News from May 2010

Office Depot to pay restitution in Missouri

By Nick Rees | May 1, 2010

Koster JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has obtained a consent judgement against Office Depot, Inc., over allegations that the company violated Missouri's Merchandising Practices Act.

Cooper, gas station file price-gouging settlement

By Nick Rees | May 1, 2010

Cooper NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Legal Newsline) - Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper has settled with a gasoline retailer in Knoxville over allegations of price gouging during Hurricane Ike in 2008.

Three settle asbestos-removal allegations

By Nick Rees | May 1, 2010

Coakley BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has reached settlement agreements with three companies alleged to have illegally removed, transported and disposed of asbestos-containing industrial ovens.

Obama calls for campaign finance reforms amid court ruling

By Chris Rizo | May 1, 2010

Barack Obama (D) WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday urged Congress to pass electoral reforms aimed at limiting corporate influence in political campaigns.

Clinton dismisses Supreme Court speculation

By Chris Rizo | May 3, 2010

Hillary Clinton (D) WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, dismissing widespread speculation, said she is not interested in an appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Hood's attorneys will get full $10M

By John O'Brien | May 3, 2010

Hood JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) - Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering has again lost a challenge to attorneys fees paid to private attorneys hired to represent the state by Attorney General Jim Hood.

9th Circuit greenlights Goddard's lawsuit over theater accommodations

By Chris Rizo | May 3, 2010

Terry Goddard (D) PHOENIX, Ariz. (Legal Newsline)-A federal appeals court has breathed new life into a lawsuit filed by Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard, ruling that the Democrat can sue a movie theater owner to install special equipment for people with hearing and vision disabilities.

Third Circuit's sports-betting decision will stand

By John O'Brien | May 3, 2010

Markell WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear the state of Delaware's appeal of a ruling that prevents gambling on games in sports organizations other than the NFL.

Gulf State AGs meet to talk strategy over BP oil spill

By Chris Rizo | May 3, 2010

Greg Abbott AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline)-A group of five state attorneys general have formed the bipartisan Gulf States Coalition to coordinate their legal efforts to the increasing oil spill spreading off their coastlines.

Change coming on N.J. SC

By John O'Brien | May 3, 2010

Wallace TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has decided to change state Supreme Court justices, opting to replace Justice John Wallace.

Harris, Cooley nab newspaper nods in Calif. AG race

By Chris Rizo | May 3, 2010

Kamala Harris (D) SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline)-Kamala Harris, the San Francisco district attorney running for California attorney general, is capturing major newspaper endorsements in the Democratic race to be the state's next chief legal officer.

Wood pellet suit ends in settlement

By Nick Rees | May 3, 2010

Blumenthal HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal announced on Monday that a pellet company and its owners will pay at least $55,000 in restitution to consumers over allegations that it failed to deliver on prepaid wood pellets.

Dow settles with auto repair chain

By Nick Rees | May 3, 2010

Dow NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow announced a $250,000 settlement on Monday with an auto repair chain alleged to have charged consumers for repair work that was not actually performed.

Wal-Mart settles Calif. environmental claims for $27 million

By Chris Rizo | May 3, 2010

Jerry Brown (D) SAN DIEGO (Legal Newsline)-Wal-Mart, the nation's largest retailer, has agreed to pay more than $27 million to settle claims the company violated California environmental laws in how it handled hazardous materials.

UBS settles class action suit

By John O'Brien | May 3, 2010

Cox LANSING, Mich. (Legal Newsline) - Michigan's public pension fund is one of the shareholders that will benefit from a recent settlement reached by Swiss bank UBS.

Court rejects Pfizer appeal in Celebrex shareholder lawsuit

By Chris Rizo | May 3, 2010

U.S. Supreme Court building WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dealt pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. a major legal blow, rejecting its appeal of a securities lawsuit over its pain medication Celebrex.

Missouri AG asked to opine on 'constitutional crisis'

By Chris Rizo | May 3, 2010

Chris Koster (D) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline)-A Republican state senator in Missouri said Monday that the state's Democratic governor and former attorney general has sparked a constitutional crisis.

Fall at W.Va. coal mine not company's fault

By Steve Korris | May 3, 2010

Davis CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - Former driller Kyle Ramey can't blame his employer for an 80-foot fall at a Logan County coal mine, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals ruled on April 15.

Referendum on Calif. greenhouse law appears headed for voters

By Chris Rizo | May 3, 2010

Kamala Harris (D) SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline)-California voters will likely be asked in the November general election if the state's greenhouse gas law should be put on hold for rosier economic times, a postponement the Democratic frontrunner for attorney general, Kamala Harris, said Monday would be a colossal mistake.

Blumenthal: Brothel business booming on craigslist

By John O'Brien | May 4, 2010

Blumenthal HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - A 39-state coalition wants to know if classified advertisement Web site craigslist is combatting prostitution ads.

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