Congressman Jeff Flake to Discuss Immigration at NAAG Luncheon

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Nov. 29, 2005)  Arizona Congressman Jeff Flake will speak on immigration issues at the opening luncheon of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) winter meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 30. The noon luncheon will be open to the media.

More than 40 state attorneys general will attend this year’s winter meeting when they gather to discuss common issues Wednesday through Friday. Meeting sessions are closed to the press and public.

*** Consumer Advisory *** Terry Goddard Urges Shoppers to Make Sure Prices Are Accurate

(Phoenix, Ariz. - Nov. 23, 2005) As the holiday shopping season moves into high gear, Attorney General Terry Goddard today encouraged consumers to check the prices they pay at checkout counters in light of studies that have shown retailers often ring up wrong numbers. 

Federal law requires retailers to maintain a 98 percent price scanning accuracy rate, which amounts to one error in every 50 items purchased.  But many stores far exceed that error rate, according to annual studies by Arizona's Department of Weights and Measures.

Maryanne Chisholm Sentenced to More Than 31 Years in Prison

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Nov. 23, 2005)  Tucson resident Maryanne Chisholm, 40, was sentenced to 31.75 years in prison following her conviction on 58 criminal charges.  The charges included 54 counts of selling unregulated securities, one count of illegally conducting an enterprise and three counts of fraud.  Chisholm was also ordered to pay more than $21 million in restitution. 

*** Consumer Advisory *** Shoppers Should Check Fees, Expiration Dates on Gift Cards

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Nov. 22, 2005)  Can’t find a gift for that special someone who has everything?  A gift card could be the right choice. Attorney General Terry Goddard today reminded consumers to be aware that many cards come with fees and expiration dates. 

A new law requires that paper (but not plastic) gift cards sold after October 31, 2005,disclose any fees and expiration dates on the front of each card.  The law requires any gift card subject to an expiration date or fee to have a printed disclosure visible to the consumer before the purchase.

Terry Goddard Asks Hollywood Movie Studios To Add Anti-Smoking Message to DVDs

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Nov. 16, 2005)  Attorney General Terry Goddard announced today he is urging Hollywood’s major motion picture studios to insert anti-smoking public service announcements (PSAs) in all DVDs and other home viewing formats of movies in which smoking is depicted.  Goddard joined Attorneys General representing 31 other states and the District of Columbia in making the request. Letters were sent to studio executives representing Disney, Dreamworks, Fox, MGM, Miramax, New Line, Paramount, Sony, Warner Brothers and Universal.