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Attorney General DeWine Honors More Than 100 Law Enforcement Officers

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today honored more than 100 law enforcement officers, dispatchers, prosecutors, and clerks for their outstanding efforts to protect Ohioans and save lives.

The awards were presented during the second and final day of the Attorney General's Law Enforcement Conference in Columbus. 


Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Pays $95 Million to Resolve Off-Label Marketing Allegations

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that Ohio has joined with other states and the federal government to settle allegations that Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (BIPI) paid kickbacks and engaged in off-label marketing campaigns that improperly promoted four drugs: Atrovent, Combivent, Micardis and Aggrenox. 

BIPI, a Connecticut based company, will pay the states and the federal government $95 million, of which $34,468,649.22 will go to the Medicaid programs to resolve civil allegations that the company unlawfully marketed Aggrenox, Combivent, Atrovent and Micardis and thereby caused false claims to be submitted to the government health care programs.


Attorney General DeWine Praises Efforts of Newark, Licking County Officials to Demolish Abandoned Properties

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today joined Newark Mayor Jeff Hall and other Licking County Officials at the demolition of an abandoned house made possible by a grant from his Demolition Grant Program. The property at 101 Chestnut Street in Newark is one of many properties in Ohio which have been demolished through efforts by local communities and the Attorney General's Demolition Grant Program.


Attorney General DeWine, Ohio EPA Praise Orders to Comply and $19 Million in Penalties for Landfill Violations

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) - Attorney General Mike DeWine and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency praised the contempt order signed recently against Joseph G. Scugoza, Crossridge Landfill, and C&D Disposal Technologies immediately granting the State a $19 million judgment for stipulated penalties regarding ongoing violations at the Crossridge Landfill in Jefferson County.
After an Oct. 4 hearing in Jefferson County Common Pleas Court, the companies and Scugoza, who controls the companies, were found in contempt of a 2003 judicial order that the Crossridge Solid Waste Landfill was to be capped and closed and, among other provisions, a ground water monitoring plan be implemented.


Attorney General DeWine Joins Prevent Blindness Ohio, Ohio Optical Dispensers Board To Stop Dangerous Sales of Cosmetic Contact Lenses

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine along with Prevent Blindness Ohio and the Ohio Optical Dispensers Board are warning consumers about the dangers of over-the-counter sales of decorative contact lenses during this Halloween season. According to the Optical Dispensers Board, the number of consumer complaints filed regarding the illegal sale of cosmetic contact lenses and the number of resulting cease and desist orders issued to violating businesses have shown a steady increase after a period of decline, not only during the Halloween season, but all year long.
In fiscal year 2009, the Optical Dispensers Board issued 13 cease and desist orders based on consumer complaints. In fiscal years 2010 and 2011, 12 and 16, respectively, such orders were issued. In the fiscal year 2012 (starting July 1, 2011), 15 cease and desist orders were issued.


Attorney General DeWine, BBB Highlight Protect Your Identity Week

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) - Attorney General Mike DeWine joins the Better Business Bureau in recognizing National Protect Your Identity Week by urging Ohioans to guard their personal information. DeWine also reminded those who may be victims of identity theft that he has started an Identity Theft Unit located within the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Section to offer assistance to victims.

"There are many threats to keeping our personal information safe," said Attorney General DeWine. "But there are steps we can take to help protect ourselves."


BCI Agents, Local Law Enforcement Seize More Than 30,000 Marijuana Plants

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that agents with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), along with local law enforcement officers from across the state, seized more than 30,000 marijuana plants in 2012. 


Attorney General DeWine Announces Arrest of Gallia County Pastor

Investigators took David Young into custody at the Simpson Chapel United Methodist Church in Rio Grande, Ohio, where he is the pastor.


Attorney General DeWine Reminds E-book Purchasers that Notice for Credit Process has Begun

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) - Attorney General Mike DeWine today reminded Ohioans who may have purchased certain electonic books (e-books) that the notice process is under way in the $69 million national settlement with several publishers, announced earlier this year, to resolve antitrust claims of an alleged unlawful conspiracy to fix the prices of e-books. Approximately $2 million of the settlement will be allotted to Ohio consumers.
"This settlement helps consumers who were overcharged to get back some money for their past purchases," said Attorney General DeWine. "We hope to ensure competitive e-book prices in possible future purchases."


Attorney General DeWine Commends Law Enforcement for Response to Cold Case Database, Requests Help Solving Cincinnati Unsolved Double Homicide

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced that thousands of additional unsolved homicide cases will be featured on thanks to the positive response from law enforcement agencies regarding DeWine's Ohio Unsolved Homicide Initiative.

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