News from December 2006

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

Business group sues Chanos over indoor smoking bill

By Legal News Line | Dec 7, 2006

Nevada Attorney General George Chanos CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Nevada's recently passed Indoor Clean Air Act (Question 5) has met such opposition from a group of business owners that Attorney General George Chanos has been served a lawsuit.

Rental car insurance still valid even if license isn't

By Legal News Line | Dec 11, 2006

SACRAMENTO - Excess liability insurers who cover rental vehicles in California are still liable for third-party damages even if the renter's apparently valid licence is actually suspended, according to a recent California Supreme Court decision.

Dog-track extension not tourist attraction, Beebe rules

By Legal News Line | Dec 11, 2006

LITTLE ROCK - A casino-style extension to an Arkansas greyhound-racing track cannot receive state sales tax and income tax credits by qualifying as a "tourism attraction" Attorney General Mike Beebe recently ruled.

Partial payment puts off statute start, SC says

By Legal News Line | Dec 11, 2006

SALEM, Ore. -- Partially paying an injured plaintiff delays the onset of the statute of limitations for the plaintiff to file a lawsuit, the Oregon Supreme Court recently ruled.

A-G crimps chiropractors on procedure

By Legal News Line | Dec 11, 2006

LITTLE ROCK - Chiropractors in Arkansas cannot perform a controversial procedure that requires anesthetizing the patient, Attorney General Mike Beebe recently stated in an opinion to the Arkansas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

Deputy SC clerk elevated as incumbent bows out

By Legal News Line | Dec 13, 2006

Washington Supreme Court OLYMPIA -- The Washington Supreme Court has named current deputy clerk Ronald Carpenter as the new clerk of the court effective upon the retirement of current clerk Jerry Merritt on Dec. 31. Clerks are responsible for maintaining records, files and documents, preparing the court's calendar and docketing all cases and papers filed.

Goddard sues work-from-home promoter

By Legal News Line | Dec 13, 2006

Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard PHOENIX -- Attorney General Terry Goddard has sued a company promoting work-from-home business opportunities for violating Arizona's Consumer Fraud Act.

Class action masters Freed & Weiss don't carry malpractice insurance

By Legal News Line | Dec 14, 2006

The Burnham Building, home of Freed & Weiss LLC, in Chicago. Two of the most active class-action plaintiff's attorneys in the Madison/St. Clair County, Ill. courts do not carry malpractice coverage, even though one was once suspended by the Illinois Bar for harassing several women.

A-Gs say Yellow Pages defrauded small-business customers

By Legal News Line | Dec 14, 2006

Texas Attorney-General Greg Abbott ASUTIN, Texas -- Online phone directory YP Corp. will pay $2 million to businesses and organizations in 33 states in a major lawsuit alleging the groups paid for on-line advertisements they did not want, according to settlements announced today.

Couple in wreck can't sue bar anymore

By Legal News Line | Dec 15, 2006

Arkansas Supreme Court LITTLE ROCK - Blaming the barkeep for your DUI wreck just took a big hit in Arkansas.

Feuding pig farmers must try mediation before suing

By Legal News Line | Dec 15, 2006

Iowa Chief Justice Marsha K. Temus DES MOINES - A minor dispute between two hog farmers escalated to the point that the Iowa Supreme Court quoted 19th-Century humorist Ambrose Bierce in its ruling today in Klinge vs. Bentien (#111 / 04-0843).

Nixon's latest suit bolsters 2008 gubernatorial campaign

By Legal News Line | Dec 15, 2006

Jay Nixon JEFFERSON CITY -- Democratic Attorney General Jay Nixon's declared run for Missouri Governor in 2008 has already put plenty of noses out of joint in the state's bureaucracies. And observers believe there's more where that came from.

Lockyer moves fourth aide to new digs in three days

By Legal News Line | Dec 18, 2006

Bill Lockyer SACRAMENTO -- Outgoing California Attorney General Bill Lockyer last Friday moved yet another one of his loyal aides to alternative employment.

State should pay for civil suits filed by the poor, says chief justice

By Legal News Line | Dec 20, 2006

California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald George (center) SACRAMENTO -- California should extend a service that provides lawyers to the poor in criminal cases to civil cases, according to California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald George.

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