News from February 2010

Nevada SC rules in long-running water case

By Kathy Woods | Feb 1, 2010

Nevada Supreme Court building CARSON CITY, Nev. (Legal Newsline)-The Nevada Supreme Court reversed a district court ruling, saying that state engineer at the time, Hugh Ricci, violated his statutory duty by failing to rule on Southern Nevada Water Authority's water appropriation application within one year.

Former W.Va. SC Justice Maynard running for Congress

By John O'Brien | Feb 1, 2010

Maynard CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - Former West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Elliott "Spike" Maynard announced Monday that he is running for Congress.

Asbestos firm argues against amicus briefs

By John O'Brien | Feb 1, 2010

Robert Peirce WHEELING, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - A Pittsburgh law firm accused of conspiring to fabricate an asbestos exposure claim says several groups shouldn't be permitted to file amicus briefs in the case.

Tobacco company challenges states' authority

By Chris Rizo | Feb 1, 2010

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline)-General Tobacco, which owes the states approximately $284.5 million and faces delisting, said Monday that the company feels protected after an Arkansas judge said the company's brands cannot be taken off store shelves there over its failure to make payments under the multistate Master Settlement Agreement.

Brown raises big bucks for gubernatorial bid

By Chris Rizo | Feb 1, 2010

Jerry Brown (D) SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-California Attorney General Jerry Brown had more than $12 million campaign cash-on-hand as of the end of the year, campaign finance disclosures indicate.

Michigan AG fights utility rate increase‏

By Nick Rees | Feb 1, 2010

Mike Cox (R) LANSING, Mich. (Legal Newsline) - Appearing before the Michigan Public Service Commission, state Attorney General Mike Cox on Monday proposed a reduction of Wisconsin Electric Power Company's $42.1 million rate hike by at least $18.8 million.

Mass. meal delivery companies agree to settlements

By Nick Rees | Feb 1, 2010

Martha Coakley (D) BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Settlement agreements have been reached by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley with four restaurant meal delivery companies.

Texas AG takes aim at BlueHippo

By Chris Rizo | Feb 1, 2010

Greg Abbott (R) AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) - The Texas attorney general is suing a finance company over allegedly defrauding credit-challenged consumers who sought to purchase computers and related equipment.

Cuomo halts Citibank's fees plan

By John O'Brien | Feb 1, 2010

Cuomo NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and Citibank have reached an agreement that will prevent the company from charging fees on free checking accounts.

AG's lawsuit targets Ohio auto repair shop

By Nick Rees | Feb 1, 2010

Richard Cordray (D) COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) - Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray has filed a lawsuit against a Columbus, Ohio-based collision repair shop for multiple violations of the state's Consumer Sales Practices Act and Do Not Call law.

Louisiana AG in talks with NFL over 'Who Dat'

By Chris Rizo | Feb 1, 2010

Buddy Caldwell (D) BATON ROUGE, La. (Legal Newsline)-Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has been asked by the state's governor to look into a possible lawsuit over the use of a popular New Orleans Saints football team phrase.

Calif. GOP primary turns ugly

By Chris Rizo | Feb 1, 2010

Steve Poizner (R) SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-The California governor's race turned especially ugly Monday, with state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner calling for state and federal investigations of his rival in the Republican primary.

Baltimore company issued cease-and-desist over unregistered securities‏

By Nick Rees | Feb 1, 2010

Doug Gansler (D) BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) - A Baltimore company that offers unregistered secured notes backed by real estate in advertisements in a local paper widely read by seniors has been issued a cease-and-desist order by Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler's office.

Louisiana AG brokers end to 'Who Dat' spat

By Chris Rizo | Feb 1, 2010

Buddy Caldwell (D) BATON ROUGE, La. (Legal Newsline)-The National Football League on Monday acknowledged that it does not have exclusive copyright ownership of a popular New Orleans Saints football rallying cry, Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell told Legal Newsline.

Cordray offers services to small businesses

By John O'Brien | Feb 2, 2010

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) - Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray said Tuesday he is starting an initiative to help small businesses from scams.

Lawsuit filed against unlicensed W.Va. funeral home‏

By Nick Rees | Feb 2, 2010

Darrell McGraw (D) CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw has filed a lawsuit against an unlicensed funeral home that allegedly misappropriated funds.

Montana AG testifies before Senate panel on campaign finance

By Chris Rizo | Feb 2, 2010

Steve Bullock (D) WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock will appear before a U.S. Senate panel today to discuss the implications of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on campaign finance.

New Mexico AG petitions court over land exchange

By Kathy Woods | Feb 2, 2010

Gary King (D) SANTA FE, N.M. (Legal Newsline)-New Mexico Attorney General Gary King has petitioned the state Supreme Court, asking the justices to stop the White Peak land exchange.

Blumenthal issues opinion to possible successor

By John O'Brien | Feb 2, 2010

Blumenthal HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - Simply being a member of the Connecticut Bar Association likely doesn't mean an attorney may run for attorney general, state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal wrote to a candidate Tuesday.

D.C. one step closer to AG elections

By John O'Brien | Feb 2, 2010

Nickles WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The District of Columbia City Council has again voted to end the process that allows D.C.'s mayor to nominate its attorney general.

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