Miller said the Farm Division of his office has collected $50,000 from Central State Supply Ltd. of Lindenhurst NY to be
used for restitution to Iowa farmers and others who purchased herbicides from Central State Supply from Sept. 27, 1997, to
the present. Central State Supply sold products called "Turf King" and "Triple Threat" herbicides.
Iowans can receive a refund if they make a claim by July 1 including their name, address, telephone number and evidence of
purchase (such as an invoice, product label, or other evidence.) Miller encouraged Iowans to contact the Farm Division at
515-281-5351 if they have any questions about the refund process or complaints or information about other pesticide
A lawsuit filed by the Farm Division last year alleged that Central State
Supply made misleading and false claims that their products would kill
various weeds for several years. The suit alleged that herbicides with
similar ingredients do not have effective longevity of several years,
as claimed by the defendants. When farmers received chemicals, the products
typically were only diluted versions of 2,4-D herbicide and worth far
less than what the farmers had to pay, typically about $99 for a gallon.
Most buyers purchased the products for spot weed control, as opposed to
general application on crop fields.
"Central State Supply claimed their products would exceed the performance of
similar products on the market, but our suit alleged they failed to disclose
that their herbicides were highly diluted compared to other reputable
products," Miller said. "We allege they violated Iowa's Consumer Fraud
Act." The company is prohibited from any further solicitations in Iowa.
Miller said the Farm Division already is contacting a couple hundred Iowans
with information about the refund -- consumers known to the office from
lists provided by Central State Supply or because the Iowans complained
to the Attorney General's Office. Those Iowans are slated to receive refunds
totaling tens of thousands of dollars and averaging about $250 apiece,
Miller said. A few will receive a much higher refund because they bought
larger amounts of the Central State product to use on pasture land, for
"But we think there still may be others out there entitled to a refund," Miller said. "We urge people to contact the Farm
Division for more information if they think they bought Central State products called Turf King or Triple Threat since
Central State Supply, Ltd., is located at 656 North Wellwood Ave., Suite 305, Lindenhurst, NY 11757, just east of New
"Phony pesticide schemes are a perennial problem," Miller said. "Farmers and other rural residents need to be on the
lookout for questionable offers. Our advice is to deal with local dealers and dealers you know are reputable and reliable,"
"Tell-tale signs of questionable solicitations include unexpected out-of-state
calls, claims that a 'new' product is just as good as name-brand products,
claims of extraordinary longevity, unbelievably low prices, high pressure
to buy right away, and demand for immediate payment by credit card or
cashier's check," he said.
"Be extremely careful of unsolicited calls that offer so-called fantastic bargains. Remember the old maxim that if it sounds
too good to be true, then it probably isn't true."
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