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News from June 2009

Radnofsky announces run for Texas AG

By Chris Rizo | Jun 23, 2009

Ann Radnofsky (D) HOUSTON, Texas (Legal Newsline) - Democrat Barbara Ann Radnofsky announced Tuesday she is running for Texas attorney general.

Tobacco bill thrills Blumenthal

By John O'Brien | Jun 23, 2009

Blumenthal HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - One state attorney general is hailing President Obama's recent signing of a tobacco bill as a victory for he and his colleagues.

Justice Albin one step closer to tenure

By John O'Brien | Jun 23, 2009

Albin TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - After seven years on the New Jersey Supreme Court, Justice Barry Albin received approval for a tenured position Monday.

Arizona Supreme Court sidesteps budget battle

By Chris Rizo | Jun 24, 2009

Jan Brewer (R) PHOENIX, Ariz. (Legal Newsline)-The Arizona Supreme Court said Tuesday it will not get into the middle of the budget fight between Gov. Jan Brewer and the state Legislature.

McKenna: White House 'doing as much as possible' to help struggling homebuyers

By Chris Rizo | Jun 24, 2009

Rob McKenna (R) COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Legal Newsline)-The U.S. government should not become complacent in finding new ways to help struggling homebuyers keep their homes, Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna said.

AGs write to encourage EPA

By John O'Brien | Jun 24, 2009

Coakley WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Fourteen states submitted comments with the federal Environmental Protection Agency Wednesday, commending its recently proposed determination that greenhouse gas emissions endanger public health.

Civil justice group says 'right decision, wrong author' in court's mandatory retirement age decision

By Chris Rizo | Jun 24, 2009

Ed Murnane SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - The Illinois Supreme Court's recent ruling against a mandatory state law barring judges from running for retention after age 75 has drawn criticism from the state's leading civil justice group.

King's attorneys go to court in pharmaceutical suit

By John O'Brien | Jun 24, 2009

King MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) - The trial in one of Alabama Attorney General Troy King's lawsuits against the pharmaceutical industry began Tuesday amidst the controversy over where any money recovered by a verdict will go.

Brown sues over city's general plan

By Chris Rizo | Jun 25, 2009

Jerry Brown (D) PLEASANTON, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-California Attorney General Jerry Brown is challenging the city of Pleasanton's 13-year-old limit on housing construction, saying the Bay Area community is flouting state housing laws.

McCollum reaches settlement with Verizon over "free" ringtones

By Keith Loria | Jun 25, 2009

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) - Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum has reached a multimillion dollar settlement with a wireless company over third-party charges on consumer's cellular phone bills.

Appeals court blocks Ark. coal-fired plant

By Chris Rizo | Jun 25, 2009

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) - The Arkansas Court of Appeals has overturned a regulatory decision to approve a proposed coal-fired power plant in Hempstead County.

AG has 'grave concerns' over climate change bill

By Chris Rizo | Jun 25, 2009

Jon Bruning (R) WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)- Legislation pending in the House that would for the first time limit pollution blamed for warming the planet will in the end cost consumers, Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning warned Thursday.

Cuomo sits one out in pension probe

By John O'Brien | Jun 25, 2009

Cuomo NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - In his investigation into those who handle public pension funds, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo distanced himself a hedge fund manager that has handled his money.

U.S. high court sides with seaman in Jones Act case

By Chris Rizo | Jun 25, 2009

U.S. Supreme Court building WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -Seamen injured on the job may sue for punitive damages if their employers refuse to pay for medical care and time off, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

AGs take aim at FedEx over driver classifications

By Chris Rizo | Jun 25, 2009

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Legal Newsline)-A group of eight state attorneys general on Thursday sent a letter to FedEx Ground, questioning whether the company is adhering to state employee classification laws.

DeLaughter rulings not relevant, government argues

By John O'Brien | Jun 25, 2009

DeLaughter OXFORD, Miss. (Legal Newsline) - Federal attorneys say they don't care how Hinds County Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter ruled in a fees dispute involving incarcerated plaintiffs lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs, just that he took a bribe.

Imprisoned federal judge offers resignation

By Chris Rizo | Jun 26, 2009

Samuel Kent WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-Imprisoned U.S. District Judge Samuel Kent has resigned from the federal bench effective June 30 rather than face an impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate.

Arizona AG names new chief deputy

By Chris Rizo | Jun 26, 2009

Terry Goddard (D) PHOENIX, Ariz. (Legal Newsline)-Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard has announced his appointment of a new chief deputy to oversee the office's legal divisions.

Panel calls for Ark. judge's removal

By Chris Rizo | Jun 26, 2009

Willard Proctor Jr. LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline)-An embattled Arkansas state judge was recommended Friday for removal from the bench by the state's Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission.

Bruning leads AGs' way against GM bankruptcy plan

By Chris Rizo | Jun 26, 2009

Jon Bruning (R) LINCOLN, Neb. (Legal Newsline)-Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning is leading bipartisan efforts by state attorneys general opposed to the General Motors Corp. bankruptcy plan.

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