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December 23, 2013

Excavators in four counties damaged natural gas lines and an electrical line, failed to provide Iowa One Call notice (DES MOINES, Iowa) Attorney General Tom Miller filed lawsuits against four contractors who allegedly damaged natural gas and electrical lines during excavations without first notifying Iowa One Call. The suits, filed...

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December 20, 2013

Mortgage Debt Relief Act, about to expire, excludes taxable income calculation for homeowners in hardship who receive mortgage debt forgiveness (DES MOINES, Iowa) Attorney General Tom Miller is calling on Congress to extend soon-to-be expired tax relief for distressed homeowners into next year. On Thursday, Miller and 41 state attorneys...

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December 19, 2013

(DES MOINES, Iowa) Attorney General Tom Miller urged Iowans who used debit or credit cards at any Target store from November 27 to December 15 to be aware of a massive data breach that could impact 40 million retail customers. According to a Target statement, the company has determined that...

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December 19, 2013

$3.5 million in principal reductions to Iowans, cash payments to foreclosed borrowers in 864 Iowa loans, and tough mortgage servicing standards hold Ocwen accountable for past practices, ensure fundamental servicing reforms (DES MOINES, Iowa) Ocwen Financial Corporation of Atlanta, Georgia, and its subsidiary, Ocwen Loan Servicing, have agreed to a...

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December 17, 2013

AGs ask Congress to pass the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA), which would fund the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) for two more years (DES MOINES, Iowa) Attorney General Tom Miller, along with 46 state and territorial attorneys general, today asked Congress to fund programs that fight human trafficking...

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December 17, 2013

Through baseless patent infringement claims, patent trolls extract huge fees and settlements from businesses, non-profit agencies and even consumers (DES MOINES, Iowa) Attorney General Tom Miller today joined 42 attorneys general in voicing strong support for the Federal Trade Commission’s efforts to investigate so-called patent trolls. The 43 state attorneys...

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December 12, 2013

Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division alleges dealership sidestepped legal protections for consumers behind on their payments (DES MOINES, Iowa) A Des Moines used car dealer will refund improper fees it collected from customers, and has agreed to follow Iowa’s Truth in Lending Act, after Attorney General Tom Miller alleged the...

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December 11, 2013

Zohydro is 5-10 times more powerful than hydrocodone, FDA did not require abuse safeguards (DES MOINES, Iowa) Attorney General Tom Miller is urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to reconsider its approval of a powerful new narcotic painkiller, or require manufacturers to reformulate the drug to deter its abuse....

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November 21, 2013

445 state attorneys general pressured Verizon, AT&T Mobility, Sprint & T-Mobile over charges behind widespread "mobile cramming" complaints ((DES MOINES, Iowa) The four largest U.S. wireless phone carriers have agreed to stop billing customers for most third-party charges on mobile phone bills, following months of pressure from state attorneys general,...

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November 20, 2013

U.S. Senate passed bipartisan bill to prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity I(DES MOINES, Iowa) Attorney General Tom Miller and a group of 13 state attorneys general today urged U.S. House Speaker John Boehner to send to the floor the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) to prohibit...

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