News from December 2008

Big verdict against Massey will stand

By John O'Brien | Dec 1, 2008

Blankenship WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to hear the larger of two recent appeals involving Massey Energy and the West Virginia courts system.

Hood gets support in Entergy records dispute

By John O'Brien | Dec 1, 2008

Hood JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) - The state Public Service Commission is backing up Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood in his request for documents from power provider Entergy.

Gants chosen to join Mass. SC

By John O'Brien | Dec 1, 2008

Gants BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Former U.S. Attorney and Superior Court Judge Ralph Gants was appointed as Massachusetts' newest Supreme Court justice Monday by Gov. Deval Patrick.

Suit over Nigerian incident fails in U.S. court

By John O'Brien | Dec 2, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - Chevron Corp. is not liable for the deaths of two Nigerians and injuries of several others who protested the company's alleged pollution, a jury unanimously decided Monday.

Brown challenges feds, state Capitol on global warming

By Legal News Line | Dec 2, 2008

Jerry Brown (D) SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-California Attorney General Jerry Brown has stepped up his attacks on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over its years of "shameful inaction" on global warming.

W.Va. SC rejects illiterate's educational malpractice suit

By John O'Brien | Dec 2, 2008

Maynard CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - The West Virginia Supreme Court has refused the argument of a man who says the public school system didn't adequately prepare him to become a functioning member of society.

Report: Loser-pay rule would curb frivolous lawsuits

By Chris Rizo | Dec 2, 2008

Marie Gryphon NEW YORK (Legal Newsline)-Forcing losers in lawsuits to pay the winner would help stem the tide of frivolous lawsuits flooding many U.S. jurisdictions, a report released Tuesday said.

Legal group says Clinton can't be secretary of state

By Chris Rizo | Dec 2, 2008

Hillary Clinton (D) WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton is constitutionally ineligible to serve as secretary of state, a legal watchdog group said Tuesday.

Maine Democrats choose new AG

By John O'Brien | Dec 2, 2008

Mills with her catch at the House/Senate Fishing Derby AUGUSTA, Maine (Legal Newsline) - Maine lawmakers have nominated Janet Mills to become the first female attorney general in the state's history.

Proposed Conn. natural gas pipeline stopped by Supreme Court

By Nick Rees | Dec 3, 2008

Richard Blumenthal (D) HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) -- A proposed natural gas pipeline in Connecticut has been stopped by the U.S. Supreme Court, upholding Connecticut's denial of a key environmental permit, ending an almost decade long fight to stop the pipeline's construction.

U.S. Supreme Court hears Oregon cigarette case, again

By Chris Rizo | Dec 3, 2008

U.S. Supreme Court building WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday heard for the third time arguments over a $79.5 million punitive damages award against tobacco company Altria Group Inc.'s Philip Morris USA unit.

Hood, waiting on documents, files suit against Entergy

By John O'Brien | Dec 3, 2008

Hood JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) - Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has taken the next step in his increasingly contentious fight with power provider Entergy over alleged misconduct and a records request.

Blumenthal files suit against wood pellet company

By Drew Smith | Dec 3, 2008

Richard Blumenthal (D) HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) -- Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is suing Enfield-based New England Pellet, LLC for failure to deliver thousands of tons of wood pellets to customers.

Kansas AG asks judge to toss utility's lawsuit

By Chris Rizo | Dec 3, 2008

Steve Six (D) TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline)- Kansas Attorney General Steve Six is asking a federal judge to dismiss Sunflower Electric Power Corp.'s lawsuit against the state for denying its request to build two power plants.

Florida AG mulls U.S. Senate run

By Nick Rees | Dec 3, 2008

Bill McCollum (R) TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) -- The announcement by Florida's junior U.S. senator, Mel Martinez, that he will not seek a second term has opened up the race for both major political parties.

Montana justices reject newspaper's request for lawyer disciplinary records

By Chris Rizo | Dec 3, 2008

Montana Supreme Court justices BILLINGS, Mont. (Legal Newsline) - The Montana Supreme Court has declined to hear a newspaper's challenge to a court rule that keeps some lawyer disciplinary records confidential.

Ethics commission hears complaint against Texas SC justice

By Chris Rizo | Dec 4, 2008

Nathan Hecht (R) AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) - The Texas Ethics Commission today is considering a complaint filed last year against state Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht.

Arkansas justices hear challenge to no-bid state contracts

By Chris Rizo | Dec 4, 2008

Arkansas Supreme Court justices LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) - The Arkansas Supreme Court heard a case Thursday challenging a state law that allows no-bid contracts for buildings worth more than $5 million, excluding the cost of land.

Canadian telemarketer agrees to fine, discontinue U.S. calls

By Drew Smith | Dec 4, 2008

William Sorrell (D) MONTPELIER, Vt. (Legal Newsline) -- Canadian telemarketer Wolfgang Loss-Wells has agreed to a lifetime ban on telemarketing in the United States and to pay $20,000 in penalties.

Justices to decide whether to hear Obama citizenship challenge

By Chris Rizo | Dec 4, 2008

Barack Obama (D) WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-The U.S. Supreme Court will decide Friday whether to hear a lawsuit by challenging President-elect Barack Obama's qualifications to be president.

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