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Washington Supreme Court Washington borrowers applying to have their loans rescinded under the federal Truth in Lending Act (TLA) won't be allowed to if proceeds were primarily used for business purposes.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

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