News from November 2009

Appeals court overturns $24 million asbestos verdict

By Chris Rizo | Nov 1, 2009

MIAMI (Legal Newsline)-A Florida appeals court last week reversed a $24.2 million product liability verdict, overturning a jury award to a Weston, Fla., surgeon who claimed exposure to asbestos-containing brake pads caused his cancer.

Newsom's withdrawal called a boon for AG Brown

By Chris Rizo | Nov 1, 2009

Jerry Brown (D) SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline)-San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's abrupt exit from the California governor's race is a boon for state Attorney General Jerry Brown, who is considering a run for the job he previously held, a leading political figure said Sunday.

Boehner: GOP health care plan to target lawsuit abuse

By Chris Rizo | Nov 1, 2009

John Boehner (R-Ohio) WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-House Republicans plan to offer an alternative to the Democrats' proposal for a national health care overhaul that contains tort reform, House Minority Leader John Boehner said Sunday.

High court to hear mutual funds case today

By Chris Rizo | Nov 2, 2009

U.S. Supreme Court building WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-The U.S. Supreme Court today will hear arguments in a case that could affect fees that the mutual fund industry charges investors, possibly creating a flood of lawsuits if the high court sides with petitioners in the case.

White House sides with investors in Vioxx lawsuit

By Chris Rizo | Nov 2, 2009

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-The Obama administration has taken the side of investors seeking to sue pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. over its now-withdrawn blockbuster painkiller Vioxx.

Former Ill. AG Ryan to file campaign papers today

By Chris Rizo | Nov 2, 2009

Jim Ryan (R) SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline)-Former Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan says he will today file candidacy petitions to run for the Republican gubernatorial nomination next year.

Wis. AG recovers wages for employees of closed business‏

By Nick Rees | Nov 2, 2009

J.B. Van Hollen (R) MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) - Almost $35,000 has been recovered by Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen in compensation for employees of Van Der Molen Recreational Properties, Inc., following the closing of the Warrens, Wis., firm earlier this year.

Judge upholds $7M verdict in lead paint case

By John O'Brien | Nov 2, 2009

Moellenberg FAYETTE, Miss. (Legal Newsline) - A Mississippi judge has denied post-trial motions filed in the $7 million case of a former high school sports star who claims he was poisoned by lead paint manufactured by Sherwin-Williams.

U.S. justices reject challenge to Plavix patent

By Chris Rizo | Nov 2, 2009

U.S. Supreme Court building WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and Sanofi-Aventis SA won a major legal fight Monday over their blood thinner Plavix when the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal challenging the drug's patent.

Injunction sought against two Florida timeshare resale companies‏

By Nick Rees | Nov 2, 2009

Bill McCollum (R) TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) - A lawsuit and request for an emergency injunction has been filed by Attorney General Bill McCollum against two related South Florida timeshare resale marketing companies.

R.I. approves first hospital conversions act merger‏

By Nick Rees | Nov 2, 2009

Patrick Lynch (D) PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) - Attorney General Patrick Lynch has approved the first-ever affiliation under the state Hospital Conversions Act of St. Joseph Health Services-Roger Williams Medical Center.

AVALA: Kudos to Ala. SC

By John O'Brien | Nov 2, 2009

King MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) - Alabamians should thank the state Supreme Court for overturning more than $270 million in verdicts won by state Attorney General Troy King, the executive director of a legal reform group recently said.

Brown spokesman resigns over secret recordings

By Chris Rizo | Nov 2, 2009

Jerry Brown (D) SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-California Attorney General Jerry Brown's communications director resigned Monday amid a controversy over his secretly recording telephone conversations with journalists.

McGraw altered federal suit, Rite Aid claims

By Steve Korris | Nov 2, 2009

McGraw CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - Owners of retailer Rite Aid claim West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw altered a suit over generic drug prices in a bid to escape federal jurisdiction.

Conn. A.G. investigates flu vaccine shortage‏

By Nick Rees | Nov 2, 2009

Richard Blumenthal (D) HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - Thirteen makers and distributors of scarce seasonal flu vaccines have been written letters by Attorney General Richard Blumenthal over allegations of price fixing and preferential treatment for big retailers.

Class action firm may join AG Brown's cause

By John O'Brien | Nov 2, 2009

Brown WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A prominent Washington law firm is considering following in California Attorney General Jerry Brown's footsteps by filing a lawsuit against State Street Bank & Trust.

AG Brown's support for conservative judicial nominee could cost him

By Chris Rizo | Nov 2, 2009

Charles Poochigian (R) SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-If California Appeals Court Associate Justice Charles Poochigian turns out to be as socially conservative on the bench as he was as a state lawmaker, it could spell trouble for state Attorney General Jerry Brown's political future, lawyers say.

Film companies sue Iowa over tax-credit program

By Chris Rizo | Nov 3, 2009

Tom Miller (D) DES MOINES, Iowa (Legal Newsline)-Five film companies are suing Iowa over the suspension of a tax credit aimed at wooing movie productions to the Hawkeye State.

Schwarzenegger protects businesses from lawsuits

By Chris Rizo | Nov 3, 2009

Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-Legislation to allow California businesses to offer discounts to furloughed state workers without fear of being sued has been signed into law.

Bush says Fla. needs McCollum as governor

By John O'Brien | Nov 3, 2009

Bush TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) - Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has thrown his support behind state Attorney General Bill McCollum, who is running for governor next year.

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