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August 30, 2012

(DES MOINES, Iowa) Attorney General Tom Miller today announced agreements with online retail brokers E*Trade and TradeKing as part of a three-state investigation into potential violations of antitrust law in the retail securities brokerage industry. The investigation focused on possibly collusive conduct by several retail securities brokers and firms that...

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August 30, 2012

(DES MOINES, Iowa) In the largest multistate consumer protection settlement with a pharmaceutical company, Attorney General Tom Miller and 36 other attorneys general today reached a record $181 million dollar settlement with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson, after the attorneys general alleged that Janssen improperly marketed...

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August 30, 2012

Iowa consumers to receive approximately $614,000 through settlement (DES MOINES, Iowa) Attorney General Tom Miller, along with 54 attorneys general in other states, districts and U.S. territories, announced today that they have reached an antitrust settlement with three of the nation’s largest book publishers. Hachette Book Group, Inc., HarperCollins Publishers...

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August 29, 2012

(DES MOINES, Iowa) The nation’s largest mortgage servicers have begun providing direct relief to homeowners in Iowa and across the country as part of a national mortgage servicing settlement, according to the first post-settlement progress report released by independent settlement monitor Joseph A. Smith of the Office of Mortgage Settlement...

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August 17, 2012

(DES MOINES, Iowa) A Polk County District Court judge today rejected a class-action lawsuit challenging every state executive branch hiring decision since July of 2003. The plaintiffs claimed that the state allowed what they called “implicit” or “subconscious” bias to permeate the hiring process, resulting in systemic discrimination against African-Americans...

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August 15, 2012

Courtesy Health Watch raised money for several non-profit organizations (DES MOINES, Iowa) Attorney General Tom Miller today alleged that a Florida-based professional fundraiser deceived Iowans to generate donations for various non-profit clients. In a consumer fraud lawsuit filed in Polk County District Court against Courtesy Health Watch Inc. (“CHW”), a...

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August 10, 2012

Both failed to contact Iowa One Call, causing separate ruptures and explosions in April (DES MOINES, Iowa) Two Iowa excavators have agreed to maximum civil penalties for violating Iowa’s One Call law, in separate cases that led to natural gas explosions in two counties in April. Attorney General Tom Miller...

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