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March 18, 2019

25 states oppose proposals backtracking on borrower protections

DES MOINES — Attorney General Tom Miller urged the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to take immediate action to protect consumers from abuses in payday lending, vehicle title lending, and other types of high-cost exploitative consumer lending. Iowa is part of a coalition of 25 states filing comments with the bureau.

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March 15, 2019

Lawsuit alleges that sham rescue groups ship dogs out of state to circumvent puppy mill laws

DES MOINES — Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller filed a lawsuit Monday to shut down an alleged puppy-laundering ring, including dissolving two “pet rescue” non-profits accused of exporting designer dogs from Iowa to pet shops in other states.

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March 12, 2019

AGs' agreement with Dunkin’, Arby’s, Five Guys, and Little Caesars will drop provisions that harm workers

DES MOINES — Four national fast food franchisors will cease using “no-poach” agreements in a multistate settlement with a coalition of 14 attorneys general, including Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller. The agreements restrict the right of fast-food workers to move from one franchise to another within the same restaurant chain. 

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March 5, 2019

TRACED Act would require providers to adopt technology to stop calls

DES MOINES — Attorney General Tom Miller urges the U.S. Senate to enact the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act, legislation to curb illegal robocalls and spoofing.

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February 28, 2019

Quad Cities entities change names to avoid detection, lawsuit alleges

DES MOINES -- The Iowa Attorney General’s Office is asking a judge to shut down several Quad Cities-based advertising companies that are accused of continuing to defraud small businesses across the nation.

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February 27, 2019

Program allows consumers who have not been made whole to have inquiry reviewed

DES MOINES -- Attorney General Tom Miller announced that Wells Fargo has begun a consumer redress review program as part of its settlement with Iowa and the rest of the country.

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February 15, 2019

A.G.'s case helped spur new law protecting veterans

A Nashua investment adviser accused of illegally selling advice to veterans must change her business practices under a settlement with the Iowa Attorney General.

The case spurred a state law passed last year that increases consumer protections for veterans applying for benefits.

 

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February 4, 2019

Companies barred from sending deceptive mailers to Iowans

DES MOINES -- Older Iowans who receive official-looking mailers with “FREE government benefits” in large print should beware: A private company might be fishing for your information and trying to sell you insurance.

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January 23, 2019

Callers lied about being blind, investigation shows

DES MOINES – The Iowa attorney general alleges that a Florida man associated with a telemarketing company has again run afoul of Iowa’s Consumer Fraud Act, seven years after being banned from soliciting Iowans.

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January 22, 2019

Johnson & Johnson and DePuy deceived consumers and doctors, AGs allege

DES MOINES — Attorney General Tom Miller and 45 other attorneys general have reached a $120 million Consent Judgment with Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, DePuy, to resolve allegations that DePuy unlawfully promoted two metal-on-metal hip implant devices.

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