News from October 2007

Arizona AG to hunt with pack on subprime meltdowns

By Legal News Line | Oct 1, 2007

Terry Goddard PHOENIX -- There's good news and bad news out west on two key finance-scandal issues, according to state attorneys general.

Miss. Dems back AG Hood against call for sunshine

By John O'Brien | Oct 1, 2007

Hood JACKSON, Miss. - First, Mississippi's Democrats shielded Attorney General Jim Hood against the Republicans latest attack on him. Then, they went on the offensive.

McCollum, Gansler take action against proposed gambling law

By John O'Brien | Oct 1, 2007

Gansler BALTIMORE - Two state attorneys general say pending Internet gambling legislation will undermine their states' authority to regulate the industry.

Dann says hospital talks will continue

By John O'Brien | Oct 1, 2007

Dann CINCINNATI - Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann says those involved with the possible breakup of a group of hospitals have not met a self-imposed deadline for agreement, but they will not stop negotiating.

McKenna gets call as fans fight Sonics owners over move

By Legal News Line | Oct 2, 2007

Kevin Durant OLYMPIA -- Pro basketball fans intend pulling Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna onto mid-court in their ongoing legal battle with the new owners of the NBA's Seattle SuperSonics and WNBA's Seattle Storm.

Opinions of Supreme Court linked to party politics: poll

By Legal News Line | Oct 2, 2007

U.S. Supreme Court WASHINGTON, DC -- Barely half of Americans approve of how the United States Supreme Court (USSC) is doing its job, according to a recent opinion poll released the day after the Court's fall session began.

Report: Dann following teachers' lead

By John O'Brien | Oct 2, 2007

Dann COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann was merely following the suggestion of a teachers union when he decided to sue several allegedly underperforming charter schools, a report in Tuesday's Columbus Dispatch argues.

State Farm settles case in Fla.

By John O'Brien | Oct 2, 2007

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - State Farm Insurance and the State of Florida reached a $46 million settlement Tuesday that ends allegations State Farm unfairly treated its policyholders.

Maine Gov.'s nominee aces interviews, joins Supreme Ct.

By Legal News Line | Oct 4, 2007

Maine Superior Court AUGUSTA -- A former Maine Superior Court judge who has worked her way up through the state's judicial ranks has now joined its highest bench.

Colo. miners dispute Suthers' logic on coal-tax changes

By Legal News Line | Oct 4, 2007

John Suthers DENVER -- Colorado's powerful coal lobby is trying to stop the unfreezing of a coal tax rate that was supported in summer by Attorney General John Suthers.

Business group wants McGraw money given to Workers' Comp

By John O'Brien | Oct 4, 2007

McGraw CHARLESTON, W. Va. - The federal government isn't the only one demanding money from West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw's controversial OxyContin settlement.

CALA: Starcher again an embarrassment

By John O'Brien | Oct 4, 2007

Starcher CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Citing his long history of creating headlines from behind the bench that began in a high-profile rape case almost 14 years ago, a West Virginia legal watchdog group on Wednesday called for the resignation of state Supreme Court Justice Larry Starcher.

Blumenthal celebrating Internet TV ruling

By John O'Brien | Oct 4, 2007

Blumenthal HARTFORD, Conn. - A federal judge decided Tuesday that she will not reconsider her July ruling that requires AT&T's budding Internet television service be regulated like cable TV.

Justice Starcher has nothing to add in recusal controversy

By John O'Brien | Oct 5, 2007

Starcher CHARLESTON, W. Va. - West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Larry Starcher has again refused to step down from a pending case Friday, filing his second response to motions submitted by an airline company.

Missouri AG won't campaign on state dime - UPDATE

By Legal News Line | Oct 9, 2007

Jay Nixon JEFFERSON CITY -- Missouri Attorney General and 2008 gubernatorial candidate Jay Nixon has backtracked on his use of state-funded cars and security detail to attend his own campaign rallies.

Reinsurance broker sued by Blumenthal

By John O'Brien | Oct 9, 2007

Blumenthal HARTFORD, Conn. - One of the world's largest reinsurance brokers has been violating antitrust laws by fixing prices and manipulating markets for nearly 50 years, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is alleging.

Report: Dann replaced counsel with Democratic contributors

By John O'Brien | Oct 9, 2007

Dann COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann's decision to change the lead counsel on a fraud lawsuit against Fannie Mae was the subject of a report in Monday's Wall Street Journal.

Power provider settles with states, feds

By John O'Brien | Oct 9, 2007

Coakley BOSTON - In a settlement considered the largest over allegations of violations of the federal New Source Review Program brought against a major power producer, American Electric Power resolved claims that it illegally refurbished its power plants.

Stumbo, trial lawyer suing OxyContin maker

By John O'Brien | Oct 10, 2007

Stumbo PIKEVILLE, Ky. - The Commonwealth of Kentucky became the latest to jump on prescription drug manufacturer Purdue Pharma, filing a lawsuit Friday over the company's controversial painkiller OxyContin.

McGraw finds, sues home improvement business

By John O'Brien | Oct 10, 2007

McGraw CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Changing its name didn't stop one Kanawha County business from being sued by West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw.

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