News from June 2009

Decision on interest nearly doubles punitive award in Exxon Valdez case

By John O'Brien | Jun 16, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - A federal appeals court has ordered ExxonMobil to pay nearly $500 million in interest on punitive damages awarded in lawsuits over the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill off the coast of Alaska.

Conway delivers opinion on video lottery machines

By Nick Rees | Jun 17, 2009

Conway FRANKFORT, Ky. (Legal Newsline) - Kentucky's attorney general has determined that the state Constitution does not need to be amended to allow the state Lottery Corporation to operate video lottery terminals at race tracks.

Propane tank fees the subject of Cuomo settlement

By Ashley Stinnett | Jun 17, 2009

Cuomo NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo has reached a settlement with Suburban Propane over allegations of misinforming customers of new rental fees.

Eight AGs write Obama about financial regulation overhaul

By John O'Brien | Jun 17, 2009

Obama WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Eight state attorneys general want President Barack Obama to keep in mind their roles in consumer protection as he overhauls the financial regulatory structure.

Palin picks new Alaska AG

By John O'Brien | Jun 17, 2009

Palin ANCHORAGE (Legal Newsline) - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has nominated another candidate to become the state's attorney general as she tries to replace former Attorney General Talis Colberg.

Mortgage loan broker settles with Coakley

By Ashley Stinnett | Jun 17, 2009

Coakley BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has agreed to a settlement with mortgage loan broker Leo H. Desire Sr. over allegations of mortgage fraud.

Brown wins suit over tax refund loans

By Chris Dickerson | Jun 19, 2009

Brown SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) -- California Attorney General Jerry Brown this week won a lawsuit barring the nation's third largest tax preparer -- Liberty Tax Service -- from deceptive advertising that "blurs the line" between tax refunds that are free and high-cost loans.

Blumenthal objects to GM idea on defective vehicles

By Chris Dickerson | Jun 19, 2009

Blumenthal HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) -- Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal wants a proposal regarding defective GM vehicles rejected.

Bruning to lead nation's AGs

By Chris Rizo | Jun 22, 2009

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning is the new president of the National Association of Attorneys General.

Bill would protect ER doctors, nurses from lawsuits

By Chris Rizo | Jun 22, 2009

PHOENIX, Ariz. (Legal Newsline) -A bill winding its way through the Arizona state Legislature would make it more difficult for litigants to sue hospitals and emergency room health care providers.

Shurtleff gears up for Senate campaign fight

By Chris Rizo | Jun 22, 2009

Mark Shurtleff (R) COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Legal Newsline)-Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff says he is gearing up for a tough fight to unseat fellow Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett.

Plaintiffs lawyers will take advantage of new EPA rules, group says

By John O'Brien | Jun 22, 2009

Obama ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Legal Newsline) - The federal Environmental Protection Agency's decision to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles may put small businesses in tricky legal positions, a nonprofit group says.

Brown drops greenhouse lawsuit against automakers

By Chris Rizo | Jun 22, 2009

Jerry Brown (D) SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-California Attorney General Jerry Brown has withdrawn a lawsuit his predecessor filed against carmakers for allegedly damaging the state's air quality.

AG's probe clears Portland mayor

By Chris Rizo | Jun 22, 2009

John Kroger (D) SALEM, Ore. (Legal Newsline) - Oregon Attorney General John Kroger said Monday that there is no evidence that Portland Mayor Sam Adams broke the law when he had a relationship with a minor.

Blumenthal has new probe for AT&T

By John O'Brien | Jun 22, 2009

Blumenthal HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal's latest effort against AT&T has him investigating $145 million he said was funneled out of his state to avoid paying taxes on it.

U.S. Supreme Court sides with mining company

By Chris Rizo | Jun 22, 2009

U.S. Supreme Court building WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp. won a major court battle Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a permit that will allow the company's Alaska gold mine to put rock waste into a nearby lake on federal land.

Nevada Supreme Court justice crashes into UPS store

By Chris Rizo | Jun 22, 2009

Kris Pickering LAS VEGAS (Legal Newsline) - A Nevada Supreme Court justice escaped injury Monday when her car smashed into a UPS store in Las Vegas, a court spokesman said.

U.S. SC sees no need to review Mass. decision

By John O'Brien | Jun 22, 2009

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to hear the appeal of a Massachusetts decision that requires out-of-state corporations to pay state taxes if they have a "substantial nexus" in the state.

W.Va. SC says state must arbitrate tobacco dispute

By Justin Anderson | Jun 23, 2009

McGraw CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - The West Virginia Supreme Court has upheld a Kanawha Circuit Court judge's ruling that Attorney General Darrell McGraw's office has to participate in a nationwide arbitration related to a monumental settlement with big tobacco companies.

TJX to pay almost $10M for security breach

By John O'Brien | Jun 23, 2009

Coakley FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (Legal Newsline) - Forty-one states have settled with TJX Cos. over a security breach at the company they were investigating.

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