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District Court Allows State to Enforce Game Farm Laws

HELENA – District Court Judge Russell Fagg on Friday denied a game farm owner’s request to prevent the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks from enforcing a state law that bans the shooting of game farm animals and prevents game farm owners from transferring their licenses.

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Fraud Investigation Nets $526,000 for Medicaid Program

HELENA – The state of Montana has received $526,000 in the settlement of a case involving a health equipment company that was accused of overbilling Montana’s Medicaid program, Attorney General Mike McGrath said Tuesday.

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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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