News from 2009

Ohio AG eliminates lobbyist post

By Chris Rizo | Jan 3, 2009

Nancy Rogers (D) WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-Craig Mehall, the nation's only full-time lobbyist in Washington representing a state attorney general, has lost his plum post.

H&R Block settles with Calif. AG

By Legal News Line | Jan 3, 2009

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-California Attorney General Jerry Brown has announced a settlement with tax giant H&R Block that prohibits the company from marketing loans against potential tax returns as early tax refunds.

Harvard dean top contender for U.S. solicitor general

By Chris Rizo | Jan 3, 2009

Elena Kagan WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-The dean of Harvard Law School is the top candidate to serve as President-elect Barack Obama's voice at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Missouri AG nets $15.5 million in out-of-court settlements in 2008

By Chris Rizo | Jan 4, 2009

Jay Nixon (D) JEFFERSON CITY, MO. (Legal Newsline)-Outgoing Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon's office in 2008 helped recover $15.5 million in out-of-court settlements for consumers during 2008, officials said.

Reid pushed for Madigan to succeed Obama

By Chris Rizo | Jan 4, 2009

Harry Reid (D) WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid reportedly urged Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to consider appointing Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.

Obama names first female U.S. solicitor general

By Chris Rizo | Jan 5, 2009

Elena Kagan WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-President-elect Barack Obama on Monday tapped the current dean of Harvard Law School to serve as U.S. solicitor general.

Reid: Senate can reject Blagojevich's Senate pick

By Chris Rizo | Jan 5, 2009

Harry Reid (D) WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)- Embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's pick to fill President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat won't likely be accepted, officials said.

Newly-elected Nevada justice to be sworn in today

By Chris Rizo | Jan 5, 2009

Mary "Kris" Pickering CARSON CITY, Nev. (Legal Newsline)-Newly-elected Nevada Supreme Court Justice Mary "Kris" Pickering will be sworn into office today in an installation ceremony at the state Capitol, the court announced.

Minn. justices side with Al Franken

By Chris Rizo | Jan 5, 2009

Al Franken (D) MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (Legal Newsline)-The Minnesota Supreme Court on Monday helped clear the path for Democrat comedian-turned-politician Al Franken to be become the North Star State's next U.S. senator.

Atlantic Wire settles toxic dump suit

By Drew Smith | Jan 5, 2009

Richard Blumenthal (D) HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) -- Branford, Conn.-based Atlantic Wire Co. has agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle allegations that it illegally dumped toxic waste in the Branford River for over two years.

Kroger sworn in as Oregon attorney general

By Chris Rizo | Jan 5, 2009

John Kroger (D) SALEM, Ore. (Legal Newsline)-John Kroger was sworn in Monday as Oregon's new attorney general, succeeding fellow Democrat Hardy Myers, who led the state Department of Justice since 1996.

Vermont AG seeks compliance with state lead law

By Nick Rees | Jan 5, 2009

Bill Sorrell (D) MONTPELIER, Vt. (Legal Newsline) -- The Vermont has attorney general has mailed letters to some of the largest landlords in Burlington and Rutland to demonstrate compliance with Vermont's lead law.

Marsh & McLennan will pay millions to nine AGs

By John O'Brien | Jan 5, 2009

Coakley BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Nine state attorneys general settled with insurance broker Marsh & McLennan on Monday, resolving four-year-old allegations of bid-rigging for a collective $7 million.

Cuomo, mortgage brokers come to agreement

By John O'Brien | Jan 5, 2009

Cuomo NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has settled two actions brought against mortgage brokerage companies he claimed were discriminating against minorities.

Starcher files dissent during last days as justice

By John O'Brien | Jan 5, 2009

Starcher CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - On his way off the state Supreme Court, former Justice Larry Starcher explained why he feels an Ohio man should be able to file a lawsuit against an Illinois-based insurance company in a West Virginia court.

Calif. legislation could protect Good Samaritans

By Legal News Line | Jan 6, 2009

John Benoit (R) SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-Following a California Supreme Court ruling that caused a stir over the role of well-meaning people in an emergency, one California legislator proposed a bill Tuesday that would protect Good Samaritans.

Former eBay CEO readies for 2010 gubernatorial bid

By Legal News Line | Jan 6, 2009

Meg Whitman (R) SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline)-Former eBay Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman is reportedly preparing to announce her candidacy for governor of California.

Oregon lawmaker vows to fight fellow Democrats over med-mal liability

By Chris Rizo | Jan 6, 2009

Alan Bates (D) MEDFORD, Ore. (Legal Newsline)- One of the Oregon Legislature's leading advocates for health care reform says he will block tort overhaul legislation that does not protect all physicians in the state from potentially exorbitant malpractice payouts.

AGs urge Congress to amend Bankruptcy Code

By Chris Rizo | Jan 6, 2009

PHOENIX, Ariz. (Legal Newsline)-A coalition of 22 state attorneys general asked Congress on Tuesday to loosen U.S. bankruptcy rules so judges can modify home loans to help reduce the tide of home foreclosures.

Former judge not giving up on $54 mil missing pants case

By John O'Brien | Jan 6, 2009

Manning WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The man who demanded $54 million because his dry cleaners misplaced his pants is again appealing to the District of Columbia's highest court.

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