News from July 2007

Gov. turns up heat on new Mo. Supreme Court CJ on Justice picks

By Legal News Line | Jul 2, 2007

Chief Justice Laura Denvir Stith JEFFERSON CITY -- Missouri Supreme Court Justice Laura Denvir Stith's honeymoon as the state's newest Chief Justice was short and swift.

Alaska attorney general needs distance from Gov., critics claim

By Legal News Line | Jul 2, 2007

David Marquez JUNEAU -- Alaska's recent corruption scandals have placed the issue of electing the state's attorney general squarely back on the political agenda.

Stumbo, gas company reach rate increase settlement

By John O'Brien | Jul 2, 2007

Stumbo FRANKFORT, Ky. - Kentucky Attorney General Greg Stumbo is remaining active in the world of gas prices, recently announcing a reduction in a pending natural gas rate increase.

Editorial: Hood's views on outside counsel conflicting

By John O'Brien | Jul 2, 2007

Hood Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood's feelings concerning his office's practice of hiring outside lawyers to represent the state were the subject of a recent editorial in the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.

Tillery's $10 billion tobacco case may fail in light of USSC decision

By Steve Korris | Jul 4, 2007

Attorney Stephen Tillery must take a mighty leap to convince the Illinois Supreme Court that a new U.S. Supreme Court decision automatically revives his $10 billion class action against cigarette maker Philip Morris.

Blumenthal granted injunction against companies

By John O'Brien | Jul 6, 2007

Blumenthal HARTFORD, Conn. - An injunction granted by a Superior Court judge will close a solid waste transfer station, and two companies will be responsible for its cleanup.

Cuomo still battling for college students

By John O'Brien | Jul 6, 2007

Cuomo ALBANY, N.Y. - New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's war on the college loan industry recently spread to a landlord who is accused of not returning security deposits to college students.

DIRECTV to provide restitution in W. Va.

By John O'Brien | Jul 9, 2007

McGraw CHARLESTON, W. Va. - West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw, unhappy with the company's practices, recently reached an agreement with DIRECTV that will offer refunds to more than 1,000 consumers.

Virginia wants left out of federal electricity transmission corridor

By John O'Brien | Jul 9, 2007

McDonnell RICHMOND, Va. - Reiterating his point that his state is more equipped to deal with the siting of power lines than the federal government is, Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell recently wrote the Department of Energy.

AG Cuomo unhappy with dating service

By John O'Brien | Jul 9, 2007

Cuomo ALBANY, N.Y. - If men are supposed to pay for dinner on a first date, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo was wondering who was supposed to pay the rest.

Blumenthal: 'Made in China' should be a warning to consumers

By John O'Brien | Jul 9, 2007

Blumenthal HARTFORD, Conn. - The State of Connecticut is demanding answers from the distributors and manufacturers of tainted toothpaste recently found on store shelves, and Attorney General Richard Blumenthal thinks consumers should be wary of certain Chinese products.

Trial lawyers lure Mo. ex-SC Justice White into new partnership

By Legal News Line | Jul 10, 2007

Former Supreme Court Justice Ronnie L. White (center) ST. LOUIS -- Recently retired Missouri Supreme Court Justice Ronnie L. White could soon be eyeballing his ex-colleagues from the opposite side of the bench in big civil suits.

Organization behind identical pro-lawsuit letters to editors

By John O'Brien | Jul 10, 2007

What do two retirees, a personal injury attorney, an assistant attorney general and a realtor have in common?

Sorrell wants cheapest prescription drugs bought

By John O'Brien | Jul 10, 2007

MONTPELIER, Vt. - Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell is again concerned with prescription drug prices and recently unveiled an interactive website that points consumers to the cheapest prices.

Del. SC: Trial court must answer horseplay question

By John O'Brien | Jul 10, 2007

Steele DOVER, Del. - A man who has already received more than $300,000 in Workers' Compensation after being duct-taped in a bathroom will have his lawsuit against the men who did it reconsidered by the trial court, the Delaware Supreme Court recently decided.

Oregon AG may lead multi-state class-action v. drugmaker: blogger

By Legal News Line | Jul 11, 2007

SALEM -- It's looking more and more like back to the future for drug-maker Eli Lilly & Co.

Retroactive rules can't disrupt business contracts, Wisc. SC rules

By Legal News Line | Jul 11, 2007

Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson MADISON -- A new state rule governing contracts can't be applied retroactively without exception if it imposes some hardships on the party expected to comply, the Wisconsin Supreme Court recently ruled.

Lawsuit: Starburst dangerously chewy

By John O'Brien | Jul 11, 2007

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. - Life was fine for Victoria McArthur on April 1, 2005, as she popped a yellow Starburst chew in her mouth.

AOL will pay $3 mil to states, refunds to consumers

By John O'Brien | Jul 11, 2007

Nearly every state in the country will benefit from a settlement reached Wednesday between them and America Online, one of the nation's largest Internet service providers.

AG Hood has next opponent

By John O'Brien | Jul 11, 2007

Hood TUPELO, Miss. - Al Hopkins, a retired Major General and personal injury attorney in Gulfport, Miss., announced that he plans on opposing incumbent Democrat Jim Hood during this year's general election.

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