Arizona Attorney General

Mark Brnovich




Attorney General Goddard Announces Bristol Myers Squibb Settlement

(Phoenix, Ariz.- June 2, 2004)  Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the settlement with Bristol-Myers Squibb for unlawfully maintaining a monopoly on Taxol®, an anticancer prescription drug resulting in Arizona consumers paying higher costs for this lifesaving drug.

This settlement includes returning $103,272 to 166 Arizona consumers who submitted claims for purchases of Taxol®, and $138,677 to the Department of Health Services to be used for breast cancer screenings.

Attorney General Files Suit Against Two Arizona Kirby Vacuum Distributors

(Phoenix, Ariz. – June 8, 2004)  Attorney General Terry Goddard filed a lawsuit today against two independent field distributors who make in-home sales of Kirby vacuums for allegedly violating the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act.  

The first lawsuit names Kirby distributor Donald M. Burkhardt, doing business as Burkhardt’s Company, and operating under the name Dyer Resources, Inc., among other names, as defendants.  The second lawsuit names Kirby distributor Cameron S. McDaniel, doing business as All Generations, among other names, as defendants.  

Oliver Joins Attorney General's Office

(Phoenix, Ariz. – June 10, 2004)  Jerry A. Oliver, Sr., former Detroit Police Chief and Phoenix Assistant Police Chief, joined the Attorney General’s Office this week.  Oliver, recognized as one of the country’s leaders in law enforcement and an advocate for policing reform, will serve as Special Advisor to the Attorney General on matters concerning public safety.

U.S. Supreme Court Decides Against Arizona in Hibbs v. Winn et al.

(Phoenix, Ariz. – June 14, 2004)  Attorney General Terry Goddard today expressed disappointment at the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that tax credits can be challenged in federal court.

“Unfortunately, the Court’s decision is part of a continuing erosion of states’ rights,” Goddard said.  “I am disappointed that the U.S. Supreme Court in this decision did not support our federal system or the congressional intent expressed in the Tax Injunction Act, that state courts should have the last word on challenges to state tax actions.”

Attorney General Terry Goddard Settles with Check Agencies of Arizona, Inc., DBA Check Center

(Tucson, Ariz. – June 16, 2004)  Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that the Attorney General’s Office entered into a consent judgment with Check Agencies of Arizona, Inc., dba Check Center, a Delaware Corporation, and its president, Michael S. Weinstein.  Check Agencies and Michael S. Weinstein cooperated fully with the Attorney General’s Office in this investigation.

Phelps Dodge Settles with Arizona and EPA for $1.4 Million

(Phoenix, Ariz. – June 21, 2004)  The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and the Attorney General’s Office have settled a joint lawsuit against Phelps Dodge Corporation for environmental violations committed at its Sierrita mine, located near Tucson. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency joined the lawsuit, and will share the $1.4 million penalty assessed for allegedly violating the Clean Air Act. The environmental violations alleged in the joint lawsuit were committed by Phelps Dodge’s predecessor, Cypress Sierrita Corporation.