News from July 2009

AG Brown leads fundraising race for Calif. governor

By Chris Rizo | Jul 1, 2009

Jerry Brown (D) SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-California Attorney General Jerry Brown leads the fundraising race for the 2010 gubernatorial contest despite having yet to officially announce his candidacy.

Minn. Supreme Court: Al Franken won Minnesota Senate race

By Chris Rizo | Jul 1, 2009

Al Franken (D) ST. PAUL, Minn. (Legal Newsline) - The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that Democrat Al Franken won the state's protracted U.S. Senate race against Republican Norm Coleman.

Ohio justices to hear satellite TV tax case

By Chris Rizo | Jul 1, 2009

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline)- The Ohio Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to hear a challenge to a state sales tax imposed on satellite television companies.

King: Rethink GM bankruptcy plan

By John O'Brien | Jul 1, 2009

King MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) - Alabama Attorney General Troy King is appealing a part of General Motors' bankruptcy plan that he says will harm former GM employees on workers' compensation.

Doctor gets money for legal bills stemming from AG's botched case

By Chris Rizo | Jul 1, 2009

Dr. Anna Maria Pou BATON ROUGE, La. (Legal Newsline)-Dr. Anna Maria Pou will receive nearly $457,000 to pay some of her legal bills after being arrested by then-Louisiana Attorney General Charles Foti for allegedly killing patients during Hurricane Katrina.

Litigation ends after development of N.J. ocean-side protected

By Nick Rees | Jul 1, 2009

Anne Milgram (D) TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - Following seventeen years of litigation, the state of New Jersey has entered into a settlement agreement to preserve most of an environmentally important, 96-acre parcel of land in Cape May while allowing a portion of the tract to have limited development.

New Calif. law overhauls digital discovery procedures

By Chris Rizo | Jul 1, 2009

Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed into law legislation this week that is aimed improving discovery practices for attorneys on both sides of cases.

Coakley reaches settlement with Merrill Lynch

By Ashley Stinnett | Jul 2, 2009

Martha Coakley (D) BOSTON (Legal Newsline)- Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has reached a settlement with Merrill Lynch over claims the company misled the city of Springfield into unlawfully investing into auction-rate securities.

N.J. reaches settlement with seventh moving and storage company this year‏

By Nick Rees | Jul 2, 2009

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - A moving company in New Jersey's Passaic County has settled allegations it operated without a license.

Arbitrator says Nebraska owes Kansas $10k for water usage

By Chris Rizo | Jul 2, 2009

Jon Bruning (R) LINCOLN, Neb. (Legal Newsline)-The arbitrator appointed to resolve a multistate water fight among Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska says Nebraska has violated a U.S. Supreme Court decree.

Blumenthal: DPUC agrees to cuts

By Ashley Stinnett | Jul 2, 2009

Richard Blumenthal (D) HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline)- The Connecticut Department of Utility Control has agreed to reject a rate increase by Connecticut Natural Gas, state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said.

Mich. AG opposes Blue Cross Blue Shield rate increase

By Chris Rizo | Jul 2, 2009

Mike Cox (R) LANSING, Mich. (Legal Newsline)-Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox has asked the state insurance commissioner to deny an application for an interim rate request from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

Hawaii governor vetoes online tax bill

By Chris Rizo | Jul 2, 2009

Linda Lingle (R) HONOLULU, Hawaii (Legal Newsline) - Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle this week vetoed legislation that would have taxed retailers that have affiliate relationships with online companies such as Amazon and Overstock.

Poultry producers seek to delay trial

By Chris Rizo | Jul 2, 2009

Drew Edmondson (D) TULSA, Okla. (Legal Newsline)-A group of large-scale poultry companies being sued by Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson have asked a federal judge to delay the Sept. 21 trial date.

Obama says Supreme Court 'moving the ball' on affirmative action

By Chris Rizo | Jul 2, 2009

Barack Obama (D) WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-President Barack Obama on Thursday praised this week's U.S. Supreme Court decision favoring white firefighters in New Haven, Conn.

Another agrees to Cuomo's pension fund reform

By John O'Brien | Jul 2, 2009

Cuomo NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - A third company has signed New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's code of conduct designed to reform public pension systems.

Alabama chief justice decides against gubernatorial run

By Chris Rizo | Jul 2, 2009

Sue Bell Cobb (D) MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline)-Alabama Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb says she will remain on the state's high court rather than run for governor in 2010.

Pa. SC will rule on Gov. Rendell's contract with plaintiffs firm

By John O'Brien | Jul 2, 2009

Rendell HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal of a pharmaceuticals company that says a major plaintiffs firm hired by Gov. Ed Rendell should not be allowed to sue it.

Miss. jury awards $7M in lead paint case

By John O'Brien | Jul 2, 2009

FAYETTE, Miss. (Legal Newsline) - A Jefferson County, Miss., jury has awarded $7 million to the plaintiffs in a lead paint suit against Sherwin-Williams Co.

State AGs reach tentative agreement with General Motors

By Chris Rizo | Jul 2, 2009

Jon Bruning (R) LINCOLN, Neb. (Legal Newsline)-Thirty states have reached a tentative agreement with General Motors Corp. over concerns the troubled automaker's bankruptcy plan would trample state laws, Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning announced Thursday.

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