News from April 2009

Cuomo brings about end of monthly credit card fees

By Keith Loria | Apr 1, 2009

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has secured an agreement with Chase Bank to end monthly credit card fees on more than 184,000 accounts nationwide.

Minn. AG spends $15,000 on sound-proof doors

By Chris Rizo | Apr 1, 2009

Lori Swanson (D) ST. PAUL, Minn. (Legal Newsline)-Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson's office paid $15,000 in taxpayer money for two soundproof doors for the Democrat's private work area.

Oregon AG seeks $25 million from Swiss bank

By Chris Rizo | Apr 1, 2009

John Kroger (D) SALEM, Ore. (Legal Newsline)--Oregon Attorney General John Kroger said Wednesday that the state is seeking to recover from Swiss bank UBS AG $25 million in losses suffered by the Oregon Public Employees' Retirement Fund.

W.Va. SC public financing bill fails

By John O'Brien | Apr 1, 2009

Kessler CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - A proposal to use public funds to finance West Virginia Supreme Court campaigns has died in the state Legislature.

Chamber says state AGs must leave national banks alone

By John O'Brien | Apr 1, 2009

Cuomo WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the latest group to get involved with a U.S. Supreme Court case that will determine if state attorneys general may enforce state lending laws against national banks.

Unfair rate automobile insurance policies challenged by Massachusetts attorney general‏

By Nick Rees | Apr 1, 2009

Martha Coakley (D) BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - A North Carolina insurance company has entered into a settlement with the Massachusetts attorney general that bars it from using unfair rating practices and company policies for underwriting automobile insurance policies in Massachusetts.

More filed in Calif. outside counsel case

By John O'Brien | Apr 1, 2009

Morris SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - The California Supreme Court must ensure that counsel representing a government entity remain only interested in justice, not money, attorneys for several paint companies argued in a recently filed brief.

Corbett reaches $135,000 settlement with fraudulent dental business

By Keith Loria | Apr 2, 2009

Tom Corbett (R) HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) -- Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett has reached a $135,000 settlement that will reimburse consumers who were charged more than they should have been by an Erie-based dental and denture business.

Ohio power plant to go green following multi-state settlement‏

By Nick Rees | Apr 2, 2009

Richard Blumenthal (D) HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - FirstEnergy Corp.'s $200 million plan to convert an Ohio power plant to a biomass burning facility to reduce emissions that were blown into Connecticut has drawn praise from Connecticut's attorney general.

Massey request to file extra brief shot down by U.S. SC

By John O'Brien | Apr 2, 2009

Benjamin WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Massey Energy may not file a supplemental brief detailing West Virginia Chief Justice Brent Benjamin's voting record in its cases, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Friday.

Lawyers to get $400K contract to advise state on illegal gambling

By Chris Rizo | Apr 2, 2009

Bob Riley (R) MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline)-The Alabama governor -- and a legislative committee -- has approved $400,000 in contracts to pay private attorneys to advise the governor's special task force on illegal gambling, officials said.

Hawaii Supreme Court asked to clarify Superferry ruling

By Chris Rizo | Apr 2, 2009

HONOLULU, Hawaii (Legal Newsline)- The Hawaii Supreme Court has been asked by state lawmakers to clarify its ruling that docked the Hawaii Superferry until an environmental impact is conducted.

Ga. AG running for governor

By John O'Brien | Apr 2, 2009

Baker ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) - Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker will attempt to become the state's first African-American governor in 2010.

Observer: Efforts to constrain punitive awards faces 'uphill battle'

By Chris Rizo | Apr 2, 2009

James Copland WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-The U.S. Supreme Court's decision not to hear an appeal of a $79.5 million punitive damages award against tobacco company Altria Group Inc.'s Philip Morris USA unit could signal an "uphill battle" for tort reform efforts, a leading expert said.

McMaster submits opinion on stimulus issue

By John O'Brien | Apr 2, 2009

McMaster COLUMBIA, S.C. (Legal Newsline) - South Carolina lawmakers will not be able to stop Gov. Mark Sanford's refusal of $700 million in federal stimulus money, state Attorney General Henry McMaster recently wrote.

McGraw investigates attorney over debt relief practices

By Keith Loria | Apr 2, 2009

Darrell McGraw (D) CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - Under an order signed by the Circuit Court of Kanawha County, an Illinois attorney and his debt relief company have been temporarily prohibited from settling consumers' debts.

Appeals court revives ex-inmate's asbestos lawsuit

By Chris Rizo | Apr 3, 2009

WICHITA, Kan. (Legal Newsline)-New breath has been breathed into a former inmate's lawsuit claiming he was exposed to asbestos at the federal penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kan.

Cuomo reaches $246,000 settlement with fraudulent seed company

By Keith Loria | Apr 3, 2009

Andrew Cuomo (D) ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has reached a $246,000 settlement that will reimburse farmers who were deceived by an Ontario County seed production company over the quality of seeds that they purchased.

Poizner fires pre-emptive strike at Attorney General Brown

By Legal News Line | Apr 3, 2009

Steve Poizner (R) SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - First it was San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's not so veiled point of suggesting fellow Democrat California Attorney General Jerry Brown has been around a long time when he recalled how he used to sit on Brown's knee as a toddler.

McKenna tapped to co-chair AGs' environmental panel

By Chris Rizo | Apr 3, 2009

Rob McKenna (R) OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline)-Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna will serve as co-chair of National Association of Attorneys General Environment and Energy Committee, a statement said Friday.

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