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02/2005

Attorney General Goddard Files Consumer Fraud Lawsuit Against Scottsdale Suzuki Superstore, Inc.

(Phoenix, Ariz. – February 8, 2005)  Attorney General Terry Goddard today filed suit against Scottsdale Suzuki Superstore, Inc. alleging the dealer made misleading and deceptive statements in television ads guaranteeing a minimum trade-in for the purchaser of a new car at its Tempe dealership.  

In addition, lawsuit alleges that Scottsdale Suzuki Superstore, Inc. placed misleading information concerning “dealer installed accessories and service charges” on the window stickers of new cars.

Terry Goddard Issues Auto Loan Mark-Up Alert

(Phoenix, Ariz. – February 7, 2005)  Attorney General Terry Goddard today issued the following Auto Loan Consumer Alert as part of Consumer Protection Week 2005. Complaints related to the purchase of a new or used car consistently rank among the top 10 consumer complaints filed with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.

Background

People who get auto loans from automobile dealers sometimes pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars extra because of higher interest rates charged by dealers, and minorities usually pay the most. 

Goddard Legal Opinion Provides Guidance to Secretary of State regarding Voter Registration Identification Under Proposition 200

(Phoenix, Ariz. – February 4, 2005)  Attorney General Terry Goddard today issued a legal opinion indicating that an Arizona driver’s license or a state issued ID card obtained after October 1, 1996 satisfies the citizenship requirement to register to vote. The Secretary of State requested the opinion following voter approval of Proposition 200.

In addition to providing the identification, a person registering to vote must sign a statement declaring he or she is a U.S. citizen, and that falsely claiming to be a U.S. citizen is a state and federal crime.

Terry Goddard Responds to Clean Elections Complaint

(Phoenix, Ariz. – February 25, 2005) My campaign disclosures were complete, highly detailed and in compliance with the Clean Elections law. 

Of course, this complaint will be properly investigated, and I have recused myself and this office from any involvement with that process.     

I don't know why a complaint like this would be filed after more than two years except to attempt to divert attention from the Clean Elections investigations of complaints relating to the 2004 election. 

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