News from 2007

Hawaii A-G Bennett investigating Health Dept. corruption charges

By Legal News Line | Jan 2, 2007

Hawaii Attorney General Mark Bennett HONOLULU -- The office of Hawaii Attorney General Mark Bennett is investigating claims that Hawaiian Health Department officials received "improper payments" from a major company recently fined for environmental violations, according to a report in the Honolulu Advertiser.

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.

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.

AG drops asbestos charges in return for testimony

By Legal News Line | Jan 3, 2007

Lockyer SALINAS, Calif. -- It's a courtroom asbestos case with an unusual twist.

New Mexico AG picks "price-gouging" as first big issue

By Legal News Line | Jan 3, 2007

Incoming New Mexico attorney general Gary King Incoming New Mexico Attorney General Gary King, a Democrat, has wasted no time jumping onto his first populist issue.

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.

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.

Enigmatic Brown poses risk for business, observers say

By Legal News Line | Jan 3, 2007

Jerry Brown SACRAMENTO -- Incoming California Attorney General Jerry Brown will most likely, it seems, be Jerry Brown. And that's likely to be bad news for California business.

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.

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.

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.

Nixon's governor run flushes out Democrat AG hopeful

By Legal News Line | Jan 4, 2007

Jeff Harris COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Attorney General Jay Nixon's first-out-of-the-gate run for the Missouri governor's mansion has also kicked off another race -- for Nixon's current job.

Madigan faces likely legal challenges on judges' residency rules

By Legal News Line | Jan 4, 2007

Lisa Madigan SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The home addresses of some Illinois judges are likely to become a major issue in 2007 thanks to a recent opinion delivered by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

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.

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.

Employers can reduce coverage for Medicare-eligible retirees: Iowa SC

By Legal News Line | Jan 5, 2007

Iowa Supreme Court DES MOINES -- An Iowa employer is not obliged to continue as primary health care provider for a retired employee if that employee can be covered by Medicare, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled today.

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.

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.

Incoming AG Swanson faces calls to ditch Hatch

By Legal News Line | Jan 5, 2007

Hatch (left) and Swanson (center) ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota's incoming Democrat attorney general Lori Swanson has laid out her forthcoming legal agenda amidst growing calls for her to sideline unpopular former Attorney General Mike Hatch.

Sibelius chooses "non-partisan" GOP judge for SC vacancy

By Legal News Line | Jan 8, 2007

Johnson TOPEKA -- Lee A. Johnson looks like the perfect candidate to heal the political and judicial rifts that have famously turned Kansas into one of the country's most polarized states.

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