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Jun 18, 2014 12:40 PM by Sanjay Talwani (sanjay@kxlh.com)

Eck named as chief of Montana's Office of Consumer Protection

HELENA -- Edwin Eck has been named as the new chief of Montana's Office of Consumer Protection.

Eck was the dean of the University of Montana Law School for nearly 15 years.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox introduced Eck at a press conference Wednesday morning in Helena.

The Office of Consumer Protection focuses on deceptive business practices and advertising, including those in telemarketing and door-to-door sales. It also tracks scams and educates consumers.

Eck began teaching law in 1981 and was dean at the law school in Missoula from 1995 to 2009.

More recently, Fox named him an interim trustee of the Montana Healthcare Foundation, an entity set up following the 2013 merger of Blue Cross- Blue Shield of Montana and Health Care Services Corp.

Fox said, "Ed has accepted the challenge of leading our efforts to protect Montana's consumers, and I am delighted to have him at the Department of Justice. His professional experience as an attorney, combined with his impeccable character and interest in serving his fellow Montanans, make Ed the ideal leader for our talented consumer protection team."

Eck said, "I'm excited to join the Montana Department of Justice, and look forward to building upon the great successes its Office of Consumer Protection has had."

The Montana Office of Consumer Protection and Victim Services recently relocated to a new centralized location at 555 Fuller Avenue. The new location in downtown Helena is more visible and accessible to the public, and will allow the OCP team and Victim Services enough space to work in one location.

Fox also thanked Matt Dale during the event for his work as the agency's interim director over the past year; Dale will return to his previous duties as executive director of DOJ's Office of Victim Services.

The Office of Consumer Protection is at 555 Fuller Street in downtown Helena.

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