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'Monkey' off State Farm's back after settlement, attorney says

John O'Brien Jan. 24, 2007, 7:42pm

With several thousand class-action claims and individual lawsuits originating from an alleged lack of coverage after Hurricane Katrina left to settle, State Farm Insurance Company at least has step one out of the way.

Blumenthal tops group's list of 10 worst AGs

John O'Brien Jan. 24, 2007, 7:38pm

Blumenthal WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A new study focusing on what one organization feels is an abuse of power was released Wednesday, naming the 10 worst state attorneys general in recent history.

McKenna kicks off eminent-domain reform push today

Legal News Line Jan. 24, 2007, 10:26am

Rob McKenna OLYMPIA -- Washington's Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna has joined his counterpart in Virginia in seeking legislative changes to his state's eminent domain law in 2007.

Madigan likely charting course to governor run

Legal News Line Jan. 24, 2007, 7:38am

Madigan SPRINGFIELD - The next Illinois gubernatorial campaign, it seems, has already begun.

Hood, State Farm reach settlement

John O'Brien Jan. 23, 2007, 9:08pm

Hood JACKSON, Miss. - Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood announced Tuesday that his office has reached a settlement with State Farm Insurance Company over damage done to homes by Hurricane Katrina.

Bayer settles with AGs 'to avoid unnecessary expense'

John O'Brien Jan. 23, 2007, 9:00pm

MONTPELIER, Vt. - Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell was one of 30 attorneys general who announced a settlement with Bayer Corp. Tuesday, resolving an investigation into a drug designed by the company to lower cholesterol that was taken off the market more than five years ago.

Attorney not allowed to bash business, Mass. SC says

John O'Brien Jan. 23, 2007, 8:47pm

Greaney BOSTON - The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently ruled against a high-profile Boston attorney who claims he was shielded from liability for publishing allegedly defamatory statements against a business.

Madigan turns up heat on disputed Zyprexa lawsuit

Legal News Line Jan. 23, 2007, 11:41am

SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois attorney general Lisa Madigan has ratcheted up the pressure on pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly over a controversial drug-marketing lawsuit that has drawn fire from reform advocates.

More states taking shots at text-message 'spammers'

Legal News Line Jan. 23, 2007, 10:21am

Lisa Madigan SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is the latest to jump into the growing pool of lawsuits over so-called "text-message spamming."

Pa. SC: Homosexual taunts triggered post-traumatic stress disorder, miner entitled to compensation

John O'Brien Jan. 22, 2007, 8:11pm

Baer HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania's Supreme Court recently overturned a Commonwealth Court order denying the claim of a mine worker who says homosexual comments made by a supervisor triggered his post-traumatic stress disorder.

Mich. AG supports automobile manufacturers in California's global warming case

John O'Brien Jan. 22, 2007, 2:46pm

Cox LANSING, Mich. - Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox said Friday that he has filed a brief in support of the six automobile manufacturers sued by former California Attorney General Bill Lockyer.

Fighting continues among Michigan justices

John O'Brien Jan. 22, 2007, 1:26pm

Taylor LANSING, Mich. - Michigan Supreme Court Justice Clifford Taylor said Friday that fellow justice Elizabeth Weaver needs to offer some proof in support of her allegations of unprofessional conduct or concentrate on doing her job.

Mississippi - Jim Hood

Legal News Line Jan. 21, 2007, 11:49am

Jim Hood

Rhode Island SC: City's fine on business was excessive

John O'Brien Jan. 19, 2007, 4:09pm

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - An adult entertainment club had its fine reduced by Rhode Island's Supreme Court on Friday.

As promised by AG Hood, Miss. congressmen attempting investigation of insurance industry

John O'Brien Jan. 19, 2007, 3:10pm

Hood WASHINGTON, D.C. - A week ago, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood warned the five insurance companies he is suing over an alleged lack of coverage in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina that if they didn't reach a settlement, Congress would get involved.

Charities can't be sued but SC asks lawmakers to rethink

Legal News Line Jan. 19, 2007, 4:53am

Arkansas Supreme Court LITTLE ROCK -- Registered charities still cannot have lawsuits brought against them under the doctrine of charitable immunity, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled yesterday.

Hartford Insurance puts up $26 million to settle 'Colosuss' class action

Steve Korris Jan. 18, 2007, 8:16pm

TEXARKANA, Ark. - For $26 million, Hartford Insurance bought its way out of a colossal lawsuit and joined the plaintiff team.

Stability expected with new Mass. AG

John O'Brien Jan. 18, 2007, 5:15pm

Coakley SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Martha Coakley was sworn in as Massachusett's first female attorney general Wednesday two months after being elected in a landslide, and a member of the Chambridge Chamber of Commerce doesn't anticipate much changing.

Wade recuses himself from Tennessee judicial selection case

John O'Brien Jan. 18, 2007, 5:12pm

Wade NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade has recused himself in the case of two white applicants who claimed they were discriminated against by Gov. Phil Bredesen during the process of finding a Supreme Court justice.

Blumenthal not through with insurance industry

John O'Brien Jan. 18, 2007, 4:31pm

Blumenthal HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, known for his activity in litigation against insurance companies, said Wednesday that his office has received several reports of insurance companies denying coverage.