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09/2006

Terry Goddard Settles with Company over Deceptive Advertising

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Sept.13, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a multi-state settlement with Gateway Distributors, The Right Solution Gateway and company owner Richard Bailey, resolving allegations of deceptive advertising of alternative health products. Goddard was joined by Attorneys General from 17 other states and the District of Columbia in this settlement.

Terry Goddard and ADEQ Director Steve Owens Announce $10,000 Settlement for Illegal Asbestos Dumping in Yuma

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Sept. 13, 2006) Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) Director Steve Owens and Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a consent judgment that requires Yuma resident Peter Auza to pay $10,000 for illegally dumping asbestos-containing waste material (ACWM), a violation of Arizona’s environmental laws.

New Mexico Man Pleads Guilty to Child Exploitation

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Sept. 12, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a plea agreement with Robert Dennis Bixler, 49, of Socorro, New Mexico. Bixler pleaded guilty to one count of sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of luring.

In November 2004, Bixler met someone he thought was a 13-year-old girl named “Kari” in an Internet teen chat room. In fact, he was communicating with a sergeant with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

Terry Goddard Provides Hollywood with Anti-Smoking Messages for DVDs

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Sept. 7, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that he is once again urging Hollywood’s major motion picture studios to insert anti-smoking public service announcements in all DVDs, videos and other newer home viewing formats of movies in which smoking is depicted. Goddard is the co-chair of the National Association of Attorneys General Tobacco Committee.

Terry Goddard Issues Opinion Allowing School Salary Increases

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Sept. 6, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today issued a legal opinion that Arizona school districts and charter schools can amend contracts of nonadministrative employees to reflect increases in salary and benefits appropriated by the Arizona Legislature earlier this summer.

The question was whether the compensation increases would violate provisions of the Arizona Constitution that prohibit a gift of public funds. Goddard concluded that any salary increase stemming from the Legislature’s $100 million appropriation is allowed under the Arizona Constitution.

Terry Goddard Issues Warning About Phony Food Service Letter

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Sept. 1, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today warned food service establishments to beware of a letter notifying them of “new health codes” and requiring them to purchase hand washing posters. The letter, sent by a company calling itself the Arizona Food Service Compliance Center (AFSCC), has been received by food service establishments in Arizona and other states. The Arizona Food Service Compliance Center is not affiliated with any state or federal agency.

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