Yearly Archives 2008

Solicitor Recommends Supreme Court Accept Case Against Wyoming

HELENA – Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath said Wednesday that the United States Solicitor General has recommended that the U.S. Supreme Court accept the state’s water-rights case against Wyoming.

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McGrath: Drug Company Reimburses State $157,000 in Medicaid Fraud Settlement

HELENA – The State has received nearly $157,000 in Medicaid restitution and penalties as part of a settlement recently negotiated between the National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units, the federal government and pharmaceutical manufacturer Cephalon, Inc.

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McGrath Issues AG Opinion on Constituent Service Accounts

HELENA – In a formal opinion released today, Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath held that state law limits the use of constituent services accounts by elected officials and provides that only surplus campaign funds may be used for such accounts.

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Governor Approves Upper Clark Fork Restoration Projects

HELENA – Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer Monday approved funding for 11 restoration projects in the Upper Clark Fork River Basin for a total of $13,648,562. A final decision on a 12th project, the Vanisko Ranch Conservation Easement project, will be deferred until early 2009 pending a second appraisal. The projects and amounts approved for funding, subject to certain conditions, are:

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Physician-Assisted Suicide Case: State Files Motion to Postpone Effect of Order

HELENA – Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath said today that state has filed a motion asking to postpone the effect of a recently decided case in which a judge held that a competent, terminally ill patient has the right to a physician’s help in ending his or her life.

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McGrath: Scam Artists Use Department of Justice Address, State Phone Number

HELENA – The Office of Consumer Protection in the Montana Department of Justice said today that it has received reports of scam artists using DOJ information in an effort to rip off consumers around the country.

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McGrath Responds to USDOJ Approval of Northwest-Delta Merger

HELENA – Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath today reacted to the news that the U.S. Department of Justice will not challenge the merger of Delta and Northwest Airlines.

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AG: Injured Officers, Firefighters Continue to Accrue Sick, Vacation Leave Credit

HELENA – In a formal opinion released Wednesday, Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath held that when police officers and firefighters are injured in the line of duty and continue to receive salary benefits, they also continue to accrue vacation and sick-leave time as if they were still on the job.

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McGrath: Attorneys General Sue to Block Merger of Beef Processors JBS, National

HELENA – Attorney General Mike McGrath said today that Montana has joined 12 states and the U.S. Department of Justice in a suit to block the merger of JBS Beef, SA, and National Beef Packing Co. JBS and National are the third and fourth largest beef processors in the United States, respectively.

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State Solicits Comments on Draft Upper Clark Fork Restoration Work Plan

HELENA – The state is seeking public comment on draft funding recommendations for projects designed to restore the Upper Clark Fork River Basin, Natural Resource Damage Program specialist Kathleen Coleman said today. The Governor’s Trustee Restoration Council has recommended that 12 grant proposals receive funding totaling up to $19,303,562, subject to certain funding conditions on some of the projects.

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