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Cobb starts as Alabama's first female Supreme Court chief justice

John O'Brien Jan. 18, 2007, 3:09pm

Cobb MOBILE, Ala. - Sue Bell Cobb took the oath office Tuesday, becoming Alabama's first female Supreme Court chief justice in the court's history.

Beware of lottery wins you never entered, AGs warn

Legal News Line Jan. 17, 2007, 11:51am

Miller DES MOINES - Iowa's Tom Miller is the latest state attorney general in recent weeks to swing the sword at his state's so-called "lottery scammers."

Ohio's new AG won't appeal decision favoring workers

John O'Brien Jan. 16, 2007, 7:46pm

Dann COLUMBUS, Ohio - New Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann says an Ohio court ruled properly in a case against the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation and will not appeal, possibly leading to increased injury benefits for workers hurt on jobs they obtained through welfare.

Minnesota AG picks slow-mover as first target

Legal News Line Jan. 16, 2007, 8:38am

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson (center) ST. PAUL -- Incoming Attorney General Lori Swanson knows that a lawsuit on behalf of ripped-off old people is a slam-dunk. So she's filed one.

Utah SC tosses review over briefs' 'scandalous' charges

Legal News Line Jan. 15, 2007, 3:13am

Utah Supreme Court building SALT LAKE CITY – A golden rule when filing a lawsuit would surely be not to insult the judiciary in the process. Petitioners in a case ruled on Friday in the Utah Supreme Court have yet to figure this one out.

W.Va. court won't hear appeal on Special Assistant AGs

Chris Dickerson Jan. 12, 2007, 6:15pm

McGraw CHARLESTON - The West Virginia Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to hear an appeal of an order involving the use of private counsel as Special Assistant Attorneys General.

N.J. AG files brief in mercury case

John O'Brien Jan. 12, 2007, 4:45pm

Rabner WASHINGTON, D.C. - The leader of a 16-state group demanding the Environmental Protection Agency become tougher on mercury-emitting power plants, New Jersey Attorney General Stuart Rabner recently filed a new brief in his lawsuit contending the EPA violated the Clean Air Act.

Hood not surprised by Katrina federal lawsuit outcome, takes shot at State Farm

John O'Brien Jan. 12, 2007, 1:20pm

Jim Hood JACKSON, Miss. - Still in the middle of his own settlement talks with State Farm Insurance Co., Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said he wasn't surprised by Thursday's verdict and Friday's punitive damages amount in a federal lawsuit against the insurance company, which he then referred to as a "robber baron."

Wal-Mart lands $10k win in Supreme Court

Legal News Line Jan. 12, 2007, 5:23am

Arkansas Supreme Court LITTLE ROCK - The Arkansas Supreme Court has upheld a decision of the Benton County Circuit Court that reduced a Wal-Mart financial obligation by $10,437.02. Wal-Mart's headquarters are located in Benton County.

D.C., Michigan last in Zurich settlement

John O'Brien Jan. 11, 2007, 3:21pm

NEW YORK - The attorneys general of the District of Columbia and Michigan were the last to put their names on a multi-state settlement with Zurich American Insurance Co.

Tobacco settlement numbers coming out

John O'Brien Jan. 11, 2007, 3:07pm

So far, California Attorney General Jerry Brown has claimed the most of any other of the 46 state attorneys general participating in a $55.4 million settlement against a tobacco company.

Cox, PSC turn down rate increases

John O'Brien Jan. 11, 2007, 3:04pm

Cox LANSING, Mich. - Two proposed rate increases recently were denied by Michigan's Public Service Commission, and Attorney General Mike Cox couldn't be happier.

McGraw reminds consumers to grab a piece of settlement

John O'Brien Jan. 11, 2007, 10:58am

McGraw CHARLESTON - West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw is reminding small businesses and consumers that they can still submit claims against YP Corp., a company with which McGraw and 33 other attorneys general recently settled.

McKenna's big step could be first of many

Legal News Line Jan. 11, 2007, 9:29am

Rob McKenna OLYMPIA -- Washington Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna made his first big splash in the other "Washington" yesterday. State observers say it is unlikely to be his last.

Judicial campaigns missing the point, attorney says

John O'Brien Jan. 10, 2007, 9:37pm

Hardin NEW ORLEANS - Judicial candidates need to be more worried about showing an aptitude for the law and less concerned with weighing in on hot-button issues, according to the head of Louisiana's Judicial Campaign Oversight Committee.

AG will be spectator in Pa. controversy

John O'Brien Jan. 10, 2007, 9:06pm

Corbett HARRISBURG, Pa. - Having put his seal of approval on a law attempting to cut mercury pollution by 90 percent, Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett will now sit back and watch the fallout.

Ind. state senator asks AG to reject contract

John O'Brien Jan. 10, 2007, 2:04pm

Carter INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - A Democratic legislator has asked Indianapolis Attorney General Steve Carter to refuse a $1.16 billion contract that will partly privatize state welfare programs.

Ohio AG backs veto of lawsuit-limiting bill

John O'Brien Jan. 10, 2007, 9:51am

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann on Monday commended new Gov. Ted Strickland's veto of a bill that would have limited lawsuits against lead-pigment manufacturers.

Hood, State Farm close to Katrina settlement

John O'Brien Jan. 10, 2007, 9:40am

Hood GULFPORT, Miss. - Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood and State Farm Insurance Company are reportedly close to agreeing on a settlement that will end hundreds of lawsuits.

Missouri chief justice wants change to state judge ratings

Legal News Line Jan. 10, 2007, 9:08am

Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Wolff. JEFFERSON CITY -- Missouri must review its judicial evaluation system and the way it assesses judges' workloads, the chief justice of Missouri's Supreme Court told state lawmakers today.