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1 of consumer perception, consumer attitudes, consumer
2 wishes, specifically as applied to nutritional issues and
3 diet and health with respect to products sold to American
6 Q. Have you written any papers on these kinds of matters?
7 A. Yes, I have published a Law Review article on the
8 issue of environmental advertising and the various green
9 claims that companies made in America and the legality or
10 general illegality of those claims, addressing both
11 consumer perceptions, the law, the first amendment law of
12 freedom of speech and specifically state and federal
13 consumer protection laws. I have also completed a chapter
14 in a book that is to be published within the next several
15 months on the law and on consumer perceptions in the area
16 of nutrition advertising.
18 Our Congress adopted in 1990 a law called the National
19 Education and Labelling Act which considerably reformed
20 the practice of companies with respect to the labelling
21 and marketing of foods in our country, America, with
22 respect to the nutritional attributes of those foods.
23 This book generally covers that topic. The chapter
24 I wrote for it deals specifically with the enforcement of
25 consumer laws in order to protect consumers and to ensure
26 that consumers are getting the information they desire
27 regarding the nutritional attributes of products.
29 Q. Have you achieved any awards for advocacy for consumer
31 A. Yes, I have. I was awarded by the National
32 Association of Attorneys-General an award called the
33 Marvin Award in 1988. I must paraphrase it because I do
34 not remember the exact wording on the award but, in
35 essence, it was for co-ordinating and encouraging multiple
36 state efforts in law enforcement, specifically in my case
37 law enforcement regarding consumer protection matters.
38 I have also been awarded an award for nutrition and health
39 advocacy by a consumer advocacy group, the Centre for
40 Science, in the public interest. I got that while I was
41 still an assistant Attorney General -- I do not remember
42 the year.
44 Q. From November 1984 until December 1991, what was your job,
45 your position?
46 A. I was an Assistant Attorney General for the State of
47 Texas. I was in charge of the Dallas regional office for
48 the Attorney General.
50 Q. Which particular division?
51 A. As the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the
52 regional office, I was in charge of a number of different
53 operations; in essence, any divisional operations that
54 occurred within the Dallas region. But my specific
55 assignment was as an Assistant Attorney General in the
56 consumer protection division.
58 Q. That applied across the state, across the whole state of
59 Texas, that particular responsibility?
60 A. Yes. I was not limited, of course, to companies that