News from April 2011

Schneiderman sues over extended warranties

By Bryan Cohen | Apr 1, 2011

Schneiderman UTICA, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced on Thursday that his office will file a lawsuit against a used car loan broker for allegedly using deceptive business practices.

McKenna sues stethoscope company

By Nick Rees | Apr 1, 2011

McKenna SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) - Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna has filed a lawsuit against an online purveyor of stethoscopes for allegedly violating the state's Consumer Protection Act.

Idaho settlement changes business' practices, costs $10K

By Bryan Cohen | Apr 1, 2011

Wasden BOISE, Idaho (Legal Newsline) - Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced a settlement on Thursday with a company selling services assisting consumers in running their own Internet-based businesses.

Iowa, fundraiser reach $35K agreement

By Bryan Cohen | Apr 1, 2011

Miller DES MOINES, Iowa (Legal Newsline) - Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced a settlement on Thursday with a Michigan-based professional fundraiser accused of violating Iowa's Consumer Fraud Act.

Pharma companies settle Kentucky's AWP suits

By Nick Rees | Apr 1, 2011

Conway FRANKFORT, Ky. (Legal Newsline) - Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway announced a $10.2 million settlement on Wednesday with two pharmaceutical manufacturers over allegations that they published false average wholesale prices for their drugs.

Arguments scheduled in health care challenge

By John O'Brien | Apr 1, 2011

Bondi ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) - A federal appeals court has scheduled arguments in the multistate challenge to federal health care reform.

W.Va. AG says JK Harris in contempt

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Apr 1, 2011

McGraw CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw has filed contempt proceedings against tax relief company JK Harris and its owner, John Harris, for continuing to violate a court order.

Woman can't sue in Kentucky over spilled butter

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Apr 1, 2011

Venters FRANKFORT, Ky. (Legal Newsline) - The Kentucky Supreme Court ruled last week that a woman who slipped while in line for a food buffet on a casino gambling boat cannot sue its owners.

S.D. SC tells insurer to pay for sagging ceiling

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Apr 1, 2011

Meierhenry PIERRE, S.D. (Legal Newsline) - The South Dakota Supreme last week ruled that an insurance provider must cover a business' claim for expenses to fix a sagging ceiling.

Wyo. SC backs arbitrator in horseplay case against BP

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Apr 1, 2011

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Legal Newsline) - The Wyoming Supreme Court last week upheld a lower court's ruling denying a man's motion to have an arbitrator's decision in favor of oil giant BP vacated.

N.M. AG: Governor's spending on ads 'difficult to swallow'

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Apr 1, 2011

King SANTA FE, N.M. (Legal Newsline) - New Mexico Attorney General Gary King, in a letter to Secretary of State Dianna Duran, says he is "concerned" that her interpretation of the state's Campaign Reporting Act is "unnecessarily broad."

Grassley to decide role in opposing judicial nomination

By John O'Brien | Apr 1, 2011

Grassley WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley is clearly not a fan of plaintiffs attorney Jack McConnell becoming a federal judge. But what will the Judiciary Committee's ranking Republican do about it?

Marcellus Shale taps into new legal pocket

By Carrie Ann Cherry | Apr 1, 2011

Klaber CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - Drilling deep under the ground for untapped reserves of natural gas has not only unearthed a rich natural resource, it's also tapped into a new area of the law.

New York's highest court OK with rate increase

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Apr 4, 2011

Graffeo ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - The New York Court of Appeals said in a ruling last week that there was "no evidentiary foundation" to infer that a utility company may have acted imprudently when it decided to increase its rates.

Maine SC upholds BEP wind farm permits

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Apr 4, 2011

AUGUSTA, Maine (Legal Newsline) -- The Maine Supreme Court, in two separate opinions filed last month, upheld the state Board of Environmental Protection's decision to issue permits for the construction of two wind energy farms.

Tennessee paper supports appointment of AG

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Apr 4, 2011

Beavers NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Legal Newsline) -- One Tennessee newspaper says it thinks appointing the state's attorney general, instead of proposed plans to be popularly elected or appointed by the governor, works just fine.

N.Y. AG says Albany company issuing official-looking notices

By Bryan Cohen | Apr 4, 2011

Schneiderman NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has filed a lawsuit against an Albany-based company that allegedly issued thousands of notices designed to look like they were from the New York government.

Mo. AG going after Fla. telemarketer

By Spencer Ham | Apr 4, 2011

Koster JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has filed a lawsuit against a Florida telemarketing company that allegedly solicited calls to individuals on the state's no-call list.

Cleaning companies paying $1.7M in penalties

By Bryan Cohen | Apr 5, 2011

Dow NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow announced on Tuesday that two air duct cleaning companies will pay over $68,000 in consumer restitution and over $1.7 million in civil penalties.

Van Hollen, distributor reach settlement

By Bryan Cohen | Apr 5, 2011

Van Hollen MADSION, Wis. (Legal Newsline) - Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced on Monday that the Wisconsin Department of Judgment had settled an enforcement action against a Madison-based distributor of Kirby Products.

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