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11/2007

Tobacco Company Curtailing Print Ads after Attorneys General Object

(Phoenix, Ariz. - Nov. 29, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that RJR Reynolds Tobacco Company, following strong concerns he and other state attorneys general raised about the company's marketing practices, has agreed to change its advertising policy and not advertise its cigarette brands in U.S. newspapers and magazines in 2008.

RJR's brands include Camel, Winston, Pall Mall and American Spirit. It is the country's second-largest tobacco company behind Philip Morris, which has not run U.S. print ads for any of its cigarette brands in the past three years.

Terry Goddard Files Suit Against EPA Over Regulation of Toxic Chemicals

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Nov. 28, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard today joined 11 other states in filing a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over new regulations reducing public access to information about toxic chemicals.

The lawsuit seeks to invalidate the EPA’s revised Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) regulations and return to the former reporting requirements so that public access to environmental information is not restricted.

Housing Discrimination Lawsuit Settled for $55,000

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Nov. 27, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the settlement of a housing discrimination lawsuit filed last year against Stanislawa Barbara Ogorzaly, Remodelers Ltd., real estate agent June Lamb, Gayle Norman Lamb and real estate broker Keller Williams, Professional Partners.

The settlement, in the form of a consent decree, resolves allegations that in June 2006, Ogorzaly refused to rent a Peoria townhouse to an African American couple, Dr. Velvie

Terry Goddard Calls Warren Jeffs' Prison Sentence a Positive Step

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Nov. 20, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard had the following response to today's sentencing of Warren Jeffs to two consecutive prison terms of five years to life:

The sentence given to Warren Jeffs is good news for Arizona and another very positive step affirming the rule of law in the community of Colorado City. It provides vindication and a degree of closure for the courageous witnesses who testified for the prosecution against Jeffs and for other victims over the years.

Terry Goddard Appointing New Panel to Assist State Crime Labs

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Nov. 20, 2007) Citing major advances in crime-solving DNA technology, Attorney General Terry Goddard announced today he is forming a new state panel to coordinate and support work at Arizona’s eight crime labs.

The Forensic Services Advisory Committee will monitor performance measures, develop a more uniform system of reporting data and work with laboratory directors to coordinate long-term planning.

Terry Goddard Offers Tips to Avoid Fraudulent Charitable Appeals

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Nov. 9, 2006) The Holiday Season is fast approaching, a time of year when many Arizona consumers contribute to charities. To help ensure a rewarding experience, Attorney General Terry Goddard is advising consumers to be careful when making donations, especially to groups they know little about.

Goddard offers the following tips to make sure donations are sent to legitimate charities:

Terry Goddard Joins Lawsuits to Force EPA to Act on Air Quality Request

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Nov. 8, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard today joined 12 other state Attorneys General in two legal actions to require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take action on California’s request for approval to regulate greenhouse gas pollution from automobiles sold in the state. California requested this authority in 2005. The EPA has yet to act on the request.

Attorney General’s Office Recovers $500,000 for Military Personnel, Vets

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Nov. 7, 2007) With Veteran’s Day approaching, Attorney General Terry Goddard noted that as we honor our nation’s veterans, far too many are being victimized by scam artists. The Arizona Attorney General’s Office has received a large number of consumer complaints from veterans and current members of the military. Fortunately, many have been successfully resolved.