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D.C., Michigan last in Zurich settlement

By John O'Brien | Jan 11, 2007

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

By John O'Brien | Jan 11, 2007

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

By John O'Brien | Jan 11, 2007

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

By John O'Brien | Jan 11, 2007

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.

Judicial campaigns missing the point, attorney says

By John O'Brien | Jan 10, 2007

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

By John O'Brien | Jan 10, 2007

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

By John O'Brien | Jan 10, 2007

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

By John O'Brien | Jan 10, 2007

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

By John O'Brien | Jan 10, 2007

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.

Pharmaceutical company settles over Vermont disclosure law

By John O'Brien | Jan 9, 2007

MONTPELIER, Vt. - A pharmaceutical company will have to abide by a Vermont disclosure law after settling with Attorney General William Sorrell Monday.

Woman goes 0-for-2 with her lawsuits

By John O'Brien | Jan 9, 2007

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Rhode Island's Supreme Court recently upheld a Superior Court decision that a Providence law firm wasn't to blame for a woman losing her medical malpractice case.

Two AGs among small group of unsettling parties sue FERC

By John O'Brien | Jan 9, 2007

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The attorneys general of Connecticut and Massachusetts have jointly filed suit against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, hoping to end a surcharge that was imposed to encourage the construction of new power plants.

Conn. AG wants appeal answered

By John O'Brien | Jan 8, 2007

Sullivan HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is asking the state's Supreme Court to rule on his appeal of a lower court ruling that prevented former Chief Justice William Sullivan from having to obey a subpoena from the Legislature.

Cox intervening in Proposal 2 case

By John O'Brien | Jan 8, 2007

Cox LANSING, Mich. - Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox announced Thursday he will intervene on behalf of the plaintiffs who filed a lawsuit against the University of Michigan in an attempt to force the school to comply with a recently passed law.

Conn. AG seeks to dismiss claim for tax shield

By John O'Brien | Jan 8, 2007

Blumenthal HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal says that property taxes must be paid on slot machines leased by a non-Indian entity that are located on sovereign Indian property.

Mass. Supreme Court overturns dismissal in doctor's malicious prosecution case

By John O'Brien | Jan 5, 2007

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - In an order issued the day after Christmas, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court overturned the dismissal of a malicious prosecution claim brought by a neurologist against an insurance company.

Insurance company permanently changes practices after settlement

By John O'Brien | Jan 5, 2007

Blumenthal HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal announced Tuesday that St. Paul Travelers Companies voluntarily has agreed to permanently stop paying contingent commissions to brokers and agents for certain types of insurance.

Injunction issued in campaign finance reform case against Conn. AG

By John O'Brien | Jan 4, 2007

Blumenthal BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - A federal judge in Connecticut granted Wednesday a preliminary injunction that will keep the names of the children of campaign contributors from being posted, which previously was required by a 2005 campaign finance reform act.

Taylor re-elected Michigan's Chief Justice

By John O'Brien | Jan 4, 2007

Taylor LANSING, Mich. -- A vote by his fellow justices Thursday kept Clifford Taylor the Chief Justice of Michigan's Supreme Court.

Tennessee Supreme Court puts halt on selection process

By John O'Brien | Jan 3, 2007

Bredesen NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee's Supreme Court decided Wednesday to hear the complaints of two white applicants for the vacant Supreme Court Justice position who claim they were discriminated against by Gov. Phil Bredesen.

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