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Judge DeLaughter may be suspended

John O'Brien Mar. 20, 2008, 2:00pm

DeLaughter JACKSON, Miss. - Hinds County Circuit Court Judge Bobby DeLaughter, one of the players in an alleged judicial bribery scheme conducted by famed trial lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs, may soon be suspended from his job.

Starcher sets oral arguments to help decide possible recusal

John O'Brien Mar. 20, 2008, 1:23pm

Starcher CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Concerning his ability to fairly decide on cases involving the businessman he has criticized, West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Larry Starcher wants to publicly clear the air.

Feds reportedly look into Maynard controversy

John O'Brien Mar. 20, 2008, 10:44am

Maynard CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Federal investigators were apparently sniffing around the West Virginia Supreme Court while the Justices were preparing to hear a high-profile case for a second time.

Scruggs' old partners warn company not to satisfy State Farm request

John O'Brien Mar. 19, 2008, 4:31pm

Don Barrett, head of the KLG GULFPORT, Miss. - An engineering and analysis firm says it cannot comply with a State Farm Insurance Cos. subpoena in a Hurricane Katrina case because it would violate a settlement reached with the former Scruggs Katrina Group.

McGraw to court: Freeze that retirement fund

John O'Brien Mar. 19, 2008, 3:45pm

McGraw CHARLESTON, W. Va. - West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw will not relent in his civil suit against the former director of a federally and state-funded senior center recently acquitted of a federal charge that he illegally cashed in more than $31,000 in sick leave.

AG will alert W. Va. lawmakers of potential windfalls

John O'Brien Mar. 18, 2008, 4:33pm

McGraw CHARLESTON, W. Va. - West Virginia lawmakers have passed a bill that will require the state's Attorney General to notify them of any large amounts of money that might be coming their way.

Brown files 18-state anti-trust suit against Abbott over Tri-Cor

Legal News Line Mar. 18, 2008, 4:00pm

Jerry Brown SACRAMENTO – Global pharmaceutical giant Abbott Laboratories is in the crosshairs of an 18-state lawsuit announced today involving alleged anti-trust violations.

Hood: Partisan politics has no place in Scruggs saga

John O'Brien Mar. 17, 2008, 6:16pm

Hood JACKSON, Miss. - Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said Monday he hopes that the saga of admitted felon and prominent trial lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs won't become another reason for Republicans and Democrats to fight.

Miss. GOP forks over Scruggs money, calls for investigation

John O'Brien Mar. 17, 2008, 4:28pm

Scruggs JACKSON, Miss. - Now that he's an admitted felon, famed trial lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs' money is no good to some.

Former AG Moore takes on junior Scruggs' case

John O'Brien Mar. 17, 2008, 2:13pm

OXFORD, Miss. - The man who gave now-troubled trial lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs state power to fight tobacco companies will help represent Scruggs' son Zach in his battle against judicial bribery charges.

AG Brown files injunction against H&R Block over 'Rapid Refund'

Legal News Line Mar. 17, 2008, 8:51am

Brown SACRAMENTO – With less than a month to go before the end of tax season, California's Attorney General, Jerry Brown, has requested an injunction against tax preparation giant, H&R Block.

Scruggs plea reached same day electronic evidence returned, reportedly saves son

John O'Brien Mar. 14, 2008, 4:37pm

Dickie Scruggs OXFORD, Miss. - Saved by his father's guilty plea, Zach Scruggs will apparently avoid jail time but surrender his law license.

Hood: Federal justice effective against Scruggs

John O'Brien Mar. 14, 2008, 2:52pm

Hood JACKSON, Miss. - In catching high-profile plaintiffs lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs in a judicial bribery scheme, the federal government's methods of investigation worked perfectly, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said Friday.

Scruggs surrenders, admits to conspiracy to bribe judge

Victoria Johnson Hoggatt Mar. 14, 2008, 11:54am

Scruggs OXFORD, Miss. - One of the most powerful plaintiffs attorneys in the country has admitted to trying to grease the wheels of justice.

Anonymous jury not for Backstrom

John O'Brien Mar. 13, 2008, 12:39pm

OXFORD, Miss. - Indicted trial lawyer Sidney Backstrom has told a federal judge that he has no interest in being put on trial alongside high-profile attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs as the two battle judicial bribery charges.

McGraw shuts down Canadian company

John O'Brien Mar. 13, 2008, 11:12am

McGraw CHARLESTON, W. Va. - West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw made two announcements earlier this month, one a settlement and the other he called a "small victory in the battle against cross-border advance fee loan scams."

Everyone on board with McGraw settlement

John O'Brien Mar. 13, 2008, 10:40am

McGraw CHARLESTON, W. Va. - West Virginia lawmakers have stopped bickering with Attorney General Darrell McGraw long enough to agree with a settlement designed by McGraw and Gov. Joe Manchin that would use settlement dollars to create sales tax breaks.

GHG litigation still possible against non-compliant counties, Brown's office says

Legal News Line Mar. 12, 2008, 1:00pm

Brown SACRAMENTO -- Despite California Attorney General Jerry Brown's new focus on outreach, California communities who fail to address greenhouse gases may still wind up in court.

'My Bad,' say insurers, of contentious faker-finder test

Legal News Line Mar. 12, 2008, 4:38am

Dr. Paul Lees-Haley A new psychological test that claims to reveal whether an injured plaintiff is really suffering has launched a bunfight amongst psychologists on both sides of personal-injury lawsuits.

N.Y. Republicans put heat on Spitzer

John O'Brien Mar. 11, 2008, 4:00pm

Spitzer NEW YORK - Faced with a potentially career-ending prostitution scandal, New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer is being called on to resign by the state's Republican party.