News from February 2007

Controversial judge scolds lawyers despite own issues

By Legal News Line | Feb 1, 2007

Justice James W. Hardesty CARSON CITY -- Nevada Supreme Court Justice James W. Hardesty seems to relish any opportunity to sniff out and punish "misconduct" by trial lawyers.

Money from MCI-Miss. settlement finally given to state

By John O'Brien | Feb 1, 2007

Hood JACKSON, Miss. - Months after Mississippi State Auditor Phil Bryant determined a $4.2 million payment partially funded by Attorney General Jim Hood to the state's Children's Justice Center was improper, the center on Friday gave the money back to the state.

Blumenthal wants more civil-penalty legislation

By John O'Brien | Feb 1, 2007

Blumenthal HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut Attorney General announced Wednesday that he will introduce draft legislation that will allow the state's Department of Public Health to impose civil fines.

Vermont AG claims children are losing $80 million because of lead

By John O'Brien | Feb 1, 2007

Sorrell MONTPELIER, Vt. - In releasing a report on alleged lead poisoning in Vermont, Attorney General William Sorrell said the effects lead is having on the state's children will cost them $80 million in lost earnings over their lifetimes.

Former Fla. AG "reforming" insurance industry

By John O'Brien | Feb 2, 2007

Crist TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who served as the state's attorney general from 2003-2007, has taken away insurance companies' right to drop their policyholders, or raise their rates.

Delaware SC denies brain damage claim

By John O'Brien | Feb 2, 2007

DOVER, Del. - The Delaware Supreme Court on Friday decided that a man who was crushed between a truck and excavation machine did not suffer brain damages and denied his claim for additional Workers' Compensation benefits.

Rhode Island AG investigating security breach

By John O'Brien | Feb 5, 2007

Lynch PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch is alleging that by allowing a security breach on its computer network, TJX Companies violated the Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

W.Va. House committee questions AG's practices

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 5, 2007

McGraw CHARLESTON - An annual legislative hearing to outline Attorney General Darrell McGraw's budget proposal turned into an impromptu questioning of the office's use of outside counsel and handling of money received from settlements and verdicts.

Cox clamors for hearing over Palisades Plant sale

By John O'Brien | Feb 5, 2007

LANSING, Mich. - Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox on Monday filed a petition with the state's Public Service Commission urging it to hear more arguments before it makes a decision on the proposed sale of the Palisades nuclear power plant.

AG says Vermont received $725,000 drug settlement

By John O'Brien | Feb 5, 2007

Sorrell MONTPELIER, Vt. - Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell said Monday the state received more than $700,000 from an August settlement with Schering-Plough.

Blumenthal demands Coke challenge

By John O'Brien | Feb 6, 2007

Blumenthal HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal wants to put to the test claims made by Coca-Cola and Nestle that their new drink burns calories.

Conn. smoking ban upheld by SC

By John O'Brien | Feb 6, 2007

HARTFORD, Conn. - In a 4-1 decision Monday, the Connecticut Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the state's ban on smoking in public bars.

Justice Sullivan: Conn. AG contradicting himself

By John O'Brien | Feb 6, 2007

Sullivan HARTFORD, Conn. - Former Chief Justice William Sullivan is admittedly confused with Attorney General Richard Blumenthal's stance on smoking in the state's casinos.

Exxon argues against $3.6 billion judgment

By John O'Brien | Feb 6, 2007

MOBILE, Ala. - Exxon Mobil Corp. argued before the Alabama Supreme Court Tuesday that a $3.6 billion judgment awarded against it should be wiped away because it is not guilty of defrauding the state.

Experienced litigators lead battle against Chicago elections board

By Legal News Line | Feb 7, 2007

Peter Zelchenko, Chicago resident and candidate for alderman in the city's 43rd ward. Two recent class action suits against the City of Chicago Board of Election Commissioners are being led by Chicago attorneys well-acquainted with complex class action litigation and hefty settlements.

One down, eight to go for AGs in DRAM price-fixing suit

By Legal News Line | Feb 7, 2007

Lisa Madigan Attorneys general across the U.S. are celebrating a $90 million settlement by one of nine computer-chip makers that were being sued in a three-year legal battle over price fixing.

Turner pays $2 million, avoids investigation

By John O'Brien | Feb 7, 2007

Coakley BOSTON - Turner Broadcasting and Interference, Inc., on Monday paid $2 million to avoid a criminal or civil investigation into advertisements they used that created a bomb scare in the Boston area last week.

N.Y. settlement should have national impact, attorney says

By John O'Brien | Feb 7, 2007

Cuomo ALBANY, N.Y. - When New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo reached a settlement with three online advertisers hoping to prevent pop-up ads, he probably made no distinction that the ads would only stop popping up in his state, said the attorney who filed the first lawsuit of that kind.

Sunshine bill passes through Miss. Senate

By John O'Brien | Feb 7, 2007

Hood JACKSON, Miss. - Mississippi is one step away from shining a brighter light on the practices of its Attorney General's office.

Disability claimant must prove injury work-related: SC

By Legal News Line | Feb 8, 2007

Wyoming Supreme Court CHEYENNE -- A former employee with a long history of back problems cannot receive disability benefits for a claimed work-related back injury, the Wyoming Supreme Court ruled today.

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