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1 had committed fraud just in the Dallas area; it is just
2 where I happened to live. I did not live in Austin where
3 the headquarters was. It would apply to the practices of
4 any company, whether done on a national or local scale
5 that affected consumers in Texas.
7 Q. Just one question: Are you receiving any remuneration
8 from the Defence for appearing here?
9 A. My testimony is at a personal loss to me. I am
10 picking up most of the cost of my travel here. I am, of
11 course, not receiving any other payment from the Defence,
14 Q. What is the responsibility of the consumer protection
15 division of the State of Texas?
16 A. The Texas legislature specifically bestowed upon the
17 consumer protection division the duty to enforce, among
18 other laws, the State Deceptive Trade Practices Act. The
19 State Deceptive Trade Practices Act, DTPA, covers
20 virtually any commercial practice by an individual or a
21 corporation that occurs or that affects individuals within
22 the state of Texas. It outlaws any false, misleading, or
23 deceptive acts or practices in the conduct of any trade or
24 commerce. The consumer protection division is directed by
25 our legislature to enforce the provisions of the DTPA and
26 to investigate where it is in the public interest to do so
27 and bring civil law suits when it is in the public
28 interest to do so.
30 Q. Do you work with other States' Attorney General offices on
31 those matters?
32 A. Beginning in about, I would say, 1984 or 1985, an
33 increasing amount of my work was done with other states,
34 what we generally termed multistate activities. And
35 I would say approximately 1987/88 and forward, virtually
36 all of my time and work as an Assistant Attorney General
37 was expended in these multistate activities.
39 Q. Just going back a bit, have you familiarity with the
40 functioning of the Attorney General office in New York and
42 A. Yes, I do. I served as an Assistant Attorney General
43 in that office under Attorney General Robert Abrams from
44 1982 to 1984. I also had significant familiarity with the
45 way they worked because of my subsequent working
46 relationship and ongoing working relationship with him.
48 Q. Just also, do you have particular familiarity with the
49 California state office?
50 A. Yes, I do, and the same way I have continued
51 familiarity with the New York Attorney General or with the
52 enforcement activities in the consumer area of many other
53 state Attorneys General. I worked very closely with the
54 California Attorney General because Texas, New York and
55 California -- not necessarily in that order -- were the
56 three largest states in the country, and I would say the
57 three most active states in enforcing our consumer
58 protection laws. It was natural we did work together; we
59 chose to do so.