News from July 2010

Proposed rule affects publicly financed W.Va. SC election

By Kyla Asbury | Jul 1, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - The West Virginia State Election Commission has filed a proposed legislative rule that would regulate the state's Supreme Court Public Campaign Financing Pilot Program, which passed the Legislature during the 2010 regular session.

Governors, AGs to stay on sidelines of health care challenge

By John O'Brien | Jul 1, 2010

Rendell PENSACOLA, Fla. (Legal Newsline) - Seven states will not be allowed to participate in the current stage of the lawsuit challenging federal health care reform.

Feds, Cooper join forces for settlement

By Keith Loria | Jul 1, 2010

Cooper NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Legal Newsline) - Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper has reached a $1.8 million settlement with a physical therapy business that allegedly incorrectly billed the Medicare and TennCare and Medicaid programs.

Ohio AG sues escrow service company

By Nick Rees | Jul 1, 2010

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) - Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray has filed a lawsuit against an Illinois-based escrow service company that he alleges defrauded Ohioans out of thousands of dollars.

Scales at issue in N.J. probe

By Keith Loria | Jul 1, 2010

Dow NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - More than 1,600 summonses were been issued by the New Jersey Office of Weights and Measures regarding allegedly inaccurate scales that misweighed items were found during a statewide inspection of jewelry and gold sellers.

Former Ind. AG joins board at CSX

By Nick Rees | Jul 1, 2010

Carter JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) - Pamela Carter, the first African-American woman elected as a state's attorney general, has been appointed to the board of directors at CSX Corporation.

Calif. business will stop work in Oregon

By Keith Loria | Jul 1, 2010

Kroger SALEM, Ore. (Legal Newsline) - Oregon Attorney General John Kroger announced on Thursday that a California-based company has agreed to halt loan modification work in Oregon.

Ten with lengthy tenures

By Legal News Line | Jul 2, 2010

Congress lost its longest-serving member this week when Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., died after 51 years in office. Legal Newsline takes a look at 10 state attorneys general who also became fixtures in office.

Timeshare company to reimburse Vt. customers

By Nick Rees | Jul 2, 2010

MONTPELIER, Vt. (Legal Newsline) - Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell has secured more than $91,000 in consumer refunds from a California-based timeshare company that allegedly violated multiple Vermont laws in arranging to repurchase timeshares.

Md. court sides with Gansler

By Keith Loria | Jul 2, 2010

Gansler BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) - Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler announced on Thursday that the state Court of Special Appeals has upheld a previous finding by his Consumer Protection Division that a modular home seller violated state laws.

Cruise ship issue resolved in Alaska

By Keith Loria | Jul 6, 2010

Sullivan ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Legal Newsline) - Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan announced on Thursday that a lawsuit against the state's excise tax for passengers on cruise ships has been dismissed.

Suthers goes after debt collector

By Keith Loria | Jul 6, 2010

Suthers DENVER (Legal Newsline) - Colorado Attorney General John Suthers has filed charges against a debt collection agency over the company's alleged failure to comply with an administrative order that bars it from debt collecting in the state.

Stenehjem tells non-profit to shape up

By Keith Loria | Jul 6, 2010

Stenehjem BISMARCK, N.D. (Legal Newsline) - North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has issued a cease and desist order against a registered non-profit and its owners for allegedly violating state laws regarding charitable solicitations.

Financial reform moves ahead

By John O'Brien | Jul 6, 2010

Obama WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. House of Representatives last week passed financial reform legislation that President Barack Obama says will result in more protections for consumers.

Gansler settles with home builder

By Keith Loria | Jul 6, 2010

Gansler BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) - Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler announced on Tuesday that his office has reached a $460,000 settlement with a bonding company that allegedly took deposits for new homes that were never built.

Cuomo files discrimination lawsuits

By Keith Loria | Jul 6, 2010

Cuomo NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday that he has filed lawsuits against the owners and managers of residential housing complexes in Brooklyn and Glenville.

Coakley gets TROs against travel companies

By Keith Loria | Jul 6, 2010

Coakley BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced on Tuesday that she has obtained temporary restraining orders against three companies accused of selling fake vacation club memberships.

Sherwin-Williams makes case against $7M verdict

By John O'Brien | Jul 6, 2010

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) - Trellvion Gaines never produced enough evidence to merit a $7 million jury award in a lead paint case, Sherwin-Williams is arguing to the Mississippi Supreme Court.

Texas high court reverses $1.25M award in cattle rustling case

By Steve Korris | Jul 7, 2010

Willett AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) - Jurors in San Saba County took cattle theft too seriously when they awarded $1.25 million in exemplary damages against a rancher for taking 13 head that strayed across a dry river bed, the Supreme Court of Texas ruled on June 25.

Group wants lineup of Col. SC radically changed

By John O'Brien | Jul 7, 2010

Mullarkey DENVER (Legal Newsline) - Three of the Colorado Supreme Court's justices are up for retention this year, and one group wants voters to send them all packing.

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