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Judge in Scruggs case facing inquiry

John O'Brien Feb. 11, 2008, 2:00pm

DeLaughter JACKSON, Miss. - A watchdog group will examine the actions of a state judge in the center of one of trial lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs' many controversies.

Maynard distances himself from another Massey case

John O'Brien Feb. 8, 2008, 1:38pm

Maynard CHARLESTON, W. Va. - West Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Spike Maynard has recused himself from a case involving Massey Energy, the third time he has done so since photographs surfaced of he and the company's CEO together in Monaco.

Prosecutors call Scruggs' motion "harassment"

John O'Brien Feb. 7, 2008, 1:30pm

Scruggs BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - In response to indicted trial lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs calling their motivations for bringing criminal charges against him into question, three federal prosecutors say Scruggs needs to give it a rest.

TV ad targets W.Va. AG

Chris Dickerson Feb. 7, 2008, 1:18pm

McGraw CHARLESTON - A television ad targeting Attorney General Darrell McGraw has both sides talking.

State Farm's case against Hood over

John O'Brien Feb. 7, 2008, 1:00pm

Hood HATTIESBURG, Miss. - State Farm Insurance Cos.' lawsuit against Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has come to an end with a confidential settlement.

Chief Justice tinkers with Missouri Plan for SC picks

Legal News Line Feb. 7, 2008, 11:00am

Chief Justice Laura Denvir Stith JEFFERSON CITY -- Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Laura Denvir Stith wants to change parts of the selection process for Supreme Court Justices that critics claim are too secretive.

Katrina group fed up with State Farm's attorneys

John O'Brien Feb. 6, 2008, 1:00pm

Don Barrett GULFPORT, Miss. - Things have recently become even uglier among the attorneys in the most well-known Hurricane Katrina case of them all.

Judge sinks Hood's water suit

John O'Brien Feb. 5, 2008, 1:58pm

Barrett ABERDEEN, Miss. - A federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit that was filed by the State of Mississippi and was being handled by a campaign contributor to state Attorney General Jim Hood.

Scruggs' former partner wants to revive dispute

John O'Brien Feb. 5, 2008, 1:40pm

Scruggs JACKSON, Miss. - For William Roberts Wilson, disagreeing with fellow trial attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs has caused a nuisance that has lasted 14 years -- and counting.

OR top bench sends $80m, 9-year case back to court

Legal News Line Feb. 4, 2008, 2:00am

Justice W. Michael Gillette SALEM -- The Oregon Supreme Court has again allowed a huge punitive-damages award against Big Tobacco's Philip Morris to stand after it was twice rebuffed by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Scruggs: Probe relationship between judge and prosecutors

John O'Brien Feb. 1, 2008, 1:55pm

Scruggs BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The defense team of twice-indicted trial lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs wants a hearing to investigate the relationship between a federal judge and the prosecutors who brought charges against Scruggs.

AGs whip up plaintiff support in Exxon-Valdez suit

Legal News Line Feb. 1, 2008, 12:51am

Rob McKenna OLYMPIA -- Two attorneys general from opposite sides of the country have joined forces to encourage their brethren to sign an amicus brief in a lawsuit over the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989.

Top bench race in S. Car. goes from Few to two

Legal News Line Feb. 1, 2008, 12:11am

Judge John C. Few COLUMBIA -- What was a three-way race to fill the seat of a retiring justice on the South Carolina Supreme Court is suddenly down to two with under a week until the vote.

R.I. SC receives lead paint arguments

John O'Brien Jan. 31, 2008, 4:59pm

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Each of the parties in the landmark appeal of a public nuisance lawsuit brought over lead-based paint submitted their arguments to the Rhode Island Supreme Court Thursday.

Coghlan again ordered to sidelines of Scruggs trial

John O'Brien Jan. 31, 2008, 1:28pm

Scruggs OXFORD, Miss. - Voluntary waivers of any conflict of interest weren't enough for a federal judge who on Wednesday again denied the attempts of indicted trial lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs to add an attorney to his defense team.

Former AG Bill Clinton railed against utility rates

Legal News Line Jan. 31, 2008, 9:12am

Former Arkansas Attorney General Bill Clinton Long before his presidential ambitions, and now his wife's, Bill Clinton served two eventful years as Arkansas Attorney General from 1977 to 1979 before becoming governor of Arkansas.

State Farm wants to hear Scruggs' silence in person

John O'Brien Jan. 30, 2008, 4:13pm

Hood HATTIESBURG, Miss. - State Farm Insurance Cos. is not on board with Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood's reluctance to let indicted trial lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs personally plead the fifth in a deposition.

Maynard recuses again, provides vacation documentation

Chris Dickerson Jan. 30, 2008, 3:22pm

Maynard CHARLESTON, W.Va. - While recusing himself from another case involving Massey Energy, state Supreme Court Chief Justice Spike Maynard also has provided documentation showing he paid for his trip to France in 2006.

$160K and 'the meter still is running'

Chris Dickerson Jan. 30, 2008, 3:20pm

Starcher CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has spent more than $160,000 on a federal court case Massey Energy brought against it over the way justices recuse themselves from cases.

Justices aren't on Nationwide's side this time

Steve Korris Jan. 30, 2008, 2:25pm

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company fumbled three times at the state Supreme Court of Appeals in a futile bid to rewrite an order of Kanawha Circuit Judge Tod Kaufman.