immediate release -- Tuesday, December 5, 2000.
Bob Brammer - 515-281-6699
Moines Agencies Receive Antitrust Funds from Attorney
- Nine Des Moines youth service organizations today received a total of
$38,361 to spend for toys, books and other materials as a result of Iowa
Attorney General Tom Miller's role in a national antitrust lawsuit against
Toys "R" Us and several national toy manufacturers. Miller presented checks
for the fund awards to the agencies today at Youth Emergency Services and
Shelter in Des Moines.
General Tom Miller for Toys and Educational Materials
Des Moines area agencies
that applied for and received the funds include:
- Boys and
Girls Clubs of Central Iowa will receive $4,500 for books,
toys, art supplies and recreation equipment to support their youth development
- Polk County
Youth Services will
receive $4,500 for books, games and recreational equipment for the Polk
County Youth Shelter and Juvenile Detention Center. The materials will
particularly be used as aids in an ongoing diversity program.
Medical Center will receive $4,500 for use in its mental health
outpatient therapy programs. The books, toys and educational materials
will be used for art, play and physical therapy for youth in several
- South East
Polk Schools will receive $4,500 for its Central Place Family
Resource Center for toys, books and related materials for its Early
Learning Lending Library which is used by families in the district with
children from birth to age five.
Scavo Alternative High School will receive $4,500 for a program
to encourage students who are reading below grade level and their families
to read and discuss material from current magazines. After reading and
discussing articles with their parents, students will bring the magazines
to school for sharing and further discussion.
Place Child Guidance Center will receive $2610 for recreational
materials for youth in delinquency or psychiatric programs.
and Families of Iowa will
receive $4,500 to purchase educational and recreational materials for
its Child Development Center, Family Violence Center, and Rural Iowa
Homeless Youth Centers
will receive $4,500 for toys, books and games for its Day Shelter for
Homeless Children and Street Outreach programs.
Emergency Services and Shelter (YESS) will
receive $4,500 for equipment and supplies for their 24-hour emergency
shelter and new crisis nursery programs, including computer equipment,
books, games and toys.
is a pleasure to see Iowa children benefit directly from our antitrust
enforcement work," Miller said. "In each case, the toys, games and other
materials help fill a specific program need and educational purpose. The
benefit is measured not just in terms of fun, but also in terms of youth
development. Providing these funds for at-risk youth also helps prevent
juvenile crime. The individual amounts are not large, but it is very difficult
for agencies to find funds to purchase things like toys and games, so
we know this will help fill a need."
funds are part of a settlement
of a case alleging illegal antitrust activities on the part of the
giant toy retailer Toys "R" Us and several toy manufacturers.
Iowa, the total benefit in cash and toys from the toy companies exceeds
$450,000. Under the terms of the national settlement, the majority of
the funds will be paid in the form of toys distributed through the Marine
Corps's Toys for Tots program over three holiday seasons, including this
year. Toys are also being distributed now to 34 Iowa domestic abuse shelters
around the state. The cash portion, $141,482, is being distributed by
the Attorney General to 42 Iowa agencies that serve at-risk youth.
was one of 44 state Attorneys General to bring the antitrust action against
Toys "R" Us and the toy manufacturers -- Mattel, Little Tikes and Hasbro.
The suit alleged that Toys "R" Us used its market power to pressure the
toy-making companies to restrict the supply of their most popular product
lines to some retailers, especially Sam's Club and other warehouse clubs.
The States alleged the illegal action resulted in less competition, less
consumer choice, and higher prices in the market for toys.
Similar fund awards also have been announced in many other communities
where agencies received funds resulting from the Toys 'R' Us settlement.