News from November 2007

TX public-land boss says mountains unwanted - UPDATE

By Legal News Line | Nov 1, 2007

Jerry Patterson AUSTIN -- The office of Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson says he didn't block the federal National Park Service (NPS) from acquiring a state-owned mountain range now up for sale.

Sherwin-Williams slams AG Lynch, Motley Rice in motion

By John O'Brien | Nov 1, 2007

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - One of the paint companies found liable in Rhode Island's landmark lead paint case had a clear message for state Attorney General Patrick Lynch in a motion filed Wednesday.

Blumenthal suing federal agency

By John O'Brien | Nov 1, 2007

Blumenthal HARTFORD, Conn. - Calling one of its recent decisions "unacceptable," Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has decided to file suit against the Federal Aviation Agency.

Cuomo says company inflated home appraisals

By John O'Brien | Nov 1, 2007

Cuomo NEW YORK - One of the country's largest real estate appraisal management companies is the target of New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's latest lawsuit.

Exxon relieved of $3 billion obligation

By John O'Brien | Nov 2, 2007

Parker MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Exxon does not owe the State of Alabama punitive damages in a dispute over royalties, the state's Supreme Court ruled Thursday in shrinking a 2003 jury award by almost $3 billion.

AT&T comes out on top in Internet TV case

By John O'Brien | Nov 2, 2007

Blumenthal HARTFORD, Conn. - AT&T apparently earned the final legal victory Wednesday in a long-running dispute with the State of Connecticut when a Superior Court judge ruled that the company may operate its Internet television service without a cable license.

State Farm turns tables, sues AG Hood

By John O'Brien | Nov 5, 2007

Hood JACKSON, Miss. - Insurance giant State Farm says Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is harassing it and recently filed suit against him.

AGs submit testimony in 9/11 wiretapping issue

By John O'Brien | Nov 5, 2007

Blumenthal WASHINGTON, D.C. - Telecommunications companies that allowed the federal government to listen in on private telephone calls without warrants after 9/11 should not be immune from legal action, the attorneys general of four states recently argued to Congress.

Cuomo: Appraisal legislation needed

By John O'Brien | Nov 5, 2007

Cuomo WASHINGTON, D.C. - A few days after filing his first lawsuit over the issue, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo on Monday gave his thumbs-up to legislation that will protect consumers against intimidating techniques allegedly used by appraisers.

Rivals spar as Penn. voters decide SC split - UPDATE

By Legal News Line | Nov 6, 2007

Seamus P. McCaffery (L) HARRISBURG -- One of the two Democratic candidates for today's Pennsylvania Supreme Court elections accused a Republican rival of being disingenuous over TV ads that have boosted her candidacy.

Lawyers rapped for lending to MO judge they faced

By Legal News Line | Nov 6, 2007

Deborah Neal JEFFERSON CITY -- Four Kansas City-area lawyers who lent money to a gambling-addicted municipal judge have been reprimanded by the Missouri Supreme Court.

Chicago class action master takes on Facebook

By Legal News Line | Nov 6, 2007

Jay Edelson A Chicago attorney leading the suit against Facebook over its text-messaging service is well-practiced in class actions against corporate targets, having secured millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements to date against Web services and other "new technology" providers.

Judgment day for two AG posts

By John O'Brien | Nov 6, 2007

Hood Mississippi's Jim Hood will be trying to hang on to his job, while Jack Conway will be trying to hold on to his lead in Kentucky in today's two Attorney General elections.

McDonnell visits D.C. to argue with Energy Department

By John O'Brien | Nov 6, 2007

McDonnell WASHINGTON, D.C. - State Attorney General Bob McDonnell and other Virginia officials spoke Tuesday to the federal Department of Energy in an attempt to have their state bypassed by private companies seeking to construct new power lines.

W. Va. SC seeking appeal in recusal case

By John O'Brien | Nov 6, 2007

Starcher CHARLESTON, W. Va. - While Massey Energy's case against it continues, attorneys for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals are asking for an appeal of a federal judge's decision not to dismiss the suit.

CSX on global search for missing doctor

By Chris Dickerson | Nov 6, 2007

Harron WHEELING, W.Va. - A saga that already involves a made-up doctor now includes a missing physician.

Penn. SC hangs 3-3, awaits Todd v. L-G result - UPDATE

By Legal News Line | Nov 7, 2007

Debra Todd HARRISBURG -- The future majority of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court could still go either way after only Democrat Seamus P. McCaffery was confirmed to one of two new seats at yesterday's general election.

Justices unanimously side with State Farm

By Steve Korris | Nov 7, 2007

Albright CHARLESTON - Justices of the state Supreme Court of Appeals rejected a woman's claim under her auto insurance policy for emotional distress from her mother's death in a crash that happened under someone else's policy.

Two Dems pull out wins in AG races

By John O'Brien | Nov 7, 2007

Hood The celebration didn't last long for Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood.

Appeal from tobacco companies rejected by W. Va. SC

By John O'Brien | Nov 7, 2007

Benjamin CHARLESTON, W. Va. - By a 4-1 vote, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals decided Wednesday not to hear the appeal of four major tobacco companies who claim a mass litigation proceeding against them needs to be updated.

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