Iowa Attorney General’s Office

State panel tables open-records complaints against public health agency

BY: - July 15, 2021

Editor’s note: Reporter Clark Kauffman was covering the Iowa Public Information Board meeting when he was unexpectedly asked to speak to a complaint he filed on behalf of Iowa Capital Dispatch. This article includes an edited version of some of his comments to the board, in italics, that are provided for transparency and clarity. The […]

Judge fines Sergeant Bluff man $80K for illegal burning

BY: - June 16, 2021

A judge has fined a Sergeant Bluff man $80,000, the maximum allowed, for burning thousands of railroad ties on his property. State regulators had repeatedly warned John Goldsmith, 71, he had been violating state law. The state won a permanent injunction barring Goldsmith from violating solid-waste and open-burning laws.  Chief Judge Duane Hoffmeyer of the […]

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Iowa hasn’t learned its lesson about preventing workplace harassment

BY: - June 4, 2021

The Iowa State Appeal Board recently approved another sexual harassment settlement for an employee who endured disgusting and retaliatory behavior at the hands of her supervisor while working for the Department of Human Services. Compensating targets of sexual harassment is necessary, but the current outcomes aren’t solving the problem of harassment in Iowa government workplaces. […]

Judge: State must pay $4.9 million in legal fees tied to Eldora ‘torture’ case

BY: - January 9, 2021

Iowa taxpayers will have to pay almost $5 million in legal expenses tied to the “torture” and abuse of children housed at the state-run Boys State Training School in Eldora. U.S. District Court Judge Stephanie Rose has ruled that the various advocacy groups that sued the state over conditions in the home are entitled to […]

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Iowa AG accuses Orange City man of price gouging

BY: - April 27, 2020

The Iowa Attorney General’s Office is suing an Orange City man, accusing him of price gouging in the sale of more than 250 household items like toilet paper and paper towels. Michael Evan Noteboom, 52, of Orange City, is accused of overcharging for necessary products while ignoring warnings from the attorney general’s office, according to […]

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Vehicle scams top list of consumer complaints

BY: - January 27, 2020

Vehicle issues top the list for consumer complaints filed by Iowa residents in 2019, according to the Iowa Attorney General’s Office. Complaints regarding the automotive industry grew nearly 15%, up to 535 reports. Reports from Iowans increased regarding fraudulent auto warranty plans and services, particularly as scammers call and promise renewals on a policy. It’s […]