News from October 2009

Washington SC disbars attorney

By Chris Rizo | Oct 1, 2009

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline)-A Seattle civil rights attorney was disbarred Thursday for intimidating his clients into accepting settlements and charging excessive fees.

Pfizer subsidiary to forfeit $4.5 million over fraudulent pricing‏

By Nick Rees | Oct 1, 2009

MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) - A forfeiture award of $4,578,000 has been levied against a pharmaceutical company for misrepresentations that defrauded the Wisconsin Medicaid program.

Ill. AG sues debt settlement company

By Chris Rizo | Oct 1, 2009

Lisa Madigan (D) SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline)-The Illinois attorney general has sued a Texas-based debt settlement company, accusing the firm of failing to provide services it agreed to provide consumers.

Blumenthal sues non-profit organization

By Ashley Stinnett | Oct 1, 2009

Richard Blumenthal (D) HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal on Thursday announced a lawsuit against a children's charity and its owner over allegations of fraud.

Goddard sues company behind businesses scam

By Ashley Stinnett | Oct 1, 2009

Terry Goddard (D) PHOENIX, Ariz. (Legal Newsline) - Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard is suing a Nevada-based business over allegations the company violated the state's Consumer Fraud Act.

Minnesota files lawsuits over two health insurance schemes

By Nick Rees | Oct 1, 2009

Lori Swanson (D) ST. PAUL, Minn. (Legal Newsline) - Two lawsuits have been filed by Minnesota's attorney general against companies that allegedly scammed Minnesota citizens struggling with the high cost of health care.

Ohio Supreme Court upholds damage limits

By Chris Rizo | Oct 1, 2009

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline)-An Ohio law that limits damages that local government must pay injured parties is constitutional, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

Idaho Supreme Court sides with Hanks

By Kathy Woods | Oct 2, 2009

Tom Hanks BOISE, Idaho (Legal Newsline)-The Idaho Supreme Court this week ordered a second arbitration in the construction case actor Tom Hanks and his wife brought against a construction company.

Illinois AG takes aim at debt settlement firms

By Chris Rizo | Oct 2, 2009

Lisa Madigan (D) SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline)-Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is taking aim at unscrupulous debt settlement companies she says do little other than leave consumers deeper in the hole than they were before the firms.

Analysts: Brown poised to win Democratic primary

By Chris Rizo | Oct 2, 2009

Jerry Brown (D) SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-The California governor's race is state Attorney General Jerry Brown's to lose given his high profile in the Golden State, leading political observers told Legal Newsline.

Schwarzenegger urged to sign homeowner protection bill

By Chris Rizo | Oct 2, 2009

Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-Pedro Nava, the California legislator who is running for state attorney general, is urging Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to sign his bill that would protect struggling homeowners from predatory firms.

Singer fronting AG-related wing of plaintiffs firm

By John O'Brien | Oct 2, 2009

Singer WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Former District of Columbia Attorney General Linda Singer is heading to Cohen Milstein, a plaintiffs firm known for its class action lawsuits.

S.C.'s Zyprexa trial off, McMaster returning attorneys' contributions

By John O'Brien | Oct 2, 2009

McMaster COLUMBIA, S.C. (Legal Newsline) - South Carolina has settled its Zyprexa lawsuit Eli Lilly & Co., and state Attorney General Henry McMaster said Friday he will return campaign contributions from the two attorneys who worked the case.

Wetlands violations settled with N.H. attorney general

By Nick Rees | Oct 2, 2009

CONCORD, N.H. (Legal Newsline) - Violations of state wetland laws landed a New Hampshire company a $60,000 penalty.

Montana AG to form prescription drug abuse diversion unit‏

By Nick Rees | Oct 2, 2009

HELENA, Mont. (Legal Newsline) - Montana's attorney general has announced plans to create a drug diversion unit as a means to fight rampant prescription drug abuse.

Shurtleff targets Bennett over health care bill

By Chris Rizo | Oct 2, 2009

Mark Shurtleff (R) SALT LAKE CITY (Legal Newsline)-Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff on Friday hammered U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett, his fellow Utah Republican, for sponsoring health care legislation that will cost American jobs.

Blumenthal weighs in on Humana

By Ashley Stinnett | Oct 2, 2009

Richard Blumenthal (D) HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal on Friday sent a notice to five state health insurers asking them to produce materials they sent to their customers in regards to changes in Medicare coverage.

Nevada SC: Casino not responsible for bounced guest's injuries

By Kathy Woods | Oct 5, 2009

CARSON CITY, Nev. (Legal Newsline)-- The Nevada Supreme Court has ruled Primadonna Resort, now called Primm Valley Hotel, is not liable for injuries suffered by guest whom had been thrown out of the casino.

U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear oil royalties case

By Chris Rizo | Oct 5, 2009

U.S. Supreme Court building WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear the federal government's appeal of a tax law that could cost taxpayers at least $19 billion in royalties on energy leases in the Gulf of Mexico.

Kroger names lawyer to head new civil rights division

By Chris Rizo | Oct 5, 2009

John Kroger (D) SALEM, Ore. (Legal Newsline)-Keeping with a campaign promise, Oregon Attorney General John Kroger on Monday named a lawyer to head his office's new civil rights division.

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