News from May 2009

Souter stepping down from U.S. SC

By John O'Brien | May 1, 2009

Souter WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter has announced his retirement from the Court, giving President Barack Obama the opportunity to pick his successor.

Skies darken on McCollum's sunshine bill

By John O'Brien | May 4, 2009

McCollum TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) - A bill that would have reformed contingency fee contracts in the Florida Attorney General's Office died Friday when the House of Representatives refused to accept an amendment to the bill added by the Senate.

Former D.C. AG the voice of Congressional support for state AGs

By John O'Brien | May 4, 2009

Singer WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Giving state attorneys general the power to sue national banks will help lift the country out of its home foreclosure crisis, the former attorney general of the District of Columbia says.

Even Spitzer more popular than Gov. Paterson

By John O'Brien | May 4, 2009

Spitzer POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - Voters in New York would rather have Eliot Spitzer as their governor than current Gov. David Paterson, a poll recently conducted by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion.

California judge accuses asbestos firms of playing 'grisly games'

By Aricka Flowers | May 5, 2009

John Sullivan, CJAC President Attorneys across the country are erecting satellite offices in California - and not just because the weather's good in the Golden State.

Fire erupts in Arizona AG's garage

By Chris Rizo | May 5, 2009

Terry Goddard (D) PHOENIX, Ariz. (Legal Newsline)-Authorities are investigating a fire that broke out at Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard's home here early Tuesday morning.

Two added to settlement talks in Zyprexa cases

By John O'Brien | May 5, 2009

Weinstein NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - A federal judge wants two more states to get busy settling their lawsuits against Eli Lilly & Co.

U.S. SC will hear online tobacco sales case

By John O'Brien | May 5, 2009

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. Supreme Court will decide if tobacco distributors can be sued by the City of New York for not paying the City's taxes when they ship mail orders.

New justice will be first chance for Obama to construct U.S. SC

By John O'Brien | May 6, 2009

Obama WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - President Barack Obama's chance to reshape the U.S. Supreme Court in the mold he sees fit begins with retiring Justice David Souter's replacement, Princeton University provost Chris Eisgruber said Wednesday.

Sorrell: Fire a concern at nuclear plants

By John O'Brien | May 8, 2009

MONTPELIER, Vt. (Legal Newsline) - Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell wants a federal agency to investigate the risk of fire at nuclear plants before one in his state comes up for re-licensing.

Cuomo begins nationwide investigation into debt settlement industry

By Keith Loria | May 8, 2009

Andrew Cuomo (D) NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) -In an effort to clean up a debt settlement industry, fraught with alleged fraudulent companies, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has begun a nationwide investigation.

AG criticizes Obama over proposed budget cuts

By Chris Rizo | May 8, 2009

John Suthers (R) DENVER, Colo. (Legal Newsline) - Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said Friday that U.S. President Barack Obama's erred when he decided this week to eliminate a federal immigration program.

La. bill would allow AG to dole out contingency fee contracts

By John O'Brien | May 8, 2009

Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) - A new bill in Louisiana's legislature will allow the Attorney General's Office to hire outside counsel on a contingency fee, an increasingly controversial practice done in many other states.

Michigan Supreme Court disposed of 2,422 cases in 2008

By Chris Rizo | May 8, 2009

Michigan Supreme Court building LANSING, Mich. (Legal Newsline)-The Michigan Supreme Court last year cleared more cases than the high court received, an annual report said Friday.

Calif. AG wins settlement over pre-paid calling cards

By Chris Rizo | May 8, 2009

Jerry Brown (D) SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline)-California Attorney General Jerry Brown won a court order Friday, barring Los Angeles-based Total Call International, Inc. from charging "hidden and deceptive" fees for its pre-paid calling cards.

Former AG Dann pursues class actions as private attorney

By Chris Rizo | May 11, 2009

Marc Dann (D) COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline)-Former Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann says since he left office in disgrace a year ago, he has developed a "niche" law practice, representing labor unions and consumers in class action lawsuits.

Nevada AG mentioned as possible Supreme Court nominee

By Chris Rizo | May 11, 2009

Catherine Cortez Masto (D) LAS VEGAS (Legal Newsline)-Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto is being mentioned as a possible replacement for U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter who is retiring the summer.

Ohio AG's office payroll climbs nearly 5 percent under Cordray's leadership

By Chris Rizo | May 11, 2009

Richard Cordray (D) COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline)- In the three months Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray has been in office, the Democrat has increased his department's payroll 4.6 percent.

Madigan nearing completion on FOIA rewrite

By Chris Rizo | May 11, 2009

Lisa Madigan (D) SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline)-The Illinois attorney general's office is still in the process of rewriting the state Freedom of Information Act, a spokeswoman said Monday.

McGraw files suit over fraudulent debt management services

By Keith Loria | May 11, 2009

Darrell McGraw (D) CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw is suing a Florida man and his companies over an allegedly fraudulent credit counseling scheme.

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