News from July 2008

Defendants prevail in historic R.I. lawsuit

By John O'Brien | Jul 1, 2008

Williams PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) - The State of Rhode Island put nearly 10 years into suing the former manufacturers of lead-based paint and now, thanks to the state Supreme Court, has nothing to show for it.

McCollum seeks settlement in Countrywide lawsuit

By Chris Rizo | Jul 1, 2008

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline)-Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, the most recent AG to sue mortgage lender Countrywide Financial Corp. over its business practices, said Tuesday he wants a monetary settlement.

AG says court decision opens the door for class action against Dell

By Chris Rizo | Jul 1, 2008

Gary King (D) SANTA FE, N.M. (Legal Newsline)-New Mexico Attorney General Gary King said Tuesday that a recent state Supreme Court decision allows for a class action lawsuit against computer company Dell, Inc.

On biggest battleground, public nuisance beaten back

By John O'Brien | Jul 1, 2008

Nilan PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) - If a judge or jury ruled companies were not responsible for the effects of the lead paint they manufactured before it was outlawed, defense attorneys always had to restrain their celebrations - until Tuesday.

Attorneys urge probation for Zach Scruggs

By Chris Rizo | Jul 1, 2008

Dickie Scruggs JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline)--Zach Scruggs - the son of a once-high-profile-but-now-disgraced lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs - deserves probation for his role in a judicial bribery conspiracy led by his father, attorneys say.

Lynch lashes out at Court over lead paint decision

By John O'Brien | Jul 1, 2008

Lynch PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) - Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch certainly wasn't at a loss for words Tuesday following the rejection of his public nuisance suit against the former manufacturers of lead-based paint.

State, federal officials agree on Idaho National Laboratory clean-up

By Chris Rizo | Jul 1, 2008

Lawrence Wasden (R) BOISE, Idaho (Legal Newsine)-Idaho and the U.S. Department of Energy have signed an agreement for the removal of transuranic waste from the Idaho National Laboratory, officials said.

Mining companies agree to pay $20.5 million for environmental damage

By Chris Rizo | Jul 1, 2008

John Suthers (R) DENVER (Legal Newsline)-Two mining companies have agreed to pay Colorado $20.5 million to settle environmental damage claims at the California Gulch Superfund site in Leadville, Colo., officials said.

Brown rakes in campaign cash

By Legal News Line | Jul 1, 2008

Jerry Brown (D) SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-California Attorney General Jerry Brown's recent fund-raising points more toward a run for the state's top spot rather than a defense of the post he now holds.

Money matters may not be settled in lead paint case

By John O'Brien | Jul 1, 2008

Ron Motley PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) - In Rhode Island, there's still the matter of the checks - a hypothetical one and a very real, probably very large one.

Junior Scruggs also gets prison time

By Legal News Line | Jul 2, 2008

Editor's note: This story will be updated later Wednesday.

Con artists cause problems for struggling wire company

By John O'Brien | Jul 2, 2008

McKenna ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (Legal Newsline) - A troubled wire transfer company settled with 45 state attorneys general Wednesday, agreeing to provide fraud prevention education services.

AG sues to reverse Blue Cross insurance deal

By Chris Rizo | Jul 2, 2008

Mike Cox (R) LANSING, Mich. (Legal Newsline)-Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox said Wednesday he will file a lawsuit against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan for giving $125 million last year to its for-profit subsidiary to buy a California insurance company.

Blumenthal feeling powerless against power companies

By John O'Brien | Jul 2, 2008

Blumenthal HARTFORD, Conn (Legal Newsline) - A pair of utility rate increases has Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal fuming.

McGraw mad at bank's move

By John O'Brien | Jul 2, 2008

McGraw CHARLESTON, W. Va. (Legal Newsline) - West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw is upset that Capitol One Bank changed its registration to put a stop to his investigation.

Analyst: Brown gearing up for gubernatorial run

By Legal News Line | Jul 2, 2008

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)--In politics, it is never too early to prepare for an election, even for a 70-year-old veteran like California Attorney General Jerry Brown.

CalPERS settles with UnitedHealth for $895 million

By Legal News Line | Jul 3, 2008

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-The California Public Employees' Retirement System announced Wednesday an $895-million settlement of a class-action lawsuit brought against UnitedHealth Group, over its stock-option grant practices.

Brazen Web scam uses AG's likeness and logo

By Chris Rizo | Jul 3, 2008

Greg Abbott (R) AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline)-An email scam, using the photograph and Web site banner of the Texas attorney general office is targeting consumers, his office said Thursday.

Junior Scruggs' tongue to blame for prison sentence

By Victoria Johnson Hoggatt | Jul 3, 2008

The federal courthouse in Oxford OXFORD, Miss. (Legal Newsline) - Jesus said, "I tell you that every unprofitable saying that men speak, they will render an account concerning it on judgment day. For by your words you will be declared righteous, and by your words you will be condemned."

Mischief may be to blame for Louisville gas prices, Conway thinks

By John O'Brien | Jul 3, 2008

Conway LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Legal Newsline) - Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway is getting curious about Louisville's high gasoline prices.

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