News from September 2007

Ohio SC paves way for referendum on tort reform law

By John O'Brien | Sep 4, 2007

Dann COLUMBUS, Ohio - The future of Ohio's most debated tort reform law appears to be in the hands of its citizens.

Lewis' AG campaign ready to escalate

By John O'Brien | Sep 4, 2007

Lewis MORGANTOWN, W. Va. - With Labor Day in the rearview mirror, Hiram Lewis says the race to the Attorney General's office can begin.

Suthers, others report lobbying state AGs now growing industry

By Legal News Line | Sep 5, 2007

John Suthers WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Lobbying of state attorneys-general by both corporate and legal interests has increased significantly since the major state-based lawsuits of the late 1990s, according to Stateline.org.

Blumenthal complains about utility, has request denied by DPUC

By John O'Brien | Sep 5, 2007

Blumenthal HARTFORD, Conn.- Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal took his gripe with Connecticut Light & Power to the state Legislature Tuesday, claiming the utility owes consumers an apology.

AGs' report: Microsoft monopoly strong as ever

By John O'Brien | Sep 5, 2007

Brown WASHINGTON, D.C. - Despite an agreement with the federal Department of Justice, a group of state attorneys general have been arguing that Microsoft still possesses a monopoly in the world of personal computer operating systems.

McGraw files proceedings against lenders

By John O'Brien | Sep 6, 2007

McGraw CHARLESTON, W. Va. - West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw is getting tired of Internet payday lenders not listening to him.

Blumenthal plotting legal action against FAA

By John O'Brien | Sep 6, 2007

Blumenthal HARTFORD, Conn. - Wednesday's decision by the Federal Aviation Agency to reroute airplanes over the southern part of the state upset a lot of powerful people in Connecticut, including Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.

Indicted company accuses AG Coakley of chasing settlements

By John O'Brien | Sep 6, 2007

Coakley BOSTON - The company blamed for a fatal tunnel collapse during Boston's ongoing roadway construction project says Attorney General Martha Coakley is looking for a scapegoat and trying to scare other companies into settlements.

Stick to the statutes, South Carolina SC says

By John O'Brien | Sep 6, 2007

Pleicones COLUMBIA, S.C. - In clearing up a Workers' Compensation issue, the South Carolina Supreme Court decided one of the state's circuit courts tried to get a little too fancy with the law.

Justice Ziegler to get rap over knuckles from Wisc. SC colleagues

By Legal News Line | Sep 7, 2007

Justice Annette Ziegler MADISON -- The latest member of the Wisconsin Supreme Court must have breathed a sigh of relief at the punishment she finally faces before comfortably settling onto the top bench.

Ohio SC: No business-on-business violence

By John O'Brien | Sep 7, 2007

Justice Maureen O'Connor COLUMBUS, Ohio - Businesses may be sued, as long as it is not by other businesses, under the state's Consumer Sales Practice Act, the Ohio Supreme Court unanimously decided Wednesday.

Dann sued by gaming company

By John O'Brien | Sep 7, 2007

Dann ELYRIA, Ohio - Another gaming company is claiming Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann is trying to put it out of business and has filed suit against him.

Gov. wanted another Roberts for Mo. SC, picks Breckenridge instead

By Legal News Line | Sep 10, 2007

JEFFERSON CITY -- Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt's unheralded decision last week to elevate an Appeals Court judge to the state's Supreme Court could turn controversial.

Alaska AG tells state regulators to rule on power plant complaint

By Legal News Line | Sep 10, 2007

Bill Erickson JUNEAU -- Alaska Attorney General Talis Colberg has refused to weigh in on a controversial plan to build two new power stations in south-central Alaska.

New Jersey won't bundle Vioxx claims

By John O'Brien | Sep 10, 2007

Top row, L to R: Justice Roberto A. Rivera-Soto; Justice Barry T. Albin; Justice John E. Wallace, Jr.; Justice Helen E. Hoens; Front row, L to R: Justice Virginia Long; Chief Justice James R. Zazzali; Justice Jaynee LaVecchia. TRENTON, N.J. - Third-party payors may not create a nationwide class intended to group claims against Merck & Co., the New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously decided Thursday.

Drug company settles with DOJ

By John O'Brien | Sep 10, 2007

Dann The manufacturer of the prescription drug Anzemet will pay more than $180 million to settle charges that it inflated the drug's price brought by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Voters can decide Ore. tax-increase ballot initiative, SC rules

By Legal News Line | Sep 11, 2007

Chief Justice Gerry Alexander OLYMPIA -- The Washington Supreme Court waved through a controversial ballot title aimed at requiring a two-thirds majority for state tax increases in a high-profile ruling Friday.

Cal. SC caseloads grow as Bar dumps inactives, court report says

By Legal News Line | Sep 11, 2007

Chief Justice Ronald M. George SACRAMENTO -- The California Supreme Court's workload is increasing at a rate that mirrors similar growth in caseloads for the overall California court system.

Cuomo wants energy company's case thrown out

By John O'Brien | Sep 11, 2007

Cuomo NEW YORK - An energy company hoping to construct a power line through upstate New York is arguing that it has been harmed by state law, and state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo wants the lawsuit dismissed.

Dann, for better or worse, making headlines

By John O'Brien | Sep 11, 2007

Dann COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann fashions himself a newsmaker, but it's unlikely this is what he had in mind.

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