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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.

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.