti-psychotic drug called “Geodon.” “The FDA approved Geodon for treatment of schizophrenia...

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August 27, 2009

Company has made improvements to ensure compliance. Keokuk, Iowa, August 27, 2009. Matrix Metals LLC has been ordered to pay a $220,000 civil penalty for air pollution violations at its steel casting manufacturing facility in Keokuk, Attorney General Tom Miller said Thursday. Lee County District Court Judge William L. Dowell...

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July 30, 2009

[UPDATE 8-10-09 -- See after end of Statement.] Statement of the Attorney General's Office, July 30, 2009: We have received more than 100 calls in the last couple days from CIS customers seeking information or raising complaints. Complaints include that CIS service had terminated abruptly, that service was poor, that...

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July 23, 2009

“Notice Packets” are being mailed Friday to Countrywide borrowers who lost their homes. “Countrywide also is offering mortgage loan modifications that will help hundreds of Iowans avoid foreclosure and loss of their homes,” Miller says. (DES MOINES) Attorney General Tom Miller said “Notice Packets” will be mailed Friday to 427...

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July 16, 2009

Satellite company will pay restitution to consumers, pay $5.9 million to states, and take many measures to avoid unfair or deceptive practices in the future. DISH Network, L.L.C., one of the nation’s largest providers of satellite broadcast programming, has agreed to resolve a wide array of consumer complaints by establishing...

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July 15, 2009

States investigated Merck and Schering-Plough for delayed release of results regarding Vytorin, a cholesterol-lowering drug Iowa and several dozen other states have reached a settlement with Merck & Co. and Schering-Plough resolving the states’ investigation into the drug companies’ lengthy delay in releasing negative results of a clinical trial of...

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July 15, 2009

Miller: “Beware of foreclosure rescue scams. If you need help, call the free Iowa Mortgage Help Hotline at 877-622-4866.” A Georgia company called “Guaranteed Loan Modifications Inc.” must completely stop offering any “foreclosure prevention” services in Iowa and must refund hundreds of dollars to an Iowa consumer. “This company broke...

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June 24, 2009

Iowa to receive $28,000 to help ensure protection of personal data. TJX Companies, Inc., the parent company of T.J. Maxx and Marshalls and other retail stores, has reached a settlement with Iowa and a total of 41 states concerning TJX’s security practices and a massive data breach that exposed millions...

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