DES MOINES, IOWA (April 22, 2020) — Tobacco companies involved in the 1998 landmark settlement have transferred about $49.4 million to the state treasury for this year's payment.

In the last 22 years, Iowa has received more than $1.3 billion in payments under the settlement. The state will continue to receive annual Master Settlement Agreement payments in perpetuity, based on the number of cigarettes sold in the United States. The MSA is the largest settlement in US history.

DES MOINES, IOWA (April 20, 2020) ― A Milwaukee real-estate company has agreed to pay $75,000 to the state of Iowa and admitted it violated asbestos regulations at a former Maytag building in Newton.    

DES MOINES, IOWA (March 25, 2020) — Iowans who operated an alleged puppy laundering ring have agreed to dissolve their “pet rescue” non-profits, permanently cease deceptive operations, pay the state $60,000, and submit to other restrictions as part of a settlement with Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller.

DES MOINES, IOWA (March 25, 2020) ― Attorney General Tom Miller joined letters with 32 other attorneys general to urge Amazon, Facebook, Ebay, Walmart, and Craigslist to more rigorously monitor price-gouging practices by online sellers using their services.

DES MOINES, IOWA (March 10, 2020) — Iowans should look out for price-gouging and other scams related to the COVID-19 virus, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller warns.

DES MOINES, IOWA (February 25, 2020) — A former Atlantic vehicle recycler must pay an additional $50,000 penalty for violating environmental laws and ignoring state orders to clean up the abandoned site, a judge has ruled.

Fourth District Chief Judge Jeffrey L Larson also ruled that Jason Wright, who now lives in Colorado, is liable for future cleanup costs and could face contempt charges if he fails to comply with the order.

DES MOINES, IOWA (February 18, 2020) — The Iowa Attorney General’s investigation into Quad Cities-based national advertising and telephone scams has led to a civil lawsuit against another telemarketing operation.

DES MOINES, IOWA (February 11, 2020) — A Polk County judge has ordered a Quad Cities-based telemarketing operation to pay nearly $2.6 million and permanently banned it from doing business after finding the operation had defrauded small businesses across the nation.

Polk County District Judge Heather Lauber granted Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller’s request for summary judgment against owner Alphonso Barnum of Davenport, several of his associates, and 10 companies.

DES MOINES, IOWA (January 30, 2020) — A judge has ordered a Moravia lumber company to pay the state $25,718.50 after finding it had cut down dozens of trees in Stephens State Forest in Lucas County.

Moravia Hardwoods LLC is also banned from buying timber for one year after its owner lied to the state on a bond-renewal application, Fifth District Judge Martha L Mertz ruled this week.

DES MOINES, IOWA (January 27, 2020) — For the second year in a row, auto-related problems topped all categories of complaints reported to the Iowa Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division in 2019.

Other top categories were impostor scams and complaints over media services, home improvement projects and home goods and services.

Overall complaints totaled 3,225, a 7.7% decrease from 2018. That’s the first decrease since at least 2014.

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