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December 28, 2018

Agreement resolves state consumer protection claims for alleged unfair and deceptive trade practices

DES MOINES — Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced Friday that Wells Fargo Bank N.A. will pay $575 million to resolve claims that the bank violated state consumer protection laws over several sales practices, including creating unauthorized accounts, and other actions that affected millions of customers. Iowa joined Arizona, Connecticut and Pennsylvania in leading the investigation into Wells Fargo’s practices.

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December 21, 2018

LIBOR investigations have recovered $488 million from four banks

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced a $68 million, 40-state settlement with UBS for fraudulent conduct involving the manipulation of LIBOR (the London Interbank Offered Rate).  LIBOR is a benchmark interest rate that affects financial instruments worth trillions of dollars and has a far-reaching impact on global markets and consumers.

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December 20, 2018

First Step Act will 'create a more just federal system,' Iowa attorney general says

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller has joined 37 other attorneys general in sending a letter to House and Senate leadership in support of the First Step Act.

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December 11, 2018

Rollback of Clean Power and Clean Car rules would increase pollution

DES MOINES -- Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller joined a 29-member coalition on Tuesday calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to heed the National Climate Assessment and immediately withdraw its proposals to roll back rules limiting pollution from power plants and cars. 

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December 7, 2018

Small businesses were defrauded over high school sports posters, other items, lawsuit alleges

DES MOINES — The Iowa Attorney General’s Office has sued a Davenport resident, alleging that his businesses promised to create and distribute promotional items — including posters promoting high school sports teams — but instead defrauded small businesses across the country.

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December 5, 2018

Multistate group seeks solutions with telecom companies

DES MOINES -- Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced that he has joined a bipartisan group of attorneys general in 39 states and the District of Columbia to stop or reduce annoying and harmful robocalls. This coalition is reviewing the technology major telecom companies are pursuing to fight illegal robocalls.

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December 4, 2018

Midland settlement provides consumer protections, debt forgiveness 

DES MOINES — Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced Tuesday that Iowa joined 42 states and the District of Columbia in reaching a $6 million settlement with Encore Capital Group Inc. and its subsidiaries Midland Credit Management, Inc. and Midland Funding, LLC, one of the nation’s largest debt buyers.

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November 29, 2018

Attorney General investigations result in sales restrictions for three out-of-state sellers

DES MOINES -- When shopping for satellite TV providers, consumers need a finely tuned antenna to avoid bad deals.

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November 13, 2018

FDA should focus on encouraging adult smokers to switch to e-cigarettes

I believe that JUUL has announced a good plan to address concerns over sales to minors. The company has been outstandingly successful in helping adult smokers switch from combustible cigarettes, and they don’t need sales to adolescents to succeed.

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November 9, 2018

Prairie Farms also agrees to add pollution-control equipment

A Northeast Iowa cheesemaker has paid a $100,000 penalty and agreed to install $1.4 million in pollution-control measures after violating air quality limits for 12 years.

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