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10/2008

Terry Goddard Announces $60 Million Settlement with Pfizer

(Phoenix, Ariz. – October 22, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard announced a $60 million settlement today with Pfizer Inc. (Pfizer). The settlement resolves a lengthy investigation by Attorneys General from 32 states and the District of Columbia into the company’s promotion of the drugs Celebrex® and Bextra®.

Arizona’s share of the $60 million payment is $2,500,656. The settlement takes the form of a consent judgment and does not constitute an admission of wrongdoing.

Statewide Endangered Person Alert System Announced

(Phoenix, Ariz. – October 22, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard, Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Roger Vanderpool, and Art Brooks, President and CEO of the Arizona Broadcasters’ Association, today announced the creation of a new statewide public safety alert system.

The Arizona Endangered Person Alert system will notify the public when an adult suffering from a significant health problem or a medically-diagnosed disability (such as Alzheimer’s disease) goes missing under unexplained or suspicious circumstances.

Company Agrees to Safeguards for Student Information

(Phoenix, Ariz. – October 30, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a $200,000 settlement with Educational Research Center of America, Inc. (ERCA), a New Jersey-based, not-for-profit corporation. According to the settlement, ERCA must improve its practices for obtaining and handling personal information it collects through nationwide surveys of high school students.

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