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Harm insufficiently up-close to bring class action suit: Iowa SC

Legal News Line Jun. 22, 2007, 6:19am

Chief Justice Marsha K. Ternus DES MOINES -- An Iowa class action lawsuit against the two credit card giants can't stand up because the plaintiffs' injuries are too "remote," the state's Supreme Court ruled today.

Digitized documents no different in corporate spat, Wis. SC rules

Legal News Line Jun. 22, 2007, 5:24am

Justice Louis B. Butler Jr. MADISON -- E-mails written within a company could be dragged into public light should the venture end in tears, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled today.

USSC ruling lands one-two punch on litigious investors, lawyers

Legal News Line Jun. 22, 2007, 12:59am

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Supreme Court gave publicly-traded companies two big reasons to pop the bubbly with a key decision Wednesday.

Congressional vote doesn't go McDonnell's way

John O'Brien Jun. 21, 2007, 3:25pm

McDonnell RICHMOND, Va. - All Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell wanted was a little more time, but the House of Representatives just wouldn't give it to him.

McKenna's PR staff busy with consumer launch into blogosphere

Legal News Line Jun. 21, 2007, 4:59am

Rob McKenna OLYMPIA -- The original definition of "blogging" looked to be further undermined yesterday when Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna published his office's first effort.

Accused judge named one of Cal. SC chief's policy group newbies

Legal News Line Jun. 21, 2007, 4:28am

Chief Justice Ronald M. George SACRAMENTO -- California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald M. George has put his own judicial stamp on the state court system's main policy-making body.

Illinois AG charges docs colluded to black-ball Medicaid patients

Legal News Line Jun. 19, 2007, 5:11am

Lisa Madigan SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has charged the biggest two medical clinic chains in the college twin-towns with breaching anti-trust laws.

Lawyers get finger-lickin' ruling in Oklahoma AG's chicken suit

Legal News Line Jun. 18, 2007, 10:52am

Drew Edmondson OKLAHOMA CITY -- The three law firms hired by Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson to sue "big chicken" look set to collect plenty of golden eggs.

Koch the answer for Tenn. SC

John O'Brien Jun. 15, 2007, 4:00pm

Koch NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Supreme Court finally has a full complement of justices with the Friday addition of former Court of Appeals Judge William Koch Jr.

Business gives Vermont $1 million in Medicaid dispute

John O'Brien Jun. 14, 2007, 3:00pm

MONTPELIER, Vt. - Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell said a laboratory testing company overcharged his state's Medicaid program and recently announced the settling of those charges.

More lead paint decisions coming soon

John O'Brien Jun. 14, 2007, 2:00pm

The Supreme Courts of New Jersey and Ohio will soon make their decisions on the viability of public nuisance lawsuits against paint companies that once produced lead paint.

Blumenthal celebrating new consumer protection law

John O'Brien Jun. 14, 2007, 12:00pm

Blumenthal HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut recently decided to implement a new bill that is designed to protect consumers who have their health insurance abruptly cancelled.

Two-day pants trial over, ruling on the way

John O'Brien Jun. 14, 2007, 10:00am

Pearson WASHINGTON, D.C. - An emotional trial that has $54 million on the line wrapped up in Washington D.C. Superior Court Wednesday.

AGs Dann, Abbot lead AGs filing brief in important case

John O'Brien Jun. 13, 2007, 4:00pm

Dann WASHINGTON, D.C. - Attorneys General Marc Dann of Ohio and Greg Abbott of Texas say they were standing up for the rights of investors when they filed a friend of the court brief Monday in a U.S. Supreme Court case.

AGs will split up settlement from contraceptive maker

John O'Brien Jun. 13, 2007, 2:00pm

Rowe The manufacturer of the oral contraceptive product Ovcon have settled antitrust allegations with 35 state attorneys general, with several of them making the announcement Wednesday.

Money, lawyers and politics: State Farm case has it all

John O'Brien Jun. 12, 2007, 4:00pm

Hood JACKSON, Miss. - His decision to file another suit against State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. was "not about money or lawyers," Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood stated Monday.

Wealthy St. Louis suburb not 'blighted', Mo. SC rules

Ann Maher Jun. 12, 2007, 4:00pm

The Missouri Supreme Court ruled today that evidence of social liability was not sufficient in a developer's attempt to seize "blighted" properties in a wealthy St. Louis area.

Missouri SC rules for paint companies in St. Louis' lead-paint case

Ann Maher Jun. 12, 2007, 3:00pm

The Missouri Supreme Court has narrowly rejected an appeal from the city of St. Louis over its public nuisance suit against former manufacturers of lead based paint.

DHHR joins McGraw in opposing feds' stance on Purdue Pharma settlement

John O'Brien Jun. 12, 2007, 2:00pm

McGraw CHARLESTON, W. Va. - The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has decided to back up Attorney General Darrell McGraw during the state's battle with federal Medicaid officials, claiming it was never entitled to any of the disputed funds from a settlement.

Hood sues State Farm for not settling

John O'Brien Jun. 11, 2007, 4:00pm

Hood JACKSON, Miss. - With an agreement settling allegations that State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. unfairly treated its customers after 2005's Hurricane Katrina still not reached, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood on Monday charged the company with breaching the terms of a settlement that was rejected by a federal judge.