News from March 2010

Feds, seven states settle debit charges suit

By Nick Rees | Mar 1, 2010

Cooper RALEIGH, N.C. (Legal Newsline) - North Carolina consumers will receive $1.8 million in refunds from a processor who allegedly aided phony merchants in debiting consumers' bank accounts, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper has announced.

Abbott files suit against developer

By Nick Rees | Mar 1, 2010

Abbott McALLEN, Texas (Legal Newsline) - A South Texas developer has been charged by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott with defrauding first-time home buyers by unlawfully selling homes saddled with undisclosed liens.

Blumenthal: Drug companies 'addicted to profits'

By Nick Rees | Mar 1, 2010

Blumenthal HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has called for legislation to require limitations on and disclosure of gifts to doctors from pharmaceutical drug companies.

Vt. Senate votes against Entergy, Miss. AG questions $1.3B transfer

By John O'Brien | Mar 1, 2010

Hood MONTPELIER, Vt. (Legal Newsline) - The Vermont Senate decided Wednesday not to grant Entergy Corp. a 20-year extension on its current license to operate a nuclear power plant in the state.

Texas appeals court: More evidence needed in asbestos case

By John O'Brien | Mar 1, 2010

FORT WORTH, Texas (Legal Newsline) - A Texas appeals court has agreed with a lower court's ruling that the plaintiffs in an asbestos suit could not show that Kelly-Moore Paint Co. helped cause a deceased man's mesothelioma.

Democratic AGs call for consumer protection agency

By Chris Rizo | Mar 2, 2010

Lisa Madigan (D) WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-A group of Democratic state attorneys general are calling on the U.S. Senate to pass legislation to create a national consumer protection watchdog agency, but warning lawmakers not to limit AGs' powers in the process.

'Land of Enchantment' in 'Hellhole': Tort reform group calls New Mexico's appeals court 'pro-liability'

By Kelly Holleran | Mar 2, 2010

Justices of the New Mexico Court of Appeals. Top row: Linda M. Vanzi, Michael E. Vigil, Roderick T. Kennedy, Robert E. Robles, Timothy L. Garcia. Bottom row: Jonathan B. Sutin, James J. Wechsler, Cynthia A. Fry, Michael D. Bustamante, Celia Foy Castillo To tourists, New Mexico's heavenly vistas make it the "Land of Enchantment," but to legal reform advocates, the state's appeals court makes it a hellhole.

Wash. window company agrees to greater transparency in sales

By Nick Rees | Mar 2, 2010

McKenna SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) - Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna, as part of an ongoing effort to encourage transparency in the marketing of window sales, has reached a settlement agreement with Penguin Windows.

Wis. fiber mill settles air pollution violations

By Nick Rees | Mar 2, 2010

Van Hollen WAUSAU, Wis. (Legal Newsline) - The owners of a fiber mill screening processing facility in Ringle, Wis., have agreed to a settlement with state Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen over violations of state air pollution laws.

Coakley, motorcycle insurers settle

By Nick Rees | Mar 2, 2010

Coakley BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Settlements have been reached by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley with four auto insurance companies over allegations that they overcharged Massachusetts consumers for motorcycle insurance.

Rent-A-Center settles collection practices suit

By Nick Rees | Mar 2, 2010

McKenna SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) - Rent-A-Center has agreed to a settlement with Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna, seven months after being sued for allegedly crossing the line with its collection tactics.

Brown to announce run for Calif. governor

By Chris Rizo | Mar 2, 2010

Brown (D) SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-California Attorney General Jerry Brown on Tuesday is widely expected to officially announce he wants to be governor once again.

Entergy: Hood's 'unrelated' releases getting old

By John O'Brien | Mar 2, 2010

Hood JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) - Entergy Corp. says Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood should have contacted them before putting out a press release that questioned a transfer of $1.3 billion to the company's nuclear power wing.

Utah AG takes football antitrust case to Holder, Varney

By Chris Rizo | Mar 2, 2010

Holder WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-Big legal troubles could be in store for the college football playoff system that the Utah attorney general says disadvantages his and other states.

Duke prof says AG Cuomo helped cause financial crisis

By John O'Brien | Mar 2, 2010

Cuomo DURHAM, N.C. (Legal Newsline) - The way Duke University professor and former North Carolina gubernatorial candidate Michael Munger sees it, there can be only two reasons New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is suing Bank of America -- and neither of them are good.

New judge for Fourth Circuit

By John O'Brien | Mar 3, 2010

Keenan RICHMOND (Legal Newsline) - Virginia Supreme Court Justice Barbara Milano Keenan has been unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate and will become the next judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Very close race leads to GOP runoff for Texas Supreme Court seat

By Marilyn Tennissen | Mar 3, 2010

Green There will be a runoff in the GOP for a seat on the Texas Supreme Court, but exactly which Republicans will be on the ballot is still up in the air.

Coakley opposes Workers' Comp rate hike

By Nick Rees | Mar 3, 2010

Coakley BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has announced her opposition to a more than 4 percent raise to workers' compensation premiums requested by the insurance industry.

Zoeller doesn't want to settle East Chicago lawsuit

By Nick Rees | Mar 3, 2010

Zoeller INDIANAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) - Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has voiced strong opposition to the settling of a lawsuit by the city of East Chicago with a for-profit entity that earned $16 million in casino revenue over 10 years.

Blumenthal pleased with Anthem situation

By Nick Rees | Mar 3, 2010

Blumenthal HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - Following an agreement with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has announced that every county in the state now has a hospital participating in the state's health plan for the uninsured.

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