News from August 2008

Five states threaten to sue EPA over lack of greenhouse regulations

By Chris Rizo | Aug 1, 2008

Hardy Myers (D) SALEM, Ore. (Legal Newsline)-Oregon Attorney General Hardy Myers has joined with four other states to pressure the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to adopt regulations aimed at reducing pollution from planes, ships and off-road vehicles.

Supreme Court orders new punitive damage trial in $20 million tobacco case

By Chris Rizo | Aug 1, 2008

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline)-A jury erred in awarding a $20 million judgment against cigarette maker Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp., the Missouri Supreme Court has signaled by remanding the case back to a lower court.

Brown heads for another lawsuit against the feds

By Legal News Line | Aug 1, 2008

Jerry Brown (D) SACRAMENTO, Calif., (Legal Newsline)- California Attorney General Jerry Brown continued to wield the power of his office to curb greenhouse gas pollutions on Thursday by announcing plans to sue the U.S Environmental Protection Agency for failing to regulate pollution from ships, aircraft and industrial equipment.

AG candidate's ex-wife pays for ads against him

By Chris Rizo | Aug 1, 2008

Chris Koster (D) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline)-Among Missouri attorney general Chris Koster's biggest political enemies is his ex-wife, who is helping to bankroll attack ads critical of the Republican-turned-Democrat.

Justices: Whistleblowers hurt by Calif. High Court ruling

By Legal News Line | Aug 1, 2008

Ronald George SACRAMENTO, Calif., (Legal Newsline)-The California Supreme Court's dismissal of whistleblower cases filed by two Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory employees could be a blow to protections currently afforded employees who come forward, three justices said.

McGraw has taken outside counsel idea to new heights

By Legal News Line | Aug 1, 2008

McGraw CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) -- New York's Eliot Spitzer made may have made the practice fashionable, but West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw has a lengthy and enduring pattern of hiring outside counsel and appointing special assistants to help bring sizable financial settlements to the state coffers.

Cuomo threatens to charge Citigroup over auction-rate securities probe

By Chris Rizo | Aug 1, 2008

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline)-New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said Friday he intends to sue Citigroup Inc. over their marketing and sales of auction-rate securities.

More Bonusgate indictments could loom

By Chris Amico | Aug 2, 2008

Tom Corbett (R) HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline)--More indictments could be coming in a legislative corruption probe that has so far snared both state representatives and staff working for the House Democratic Caucus, an official told Legal Newsline.

Potato chip and French fry makers settle with attorney general

By Chris Rizo | Aug 2, 2008

LOS ANGELES(Legal Newsline)-Four potato chip and French fry makers have agreed to reduce the levels of a cancer-causing chemical in their product, Attorney General Jerry Brown said Friday.

AG's staff could be paid minimum wage if governor has his way

By Legal News Line | Aug 2, 2008

Jerry Brown (D) SACRAMENTO, Calif.(Legal Newsline)-With the California state Legislature in a stand-off with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger over the budget, the attorney general's office remains on the sideline, waiting and watching - much like the rest of state.

Oregon's John Kroger faces opposition in November

By Chris Rizo | Aug 2, 2008

James Leuenberger (C) SALEM, Ore. (Legal Newsline)-Law professor John Kroger, who won the Democratic and Republican nominations for attorney general, faces a challenger, finally, in November.

Louisiana SC removes judge for allegedly double-dipping

By Chris Rizo | Aug 2, 2008

New Orleans (Legal Newsline)-A state Judge in Louisiana has been removed from the bench pending the outcome of his criminal case, the state Supreme Court announced Friday.

Scruggs didn't deny State Farm attorney's allegations

By Steve Korris | Aug 4, 2008

Scruggs OXFORD, Miss. (Legal Newsline) - If famed plaintiffs' lawyer and admitted felon Richard "Dickie" Scruggs of Mississippi committed all the crimes he didn't deny in a July 22 deposition, he will never get out of prison.

Scruggs begins 5-year sentence

By Chris Rizo | Aug 4, 2008

Richard "Dickie" Scruggs ASHLAND, Ky. (Legal Newsline)-Convicted trial attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs reported Monday to a federal prison in Kentucky.

Alaska AG: Exxon Valdez case could drag on

By Chris Rizo | Aug 5, 2008

SEATTLE, Wash. (Legal Newsline)-It could be years before the Exxon Valdez case is closed, Alaska Attorney General Talis Colberg told Legal Newsline on Tuesday.

Cuomo makes federal impact

By John O'Brien | Aug 5, 2008

Cuomo NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - Federal lawmakers have passed legislation that will further protections for students from the college loan industry, picking up on a quest started by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.

Nevada weighing options in business tax case

By Chris Rizo | Aug 5, 2008

Catherine Cortez Masto (D) SEATTLE, Wash. (Legal Newsline)- Nevada Officials are still deciding how best to respond to a recent state Supreme Court decision that could cost the state millions in tax collections, state Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto said Tuesday.

McDonnell acts on more than 100 complaints against furniture company

By John O'Brien | Aug 5, 2008

McDonnell RICHMOND (Legal Newsline) - Virginia Attorney General and Gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell has filed suit against a Petersburg-based furniture company that operates over the Internet.

Gas company wants to raise rates in Conn.

By John O'Brien | Aug 5, 2008

Blumenthal HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has another rate hike to fight, promising action against Southern Connecticut Gas' proposed increase.

AG Milgram told to slow down

By John O'Brien | Aug 5, 2008

Milgram TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - Attorney General Anne Milgram has become the latest New Jersey official to experience a bit of trouble on the road, cited Monday for speeding.

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