News from May 2008

McGraw hasn't done what company asked with OxyContin settlement

By John O'Brien | May 1, 2008

McGraw CHARLESTON, W. Va. (Legal Newsline) - West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw's office has maintained that pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma has had its say in how $10 million of a 2004 settlement between the two have been spent.

Arkansas AG again denies illegal immigration proposal

By Chris Rizo | May 1, 2008

Dustin McDaniel LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline)-For the second time, the Arkansas attorney general has rejected a proposed ballot measure that would require state agencies to verify those seeking government programs are legal U.S. residents.

AP sues for papers on W. Va. chief justice

By Chris Rizo | May 1, 2008

Maynard CHARLESTON, W. Va. (Legal Newsline)-The Associated Press is suing for access to information related to the West Virginia chief justice, Elliott "Spike" Maynard.

Goddard's case for theater accommodations rejected by court

By Chris Rizo | May 1, 2008

Terry Goddard PHOENIX, Ariz. (Legal Newsline)-A federal judge has rejected a case filed by Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard, ruling that movie theater owners can't be forced to install special equipment for people with hearing and vision disabilities.

Oregon justices side with tobacco companies

By Chris Rizo | May 1, 2008

SALEM, Ore. (Legal Newsline)-The Oregon Supreme Court on Thursday let a lower court ruling stand, rejecting a class action lawsuit seeking to force tobacco companies to pay the medical monitoring bills of smokers.

Ohio AG admits to 'romantic relationship' with a staff member

By Chris Rizo | May 2, 2008

Dann COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline)- Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann admitted Friday to having a "romantic relationship" with a member of his staff.

EPA accepts Blumenthal's request to study artifical turf

By Chris Rizo | May 2, 2008

Richard Blumenthal NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Legal Newsline)-Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to study the impact of synthetic turf athletic fields on health and the environment.

Legislative session a success for McCollum

By John O'Brien | May 2, 2008

McCollum TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) - Of all the bills passed by the Florida legislature this year, Attorney General Bill McCollum paid special attention to a proposed foreclosure rescue law and an anti-counterfeiting bill.

Pharmacy settles altered prescriptions charge

By John O'Brien | May 2, 2008

Carter INDIANAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) - Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter and Walgreen Co. have settled a 2004 lawsuit that alleged Medicaid fraud on the part of the pharmacy chain.

Gas company won't get to raise prices in Massachusetts

By John O'Brien | May 2, 2008

Coakley BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley helped get a gas company's request to raise its prices rejected recently.

Ohio GOP calls for Dann's resignation

By Chris Rizo | May 2, 2008

Dann COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) - Republicans on Friday called for Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann to resign the same day he admitted to an extra-marital affair and an internal investigation was released.

Lynch to parents: Beware of Grand Theft Auto

By John O'Brien | May 2, 2008

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) - One of the most anticipated video games ever made, recently released Grand Theft Auto IV is not for young players, Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch said this week.

Arkansas AG files suit against payday lenders

By Chris Rizo | May 3, 2008

Dustin McDaniel LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline)-Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has filed four lawsuits against payday lenders for violating the state constitution by charging borrowers high interest rates.

$38 million compensation package reached in Minn. bridge collapse

By Chris Rizo | May 3, 2008

Gov. Tim Pawlenty ST. PAUL, Minn. (Legal Newsline)- A team of Minnesota lawmakers have reached an agreement on a $38 million compensation package for victims of last year's Minneapolis bridge collapse.

Dann admits affair with staffer, refuses to resign

By Chris Rizo | May 3, 2008

Marc Dann COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) - Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann says he has no plans to step down despite a report Friday criticizing his leadership and admitting that he had an extra-marital affair with a subordinate.

Judge apologizes for pursuing claim against Calif. billionaire

By Chris Amico | May 3, 2008

Thomas Siebel PALO ALTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)--A San Mateo County judge has apologized and agreed to pay $100,000 to Silicon Valley billionaire Thomas Siebel for pursuing a claim she now admits had no legal merit.

Democrats distancing from Dann, threaten action

By John O'Brien | May 5, 2008

Dann COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) - It's not just Republican leadership asking troubled Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann to step down because of an affair with a staff member, and he may now be facing impeachment if he does not.

Cuomo: Bootleggers prevent jobs, tax revenue

By John O'Brien | May 5, 2008

Cuomo NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - Bootleg films might provide a cheaper alternative to a night at the movies, but they result in severe economic damages, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said Monday.

Judge denies friend-of-the-court briefs in Edmondson's poultry lawsuit

By Chris Rizo | May 5, 2008

Edmondson TULSA, Okla. (Legal Newsline)-A federal judge Monday denied a request by several groups wanting to file friend-of-the-court briefs in a lawsuit brought by Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson against the poultry industry.

One-time colleagues will testify against former company head in S.C. suit

By John O'Brien | May 5, 2008

Toal COLUMBIA, S.C. (Legal Newsline) - South Carolina's Supreme Court on Monday allowed state Attorney General Henry McMaster to use the former leaders of two collapsed companies as witnesses against the man charged with misleading the companies' shareholders.

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