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01/2010

Attorney General Terry Goddard and FTC File Suit to Protect Job Seekers

(Phoenix, Ariz. - Jan. 14, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have filed a joint lawsuit in U.S. District Court against Government Careers Inc. (GCI) and owners Jon Coover, Richard Friedberg, and Rimona Friedberg for engaging in allegedly deceptive employment services. GCI’s primary office is in Tucson.

The Attorney General’s Office estimates that as many as 10,000 people across the country are victims, including more than 1,500 Arizona residents.

Free Mediation Training Scheduled for Court Volunteers in Maricopa County

(Phoenix, Ariz. - Jan. 13, 2010) The Attorney General's Office, Civil Rights Division, in partnership with the Arizona Supreme Court Administrative Office of the Court, is offering a free 40-hour mediation course to train volunteers to help resolve court disputes specifically for the Northwest Regional Justice Court, 14264 W. Tierra Buena Lane, Surprise, Ariz. 

Mediators are neutral parties who try to help disputing parties reach agreements in various types of cases. Mediation is a valuable alternative to litigation; it can save time and money and reduce stress. 

Terry Goddard Sues Loan Modification Company for Deceptive Practices

(Phoenix, Ariz. - Jan. 13, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today filed a lawsuit against a Phoenix-based mortgage loan modification company, Asset Creation, LLC, and its owner, Marvin Williamson, for engaging in allegedly deceptive practices. This lawsuit is the latest action in the Attorney General’s crackdown on mortgage loan modification businesses that use misleading advertising or engage in other fraudulent practices.

More than 2,500 consumers have contracted with Asset Creation for loan modification services in the past two years.

Goddard Asks Governor to Join Effort to Remove 'Nebraska Compromise' from Federal Health Bill

(Phoenix, Ariz. -- Jan. 8, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today asked Gov. Jan Brewer to join him in a letter to Arizona's Congressional delegation, urging them to strip the so-called "Nebraska Compromise" from the federal health care bill. That provision would benefit Nebraska at the expense of Arizona and every other state.

Terry Goddard Announces $22.5 Million Settlement over Cholesterol Drug

(Phoenix, Ariz. January 7, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a $22.5-million settlement with Abbott Laboratories, Fournier Industrie et Sante and Laboratories Fournier, S.A., resolving antitrust claims involving the cholesterol drug TriCor. 

Tricor is used to reduce high levels of triglycerides and cholesterol.  It accounted for more than $1 billion of Abbotts sales last year.

Molly Edwards Appointed Press Secretary for Attorney General's Office

(Phoenix, Ariz. -- Jan. 6, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Molly E. Edwards has been named press secretary for the Arizona Attorney General's Office. She will be working with Communications Director Steve Wilson to meet the needs of the media and respond to public inquiries. She replaces Anne Hilby, who left the office last week to work in a political campaign. 

Wednesday: Terry Goddard to Host Anti-Crime University for West Valley Seniors

(Phoenix, Ariz. – January 5, 2010)  Attorney General Terry Goddard will host a Senior Anti-Crime University onWednesday, January 6, 2010 in Sun City West. The program will start at 8 a.m. at the Sun City West Foundation.

Goddard will be joined by local leaders and experts in consumer scams, investment fraud, personal safety, elder abuse, financial exploitation and other issues affecting seniors.

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