News from 2006

Lockyer slaps Fox Rent A Car over GPS snooping

By Legal News Line | Nov 15, 2006

Lockyer Rental car firms in California can expect a financial whack if they try to snoop electronically on where their vehicles are being driven.

Brown inherits legal drug problem

By Legal News Line | Nov 17, 2006

SACRAMENTO, Calif.--California Attorney General Bill Lockyer recently left yet another state legal-action headache for his successor, Jerry Brown, to remedy.

Merck and physician named in Vioxx suit

By Legal News Line | Nov 17, 2006

Cook County Courthouse Pamela Kavis filed a six-count complaint against Merck & Co., Inc., on Oct. 13 in Cook County Circuit Court, alleging that the company's drug Vioxx was responsible for the death of her husband, John Kavis. The suit also alleges negligence against the deceased's physician for prescribing the medication.

Court upholds Cashmere Valley Bank decision

By Legal News Line | Nov 17, 2006

Washington Supreme Court Washington borrowers applying to have their loans rescinded under the federal Truth in Lending Act (TLA) won't be allowed to if proceeds were primarily used for business purposes.

Workers' comp language clarified by Oregon court

By Legal News Line | Nov 17, 2006

SALEM, Ore. -- Insurance companies now appear to have more leeway in workers' compensation cases in cases where companies change hands, according to a recent Oregon Supreme Court decision.

McGraw's office says taping citizens in their homes is OK

By Steve Korris | Nov 20, 2006

West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw CHARLESTON, WV--Attorney General Darrell McGraw wants the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals to declare that police can secretly tape citizens in their homes.

WV court rules partnership, not partners, own property

By Steve Korris | Nov 20, 2006

West Virginia Court of Appeals CHARLESTON, WV--Where a partnership owns property the partners themselves own nothing, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has declared.

McGraw's Zyprexa case sent to federal court in Brooklyn

By Steve Korris | Nov 20, 2006

BROOKLYN, NY--West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw's lawsuit against drug maker Eli Lilly and Company has landed in federal court at Brooklyn.

Lawyer-funded incumbent says 'you cannot buy a seat' on the bench

By Legal News Line | Nov 21, 2006

Justice Carol Hunstein seated at left ATLANTA--A lot of mud was slung and a lot of money was spent to unseat Georgia's presiding chief justice. But in the end Justice Carol Hunstein remains firmly ensconced in the Georgia Supreme Court.

WV court rules: When in doubt, throw them out

By Steve Korris | Nov 21, 2006

West Virginia Court of Appeals CHARLESTON, WV--Justices of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals have laid down a simple rule for judges choosing jurors: When in doubt, throw them out.

Keller asbestos case will proceed after ruling

By Legal News Line | Nov 26, 2006

SALEM--A mechanic's asbestos-related lawsuit against three automotive suppliers was allowed to proceed after the Oregon Supreme Court recently affirmed (SC S52801) a lower court decision.

Lockyer wins settlement in rent-to-own case

By Legal News Line | Nov 28, 2006

SAN FRANCISCO--Rent-A-Center (RAC) will pay more than $7 million in restitution to thousands of California customers to settle a lawsuit brought by Attorney General Bill Lockyer. The company also agreed to reform its business practices.

McKenna settles with software seller

By Legal News Line | Nov 30, 2006

SEATTLE -- Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna announced a settlement in a long-running dispute with New York-based High Falls Media and Roc Telecommunications.

On-line lingerie seller leaves customers hanging

By Legal News Line | Dec 5, 2006

Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon ST. LOUIS -- Missouri Attorney Jay Nixon claims a St. Louis-area business selling lingerie over the Internet is ripping off customers and wants to close it

Outgoing judge sues Supreme Court

By Legal News Line | Dec 5, 2006

New Mexico Supreme Court AZTEC, N.M. -- The attorney for outgoing New Mexico Magistrate Judge James Atcitty recently announced that his client is suing the New Mexico Supreme Court, among others, for discrimination.

Redistricting proposal gives top court the last word

By Legal News Line | Dec 6, 2006

Schwarzenegger SACRAMENTO - The state's Supreme Court will be the last line of defense under Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's current proposal to reform the way California's political boundaries are redrawn.

California takes stake in Lake Tahoe debate

By Legal News Line | Dec 6, 2006

Bill Lockyer LAKE TAHOE, Nev. -- California Attorney General Bill Lockyer, among others, has weighed in on the pollution impact of a controversial private pier development along the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe that locals fear will increase pollution in the popular tourist destination.

Gates can stay home for now, says plaintiffs' attorney

By Legal News Line | Dec 6, 2006

Bill Gates DES MOINES, Iowa -- Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates and CEO Steve Ballmer will not be called to testify during the plaintiffs' presentation in a high-profile $330 million class action lawsuit currently being heard in the Iowa Supreme Court, according to a recent Associated Press report.

Nevada panel overturns SC gold mine decision

By Legal News Line | Dec 6, 2006

Nevada Supreme Court CARSON CITY, Nev. -- A three-member panel of the state's Supreme Court recently erased an April decision by the full Nevada Supreme Court that ruled that the state's Division of Environmental Protection improperly eased water quality regulations on a major gold mine

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