News from February 2008

Top bench race in S. Car. goes from Few to two

By Legal News Line | Feb 1, 2008

Judge John C. Few COLUMBIA -- What was a three-way race to fill the seat of a retiring justice on the South Carolina Supreme Court is suddenly down to two with under a week until the vote.

AGs whip up plaintiff support in Exxon-Valdez suit

By Legal News Line | Feb 1, 2008

Rob McKenna OLYMPIA -- Two attorneys general from opposite sides of the country have joined forces to encourage their brethren to sign an amicus brief in a lawsuit over the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989.

Scruggs: Probe relationship between judge and prosecutors

By John O'Brien | Feb 1, 2008

Scruggs BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The defense team of twice-indicted trial lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs wants a hearing to investigate the relationship between a federal judge and the prosecutors who brought charges against Scruggs.

OR top bench sends $80m, 9-year case back to court

By Legal News Line | Feb 4, 2008

Justice W. Michael Gillette SALEM -- The Oregon Supreme Court has again allowed a huge punitive-damages award against Big Tobacco's Philip Morris to stand after it was twice rebuffed by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Scruggs' former partner wants to revive dispute

By John O'Brien | Feb 5, 2008

Scruggs JACKSON, Miss. - For William Roberts Wilson, disagreeing with fellow trial attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs has caused a nuisance that has lasted 14 years -- and counting.

Judge sinks Hood's water suit

By John O'Brien | Feb 5, 2008

Barrett ABERDEEN, Miss. - A federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit that was filed by the State of Mississippi and was being handled by a campaign contributor to state Attorney General Jim Hood.

Katrina group fed up with State Farm's attorneys

By John O'Brien | Feb 6, 2008

Don Barrett GULFPORT, Miss. - Things have recently become even uglier among the attorneys in the most well-known Hurricane Katrina case of them all.

Chief Justice tinkers with Missouri Plan for SC picks

By Legal News Line | Feb 7, 2008

Chief Justice Laura Denvir Stith JEFFERSON CITY -- Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Laura Denvir Stith wants to change parts of the selection process for Supreme Court Justices that critics claim are too secretive.

State Farm's case against Hood over

By John O'Brien | Feb 7, 2008

Hood HATTIESBURG, Miss. - State Farm Insurance Cos.' lawsuit against Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has come to an end with a confidential settlement.

TV ad targets W.Va. AG

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 7, 2008

McGraw CHARLESTON - A television ad targeting Attorney General Darrell McGraw has both sides talking.

Prosecutors call Scruggs' motion "harassment"

By John O'Brien | Feb 7, 2008

Scruggs BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - In response to indicted trial lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs calling their motivations for bringing criminal charges against him into question, three federal prosecutors say Scruggs needs to give it a rest.

Maynard distances himself from another Massey case

By John O'Brien | Feb 8, 2008

Maynard CHARLESTON, W. Va. - West Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Spike Maynard has recused himself from a case involving Massey Energy, the third time he has done so since photographs surfaced of he and the company's CEO together in Monaco.

Judge in Scruggs case facing inquiry

By John O'Brien | Feb 11, 2008

DeLaughter JACKSON, Miss. - A watchdog group will examine the actions of a state judge in the center of one of trial lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs' many controversies.

AG Hood wants change in campaign finance laws

By John O'Brien | Feb 11, 2008

Hood JACKSON, Miss. - Despite recent popular opinion, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says no elected official in his state is more concerned with the state of campaign finance laws.

Mercury rule strikedown cheers Madigan, 16 other AGs

By Legal News Line | Feb 12, 2008

Lisa Madigan SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan hailed yesterday's federal court ruling tightening mercury-emission rules on coal-fired power stations.

Links to Okla. AG land lawyers contingency prize: Big Chicken

By Legal News Line | Feb 12, 2008

Mike Turpen (L) OKLAHOMA CITY -- Scoring a contingency fee contract from Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson to take on the poultry industry's biggest names in a pollution lawsuit takes connections.

Scruggs makes push for dismissal

By John O'Brien | Feb 12, 2008

Scruggs OXFORD, Miss. - The defense team of indicted trial lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs made full use of its last chance to make demands Monday.

Organic fertilizer contaminated with salmonella, suit claims

By Legal News Line | Feb 13, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO - Oceano Packing Company is suing True Organic Products and Western Farm Service for selling fertilizer contaminated by salmonella.

Bausch & Lomb could pay more than $1 billion in 'MoistureLoc' settlements

By Legal News Line | Feb 13, 2008

CHICAGO - A products liability suit filed against Bausch & Lomb in the Circuit Court of Cook County was removed to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois by the defendants on Jan. 14.

Mercedes' 'Tele Aid' system obsolete in new year, class action claims

By Legal News Line | Feb 13, 2008

SACRAMENTO - Mercedes-Benz is accused of selling new vehicles equipped with safety devices it knew would be obsolete as of the first of the year, according to a class action compliant filed Feb. 1 in federal court.

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