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06/2004

Attorney General Goddard Announces Bristol Myers Squibb Settlement

(Phoenix, Ariz.- June 2, 2004)  Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the settlement with Bristol-Myers Squibb for unlawfully maintaining a monopoly on Taxol®, an anticancer prescription drug resulting in Arizona consumers paying higher costs for this lifesaving drug.

This settlement includes returning $103,272 to 166 Arizona consumers who submitted claims for purchases of Taxol®, and $138,677 to the Department of Health Services to be used for breast cancer screenings.

Human Smugglers Headed to Jail

(Phoenix, Ariz. – June 22, 2004)  Three men who pled guilty earlier this year to human smuggling are headed to jail for their crimes.  The three men were recently sentenced in Maricopa County Superior Court for smuggling a person across the border and then holding the victim hostage while seeking payment from his family.

Terry Goddard to meet with the Department of Energy, Responds to FTC Gasoline Letter

(Phoenix, Ariz. – June 21, 2004)  Attorney General Terry Goddard will meet with Department of Energy Assistant Secretary Mark Maddox and Deputy Assistant Secretary Howard Gruenstecht on July 23 to discuss gasoline issues affecting Arizona and Western States consumers.  Friday’s agenda will includethe following topics:

Phelps Dodge Settles with Arizona and EPA for $1.4 Million

(Phoenix, Ariz. – June 21, 2004)  The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and the Attorney General’s Office have settled a joint lawsuit against Phelps Dodge Corporation for environmental violations committed at its Sierrita mine, located near Tucson. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency joined the lawsuit, and will share the $1.4 million penalty assessed for allegedly violating the Clean Air Act. The environmental violations alleged in the joint lawsuit were committed by Phelps Dodge’s predecessor, Cypress Sierrita Corporation.

Attorney General Terry Goddard Settles with Check Agencies of Arizona, Inc., DBA Check Center

(Tucson, Ariz. – June 16, 2004)  Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that the Attorney General’s Office entered into a consent judgment with Check Agencies of Arizona, Inc., dba Check Center, a Delaware Corporation, and its president, Michael S. Weinstein.  Check Agencies and Michael S. Weinstein cooperated fully with the Attorney General’s Office in this investigation.

U.S. Supreme Court Decides Against Arizona in Hibbs v. Winn et al.

(Phoenix, Ariz. – June 14, 2004)  Attorney General Terry Goddard today expressed disappointment at the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that tax credits can be challenged in federal court.

“Unfortunately, the Court’s decision is part of a continuing erosion of states’ rights,” Goddard said.  “I am disappointed that the U.S. Supreme Court in this decision did not support our federal system or the congressional intent expressed in the Tax Injunction Act, that state courts should have the last word on challenges to state tax actions.”

Oliver Joins Attorney General's Office

(Phoenix, Ariz. – June 10, 2004)  Jerry A. Oliver, Sr., former Detroit Police Chief and Phoenix Assistant Police Chief, joined the Attorney General’s Office this week.  Oliver, recognized as one of the country’s leaders in law enforcement and an advocate for policing reform, will serve as Special Advisor to the Attorney General on matters concerning public safety.

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