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ChemLawn Services Corp. will pay $100,000 in costs and agree to limit advertising claims about the safety of its lawn spraying services under an agreement announced today by State Attorney General Robert Abrams.

A spokesman for Abrams said the company, in signing the court document, has agreed not to claim in its advertisements or brochures that its chemical pesticides are safe, free of carcinogens or dioxin or "practically non-toxic" unless it backs up the claims with scientific evidence or states that it is the opinion of the company, not government agencies.

The Law Department said today's settlement is the first in the nation involving ChemLawn advertising claims. Pressure from Buffalo area lawn spraying opponents played a role in the state bringing the action.

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