Yearly Archives 2002

Lawsuit: Tobacco Manufacturers Ignore Escrow Requirements

HELENA – Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath on Thursday filed suit in district court in Helena, charging that 30 tobacco companies failed to establish or properly fund escrow accounts required by Montana law. The companies named in Thursday’s suit manufactured cigarettes sold in Montana in 1999 and 2000.

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McGrath Sues Drug Companies Over Prescription Price Fraud

HELENA – Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath Monday filed a lawsuit against 18 companies involved in manufacturing, marketing and selling prescription pharmaceuticals, charging that the companies’ drug-pricing practices defrauded the state, consumers and others of millions of dollars.

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Fire Advisory Board Announced

HELENA – Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath recently announced the appointment of nine new members of the state’s Fire Prevention and Investigation Bureau Advisory Council and the reappointment of another.

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A Statement from Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath

HELENA – Reports out of Missoula today indicate that a person or persons broke into the home of Carla Grayson and Adrienne Neff in the early morning hours and intentionally set fire to the house while Ms. Grayson, Ms. Neff and their infant child slept.

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AG: District Change Does Not Automatically Disqualify Candidates

HELENA – In a formal opinion released Monday, Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath held that, as long as a county commission candidate meets a two-year residency requirement, he or she may run for county commission, even if reapportionment has altered the boundaries of the candidate’s commission district.

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McGrath: State Receives Part of Heart Medication Antitrust Settlement

HELENA – Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath said Monday that the state will receive about $144,000 as part of an $80 million settlement involving the popular heart medication Cardizem CD. The 50-state settlement resolves an antitrust lawsuit filed against Aventis Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Andrx Corporation.

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McGrath: Library Boards’ Budget Authority Unchanged

HELENA – In an opinion released Friday, Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath held that county commissions must fund library budgets as submitted by library boards as long as those budgets meet statutory limits.

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Grant Funds Available for Clark Fork Restoration

HELENA – Applications for $5.5 million in 2002 grant funds for projects to restore the Upper Clark Fork River Basin are now available, Restoration Program Chief Carol Fox announced Wednesday.

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McGrath: Legislators May Not Serve on Board of Review

HELENA – In an opinion released Monday, Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath held that a seat on the Department of Revenue’s Board of Review is a “civil office” and so legislators are constitutionally prohibited from appointment to the board.

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McGrath: School District Abandonment Permanent

HELENA – In an opinion released Thursday, Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath held that once a school district has been abandoned under state statute, the abandonment is a permanent one.

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