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Ex-Democratic candidate Appel joins Iowa's top court

Legal News Line Dec. 21, 2006, 9:27am

New Iowa Supreme Court Justice Brent Appel DES MOINES - Dubuque native Brent Appel was sworn in earlier this week as the newest member of the Iowa Supreme Court. He fills a vacancy created by the retirement of Justice James Carter of Cedar Rapids.

Incoming A-G targets cell phones, gas prices and utilities

Legal News Line Dec. 20, 2006, 9:52am

Minnesota Attorney General-elect Lori Swanson ST. PAUL - Minnesota Attorney General-elect Lori Swanson is already staking out her legal territory.

State should pay for civil suits filed by the poor, says chief justice

Legal News Line Dec. 20, 2006, 7:44am

California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald George (center) SACRAMENTO -- California should extend a service that provides lawyers to the poor in criminal cases to civil cases, according to California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald George.

Lockyer moves fourth aide to new digs in three days

Legal News Line Dec. 18, 2006, 9:48am

Bill Lockyer SACRAMENTO -- Outgoing California Attorney General Bill Lockyer last Friday moved yet another one of his loyal aides to alternative employment.

Nixon's latest suit bolsters 2008 gubernatorial campaign

Legal News Line Dec. 15, 2006, 8:56am

Jay Nixon JEFFERSON CITY -- Democratic Attorney General Jay Nixon's declared run for Missouri Governor in 2008 has already put plenty of noses out of joint in the state's bureaucracies. And observers believe there's more where that came from.

Feuding pig farmers must try mediation before suing

Legal News Line Dec. 15, 2006, 6:56am

Iowa Chief Justice Marsha K. Temus DES MOINES - A minor dispute between two hog farmers escalated to the point that the Iowa Supreme Court quoted 19th-Century humorist Ambrose Bierce in its ruling today in Klinge vs. Bentien (#111 / 04-0843).

Couple in wreck can't sue bar anymore

Legal News Line Dec. 15, 2006, 6:53am

Arkansas Supreme Court LITTLE ROCK - Blaming the barkeep for your DUI wreck just took a big hit in Arkansas.

A-Gs say Yellow Pages defrauded small-business customers

Legal News Line Dec. 14, 2006, 11:12am

Texas Attorney-General Greg Abbott ASUTIN, Texas -- Online phone directory YP Corp. will pay $2 million to businesses and organizations in 33 states in a major lawsuit alleging the groups paid for on-line advertisements they did not want, according to settlements announced today.

Class action masters Freed & Weiss don't carry malpractice insurance

Legal News Line Dec. 14, 2006, 11:07am

The Burnham Building, home of Freed & Weiss LLC, in Chicago. Two of the most active class-action plaintiff's attorneys in the Madison/St. Clair County, Ill. courts do not carry malpractice coverage, even though one was once suspended by the Illinois Bar for harassing several women.

Goddard sues work-from-home promoter

Legal News Line Dec. 13, 2006, 9:10am

Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard PHOENIX -- Attorney General Terry Goddard has sued a company promoting work-from-home business opportunities for violating Arizona's Consumer Fraud Act.

Deputy SC clerk elevated as incumbent bows out

Legal News Line Dec. 13, 2006, 9:02am

Washington Supreme Court OLYMPIA -- The Washington Supreme Court has named current deputy clerk Ronald Carpenter as the new clerk of the court effective upon the retirement of current clerk Jerry Merritt on Dec. 31. Clerks are responsible for maintaining records, files and documents, preparing the court's calendar and docketing all cases and papers filed.

A-G crimps chiropractors on procedure

Legal News Line Dec. 11, 2006, 6:52am

LITTLE ROCK - Chiropractors in Arkansas cannot perform a controversial procedure that requires anesthetizing the patient, Attorney General Mike Beebe recently stated in an opinion to the Arkansas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

Partial payment puts off statute start, SC says

Legal News Line Dec. 11, 2006, 6:38am

SALEM, Ore. -- Partially paying an injured plaintiff delays the onset of the statute of limitations for the plaintiff to file a lawsuit, the Oregon Supreme Court recently ruled.

Dog-track extension not tourist attraction, Beebe rules

Legal News Line Dec. 11, 2006, 3:51am

LITTLE ROCK - A casino-style extension to an Arkansas greyhound-racing track cannot receive state sales tax and income tax credits by qualifying as a "tourism attraction" Attorney General Mike Beebe recently ruled.

Rental car insurance still valid even if license isn't

Legal News Line Dec. 11, 2006, 3:12am

SACRAMENTO - Excess liability insurers who cover rental vehicles in California are still liable for third-party damages even if the renter's apparently valid licence is actually suspended, according to a recent California Supreme Court decision.

Business group sues Chanos over indoor smoking bill

Legal News Line Dec. 7, 2006, 4:06am

Nevada Attorney General George Chanos CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Nevada's recently passed Indoor Clean Air Act (Question 5) has met such opposition from a group of business owners that Attorney General George Chanos has been served a lawsuit.

Nevada panel overturns SC gold mine decision

Legal News Line Dec. 6, 2006, 11:44am

Nevada Supreme Court CARSON CITY, Nev. -- A three-member panel of the state's Supreme Court recently erased an April decision by the full Nevada Supreme Court that ruled that the state's Division of Environmental Protection improperly eased water quality regulations on a major gold mine

Gates can stay home for now, says plaintiffs' attorney

Legal News Line Dec. 6, 2006, 9:39am

Bill Gates DES MOINES, Iowa -- Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates and CEO Steve Ballmer will not be called to testify during the plaintiffs' presentation in a high-profile $330 million class action lawsuit currently being heard in the Iowa Supreme Court, according to a recent Associated Press report.

California takes stake in Lake Tahoe debate

Legal News Line Dec. 6, 2006, 9:29am

Bill Lockyer LAKE TAHOE, Nev. -- California Attorney General Bill Lockyer, among others, has weighed in on the pollution impact of a controversial private pier development along the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe that locals fear will increase pollution in the popular tourist destination.

Redistricting proposal gives top court the last word

Legal News Line Dec. 6, 2006, 9:27am

Schwarzenegger SACRAMENTO - The state's Supreme Court will be the last line of defense under Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's current proposal to reform the way California's political boundaries are redrawn.