News from June 2009

Republican senator announces run for Calif. AG

By Chris Rizo | Jun 5, 2009

Tom Harman (R) SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-The first Republican has thrown his hat into the 2010 race to be California's next attorney general.

Kroger: Oregon has 'new-found emphasis' on prosecuting polluters

By Chris Rizo | Jun 5, 2009

John Kroger (D) SALEM, Ore. (Legal Newsline)-Oregon Attorney General John Kroger has vowed an aggressive pursuit of polluters in the Beaver State if the state Legislature authorizes the creation of an environmental crimes unit in his office.

AG: Lawmakers' budget powers are not absolute

By Chris Rizo | Jun 5, 2009

Wayne Stenehjem (R) FARGO, N.D. (Legal Newsline)-North Dakota lawmakers are free to reject the governor's budget recommendations, the state attorney general said in a formal opinion issued Thursday.

Peirce can't hide behind privilege, judge rules

By John O'Brien | Jun 5, 2009

Peirce WHEELING, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - U.S. Magistrate Judge James Seibert won't let Pittsburgh attorney Robert Peirce hide from CSX Transportation behind attorney client privilege.

New Jersey gets $1M payout from major investment bank

By Ashley Stinnett | Jun 5, 2009

Anne Milgram (D) NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline)-New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram has agreed to a $1 million settlement with Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc, after the company was found liable of fraudulent auction-rate securities practices.

Blumenthal agrees to $4.6M payout‏

By Ashley Stinnett | Jun 5, 2009

Richard Blumenthal (D) HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline)- Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has agreed to accept a $4.6 million settlement from three contracting firms after a two year lawsuit over faulty storm drains.

Nevada Supreme Court drafting foreclosure mediation rules

By Chris Rizo | Jun 5, 2009

James Hardesty CARSON CITY, Nev. (Legal Newsline)-The Nevada Supreme Court has begun drafting rules for mediating foreclosure cases, officials said Friday.

Coakley: Penalize power provider $4.6M

By John O'Brien | Jun 5, 2009

Coakley BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley wants a state regulator agency to impose a $4.6 million penalty on electricity and gas provider Unitil Corp.

AG takes aim at General Motor's push for new dealership contracts

By Chris Rizo | Jun 5, 2009

Buddy Caldwell (D) BATON ROUGE, La. (Legal Newsline) -General Motors Corp. is trying to foist a new contract on dealerships that will harm consumers and violates state law, Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said Friday.

Appeals court strikes down strip club tax

By Chris Rizo | Jun 6, 2009

Diane Henson AUSTIN (Legal Newsline)- A state law imposing an admission tax on strip club patrons has been declared unconstitutional by a panel of state appeals court justices.

Pension funds seek to block Chrysler sale

By Chris Rizo | Jun 7, 2009

U.S. Supreme Court building WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Three Indiana state pension and construction funds asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Sunday to block bankrupt Chrysler LLC's sale to Fiat.

Axelrod: Sotomayor criticism a 'sideshow'

By Chris Rizo | Jun 7, 2009

Sonia Sotomayor WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-A senior adviser to President Barack Obama said Sunday that criticism of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor's comments are being used as a distraction from her 17-year judicial record.

U.S. Supreme Court says Benjamin should have recused

By Justin Anderson | Jun 8, 2009

Benjamin WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision released Monday, said West Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Brent Benjamin should have stepped aside in a case involving Massey Energy.

AG hopeful examines role of accountants in home lending crisis

By Chris Rizo | Jun 8, 2009

Pedro Nava (D) SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-A state lawmaker and Democratic candidate for California attorney general says he is trying to determine the role accountants had in the home lending crisis.

Ark. appeals court judge runs for Supreme Court seat

By Chris Rizo | Jun 8, 2009

Courtney Henry LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline)-Arkansas Court of Appeals Judge Courtney Henry says she will run next year for a seat on the state Supreme Court.

Internet use tax would go to AG's office

By Chris Rizo | Jun 8, 2009

Buddy Caldwell (D) BATON ROUGE, La. (Legal Newsline) - Louisiana House members have approved an Internet use tax to help raise money for Attorney General Buddy Caldwell's office.

Eli Lilly: W.Va's claim for civil penalties inappropriate, greedy

By John O'Brien | Jun 8, 2009

McGraw NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - Pharmaceuticals manufacturer Eli Lilly & Co. had more harsh words for West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw Friday.

Another Dem enters Fla. AG race

By John O'Brien | Jun 8, 2009

Gelber TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) - Florida state Sen. Dan Gelber will run for attorney general next year, becoming the second Democrat to enter the race.

Chrysler, Fiat will have to wait to complete deal

By John O'Brien | Jun 8, 2009

Ginsburg WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. Supreme Court will delay the sale of bankrupt automaker Chrysler to Fiat while the objections of a group of Indiana pension funds are sorted out.

Blumenthal urges DPUC to make sure AT&T pays

By John O'Brien | Jun 9, 2009

Blumenthal HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - Still upset with a state regulatory agency's decision not to punish AT&T, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said Tuesday the company should be penalized nearly $1 million.

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