News from June 2008

Exxon Valdez ruling could reshape U.S. tort law

By Chris Rizo | Jun 2, 2008

Ted Frank WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-The U.S. Supreme Court will end the long-running class-action lawsuit over the Exxon Valdez lawsuit any Monday between today and June 23, when it issues a ruling before the high court's term recesses.

Cuomo files suit against broker, not companies

By John O'Brien | Jun 2, 2008

Cuomo BUFFALO, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says an Auburn insurance broker has been selling unnecessary policies to seniors around the state.

Montana voters to choose AG nominees Tuesday

By Chris Rizo | Jun 2, 2008

HELENA, Mont. (Legal Newsline)-Democrats and Republicans in Montana will chose their respective party's nominee for state attorney general Tuesday.

Montana voters to choose AG nominees Tuesday

By Chris Rizo | Jun 2, 2008

Lee Bruner (R) HELENA, Mont. (Legal Newsline)-Democrats and Republicans in Montana will chose their respective party's nominee for state attorney general Tuesday.

Blumenthal: Let's talk gas at special session

By John O'Brien | Jun 2, 2008

Blumenthal HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - The attorney general of the state with some of the highest gasoline prices is demanding legislative action.

Sorrell's sights on lead paint issues

By John O'Brien | Jun 2, 2008

MONTPELIER, Vt. (Legal Newsline) - Property management has been a hot topic in Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell's office lately.

Weiss sentenced to 30 months

By Chris Rizo | Jun 2, 2008

Melvyn Weiss LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline)-Famed securities attorney Melvyn Weiss, who made a lucrative practice out of suing corporations on behalf of shareholders, was sentenced Monday to 30 months in federal prison.

Zoeller rolls over Costas at Ind. GOP convention

By John O'Brien | Jun 2, 2008

Zoeller INDIANAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) - Indiana Republicans have their candidate for Attorney General.

Former AGs file brief for former Alabama gov's appeal

By Chris Rizo | Jun 2, 2008

Don Siegelman MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline)-A bipartisan group of 54 former state attorneys general have filed a brief with a federal appeals court in support of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman.

Illinois AG's office blasts ComEd for blocking clean-coal legislation

By Chris Rizo | Jun 3, 2008

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline)-The office of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has lashed out at Commonwealth Edison Co. for blocking legislation that would have required utilities to purchase as much as five percent of their electricity from clean-burning coal plants.

Minn. AG exonerated by state auditor

By Chris Rizo | Jun 3, 2008

Lori Swanson ST. PAUL, Minn. (Legal Newsline)-A state auditor said Tuesday he will not begin a full-scale investigation of Attorney General Lori Swanson, who has been accused of pressuring state attorneys to file high-profile cases to boost her public profile.

New AG making changes in Ohio lineup

By John O'Brien | Jun 3, 2008

Rogers COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) - Ohio's newest Attorney General apparently wants to avoid the appearance of any conflicts of interest.

Montana chief justice race on Tuesday's ballot

By Chris Rizo | Jun 3, 2008

Mike McGrath HELENA, Mont. (Legal Newsline)-Montana voters will cast ballots in the race for the next state Supreme Court chief justice, but their votes will determine nothing.

McDaniel says he'll stand with Clinton until the end

By Chris Rizo | Jun 3, 2008

Dustin McDaniel LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline)-Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, after campaigning doggedly for Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, said Tuesday that it's clear that rival Barack Obama will be the party's nominee.

Coakley has harsh words for company

By John O'Brien | Jun 3, 2008

Coakley BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is accusing a subprime lender of being both a predator and a racist.

Charities ask federal court to stop Brown's e-bingo seizure

By Chris Amico | Jun 3, 2008

Jerry Brown SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)--Two Sacramento-based charities that rely on video bingo for a large chunk of their funding are asking a federal court to halt California Attorney General Jerry Brown's plans to confiscate those machines.

Arizona justices decline deputy's Taser lawsuit

By Chris Rizo | Jun 3, 2008

PHOENIX, Ariz. (Legal Newsline)-The Arizona Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear an appeal by a former Maricopa County sheriff's deputy trying to revive a lawsuit against Taser International Inc.

Masto wades in on Nevada term-limits controversy

By Chris Rizo | Jun 3, 2008

Catherine Cortez Masto CARSON CITY, Nev. (Legal Newsline)-Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto on Tuesday filed papers with the state Supreme Court on behalf of the secretary of state, who has challenged 21 re-election candidates on grounds they've reached the 12-year limit for time in office.

Credit rating firms near agreement with AG Cuomo

By Chris Rizo | Jun 3, 2008

Andrew Cuomo NEW YORK (Legal Newsline)-A group of Wall Street credit rating firms is nearing an agreement with New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to end an investigation into their role in the subprime-mortgage crisis.

Obama gets AG superdelegate's support

By Chris Rizo | Jun 3, 2008

Catherine Cortez Masto LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Legal Newsline)-Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto on Tuesday endorsed Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama, helping the Illinois senator to become his party's nominee.

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