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December 27, 2011

(DES MOINES, Iowa) A New Jersey direct television marketing company has agreed to pay $10,500 for full refunds to Iowans who were charged for memberships in its “Everyday Savings Club” membership program. Telebrands, Inc. of Fairfield, New Jersey, designs, manufactures and promotes personal care, pet care, and home products it...

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December 23, 2011

(DES MOINES, Iowa) Attorney General Tom Miller announced a $34.25 million settlement with GE Funding Capital Market Services, Inc. (“GE Funding”) as part of an ongoing nationwide investigation of alleged illegal conduct in the municipal bond derivatives industry. As part of the multistate settlement, GE Funding has agreed to pay...

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December 15, 2011

(DES MOINES, Iowa) The sponsor of a congressional effort to allow robo-callers to target cell phones has withdrawn the proposed legislation, a move that drew approval from Attorney General Tom Miller. “Chalk up a victory for consumers and attorneys general across the country who made their voices heard in Washington,...

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December 7, 2011

(DES MOINES, Iowa) The company that owns freeshipping.com will stop selling memberships to Iowans and will pay $154,126 for full or partial refunds to Iowa consumers after Attorney General Tom Miller accused the company of violating the Iowa Consumer Fraud Act and Iowa’s Buying Club Memberships Law. In an agreement...

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December 1, 2011

(MUSCATINE, Iowa) Attorney General Tom Miller filed a lawsuit against Grain Processing Corporation (GPC) for numerous air pollution and water pollution control violations at its grain processing facility in Muscatine. In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Muscatine County District Court, Miller alleged GPC emitted excess particulate matter and sulfur dioxide;...

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November 23, 2011

(ALGONA, Iowa) Kossuth County District Court Judge Nancy L. Whittenburg Wednesday penalized two north central Iowa companies and their principal owners $40,000 for failing to timely submit manure management plans to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources at eight confinement feeding operations located in Kossuth and Palo Alto Counties. The...

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November 16, 2011

(GARNER, Iowa) A Hancock County judge Tuesday penalized a Forest City cattle producer $10,000 following an illegal discharge of manure last year from his cattle feedlot operation into a tributary of the Winnebago River. Monroe Branstad owns and operates a cattle feedlot and confinement feeding operation in Hancock County. The...

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November 8, 2011

(OTTUMWA, Iowa) A Wapello County judge ordered a Blairsburg company to pay a $30,000 penalty Monday after the company discharged wastewater from stormwater retention basins last year at its Eddyville solid waste composting facility. District Court Judge Myron L. Gookin also enjoined Chamness Technology, Inc. from committing future violations. The...

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October 26, 2011

(DES MOINES, Iowa) Attorney General Tom Miller asked a Polk County judge Wednesday to order a Michigan company that sells labor law posters to Iowa workplaces to provide information sought by the Consumer Protection Division in a consumer fraud investigation. Miller alleged that Mandatory Poster Agency, Inc. (“MPA”), headquartered in...

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October 26, 2011

(DES MOINES, Iowa) Attorney General Tom Miller filed criminal charges against a Beverly Hills, California producer/director who received state film tax credits. Miller filed trial information documents Friday in Polk County District Court, charging Donald Borchers, 55, with Fraudulent Practice in the First Degree and Theft in the First Degree,...

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