News from August 2007

Ohio SC: Veto of tort reform law invalid

By John O'Brien | Aug 1, 2007

Dann COLUMBUS, Ohio - In handing another win to tort reformers against lead paint litigation, the Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday finally showed the state's government how to count to 10.

Retired judge says AG, state agency bullying him over home sale

By Chris Dickerson | Aug 1, 2007

Egnor CHARLESTON, W. Va. - A retired judge wants to sell his home, but he says the state Real Estate Commission and even West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw's office are working to keep him from doing so.

Scruggs contributes large amount in Insurance Commissioner race

By John O'Brien | Aug 1, 2007

OXFORD, Miss. - First, trial lawyer Richard Scruggs insulted Mississippi Insurance Commissioner George Dale in a political cartoon. Now, Scruggs is putting his money where his mouth is.

Retired Idaho CJ will referee more water fights in new IDWR post

By Legal News Line | Aug 2, 2007

Justice Gerald F. Schroeder BOISE -- Former Idaho Supreme Court Chief Justice Gerald Schroeder enjoyed just one day of "retirement" before pulling the black-and-white shirt back on to referee one of the state's messiest disputes.

'Colossus' class action costing defendants more than $293 million

By Legal News Line | Aug 2, 2007

TEXARKANA, Ark. -- Proposed and approved settlements from Miller County Circuit Court's infamous "Colossus" class action could cost defendants more than $293 million.

iPhone taken on by experienced class action litigator

By Legal News Line | Aug 2, 2007

Less than a month after Apple released its iPhone, an attorney well-versed in products liability class actions filed an action over the product in Cook County.

WLF holds nuisance discussion

By John O'Brien | Aug 2, 2007

Schwartz WASHINGTON, D.C. - The past, present and future of public nuisance claims were all part of a discussion broadcasted Thursday by the Washington Legal Foundation.

Lynch mulling options with insurance company

By John O'Brien | Aug 2, 2007

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Beacon Mutual Insurance Co. looks like it is for some more tough times in Rhode Island.

Report: Dann took contribution from company involved in litigation with State

By John O'Brien | Aug 2, 2007

Dann COLUMBUS, Ohio - As Attorney General Marc Dann attempted to settle their lawsuit, a gaming company donated money from a fundraiser to Dann's campaign.

Business group funding plaintiffs for profit

By John O'Brien | Aug 3, 2007

CHICAGO - In the ongoing battle between businesses and personal injury attorneys, at least one group of companies is pulling for the other side -- because business is better that way.

Iowa companies must obey when AG's gumshoes call, SC rules

By Legal News Line | Aug 6, 2007

Chief Justice Marsha K. Ternus DES MOINES -- Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller isn't infringing on a business's due process rights when he makes demands as part of a civil investigation, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday.

Cal. GOP wants end to Brown black-balling local plans over GHGs

By Legal News Line | Aug 6, 2007

OAKLAND and SACRAMENTO -- California Attorney General Jerry Brown is feeling the sting of backlash over his recent crackdowns on local governments' anti-emissions planning.

Internet TV should be regulated like cable, Blumenthal says

By John O'Brien | Aug 6, 2007

Blumenthal HARTFORD, Conn. - Statewide competition in cable television is what Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal says is what he would like to see after requesting AT&T be required to obtain a cable license for its Internet television service.

More OxyContin money dished out by AG McGraw

By John O'Brien | Aug 6, 2007

McGraw CHARLESTON, W. Va. - West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw is giving $30,000 of his controversial $10 million settlement with Purdue Pharma to a Braxton County transitional home for recovering alcoholics and substance abusers.

Editorial: Dann should be careful who he takes money from

By John O'Brien | Aug 6, 2007

Dann COLUMBUS, Ohio - Campaign contributions given from gambling interests to Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann didn't stop with the Castle King fundraiser.

Iowa AG, Lottery make first pay-out in busted-flush gaming pacts

By Legal News Line | Aug 7, 2007

Tom Miller DES MOINES -- Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, hoping to duck a $900 million class action suit, has begun cashing in contractors' chips after the disastrous TouchPlay gambling-machine venture.

Cox continues to help regulate rates

By John O'Brien | Aug 7, 2007

Cox LANSING, Mich. - Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox has reached another settlement over telephone rates, announcing it Monday as a "victory for Michigan consumers."

Medicaid investigation off to good start for Cuomo

By John O'Brien | Aug 7, 2007

Cuomo ALBANY, N.Y. - Approximately $7 million has been recovered from two managed care organizations, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said Monday.

McGraw defends actions, talks about critics

By Chris Dickerson | Aug 7, 2007

West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw, left, presents a $10,000 check to the Charleston Black Ministerial Alliance on Tuesday. (Photo by Chris Dickerson) CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw on Tuesday again defended the way his office doles out OxyContin settlement money.

Gov. taps brother's law partner for next Wy. attorney general

By Legal News Line | Aug 8, 2007

Gov. Dave Freudenthal CHEYENNE -- Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal has wasted no time at all in replacing long-time attorney general Pat Crank.

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