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Former N.Y. senator sentenced for bribery

Michael P. Tremoglie May 1, 2012, 7:20am

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - Former New York State Senator Carl Kruger was sentenced Thursday to seven years in prison for accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes for using his office for official actions benefitting individuals.

Ala. SC makes ruling in cases over $300M Monsanto settlement

Jessica M. Karmasek May 1, 2012, 7:40am

Main MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) - The Alabama Supreme Court issued a ruling last week in three related cases over the terms of a $300 million settlement with the Monsanto Company in 2003.

Union sues Indiana, says right-to-work law is slavery

Michael P. Tremoglie May 1, 2012, 8:00am

Zoeller HAMMOND, Ind. (Legal Newsline) - The International Union of Operating Engineers on April 18 amended the complaint of a previously filed lawsuit that asks a court to invalidate Indiana's newly enacted right-to-work law.

Mother, daughter accused of penny stock fraud

Michael P. Tremoglie May 1, 2012, 9:14am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The Securities and Exchange Commission charged a mother and daughter and their attorney Monday with a scheme to illegally buy and sell billions of penny stock shares in unregistered transactions.

Wis. SC justice says 'chokehold' never happened

John O'Brien May 1, 2012, 9:51am

Prosser MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) - Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser said Monday that he was defending himself from a charging colleague when he made contact with her neck and admitted that he once called the court's chief justice "a total bitch."

Fla. AG asks for public input on how to spend settlement funds

Jessica M. Karmasek May 1, 2012, 11:30am

Bondi TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) - Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is asking state residents how best to spend $300 million, recovered on behalf of consumers as part of the nationwide mortgage settlement.

Colo. AG alleges magazine scheme

Bryan Cohen May 1, 2012, 2:27pm

Suthers DENVER (Legal Newsline) - Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced a lawsuit on Tuesday against Jennifer Proffitt-Payne, Cody Payne and multiple magazines businesses for allegedly engaging in deceptive trade practices.

W.Va. AG wants Ga.-based company to stop doing business in state

Bryan Cohen May 1, 2012, 2:28pm

McGraw WINFIELD, W. Va. (Legal Newsline) - West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw filed a lawsuit on Monday against a major distributor of the ingredients used to manufacture synthetic designer drugs that are available widely throughout West Virginia.

Scam artists hitting North Dakota, AG says

Bryan Cohen May 1, 2012, 2:29pm

Stenehjem BISMARCK, N.D. (Legal Newsline) - North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem warned consumers about a fake check scam on Thursday in which scam artists use checks to defraud consumers that are supposedly from a North Dakota government agency.

Justice Dept. obtains settlement with mortgage broker

Michael P. Tremoglie May 1, 2012, 4:47pm

Perez WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The Department of Justice announced April it settled its lawsuit against the Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation for violation of the Fair Housing Act.

Tenth Circuit: Ponzi scheme perpetrator owes $4.7M

Michael P. Tremoglie May 1, 2012, 4:53pm

DENVER (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit has affirmed a Utah federal court that entered a judgment against a company for a Ponzi scheme.

EPA sanctions Columbia sportswear

Michael P. Tremoglie May 2, 2012, 7:23am

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) - Columbia Sportswear Company of Portland, Ore., was sanctioned by the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday.

Coors' appeal of Puerto Rico decision denied by First Circuit

Michael P. Tremoglie May 2, 2012, 7:25am

Rotunda BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Coors Brewing Company's appeal of a ruling by the U.S. District Court of Puerto Rico was denied Friday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Fifth Circuit dismisses misrepresentation claim against insurer

Jessica M. Karmasek May 2, 2012, 7:40am

Clement NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) - A federal appeals court last week ordered a district court to dismiss a man's claim for negligent misrepresentation against an insurer.

Second Circuit affirms dismissal of claims against Merck

Jessica M. Karmasek May 2, 2012, 7:50am

Lohier NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - A federal appeals court, in a ruling Tuesday, upheld a lower court's dismissal of claims against Merck Sharp and Dohme Corporation, the manufacturer of prescription drug Fosamax.

W.Va. AG has raised $38K from private attorneys he hired

John O'Brien May 2, 2012, 7:55am

McGraw CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - After the latest round of campaign finance reports, private attorneys who were hired to do state work by West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw have given more than 40 percent of the amount he has raised.

Sixth Circuit dismisses class action over personal information release

Jessica M. Karmasek May 2, 2012, 9:40am

Zatkoff CINCINNATI (Legal Newsline) - A federal appeals court this week upheld the dismissal of a proposed class action lawsuit over the distribution of personal information from a state's motor vehicle records.

W.Va. gov candidate says EPA head should resign

Michael P. Tremoglie and Chris Dickerson May 2, 2012, 10:00am

Maloney MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - West Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Maloney is demanding Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin call for the firing of Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson.

Calif. court affirms asbestos award, calls company 'reprehensible'

John O'Brien May 2, 2012, 10:30am

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - A California appeals court has ruled that a $4.5 million punitive damages award in an asbestos lawsuit was not excessive.

Maine SC: Roadside sign could be cause of accident

Jessica M. Karmasek May 2, 2012, 10:35am

Silver AUGUSTA, Maine (Legal Newsline) - The Maine Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a jury could "rationally find" that a roadside sign proximately caused a man's motorcycle accident.