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Cooper concerned about dangers of ‘binge-in-a-can’

A proposed federal settlement to place limits on alcoholic beverage Four Loko is a good start, but stricter limits are needed, Attorney General Roy Cooper said recently.

The Federal Trade Commission has proposed a settlement with Phusion Projects, LLC regarding its deceptive marketing of the flavored malt beverage Four Loko. Phusion markets the supersized drinks as single servings that can be safely consumed on a single occasion, but one can of Four Loko currently contains almost as much alcohol as five beers.

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Attorney General Roy Cooper has named North Carolina’s next solicitor general.

John Maddrey will serve as the second ever solicitor general for the state.

“John’s extensive legal knowledge , experience and appellate skills make him an excellent choice for North Carolina’s solicitor general,” Cooper said. “I am confident that he will continue to serve our state well in this new role.”

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The debate on whether internet sweepstakes gaming is legal in North Carolina wages on, as the state Court of Appeals heard arguments from representatives on both sides of the proverbial coin last month.

Following two bans and years of legislative cat-and-mouse, attorneys representing the gaming industry challenged a state law passed last December aimed at banning internet sweepstakes gaming before a panel of three judges on Oct. 25.

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Buncombe County Assistant District Attorney John Pritchard has been appointed to serve as Special Assistant United States Attorney (“SAUSA”) with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Asheville, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina and Ronald L. Moore, District Attorney for Buncombe County. Pritchard will prosecute state gang, violent crime and high level drug trafficking cases in federal court.

Pritchard, a veteran prosecutor with the Buncombe County District Attorney’s Office, was sworn in October, as a SAUSA with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Asheville. Pritchard has been a state prosecutor with the District Attorney’s Office in North Carolina for the past ten years, joining the Buncombe County office in December 2006.

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