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Nominations Open for Outstanding Victim Advocate of the Year

HELENA – Attorney General Steve Bullock on Monday announced that his office is accepting nominations for the 2010 Attorney General’s Outstanding Crime Victim Advocate award.

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Bullock Releases In-Depth Report on Montana Railroad Rates and Services Provided to Montana Shippers

Report finds that Montana shippers pay the highest rates in the country, are the most captive, and often receive substandard service

HELENA – Attorney General Steve Bullock on Thursday released an in-depth report on the rates charged to shippers by railroads in Montana. The study, conducted in response to concerns raised by the 2007 Montana Legislature, also examined the service provided to those shipping by rail.

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Office of Consumer Protection Releases Update on AirTEL Wireless

HELENA – The Office of Consumer Protection has fielded over 60 calls and complaints regarding the abrupt end to cellular service in Montana by AirTEL Wireless. Department of Justice attorneys are looking into the situation to see if there are legal avenues they can take to try and get relief or refunds for customers who have been left without the service they paid for.

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Bullock Swears in Butch Huseby as Deputy Chief of the Montana Highway Patrol

HELENA – Attorney General Steve Bullock and Colonel Mike Tooley formally introduced Butch Huseby as Deputy Chief of the Montana Highway Patrol at a ceremony in Bullock’s office on Tuesday.

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Office of Consumer Protection Fielding Complaints Against Defunct AirTEL Wireless

HELENA – The Montana Department of Justice has learned that AirTEL Wireless, a cell phone provider that operated in Montana, closed its doors on Saturday. On Monday, customers from across the state have reported to the Department of Justice, Office of Consumer Protection that they are unable to use their cellular phones.

“We are encouraging affected AirTEL customers who wish to file a complaint to contact our office,” said Michelle Truax, supervisor with the Office of Consumer Protection. “The Department of Justice is researching the situation to see if there are any legal avenues that we can take for consumers who have been left without the cell phone service they have paid for. Unfortunately, when a corporation is no longer doing business, it can be difficult to get any relief for consumers.”

Complaints can be lodged with the Montana Department of Justice, Office of Consumer Protection. The required complaint form is available on the department’s website. Further questions can be directed to the Office of Consumer Protection at (800) 481-6896 or (406) 444-4500.

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Bullock: Merger Call-off ‘a Big Win’ for Montana Ranchers

AG says there is still a lot of work to do to make the marketplace fair for Montana producers

HELENA – Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock praised Friday’s announcement that JBS Beef, S.A. has ended its efforts to acquire National Beef Packing Company. The move would have concentrated 80 percent of U.S. packing operations in just three companies and resulted in lower prices paid to cattle producers and higher prices for consumers buying beef.

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Bullock, MacDonald Push Bill to Protect Kids, Crack Down on On-Line Predators

HELENA – Attorney General Steve Bullock and Representative Margie MacDonald on Friday introduced a new measure that would strengthen the laws against using the Internet to lure children into sexual conduct and put those who seek to harm them in jail.

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DOJ Releases Report on Financial Cost of Meth

Study by Montana Meth Project estimates burden of methamphetamine abuse on Montana taxpayers

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False AMBER Alert Circulating via E-mail and Text Messages

HELENA – Mike Batista, administrator of the Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation, on Thursday advised Montanans not to respond to or circulate an e-mail or text message that claims to be an AMBER Alert for a missing Montana child.

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Bullock Announces Settlement with Dell Computers Involving Financing, Rebate and Customer Service Practices

HELENA – Steve Bullock, Montana’s Attorney General, on Monday announced a multi-state settlement agreement between Montana and at least 44 other states and Dell Computers, stemming from the computer company’s rebate, financing and customer service practices.

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