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Burns is Alaska's new attorney general

Burns JUNEAU, Alaska (Legal Newsline) - Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell on Tuesday announced his appointment of Fairbanks attorney John J. Burns to the state's attorney general post.

Maine GOP picks prosecutor for AG post

Mills AUGUSTA, Maine (Legal Newsline) - Maine lawmakers on Tuesday nominated Assistant U.S. Attorney William Schneider to be the state's next attorney general.

Suthers sues debt collection agency

Suthers DENVER (Legal Newsline) - Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced on Wednesday that his office has filed a lawsuit against a Denver-based debt collection agency and its CEO for allegedly violating state consumer protection statutes.

Auto dealer settles with New Jersey

Dow NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow announced on Tuesday that she has reached a $140,000 settlement with an Elizabeth, N.J.-based used car dealer that allegedly engaged in questionable business practices.

Group applauds W.Va. SC's ruling in Risperdal case

West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A public interest law and policy center called last month's decision by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals in favor of Janssen Pharmaceutica and its parent company Johnson & Johnson a victory.

AGs in six states put under microscope in ATRA report

Troy King WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A tort reform group says, in a new report, that some plaintiffs attorneys have used their relationships with state attorneys general as "a litigious cash cow."

Calif. chief justice tiring of judicial elections

George SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald George in an interview Wednesday suggested it might be time to stop electing state Supreme Court justices, and instead appoint them to a single term of 15 years.

Coakley settles lawsuit over construction delay

Coakley BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced on Tuesday that she has reached a settlement with a surety company that allegedly overbilled the state on a construction project.

Miller settles with Minn. couple over home repair contracts

Miller DES MOINES, Iowa (Legal Newsline) - Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced on Wednesday that he has settled with a home repair and contracting business and its owners for allegedly violating Iowa's Door-to-Door Sales Act and Consumer Fraud Act.

Texas teen forced to pay up for downloads

Alito WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review an appeal from a Texas teenager who downloaded and shared "a sizeable list" of copyrighted music without paying.

McCollum reaches toll settlement with Hertz

McCollum TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) - Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum announced on Friday that his office has settled with a major car rental company that allegedly failed to properly inform its customers about its terms for toll pass usage.

Wis. AG obtains $300K default judgment

Van Hollen MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) - Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced on Friday that he has obtained a default judgment against a home modification company that allegedly misrepresented that it was affiliated with the federal government.

Abbott settles with bankrupt debt relief firm

Abbott DALLAS (Legal Newsline) - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced on Friday that he has obtained a court order against a now-bankrupt debt relief firm to release $3.7 million in client funds that were allegedly fraudulently obtained.

Default judgment issued against N.J. locksmith

Van Hollen MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) - The Wisconsin Department of Justice announced on Friday that it has obtained a judgment against a N.J.-based locksmith company that allegedly engaged in deceptive advertising in the state.

Dow sues horse charity, alleges misappropriation

Dow NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow announced on Friday that she is suing an unregistered charitable organization that allegedly solicited donations to save horses, but instead used the money for personal expenses.

Online data collection the subject of Blumenthal's testimony

Blumenthal HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal announced on Thursday that he has asked Congress to stop the tracking of consumers' online activity without their express permission.

Schneiderman focused on consequences of financial crisis

Schneiderman NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - New York Attorney General-elect Eric Schneiderman, in an interview published Thursday, outlined some of his priorities as the state's new top lawyer.

Anti-bullying bill bad for taxpayers, some say

Carroll TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - New Jersey lawmakers, in the wake of a tragic school bullying incident, have passed an anti-bullying law that looks to prevent such acts on campuses, though some argue the proposed legislation means more liability will be placed on taxpayers.

Philadelphia asbestos docket a mix of local and national firms

Angelos PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) - Local law firms seem to make up the majority of Philadelphia's asbestos docket at the Complex Litigation Center, but some regional and national firms also have a presence in the city.

Coakley orders comedian's brother to pay $12M

Coakley BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office has ordered comedian Dane Cook's half-brother and sister-in-law to pay him back $12 million, according to the Portsmouth Herald.