News from January 2010

BP asks Alaska lawsuit be tossed

By Kathy Woods | Jan 1, 2010

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Legal Newsline)-In a hearing before Judge Peter Michalski of the state Superior Court, Jeff Feldman, attorney for BP Oil Company, urged the judge to throw out part of the state's $1 billion lawsuit for the 2006 pipeline spills in the Prudhoe Bay oil field.

Relief sought for N.H. customers who prepaid for home heating oil‏

By Nick Rees | Jan 4, 2010

CONCORD, N.H. (Legal Newsline) - Attorney General Michael Delaney has filed a petition for injunctive relief and petition for ex parte attachment against an Exeter-based home heating oil company.

Restraining order obtained against wood-pellet company

By Nick Rees | Jan 4, 2010

Andrew Cuomo (D) BUFFALO, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - A temporary restraining order has been obtained by Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo against a western New York wood-pellet fuel company that failed to deliver any products or refunds after he had previously sued for the company for taking over $200,000 for consumers.

Goddard rejects call to probe Senate health care deal

By Chris Rizo | Jan 4, 2010

Terry Goddard (D) PHOENIX, Ariz. (Legal Newsline)-Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has requested that the state's attorney general join his counterparts in at least 13 other states -- all Republicans -- in reviewing the legality of the proposed federal health care overhaul.

Cooley considers run for California attorney general

By Chris Rizo | Jan 4, 2010

Steve Cooley (R) LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline)-Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley says he's considering a run for California attorney general.

AGs offer support to FDA

By John O'Brien | Jan 4, 2010

Bruning WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The nation's state attorneys general say they are looking forward to working with the federal Food and Drug Administration as a new law being challenged by tobacco companies takes effect.

Montana justices uphold Dram Shop provision

By Chris Rizo | Jan 4, 2010

John Warner HELENA, Mont. (Legal Newsline)-The six months time limit for anyone planning to sue a Montana bar over a drunken driving crash is legal, a divided state Supreme Court ruled.

Revised judicial rules coming to Nevada

By Chris Rizo | Jan 4, 2010

Nevada Supreme Court building CARSON CITY, Nev. (Legal Newsline) -A Revised Code of Judicial Conduct is coming to Nevada, following adoption last month by the state Supreme Court.

Ala. AG still objects to Nebraska healthcare deal

By John O'Brien | Jan 4, 2010

King MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) - One of the 13 state attorneys general considering a challenge to the healthcare bill is calling what he says is an offer made by U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson "unacceptable."

Brown, Cuomo, Biden named politicians to watch in 2010

By Chris Rizo | Jan 4, 2010

Jerry Brown (D-Calif.) WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-Three state attorneys general are among the 25 politicians to watch this year, according to Politico.

Lawsuits filed against four Missouri businesses over bogus auto warranties‏

By Nick Rees | Jan 4, 2010

Chris Koster (D) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) - Attorney General Chris Koster, as part of his ongoing crackdown on the sale of bogus auto warranty products, has filed lawsuits against four additional businesses.

Democrat blasts AG Abbott over stance on Senate health care bill

By Chris Rizo | Jan 4, 2010

Barbara Ann Radnofsky (D) AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline)-Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is wrong to consider possible legal action over a deal that got Senate Democrats their final 60th vote on a federal health care overhaul, his Democratic challenger says.

Three estate planning co.'s agree to settlements over use of non-lawyers‏

By Nick Rees | Jan 4, 2010

John Kroger (D) SALEM, Ore. (Legal Newsline) - Settlements have been announced by Oregon Attorney General John Kroger that require three estate planning companies to pay $18,400 in fees and restitution and prohibits them from using non-lawyers to prepare living trusts.

Cuomo settles with H&R Block

By John O'Brien | Jan 4, 2010

Cuomo NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - H&R Block will refund at least $11.4 million to its customers as a result of a settlement with New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.

Tennessee AG sues Colombian cigarette company over unpaid fees

By Chris Rizo | Jan 5, 2010

Bob Cooper (D) NASHVILLE (Legal Newsline)-Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper is suing a Colombian cigarette manufacturer over unpaid fees on smokes sold in his state.

Missouri justices reject gun club's appeal

By Kathy Woods | Jan 5, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline)-A Missouri couple who filed a nuisance lawsuit against Cedar Creek Rod and Gun Club, and won a judgment of $700,000, will get to keep their award.

Calif. SC to hear long-running airport access case

By Chris Rizo | Jan 5, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline)-The long-running legal battle between the city of Los Angeles and the International Society for Krishna Consciousness will reach the California Supreme Court on Wednesday.

Eighth Circuit says no to W.Va. class action

By John O'Brien | Jan 5, 2010

Murphy ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) - A three-judge panel of federal appellate judges will not allow a class action against Bayer Corp. to proceed in a state court in West Virginia.

McKenna seeks public records overhaul

By Chris Rizo | Jan 5, 2010

Rob McKenna (R) OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline)-Hoping to reduce costly litigation over denied public records requests, Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna is seeking to overhaul the state's Public Records Act.

Nevada justices seek reelection

By Kathy Woods | Jan 5, 2010

Jim Hardesty CARSON CITY, Nev. (Legal Newsline)-Nevada Supreme Court Justices Jim Hardesty and Ron Parraguirre are seeking another six-year term on the Silver State's highest court.

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