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05/2008

Terry Goddard Encourages Kids to Take Megan Pledge to Stop Cyberbulling

(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 30, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today kicked off National Internet Safety month by encouraging young people to take the Megan Pledge and take a stand against cyberbullying.

“Kids no longer need muscles to bully and torment their peers,” Goddard said. “Some young people use Web sites, cell phones, instant messaging, chat rooms and blogs to harass, threaten and ridicule. The impact on the victim can be devastating and even tragic. There are steps parents and their children can take to stop Internet bullying.”

Chandler Man Convicted of Bribery, Harassment of Public Officials

(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 1, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard announced that a Maricopa County jury today convicted Edward Anthony Purvis, 39, of Chandler, on one count of bribery of a public servant and four counts of harassment of public employees.

The person he bribed was a Chandler police officer, and the persons he harassed were a Maricopa County superior court judge, the Maricopa County Superior Court clerk and two attorneys from the Arizona Corporation Commission.

Terry Goddard Announces Arrests in Major Arms Trafficking Case

(Phoenix, Ariz. -- May 6, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the breakup of a major weapons trafficking operation in Phoenix that supplied hundreds of AK-47 assault rifles, other long guns and handguns to criminal organizations in Mexico.

Three men were arrested this morning, including George Iknadosian, owner of the X Caliber Guns store in north Phoenix. Search and seizure warrants were executed at the store and at his Glendale home. About 1,300 weapons were seized at the two locations today.

Terry Goddard Announces Agreement with Facebook to Better Protect Kids

(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 8, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that the social networking Web site Facebook has agreed to changes to better protect children from Internet predators and inappropriate content.

Goddard joined 48 other state Attorneys General in this agreement, which is similar to one reached in January with MySpace. MySpace agreed to head a task force, which Facebook has joined, to explore and develop age and identity identification tools for social networking sites. Goddard will participate as a task force member.

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Assistant Attorney General Julia Smock Honored for Pro Bono Work

(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 15, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today congratulated Assistant Attorney General Julia Smock for being a recipient of the Public Attorney Team of the Year award, which honors her exceptional pro bono service.

Smock was presented the award during a dinner hosted by the Volunteer Lawyers Program Advisory Committee last month in Phoenix. This year’s theme, “For Love of Justice,” recognized outstanding achievements in pro bono work for 2007.

Terry Goddard Announces Record Pharmaceutical Settlement over Vioxx

(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 20, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a $58 million settlement with Merck and Company, Inc., resolving a three-year investigation by 30 states concerning the company’s deceptive promotion of its painrelieving drug Vioxx. The amount represents the largest multi-state settlement ever against a pharmaceutical company.

Goddard joined 29 other state Attorneys General in this settlement. Arizona’s share will be $2,317,913. The settlement will also restrict Merck’s ability to deceptively promote any of its products.

Terry Goddard Announces Telemarketing Suit in National Fraud Crackdown

(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 20, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced his office filed a lawsuit against Curtis and Rosemary Winlock and Dale Kikta, owners and manager of USDW Inc., a telemarketing business that sells household goods nationwide. The lawsuit alleges that the company engages in deceptive business practices, including calling their forprofit company a non-profit organization benefiting disabled and/or disadvantaged individuals. The Winlocks own the company, and Kikta manages the office located in Phoenix.

Tempe Firm to Pay $130,000 in Hazardous Waste Settlement

(Phoenix, Ariz. - May 22, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard and Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Director Steve Owens today announced a $130,000 settlement with IMC Magnetics Corporation for violations of the Arizona hazardous waste statutes.

Under the settlement, IMC Magnetics is required to adopt and maintain an environmental management system and conduct two annual hazardous waste audits to confirm compliance with state law.

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