News from March 2009

Oregon trial lawyers push legislation

By Chris Rizo | Mar 3, 2009

Sal Esquivel (R) SALEM, Ore. (Legal Newsline)-Oregon trial lawyers, on the heels of their Senate victory to boost public lawsuit caps, have asked state lawmakers to increase the statute of limitations on product liability cases and allow plaintiffs' attorneys to seek increased damages in personal injury cases.

Madigan sues over unperformed drug tests

By Chris Rizo | Mar 3, 2009

Lisa Madigan (D) SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline)-A Chicago drug testing company is being sued by the Illinois attorney general for allegedly billing the state more than $1.3 million for drug tests it never performed.

Chicago company sued over economic stimulus ads

By Chris Rizo | Mar 3, 2009

Lisa Madigan (D) CHICAGO (Legal Newsline)-An Illinois advertising company is being sued for allegedly airing deceptive commercials about President Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan, the state attorney general's office said Tuesday.

Tough day for both sides of judicial recusal case

By John O'Brien | Mar 3, 2009

Chief Justice John Roberts WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Justices of a seemingly split U.S. Supreme Court took turns grilling attorneys on both sides of a key judicial recusal case during oral arguments Tuesday morning.

Ayotte gets thumbs up from governor

By John O'Brien | Mar 4, 2009

Ayotte CONCORD, N.H. (Legal Newsline) - New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch is renominating Attorney General Kelly Ayotte for another term.

U.S. Supreme Court rules against Wyeth in federal preemption case

By Chris Rizo | Mar 4, 2009

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in a closely watched federal preemption case, ruling that a woman may sue in state court over a federally-approved drug.

Financial services firm will pay nearly $6M to New Jersey

By John O'Brien | Mar 4, 2009

Milgram TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram has settled a seven-year-old lawsuit against PricewaterhouseCoopers, the financial services firm alleged to have cause losses to the State's pension fund.

Progress of judicial campaign reform an issue in recusal case

By John O'Brien | Mar 4, 2009

Souter WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Former U.S. Solicitor General Ted Olson stood before the nine Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday and warned them that the manner in which judges are elected is no longer working.

Ward at center of flight-plan change in Texas 'rocket docket'

By Legal News Line | Mar 5, 2009

Judge T. John Ward After thousands of patent infringement cases have passed through the federal court in Marshall, Texas, it may take only two recent court rulings to undo the district's docket.

Blumenthal, USI Consulting settle

By John O'Brien | Mar 5, 2009

Blumenthal HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - One of the nation's largest benefit consulting firms has agreed to pay nearly a half-million dollars to the State of Connecticut to resolve allegations that it received compensation from insurers for access to lucrative pension plan business.

Cox getting involved in four rate increase cases

By John O'Brien | Mar 5, 2009

Cox LANSING, Mich. (Legal Newsline) - Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox is intervening in four utility rate increase cases, unhappy with the combined $658 million in increases the propositions represent.

Asbestos suits offer X-ray vision

By Steve Korris | Mar 5, 2009

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) - Just as X-rays allow patients to see through skin, X-ray lawsuits allow Americans to see through asbestos litigation that swallowed profits of American corporations and carried away their assets through bankruptcy courts.

Rebate cards the subject of AT&T's settlement with Cuomo

By John O'Brien | Mar 5, 2009

Cuomo WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - AT&T will pay almost $3 million to settle allegations of deceptive advertising, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo recently announced.

Washington SC rejects tax limits challenge

By Chris Rizo | Mar 6, 2009

Mary Fairhurst OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline)-The Washington state Supreme Court has rejected a state lawmaker's challenge of voter-approved tax increase limits.

Massey lawyers want justices to review Benjamin's voting record

By Justin Anderson | Mar 6, 2009

Benjamin WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Lawyers for Massey Energy are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider West Virginia Chief Justice Brent Benjamin's voting record when it comes to the coal giant.

Consumer debt tops list of complaints to AG

By Chris Rizo | Mar 6, 2009

Lisa Madigan (D) SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline)-Issues related to the state's home foreclosure crisis and economic downturn topped the list of consumer complaints to the Illinois attorney general's office last year.

Lynch, Coakley opposing site of LNG facility

By John O'Brien | Mar 6, 2009

Lynch PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) - Upset with Weaver's Cove Energy's plan to construct a liquefied natural gas facility in Mount Hope Bay, Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch on Friday formally intervened in the matter.

Idaho AG lauds wolf's endangered species delisting

By Chris Rizo | Mar 6, 2009

Lawrence Wasden (R) BOISE, Idaho (Legal Newsline)-U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's decision upholding the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's decision to immediately remove wolves in Idaho and Montana from the endangered species list drew praise Friday from the Idaho attorney general.

Jerry who? Young voters don't know attorney general

By Legal News Line | Mar 6, 2009

Jerry Brown (D) SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline)--Younger voters have no connection to California Attorney General Jerry Brown, the 70-year-old former governor who is widely expected to run for a historic third term in 2010, a Field poll released earlier this week indicates.

U.S. Chamber urges 9th Circuit to reverse class action status in Wal-Mart case

By Chris Rizo | Mar 6, 2009

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-A federal appeals court should reject the class action certification for a lawsuit claiming that Wal-Mart was discriminatory in its pay and promotion policies, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said in an amicus brief.

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