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Appeals court grants stay of new pollution rule

Bryan Cohen Jan. 2, 2012, 1:00pm

Abbott AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced a decision on Friday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to grant the state's request to stay the cross-state air pollution rule.

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Wis. AG reaches $60K settlement

Bryan Cohen Jan. 2, 2012, 1:00pm

Van Hollen MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) - Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced on Friday that his office has reached a $60,000 settlement with an Oconomowoc business to resolve alleged environmental violations.

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Rug manufacturer settles with DOJ

Michael P. Tremoglie Jan. 3, 2012, 7:18am

DALTON, Ga. (Legal Newsline) - The Justice Department announced a settlement with Garland Sales Inc., a Georgia rug manufacturer, involving allegations that it required unnecessary documentation for workers of Hispanic origin.

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Financial services firm pleads guilty to municipal bond fraud

Michael P. Tremoglie Jan. 3, 2012, 7:38am

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - A financial products and services firm and its founder and owner have pleaded guilty to bid-rigging and fraud conspiracies involving investment of municipal bond proceeds and other related municipal finance contracts.

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Companies settle dumping allegations

Bryan Cohen Jan. 3, 2012, 10:54am

Kilmartin SMITHFIELD, R.I. (Legal Newsline) - Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin announced a settlement on Friday between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and several companies that allegedly dumped waste at a site in Smithfield.

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Mont. SC upholds ban on direct corporate contributions

John O'Brien Jan. 3, 2012, 1:16pm

Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock represented the State. HELENA, Mont. (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 ruling on corporate campaign spending is not in conflict with a state election law in Montana, the state's supreme court has ruled.

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Biden not happy with health care merger

Bryan Cohen Jan. 3, 2012, 2:32pm

Biden WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) - Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden released a statement on Friday following the Delaware Department of Insurance's approval of a proposal affiliation between BlueCross BlueShield Delaware and Highmark Inc.

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Mass. AG proposes amendments to charities regulations

Bryan Cohen Jan. 3, 2012, 2:34pm

Coakley BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley unveiled amendments on Thursday to regulations governing the registration and filing requirements for particular religious organizations that are also public charities.

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Bondi says Fla. SC should decide foreclosure question

Bryan Cohen Jan. 3, 2012, 2:36pm

Bondi TALAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) - Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi requested Friday that the Fourth District Court of Appeal certify that its recent decision in a foreclosure case includes a question ripe for consideration by the state Supreme Court.

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Obama sidesteps GOP, appoints head of consumer agency

John O'Brien Jan. 4, 2012, 10:50am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - President Barack Obama is forcing through a controversial nomination while Senate Republicans who blocked a vote on it are in recess.

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Three Swiss bankers indicted for $1.2B conspiracy

Michael P. Tremoglie Jan. 4, 2012, 11:59am

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York has indicted three Swiss bankers for conspiring to hide more than $1.2 billion in assets from the IRS.

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Hawaii judge fines sheet metal workers union over deposition

Michael P. Tremoglie Jan. 4, 2012, 12:00pm

HONOLULU (Legal Newsline) - A Hawaii federal judge has fined a sheet metal workers union, its principal officer and its attorney for violating the Court's earlier orders.

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UPDATE: GOP senator not OK with Obama's recess appointment

John O'Brien Jan. 4, 2012, 12:37pm

Shelby WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama started with a joke in his response to President Barack Obama skipping Senate approval for one of his nominees, but ultimately does not appear to find much humor in the situation.

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WSJ: Mass. AG wrong to file foreclosure lawsuit

John O'Brien Jan. 4, 2012, 1:52pm

Coakley BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - The Wall Street Journal slammed Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley in an editorial Tuesday, claiming her lawsuit against five national banks is politically motivated.

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Conn. AG pleased with decision to review merger

Bryan Cohen Jan. 4, 2012, 3:28pm

Jepsen HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen praised state utility regulators on Wednesday for a draft decision that would allow a state review of the proposed merger of Northeast Utilities and NSTAR.

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CEO of debt collector pledges changes to industry

Bryan Cohen Jan. 4, 2012, 3:30pm

McGraw TULSA, Okla. (Legal Newsline) - Bill Bartmann, the chief executive officer of the Tulsa-based debt-collection agency CFS II, and other debt collectors have started a national reform initiative and have created a debt collector pledge.

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N.J. AG's office in transition period

Bryan Cohen Jan. 4, 2012, 3:34pm

Dow TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - Approximately three weeks after a nomination from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a Senate panel will consider confirming Jeff Chiesa as the next state attorney general on Thursday.

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Ecuadorian court upholds $18B judgment against Chevron

Jessica M. Karmasek Jan. 5, 2012, 9:33am

QUITO, Ecuador (Legal Newsline) - An Ecuadorian appellate court has upheld an $18 billion judgment against Chevron Corp. for the company's "intentional contamination" of the country's rainforest.

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Calif. appeals court rules insurance agent is independent contractor

Jessica M. Karmasek Jan. 5, 2012, 11:34am

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - A California appeals court, in a ruling Friday, held that a company's insurance agent was properly classified as an independent contractor in a putative class action.

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Judge grants 6 percent charge to lawyers for oil spill settlements

Steve Korris Jan. 5, 2012, 12:21pm

Barbier NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) - U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier exiled Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell from Deepwater Horizon litigation and granted plaintiff lawyers a 6 percent charge on $14 billion in future settlements at BP's Gulf Coast Claims Facility.

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