News from April 2007

AG Coakley has businesses pay nearly 400K; sues 19 allegedly involved in mortgage fraud

By John O'Brien | Apr 16, 2007

Coakley BOSTON - Two companies recently acknowledged to Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley their obligation to pay overtime wages to their employees and will dole out a substantial amount to prove it.

City goes to Supreme Court to help keep union proposal at bay

By Legal News Line | Apr 17, 2007

Judge Aida Salinas Flores AUSTIN -- The Texas Supreme Court could soon decide the outcome of a controversial effort to force the city of McAllen and its police union to arbitrate disputes.

Reporters subpoenaed by asbestos lawyer

By Ann Maher | Apr 17, 2007

BEAUMONT, Texas -- A Texas judge has allowed an asbestos attorney to depose reporters from a legal journal he claims were jury tampering.

Motorola, N.J. settle for $190 million

By John O'Brien | Apr 17, 2007

Rabner TRENTON, N.J. - New Jersey Attorney General Stuart Rabner says he has reached a settlement with Motorola worth $190 million.

Out-of-stater subject to Louisiana law

By John O'Brien | Apr 17, 2007

BATON ROUGE, La. - James Gable recently found out that the long arm of Louisiana law reaches all the way to his home in California.

Woullard class action against State Farm dismissed

By John O'Brien | Apr 17, 2007

Hood GULFPORT, Miss. - In a move that seemed to surprise no one, a federal judge on Monday dismissed the long-troubled Woullard class certification attempt that was part of Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood's proposed settlement with State Farm Insurance Co.

CVS joins RadioShack on Abbott's document-tossing suit docket

By Legal News Line | Apr 18, 2007

Abbott makes his case against CVS AUSTIN -- Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's dogged department of dumpster-divers has landed him another big lawsuit.

Student loan shakedowns spreading as Brown probes Cuomo victim

By Legal News Line | Apr 18, 2007

Jerry Brown The spreading feeding frenzy among state attorneys-general over probing links between colleges and student loan companies has officially gone national.

Gov. can bench attorney general in fight to release fed. subpoenas

By Legal News Line | Apr 18, 2007

Lisa Madigan SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has won a battle to boot Attorney General Lisa Madigan from his legal team in a controversial public-access lawsuit.

States receive their yearly millions in tobacco money

By John O'Brien | Apr 18, 2007

Cuomo Tobacco companies recently paid the State of New York $767 million million as a result of the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.

Rabner claims mercury reduction victory

By John O'Brien | Apr 18, 2007

Rabner TRENTON, N.J. - New Jersey Attorney General Stuart Rabner says his office recently cleared a major legal hurdle in defending the state's regulations on mercury emissions.

Dann files merit brief in controversial case

By John O'Brien | Apr 18, 2007

Dann COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann recently defended his position on the veto of Senate Bill 117, which paved the way for his lawsuit against lead paint manufacturers and is being challenged by the General Assembly.

Judicial Comm. decides tomorrow if Ziegler faces second hearing

By Legal News Line | Apr 19, 2007

Annette Ziegler MADISON -- Wisconsin's Ethics Board has turned up the heat on the state's Judicial Commission over ethics allegations against newly-elected Supreme Court Justice Annette Ziegler.

Hearing set on order to grill Southeast Texas Record journalists

By Ann Maher | Apr 19, 2007

BEAUMONT, Texas -- A Jefferson County judge will hear arguments on a motion to quash the depositions of two Beaumont journalists accused of tampering with a jury.

Blumenthal's beverage concerns continue with Cocaine

By John O'Brien | Apr 20, 2007

Blumenthal HARTFORD, Conn. - Saying it glamorizes drug use, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal recently threatened the makers of the energy drink Cocaine.

Blumenthal hoping New York shares opposition to Broadwater

By John O'Brien | Apr 20, 2007

Blumenthal HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is trying to enlist help from the State of New York in his fight against Broadwater Energy, which is seeking a permit for a liquefied gas facility.

N.H. business will pay $76K in penalties

By John O'Brien | Apr 20, 2007

Ayotte CONCORD, N.H. - In settling allegations made by the State of New Hampshire, Durgin and Crowell, Inc., will pay the state $76,000 in penalties.

Cuomo files first student loan suit against school

By John O'Brien | Apr 20, 2007

Cuomo NEW YORK - Drexel University will be the first school to have a lawsuit filed against it in what is becoming a nationwide probe into student loan practices.

ATRA releases results of transparency poll

By John O'Brien | Apr 23, 2007

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The American Tort Reform Association says its new survey proves what common sense should have already suggested.

ATRA: West Virginians crave change from AG's office

By John O'Brien | Apr 23, 2007

McGraw WASHINGTON, D.C. - The American Tort Reform Association has long had West Virginia on its radar, so it should surprise no one that the state was one of five chosen to be surveyed on the transparency of its attorney general's office.

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