You too can sue, Iowa AG hopes to tell consumers

Legal News Line Nov. 28, 2007, 4:00am

Tom Miller (R)

DES MOINES - Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller will push for new laws in the new year that will let the state's consumers sue for fraudulent practices. Miller said Iowa is currently the only state in the U.S. that doesn't allow individuals to use modern consumer fraud laws to recover damages from companies, Radio Iowa (RI) reported Friday. He failed to get a similar bill through the legislature last session. The AG will try again to introduce the consumer fraud law when lawmakers reconvene in January. He told RI the 2007 bill was opposed by Hawkeye State business interests upset by other anti-business bills, such as those on car titles and the minimum wage, that the Democratic legislature had passed earlier in the session. Miller said his proposed legislation would require lawsuit-minded consumers to prove fraud, deception or misrepresentation. He described it as "cleaner" and "more efficient in court," RI reported.

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