News from April 2010

Brewer gets OK to sidestep Goddard and sue federal government

By Chris Rizo | Apr 1, 2010

Jan Brewer (R) PHOENIX, Ariz. (Legal Newsline)-Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer can now skirt the state's attorney general and file a lawsuit over the recently enacted health care overhaul that Republican AGs around the country say is unconstitutional.

Montana AG lauds $41 million PPL Montana judgment

By Chris Rizo | Apr 1, 2010

Steve Bullock (D) HELENA, Mont. (Legal Newsline)- PPL Montana owes the state $41 million for the utility's past use of public riverbeds to generate power, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, drawing praise from Attorney General Steve Bullock.

Settlement reached over fraudulent coupons in Maryland‏

By Nick Rees | Apr 1, 2010

Doug Gansler (D) BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) - A settlement has been reached by Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler with a Massachusetts-based warehouse club operator that allegedly provided fraudulent coupons to consumers.

House Republican questions Oregon AG's motives

By Chris Rizo | Apr 1, 2010

Sal Esquivel (R) SALEM, Ore. (Legal Newsline)-Oregon Attorney General John Kroger's vow to defend the national health care plan drew criticism Thursday from a leading Republican in the state House of Representatives.

New York AG expands pension padding investigation

By Nick Rees | Apr 1, 2010

Andrew Cuomo (D) ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's investigation into salary and overtime payments that led to inflated pensions at the expense of taxpayers has been expanded to include an additional two dozen localities across the state.

Eastman loses battle over ballot designation

By Chris Rizo | Apr 1, 2010

John Eastman (R) SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-California attorney general candidate John Eastman on Thursday lost his lawsuit to call himself an "assistant attorney general" in voter materials.

Texas SC rules against plaintiff who filed in wrong court

By Kathy Woods | Apr 1, 2010

Wallace Jefferson (R) AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline)-The Texas Supreme Court last week answered the question of whether or not a person may refile a lawsuit once the statute of limitations has expired if the original complaint was filed in the wrong court.

Brown issues report critical of ACORN activities

By Chris Rizo | Apr 1, 2010

Jerry Brown (D) SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-The community activist group ACORN has engaged in "highly inappropriate behavior," but committed no violation of criminal laws, an investigation by the California attorney general has found.

AG Gansler won't face impeachment

By John O'Brien | Apr 1, 2010

Gansler ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Legal Newsline) - Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler won't be impeached because of a February opinion he authored on same-sex marriage.

Entergy happy with outcome of audit

By John O'Brien | Apr 1, 2010

Hood JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) - Entergy Corp., facing a lawsuit from Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, said Thursday it has been cleared of any improper charges to customers by an independent agency.

Microsoft dealt legal blow in patent dispute

By Kathy Woods | Apr 2, 2010

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)- Microsoft Corp. was dealt another major legal defeat this week when a federal appeals court denied the computer software giant's request that a full panel of judges hear their arguments in a long running patent dispute.

Cox critical of new legislation

By Nick Rees | Apr 2, 2010

Cox LANSING, Mich. (Legal Newsline) - Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox has raised concerns about state Rep. Marc Corriveau's recently introduced legislation that he says eliminates consumer protections in the health insurance rate-setting process.

McCollum fighting alleged Ponzi scheme

By Nick Rees | Apr 2, 2010

McCollum TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) - Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum has obtained an injunction against a company and two individuals who are alleged to have been developing a $23 million investment Ponzi scheme.

ABA says McConnell qualified for federal judgeship

By John O'Brien | Apr 2, 2010

McConnell CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) - The American Bar Association believes Rhode Island plaintiffs attorney Jack McConnell is qualified to be a federal judge, though at least one of the 12 voters felt differently.

Barr says it's wrong to impeach AG Baker

By John O'Brien | Apr 2, 2010

Baker ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) - A former Georgia Congressman recently wrote that an effort by state lawmakers to impeach Attorney General Thurbert Baker is misguided.

Conway decides against health care reform challenge

By John O'Brien | Apr 2, 2010

Conway LEXINGTON, Ky. (Legal Newsline) - Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway will not join in the challenge of recently passed federal health care reform, even though he termed one of its provisions "distasteful" four months ago.

Ohio chief justice dies at 70

By Chris Rizo | Apr 4, 2010

Thomas Moyer (R) COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline)- Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Moyer, the longest-serving sitting state Supreme Court chief justice in the United States, died unexpectedly Friday. He was 70, and preparing for retirement.

Justices to take up case of fired medical marijuana user

By Kathy Woods | Apr 4, 2010

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline)-The Washington Supreme Court will hear the case of a medical marijuana card holder who was fired after her pre-employment drug test came back positive.

Nevada AG suspected of violating confidentiality rules

By Chris Rizo | Apr 4, 2010

Catherine Cortez Masto (D) CARSON CITY, Nev. (Legal Newsline)-The Nevada attorney general may have violated rules of professional conduct when she publicly advised the governor not to sue over the recently passed national health care plan, a governor's spokesman said.

Six says no 'constitutional defects' in health care law

By Chris Rizo | Apr 4, 2010

Steve Six (D) TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline)-Scoffing at Republican legislators, Kansas Attorney General Steve Six says he will not join a multistate GOP-led lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the nation's new health care law.

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