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Ethics board dismisses case against ex-Culver aide

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa board has agreed with a judge that a lawyer for former Gov. Chet Culver didn't violate state ethics law by filing a major environmental lawsuit against a Muscatine company.

The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board last month dismissed a complaint filed against former Culver aide Jim Larew by Muscatine-based Grain Processing Corp.

The board says it would be a waste to investigate the complaint after District Judge Mark Smith already ruled Larew did not violate a law barring state employees from working on the same cases after they join the private sector.

Smith ruled the law did not apply in the case of Larew, a Culver aide when GPC faced state investigations.

Larew represents Muscatine residents suing GPC for damages for pollution from its corn milling plant.

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