News from February 2009

Brown claims drug companies blocked generic testosterone

By Legal News Line | Feb 2, 2009

Jerry Brown (D) LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) - California Attorney General Jerry Brown and the Federal Trade Commission on Monday filed an antitrust lawsuit against four pharmaceutical companies over an alleged conspiracy to monopolize the sale of testosterone supplements.

Brown announces fundraising prowess

By Legal News Line | Feb 2, 2009

Jerry Brown (D) LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - It will be well over a year before the 2010 candidates for governor fight for primary votes, but the fight for donor dollars is in full swing.

Blumenthal to support contracting reform proposals

By Drew Smith | Feb 2, 2009

Richard Blumenthal (D) HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) -- Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is scheduled to submit testimony to the state Legislature today in support of two contracting reform proposals.

Benjamin recuses himself from Massey cases

By John O'Brien | Feb 2, 2009

Benjamin CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - While he waits for the U.S. Supreme Court to make a decision on his recusal policy, West Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Brent Benjamin is disqualifying himself from any cases involving a major campaign contributor.

Obama taps one-time consumer protection official as HUD's No. 2

By Chris Rizo | Feb 2, 2009

Ron Sims (D) OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline)-An official who started his career by working on consumer protection issues at the Washington attorney general's office has been tapped to serve as President Barack Obama's deputy housing secretary.

Blumenthal will seek re-election

By John O'Brien | Feb 2, 2009

Blumenthal HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - Richard Blumenthal will be happy to remain Connecticut's attorney general in 2010.

AGs push for mortgage modifications

By Chris Rizo | Feb 2, 2009

Rob McKenna (R-Wash.) WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-A group of state attorneys general is urging federal officials to push national banks and federal thrifts to modify home mortgage loans that are becoming unaffordable for struggling buyers.

Utah justices hear mineral lease case

By Chris Rizo | Feb 2, 2009

Utah Supreme Court building SALT LAKE CITY (Legal Newsline)-The Utah Supreme Court on Monday heard arguments in a case whether environmentalists should have a chance to challenge a company's mineral leases to operate on the Great Salt Lake.

Oregon AG probes OppenheimerFunds over college funds handling

By Chris Rizo | Feb 2, 2009

John Kroger (D) SALEM, Ore. (Legal Newsline)-Oregon Attorney General John Kroger's office has expanded its investigation of declines in portfolios in the Oregon 529 College Savings Network, which allows families to invest for college and receive tax breaks.

Aetna to refund students over out-of-date reimbursement rates

By Nick Rees | Feb 3, 2009

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - Aetna, the nation's third largest health insurer, has agreed to reimburse more than 73,000 students at more than 200 colleges for claims involving out-of-network care.

Iowa chief justice orders one-day furlough; More court holidays could loom

By Chris Rizo | Feb 3, 2009

Marsha Ternus DES MOINES, Iowa (Legal Newsline)- The Iowa Supreme Court, amid a cut to its budget, has issued an order closing all state court offices Feb. 16.

McDonnell resigning AG post

By John O'Brien | Feb 3, 2009

McDonnell RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) - Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell will step down from his post this month in preparation for his gubernatorial campaign.

Obama backers boost Harris's bid for AG

By Legal News Line | Feb 3, 2009

Kamala Harris (D) SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - San Francisco City Attorney Kamala Harris's close ties to U.S. President Barack Obama have already bolstered her campaign for California attorney general in 2010, observers say.

Holder promises no Wall Street 'witch hunts'

By Chris Rizo | Feb 3, 2009

Eric Holder WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Newly sworn in U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday said he was not planning to zealously pursue corporate America amid public outrage over perceived excess.

New arguments spring in Bailey Perrin disqualification attempt

By John O'Brien | Feb 3, 2009

Rendell PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) - Three new matters are at issue in Janssen Pharmaceutica's attempt to have the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's contingent fee counsel disqualified.

Lynch shakes fist at energy company

By John O'Brien | Feb 3, 2009

Lynch PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) - Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch is not happy that Weaver's Cove Energy is attempting to deliver liquefied natural gas to an offshore site in Mount Hope Bay.

McGraw settles Countrywide suit

By John O'Brien | Feb 3, 2009

McGraw HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw and Countrywide Financial Corp. have settled a lawsuit that alleged the company issued home loans it knew its customers could not afford.

Cox appealing Blue Cross decisions

By John O'Brien | Feb 4, 2009

Cox LANSING, Mich. (Legal Newsline) - Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox is appealing two circuit court orders that helped permit Blue Cross Blue Shield to purchase several for-profit companies.

Calif. assemblyman Nava prepares for AG run in 2010

By Legal News Line | Feb 4, 2009

Peter Nava (D) SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - The waiting line behind California Attorney General Jerry Brown keeps getting longer.

Iowa AG seeks to ease lawsuits against businesses

By Chris Rizo | Feb 4, 2009

Tom Miller (D) DES MOINES, Iowa (Legal Newsline)-Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller's office is seeking legislation that could generate a flood of consumer protection lawsuits.

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