News from September 2009

NJ reimbursed for school site clean-up

By Ashley Stinnett | Sep 1, 2009

Anne Milgram (D) TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram on Monday announced the state is being reimbursed $866,932 for costs incurred after cleaning up a polluted school site thanks to a superior court judge's ruling.

Six obtains $2.6M from cigarette companies

By Ashley Stinnett | Sep 1, 2009

Steve Six (D) TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) - Kansas Attorney General Steve Six on Monday announced his office has obtained $2.6 million from judgments against two tobacco companies.

McCollum allocates $84,000 in fight against home foreclosures

By Ashley Stinnett | Sep 1, 2009

Bill McCollum (R) TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) - Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, along with the Florida Bar Association, on Monday awarded $84,000 to the Legal Aid Society of Orange County as part of its new foreclosure defense assistance program.

Reform group takes aim at Calif. trial lawyers

By Chris Rizo | Sep 1, 2009

John Sullivan SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-California's trial lawyers have been a drag on the Golden State's already struggling economy, the leader of the Civil Justice Association of California said.

Blagojevich planned to appoint AG Madigan to Obama seat

By Chris Rizo | Sep 1, 2009

Rod Blagojevich (D) CHICAGO (Legal Newsline)-Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich planned to appoint state Attorney General Lisa Madigan to the senate seat left vacant by President Barack Obama, he said in a new book.

Ohio justices hear grocery tax case

By Chris Rizo | Sep 1, 2009

Ohio Supreme Court justices COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline)-The Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday heard arguments over whether grocery stores should have to pay the state's Commercial Activities Tax.

Coakley has eyes on U.S. Senate

By John O'Brien | Sep 1, 2009

Coakley BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley become the first person to declare candidacy for a special election that will determine who will replace the late Ted Kennedy in the U.S. Senate.

Permanent injunction granted in sports-betting case

By John O'Brien | Sep 1, 2009

Markell WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) - Following an appellate ruling, a federal judge in Delaware entered an order Tuesday that will prevent the State from instituting much of its proposed sports-betting scheme.

Debt collection irking most consumers, NAAG's top 10 shows

By John O'Brien | Sep 1, 2009

Bennett WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - More consumers complained to state attorneys general about companies' debt-collection practices last year than for any other reason, a list released Monday by the National Association of Attorneys General says.

Tobacco companies sue feds over new law

By John O'Brien | Sep 1, 2009

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (Legal Newsline) - A group of tobacco companies are hoping to put a stop to a new federal law that they say violates their right to free speech.

City adopts greenhouse standard under agreement with AG Brown

By Chris Rizo | Sep 2, 2009

Jerry Brown (D) STOCKTON, Calif. (Legal Newsline)--After losing a lawsuit filed by California Attorney General Jerry Brown, the city of Stockton will try to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

Promise of scrutiny could save asbestos defendants

By Aricka Flowers | Sep 2, 2009

Dorigo Jones When General Motors filed for bankruptcy three months ago, legal analyst Bob Dorigo Jones said he was caught by surprise upon learning that mass tort litigation cost the auto giant close to $1 billion last year.

Milgram settles with health care firm

By Ashley Stinnett | Sep 2, 2009

Anne Milgram (D) NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram, along with the state's Division of Consumer Affairs has reached an agreement with a Tom's River-based health care firm over allegations the company violated state consumer protection laws.

Pfizer agrees to $2.3 billion settlement over off-label marketing

By Chris Rizo | Sep 2, 2009

HHS Secy. Kathleen Sebelius WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)- Pfizer Inc. and a subsidiary have reached a $2.3 billion settlement Wednesday with the U.S. government over the pharmaceutical giant's now-withdrawn medication Bextra and other medications.

Blumenthal: Insurance companies may be breaking the law

By Ashley Stinnett | Sep 2, 2009

Richard Blumenthal (D) HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal on Tuesday sent petitions to U.S Attorney General Eric Holder urging him to investigate insurance companies that steer auto repair customers to body shops of their choosing.

Speculation mounts Stevens is poised to leave Supreme Court

By Chris Rizo | Sep 2, 2009

John Paul Stevens WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)--U.S. Supreme Court watchers say it is telling that Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, who will turn 90 next year, has hired just one law clerk in advance of the high court's 2010 term.

Judge wants 'global settlement' of remaining AG Zyprexa suits

By John O'Brien | Sep 2, 2009

Weinstein NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - U.S. District Judge Jack Weinstein recently continued his push to have all state actions filed against Eli Lilly & Co. over its prescription antipsychotic Zyprexa settled.

Brown warns of sham fire charities

By Kathy Woods | Sep 3, 2009

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-- California Attorney General Jerry Brown has issued a warning to beware of sham fire relief charities.

Lilly charged $105M for future state settlements

By John O'Brien | Sep 3, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) - Eli Lilly & Co. plans to spend approximately $105 million to resolve the 11 remaining lawsuits brought by state attorneys general over its prescription antipsychotic Zyprexa.

Milgram victorious in helping consumers win $7M in alleged Ponzi scheme

By Keith Loria | Sep 3, 2009

Milgram NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - A lawsuit filed by New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram on behalf of the New jersey Bureau of Securities against alleged fraudulent investment companies came back with a positive $7 million verdict on Thursday.

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