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Landfill opponents overturn city ruling in Supreme Court

Legal News Line Mar. 26, 2007, 7:31am

Justice Thomas R. Fitzgerald SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Supreme Court last week ruled that courts must review the decision of a state agency, not a local authority, in pollution cases.

Guice class denied certification, State Farm re-evaluating claims

John O'Brien Mar. 23, 2007, 3:05pm

Hood GULFPORT, Miss. - While the end result of each "slab case" is plainly obvious to the naked eye, a federal judge on Thursday ruled that a similar acceptance can not be made as it relates to the means by which the result occurred.

D.C. Court: Pro se Workers' Comp applicant may have been misled

John O'Brien Mar. 23, 2007, 1:30pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services may have caused a woman to untimely file for permanent total disability benefits, a recent D.C. Court of Appeals order remanding the case said.

Settlement freezes rate of AT&T's last regulated plan

John O'Brien Mar. 22, 2007, 4:00pm

LANSING, Mich. - AT&T's Michigan customers will save $1 a month as a result of a settlement called "significant" by Attorney General Mike Cox's office.

McGraw wins suit against funeral director

John O'Brien Mar. 22, 2007, 3:45pm

McGraw ELKINS - The owner of a funeral home will repay almost $35,000 she allegedly misappropriated funds from customers who prepaid for funerals.

Report: State-run company insuring huge amount

John O'Brien Mar. 22, 2007, 3:30pm

A recent report in the St. Petersburg Times says state-run Citizens Property Insurance has a $432 billion exposure to risk.

Blumenthal files brief against sex-themed shop

John O'Brien Mar. 22, 2007, 2:58pm

Blumenthal HARTFORD, Conn. - After stating more than a month ago that his office would not participate in the Town of Berlin's lawsuit against a sexually oriented business, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal on Monday in federal court filed a friend of the court brief in support of the town.

AG McGraw reaches agreement with out-of-state business

John O'Brien Mar. 20, 2007, 4:31pm

McGraw CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Four West Virginia consumers who say they were unfairly bothered after defaulting on loans that are illegal in the state had their balances wiped out in a recent agreement between West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw and Advance America.

Blumenthal finally running for governor

John O'Brien Mar. 20, 2007, 3:53pm

Blumenthal HARTFORD, Conn. - Eliot Spitzer was once the next Richard Blumenthal.

Supreme Court reinstates class in Missouri lead-emission suit

Legal News Line Mar. 20, 2007, 10:34am

Justice Richard Teitelman JEFFERSON CITY -- The Missouri Supreme Court has reversed a lower-court decision and reinstated a group of children as a class in a pollution lawsuit.

Despite popularity among patients and doctors, Depo-Prevo suits pile up

Legal News Line Mar. 20, 2007, 7:15am

CHICAGO -- A Cook County suit filed in February alleges that Pfizer failed to warn the plaintiff of risks associated with Depo-Provera, and adds to the list of similar suits filed across the nation.

List of Tenn. SC applicants released

John O'Brien Mar. 19, 2007, 3:38pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Sixteen applicants make up the list released Monday as the candidates for the vacant seat on the Tennessee Supreme Court.

Scruggs' contempt hearing set for Wednesday

John O'Brien Mar. 19, 2007, 3:16pm

Hood BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Richard Scruggs, a trial lawyer with close ties to the Mississippi Attorney General's office, will be the subject of a civil contempt hearing Wednesday in Alabama federal court.

McKenna credits both parties for legislative successes

Legal News Line Mar. 19, 2007, 10:38am

Rob McKenna SPOKANE -- Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna is claiming bipartisan support for his annual agenda thus far

Former Supreme Court hopeful could be booted from Appeals bench

Legal News Line Mar. 19, 2007, 7:39am

Judge Wendell Griffen LITTLE ROCK -- Outspoken Arkansas Court of Appeals Justice Wendell Griffen is set to finally face a disciplinary hearing over his controversial comments.

Judgment officially entered in lead paint case, companies appeal

John O'Brien Mar. 16, 2007, 5:14pm

Lynch PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Two paint companies found guilty of creating a public nuisance filed Friday in Rhode Island Superior Court their appeals to the state's Supreme Court.

Candidate better known than Supreme Court Chief, poll shows

Legal News Line Mar. 16, 2007, 7:22am

Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson MADISON -- Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson earlier this week asked a legislative committee to support a bill increasing funding for the state's court system.

McKenna joins pursuit of foreclosure-help 'scams'

Legal News Line Mar. 15, 2007, 6:04am

Rob McKenna OLYMPIA -- As the sub-prime mortgage market starts to go south, lawsuits against foreclosure-rescue "scams" look headed in the opposite direction.

Contractors burned in electric explosion get new crack at suit

John O'Brien Mar. 14, 2007, 3:44pm

Seated is Chief Justice William Barker. Standing, from left, are justices Janice Holder, Gary Wade and Cornelia Clark. NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The case of two contractors who were involved in an explosion on Trevecca Nazarene University's campus will be remanded and reopened after the Tennessee Supreme Court recently decided the summary judgment for the school was inappropriate.

Va. SC: Man who sunk own boat covered by insurance

John O'Brien Mar. 14, 2007, 2:33pm

RICHMOND - A recent Virginia Supreme Court opinion ruled against Allstate's claim that it should not have to pay a policyholder who sunk his own boat when he used a rake handle as a plug to substitute for closing a valve.