News from October 2008

Democrats call on McKenna to seek injunction against GOP

By Chris Rizo | Oct 1, 2008

Rob McKenna (R) OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline)-The Washington State Democratic Party has called on Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna to seek an injunction against the Washington State Republican Party.

Arizona AG: Internet public meetings OK

By Chris Rizo | Oct 1, 2008

Terry Goddard (D) PHOENIX, Ariz. (Legal Newsline)-Public agencies in Arizona may hold some of their meetings over the Internet, state Attorney General Terry Goddard says.

Biden makes plans to deploy to Iraq with Delaware National Guard

By Drew Smith | Oct 1, 2008

Beau Biden (D) DOVER, Del. (Legal Newsline)--Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden has written an open letter to the citizens of Delaware that outlines his plan for leadership while he reports for active duty with the Delaware Army National Guard later this week.

Crist appoints Polston to Fla. Supreme Court

By Chris Rizo | Oct 1, 2008

Ricky Polston TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline)-Ricky Polston, a Florida appeals court judge, was appointed Wednesday to the state Supreme Court.

Environmentalists win one, lose one in Gov.'s 11th-hour bill signings

By Legal News Line | Oct 1, 2008

Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-In a flurry of last-minute decisions, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger made final decisions on legislation just hours before the deadline, including legislation to discourage urban sprawl, while at the same time vetoing a port smog-fighting bill.

Cigarettes removed from San Francisco pharmacies

By Legal News Line | Oct 1, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline)-California's war on tobacco withstood a legal challenge, which will clear the way for cigarettes to be removed from all San Francisco pharmacies today.

Madigan targets recalled products

By Chris Rizo | Oct 1, 2008

Lisa Madigan (D) SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline)-Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan called on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on Wednesday to develop a plan to curb the sale of recalled products online and in second-hand shops.

9th U.S. Circuit backs San Francisco's universal health care fee

By Legal News Line | Oct 1, 2008

9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals building SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline)-The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, famous for its liberal, ground-breaking legal decisions, is at it again.

Poll: Democrat leads in Ohio AG race

By Chris Rizo | Oct 1, 2008

Richard Cordray (D) COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) -- Ohio Democratic attorney general nominee Richard Cordray leads Republican Mike Crites by eight points, a new poll indicates.

Judge tells group to change arguments against W.Va. campaign law

By John O'Brien | Oct 2, 2008

Ireland BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - The amendment of a few West Virginia campaign laws has negated a nonprofit group's attack on the originals, a federal judge recently decided.

Tennessee Supreme Court has first-time female majority

By Drew Smith | Oct 2, 2008

Sharon Gail Lee NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Legal Newsline)-Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen has created the first female majority on the state's Supreme Court with the appointment of Court of Appeals Judge Sharon Gail Lee.

U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear Hawaii ceded lands appeal

By Chris Rizo | Oct 2, 2008

U.S. Supreme Court building WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-The U.S. Supreme Court has accepted an appeal by Hawaii Attorney General Mark Bennett, who wants the high court to overturn a recent state court decision that prevents Hawaii from selling or transferring 1.2 million acres of ceded lands.

AG Brown snags Feinstein's top aide

By Legal News Line | Oct 2, 2008

Jerry Brown (D) OAKLAND, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-California Attorney General Jerry Brown has hired U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein's press secretary, a move perhaps designed to bolster his run for governor in 2010.

Abbott sues Texas hotels for price gouging during Ike

By Chris Rizo | Oct 2, 2008

Greg Abbott (R) AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is suing two hotels for raising their rates during Hurricane Ike last month, his office said Thursday.

Group wants Alaska AG removed from office

By Chris Rizo | Oct 2, 2008

Talis Colberg (R) ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Legal Newsline)-A newly formed group is seeking to force Alaska Attorney General Talis Colberg from office because of his handling of the abuse of power allegations against Gov. Sarah Palin.

N.M. AG appeals proposed coal plant

By Drew Smith | Oct 2, 2008

Gary King (D) ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Legal Newsline) -- New Mexico Attorney General Gary King filed a brief today in support of the state's appeal to the EPA's issuance of an air quality permit for the proposed Desert Rock coal-fired power plant.

Illinois justices OK lawsuit against city

By Chris Rizo | Oct 2, 2008

Thomas Kilbride SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline)-The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a mother who lost her son to a drug overdose can sue the city over its paramedics.

Nixon: State should not penalize soldiers

By Chris Rizo | Oct 2, 2008

Jay Nixon (D) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline)-National Guardsmen and reservists should not suffer financially because they are deployed overseas, Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon said Thursday.

Corbett reaches settlement agreement with N.J. moving company

By Drew Smith | Oct 2, 2008

Tom Corbett (R) HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) -- Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett has reached a settlement agreement with a New Jersey moving company after his office received numerous consumer complaints of improprieties.

Supreme Court to hear superfund liability cases

By Chris Rizo | Oct 2, 2008

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-The U.S. Supreme Court could place new limits on claims against companies sued under the federal superfund law.

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