News from September 2010

Health systems company pays $2.7M in Georgia

By Keith Loria | Sep 1, 2010

Baker ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) - Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker announced on Monday that he has reached a $2,738,000 settlement with a health systems company that allegedly filed false reimbursements in its Medicaid billing.

Locksmiths in trouble in North Carolina

By Keith Loria | Sep 1, 2010

Cooper RALEIGH, N.C. (Legal Newsline) - North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper announced on Tuesday that he has obtained court orders to permanently ban a network of locksmiths and has fined those involved more than $1.2 million.

Gym reaches settlement with Abbott

By Keith Loria | Sep 1, 2010

Abbott AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott on Tuesday announced that his office has secured a deal with a fitness center that allegedly deceived its customers with fake past-due bills.

Bankruptcy judge blocking Brown's lawsuit

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Sep 1, 2010

Brown SACRAMENTO (Legal Newsline) - A bankruptcy judge on Tuesday indicated he would block California's lawsuit against former California Public Employees Retirement System board member Alfred Villalobos.

Botox settlement worth $600M

By Keith Loria | Sep 1, 2010

Kroger SALEM, Ore. (Legal Newsline) - Oregon Attorney General John Kroger announced on Wednesday that a health care company will pay $600 million to the federal government and all 50 states over the alleged off-label marketing of Botox.

Health care initiative taken off Fla. ballot by state Supreme Court

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Sep 1, 2010

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) - A measure intended to let voters voice opposition to the federal health care overhaul has been taken off Florida's Nov. 2 ballot by the state Supreme Court.

Dow assesses $75K penalty

By Keith Loria | Sep 1, 2010

Dow NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow announced on Wednesday that she has assessed a $75,000 civil penalty against a broker-dealer that allegedly failed to reasonably supervise its agents and keep accurate records.

Va. SC selects new chief justice

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Sep 1, 2010

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) - Virginia Supreme Court Justice Cynthia D. Kinser has been elected as the next chief justice of the state Supreme Court.

Del. couple can sue water company over broken fire hydrant

By John O'Brien | Sep 2, 2010

Jacobs DOVER, Del. (Legal Newsline) - The Delaware Supreme Court has ruled for a couple that watched its house burn down because a paramedic broke the fire hydrant closest to it.

Company must pay for selling yo-yo waterballs

By Keith Loria | Sep 2, 2010

Dow NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow announced on Tuesday that a court has awarded more than $67,000 in a judgment against an Indiana-based company that allegedly sold a banned toy in the state.

Ind. SC says woman complied with med-mal regulations

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Sep 2, 2010

Boehm INDIANAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) - The Indiana Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a woman who left a hospital on crutches, after her request for a wheelchair was denied, and subsequently fell attempting to exit the lobby.

Bitter asbestos issue leads to bitterness on Miss. SC

By John O'Brien | Sep 2, 2010

Graves JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) - A divided Mississippi Supreme Court has decided a judge was right to buy the story of asbestos attorneys in a "he said, he said" dispute over a private settlement conference, with a group of resentful dissenters lamenting the long-term effects of the decision.

Madigan sues online company

By Keith Loria | Sep 2, 2010

Madigan SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed a lawsuit against an online Calif. business that allegedly signed up thousands of Illinois consumers without their consent.

Food company settles over previous settlement terms

By Keith Loria | Sep 2, 2010

Koster JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has announced a settlement with the owner of 11 animal feeding operations in Northwest Missouri to protect the state's water and air.

AMA takes stand against trial lawyer tax break

By John O'Brien | Sep 2, 2010

Geithner WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The American Medical Association says a possible tax break for trial lawyers will encourage more lawsuits and increase the cost of health care.

AG Brown increases spending on ads

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Sep 3, 2010

Brown SACRAMENTO (Legal Newsline) - California Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown has booked more than $1 million in airtime on television stations around the state next week, according to campaign media buyers.

Report: Wall Street supporting Dinallo for N.Y. AG

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Sep 3, 2010

Dinallo NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - Wall Street seems to be backing the right-hand man of former New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer for the post in November, according to a recent analysis of campaign contributions.

Miss. media gets access to Hood/State Farm settlement

By John O'Brien | Sep 3, 2010

Hood JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) - A group of Mississippi media outlets will be granted access to state Attorney General Jim Hood's settlement in a lawsuit State Farm Insurance Cos. brought against him.

McGraw settles with two out-of-state debt companies

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Sep 3, 2010

McGraw CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) -- West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw announced Friday his office has reached agreements with two out-of-state debt collection firms to halt their services in West Virginia, cancel consumers' debts and pay fines.

Suthers holds strong lead in re-election bid

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Sep 3, 2010

Suthers DENVER (Legal Newsline) - Incumbent Colorado Attorney General John Suthers has a sizable lead on his opponent, Democrat Stan Garnett, according to recent poll results.

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