Terry Goddard Encourages Kids to Take Megan Pledge to Stop Cyberbullying

(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.”

Court Orders Realty Firm to Pay $1.2 Million for Violating Fraud, Banking Laws

(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 29, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard and Department of Financial Institutions Superintendent Felecia Rotellini today announced that Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Edward Burke has ruled that Virtual Realty Funding Company (VRF) and its owner Kenneth D. Perkins violated the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act and state banking laws and ordered them to pay $1.2 million in restitution and civil penalties.

Tempe Defendants Plead Guilty in Land Investment Scheme

(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 23, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard announced that Rodney Fielding, 50, and Lisa Fielding, 46, of Tempe, today pleaded guilty in a land investment fraud scheme that cost investors more than $1.87 million. Rodney Fielding pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud, and Lisa Fielding pleaded guilty to two counts of illegal control of an enterprise.

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.

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 pain relieving 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 for profit company a non-profit organization benefiting disabled and/or disadvantaged individuals. The Winlocks own the company, and Kikta manages the office located in Phoenix.

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.