Yearly Archives 2002

Status Changes for 12 Escrow Account Defendants

HELENA – The status of a number of tobacco companies named as defendants in a February 2002 Department of Justice lawsuit against “non-participating manufacturers” has changed. The litigation originally charged that the companies failed to establish or properly fund escrow accounts as required by Montana law.

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Attorney General Responds to Montana’s MADD Report Card

HELENA – Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath responded today to the failing grade Montana received from Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Earlier, MADD released its “Rating the States 2002″ report, and gave Montana an F in the fight against drinking and driving, and underage drinking.

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McGrath, Morrison Announce No-Call Legislation

HELENA – Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath and State Auditor John Morrison on Monday released a legislative proposal to establish a “no-call” consumer protection program related to telephone solicitations. The program would allow Montanans to register their phone numbers with the attorney general and thereby limit telephone solicitations. The legislation will be introduced in the forthcoming session of the Montana Legislature by Rep. Larry Jent (D-Bozeman) and Sen. Don Ryan (D-Great Falls).

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State Sues to Recover $15 Million Lost Through WorldCom Bonds

HELENA – Attorney General Mike McGrath on Thursday filed suit to recover $15 million in losses incurred by the state’s Board of Investments as a result of its purchase of WorldCom bonds. The suit names a number of WorldCom executives and directors, along with several major financial institutions, including Arthur Andersen and CitiGroup. It was filed in District Court in Lewis and Clark County.

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McGrath: Computer-Generated Campaign Calls Illegal

HELENA – Attorney General Mike McGrath said Monday that his office has received a number of complaints about computer-generated phone calls related to initiatives and legislative races.

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Driscoll Named New Highway Patrol Colonel

HELENA – Attorney General Mike McGrath Friday named Shawn Driscoll the new chief of the Montana Highway Patrol. Driscoll was promoted to colonel in a change-of-command ceremony held in the chambers of the Montana Supreme Court.

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Montana Joins State-Federal Effort to Block Satellite TV Merger

HELENA – Attorney General Mike McGrath announced that Montana has joined a lawsuit filed today in federal district court in Washington, D.C. to block a proposed merger between the only two nationwide direct broadcast satellite (DBS) television providers.

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MHP Col. Bert Obert Named to Homeland Security Airport Post

HELENA – Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath said Tuesday that Montana Highway Patrol Col. Bert Obert has been named deputy transportation security director for the Bozeman Airport. Obert, who has been chief of the Patrol since June 1999, will begin working for the U.S. Department of Transportation later this month.

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Watershed Restoration Meeting October 8

HELENA – Montana’s Natural Resource Damage Program (NRDP) will hold a public meeting to discuss future restoration of the land and water resources of the Silver Bow Creek Watershed Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Copper King in Butte. Individuals and groups interested in the present and future of Silver Bow Creek are encouraged to attend. The Silver Bow Creek Watershed includes areas around Butte and Anaconda including Blacktail Creek, German Gulch, Sand Creek, Browns Gulch, Mill Creek and Willow Creek.

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McGrath: Growth Policy Needed Prior to Zoning/Subdivision Review

HELENA – Local governments are required to adopt a growth policy before adopting new zoning or subdivision regulations, Attorney General Mike McGrath concluded in an opinion issued Thursday.

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