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AG McDonnell: Legal environment crucial to economic growth

John O'Brien Jul. 17, 2007, 1:21pm

McDonnell RICHMOND, Va. - After his state again earned accolades for its ability to grow economically, Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell said a pro-business legal climate is a main reason why it is held in such high regard.

Rebuffed Mo. AG wants day in court to protest utility rate rise

Legal News Line Jul. 17, 2007, 2:40am

Jay Nixon JEFFERSON CITY -- Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon clearly isn't done smacking around a local utility giant over its smaller-than-requested rate increase.

Attorney: W. Va. SC ignoring law for trial lawyers' gains

John O'Brien Jul. 16, 2007, 4:00pm

Frank CHARLESTON, W. Va. - When a state's legal reputation is so poor that it is widely regarded as the worst in which to do business, it is normally pretty hard to shock the legal community.

McGraw owes former employee nothing, Supreme Court says

Steve Korris Jul. 16, 2007, 12:31pm

McGraw CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Working for West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw depressed Donald Darling and gave him migraine headaches, but the Supreme Court of Appeals says McGraw owes him nothing.

Badger Staters can sue drugmaker for out-state actions, SC rules

Legal News Line Jul. 16, 2007, 4:12am

Justice Louis B. Butler MADISON -- Wisconsin's anti-trust law can apply to interstate commerce, the state's Supreme Court ruled Friday, setting stage for another lawsuit against a Big Pharma giant.

Cuomo files brief; power plant's future up in the air

John O'Brien Jul. 13, 2007, 10:27am

Cuomo NEW YORK - New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo wants the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission to reconsider its procedures for relicensing nuclear power plants and filed a brief Thursday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Dann selects outside counsel panel

John O'Brien Jul. 13, 2007, 10:24am

Dann COLUMBUS, Ohio - Three Republicans and three Democrats will serve on Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann's newly formed Outside Counsel Advisory Panel.

Poll: Voters not worried about tort reform

John O'Brien Jul. 12, 2007, 3:29pm

Haber WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The civil justice reforms that pro-business groups are pushing do not register with voters, the organization formerly known as the American Trial Lawyers Association claimed Thursday while releasing the results of a poll it recently conducted.

AG Hood has next opponent

John O'Brien Jul. 11, 2007, 3:19pm

Hood TUPELO, Miss. - Al Hopkins, a retired Major General and personal injury attorney in Gulfport, Miss., announced that he plans on opposing incumbent Democrat Jim Hood during this year's general election.

AOL will pay $3 mil to states, refunds to consumers

John O'Brien Jul. 11, 2007, 2:39pm

Nearly every state in the country will benefit from a settlement reached Wednesday between them and America Online, one of the nation's largest Internet service providers.

Lawsuit: Starburst dangerously chewy

John O'Brien Jul. 11, 2007, 2:00pm

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. - Life was fine for Victoria McArthur on April 1, 2005, as she popped a yellow Starburst chew in her mouth.

Retroactive rules can't disrupt business contracts, Wisc. SC rules

Legal News Line Jul. 11, 2007, 6:00am

Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson MADISON -- A new state rule governing contracts can't be applied retroactively without exception if it imposes some hardships on the party expected to comply, the Wisconsin Supreme Court recently ruled.

Oregon AG may lead multi-state class-action v. drugmaker: blogger

Legal News Line Jul. 11, 2007, 3:47am

SALEM -- It's looking more and more like back to the future for drug-maker Eli Lilly & Co.

Del. SC: Trial court must answer horseplay question

John O'Brien Jul. 10, 2007, 2:43pm

Steele DOVER, Del. - A man who has already received more than $300,000 in Workers' Compensation after being duct-taped in a bathroom will have his lawsuit against the men who did it reconsidered by the trial court, the Delaware Supreme Court recently decided.

Sorrell wants cheapest prescription drugs bought

John O'Brien Jul. 10, 2007, 1:00pm

MONTPELIER, Vt. - Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell is again concerned with prescription drug prices and recently unveiled an interactive website that points consumers to the cheapest prices.

Organization behind identical pro-lawsuit letters to editors

John O'Brien Jul. 10, 2007, 12:46pm

What do two retirees, a personal injury attorney, an assistant attorney general and a realtor have in common?

Trial lawyers lure Mo. ex-SC Justice White into new partnership

Legal News Line Jul. 10, 2007, 4:43am

Former Supreme Court Justice Ronnie L. White (center) ST. LOUIS -- Recently retired Missouri Supreme Court Justice Ronnie L. White could soon be eyeballing his ex-colleagues from the opposite side of the bench in big civil suits.

Blumenthal: 'Made in China' should be a warning to consumers

John O'Brien Jul. 9, 2007, 4:12pm

Blumenthal HARTFORD, Conn. - The State of Connecticut is demanding answers from the distributors and manufacturers of tainted toothpaste recently found on store shelves, and Attorney General Richard Blumenthal thinks consumers should be wary of certain Chinese products.

AG Cuomo unhappy with dating service

John O'Brien Jul. 9, 2007, 2:41pm

Cuomo ALBANY, N.Y. - If men are supposed to pay for dinner on a first date, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo was wondering who was supposed to pay the rest.

Virginia wants left out of federal electricity transmission corridor

John O'Brien Jul. 9, 2007, 1:27pm

McDonnell RICHMOND, Va. - Reiterating his point that his state is more equipped to deal with the siting of power lines than the federal government is, Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell recently wrote the Department of Energy.