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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.

Gansler announces assault on polluters

By John O'Brien | Jan 3, 2007

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Maryland's new Attorney General Douglas Gansler recently assured residents that he will make good on the campaign promises that won his election.

Private business not subject to Ohio's open records statute

By John O'Brien | Jan 3, 2007

Pfeifer COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Supreme Court of Ohio recently held that a private, non-profit corporation that was contracted by a county mental health board was not subject to the state's policy of mandatory disclosure of its records.

McCollum sworn in as new Florida AG

By John O'Brien | Jan 3, 2007

McCollum TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Bill McCollum, who challenged his opponent's background as a trial lawyer during his campaign, was sworn in Tuesday as Florida's new Attorney General.

New Ohio Justice should be good for business, state Chamber says

By John O'Brien | Jan 3, 2007

Cupp COLUMBUS, Ohio - When Robert Cupp is sworn in today as Ohio's 151st Supreme Court Justice, the state's Chamber of Commerce will view it as a victory for business.

Mississippi AG asks citizens to call for Katrina flood settlement

By John O'Brien | Jan 2, 2007

Hood JACKSON, Miss. - After having his lawsuit against five insurance companies remanded to state court, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood recently asked for regular citizens to put the heat on the companies.

Tennessee Judicial Committee will select third candidate

By John O'Brien | Jan 2, 2007

J. Houston Gordon NASHVILLE, Tenn. - In agreeing with Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen's challenge of a list of candidates for the vacant fifth spot on the state's Supreme Court, Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle has forced the Judicial Selection Committee to reconvene for the purpose of selecting a new candidate.

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