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Ecuadorian spokeswoman: Chevron motion sign of 'desperation'

Kaplan NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - A spokeswoman for the Ecuadorian plaintiffs suing Chevron Corp. says a new order filed by a federal judge is part of a "conspiracy" between the company and the judge to prevent enforcement of a $18 billion judgment against the oil giant.

Report: Cuccinelli eyeing governor's office

Cuccinelli RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) - Sources say Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli next week will unveil his plans to run for governor in 2013.

Gansler says lawyer not licensed

Gansler BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) - Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler announced on Thursday that he has issued a cease and desist order against an allegedly unlicensed lawyer and his business for illegally providing professional services.

Coakley sues five national banks

Coakley BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced a lawsuit on Thursday against five national banks for allegedly pursuing illegal foreclosures on properties in Massachusetts, as well as deceptive loan servicing.

Report: Schneiderman investigating military foreclosures

Schneiderman ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is reportedly looking into what could be illegal mortgage foreclosure practices by banks on active-duty military members.

Conn. AG sues over dietary supplements

Jepsen HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - Attorney General George Jepsen and the Federal Trade Commission announced a lawsuit on Thursday against three Branford-based companies over Internet marketing and sales practices that allegedly violated federal and state law.

Health insurer, Mich. AG reach Medigap agreement

DETROIT (Legal Newsline) - Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and a health insurance provider have reached an agreement to continue Medigap benefits to Michigan's Medicare beneficiaries through at least August 2016.

Texas AG pushes to avoid interim redistricting maps

Abbott WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says the federal Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division is delaying preclearance of his state's redistricting maps.

Lawyer for accused killer files complaint against Hood

Hood JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) - The lawyer for a man accused of killing a Catholic priest has filed a complaint alleging ethics violations by Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood for airing a campaign commercial that, he says, tainted the jury pool.

Ga. SC calls attorneys greedy, disbars them

Hunstein ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) - The Georgia Supreme Court has disbarred two attorneys found to have used "runners," non-lawyer third-parties who referred clients to their practice.

N.J. court validates bear management policy

Martin TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - Animal rights groups suffered a setback as the Appellate Division of the New Jersey state Superior Court upheld the state's Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy.

Lafarge must create environmental executives as condition of EPA settlement

Giles RESTON, Va. (Legal Newsline) - The Environmental Protection Agency has settled with Lafarge North America Inc., a large construction materials supplier in the United States and Canada, as well as four of its U.S. subsidiaries, to resolve alleged Clean Water Act violations.

House passes bill that reins in NLRB

Kline WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) The U.S. House of Representatives has passed The Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act, legislation that its sponsor says will allow employers to participate in fair union election processes.

Report: Iowa AG files pollution suit

Miller DES MOINES, Iowa (Legal Newsline) - Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller is suing a Muscatine-based grain processing facility for allegedly violating numerous pollution control laws.

Vt. court imposes $10K penalty in campaign finance suit

MONTPELIER, Vt. (Legal Newsline) - Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell announced a court decision on Friday ordering an advocacy organization to pay a $10,000 civil penalty for alleged campaign finance law violations.

BP to pay $426,500 penalty

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced Tuesday that several subsidiaries of the energy giant BP America Inc. have agreed to pay a $426,500 penalty.

Minn. SC dismisses lawsuit over budget impasse

Gildea ST. PAUL, Minn. (Legal Newsline) - The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed as moot a petition filed by a group of Republican state senators looking to block a lower court from authorizing any spending during a government shutdown.

Conyers questions Mich. emergency manager law

Conyers WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - U.S. Rep. John Conyers sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday, asking him to review Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's emergency manager law.

Report: N.Y. state judges seeking $23,000 pay raise

ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - New York's state judges are reportedly pushing for a nearly $25,000 pay raise.

Mo. AG sues payday lenders

Koster JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced the filing of lawsuits on Thursday in Cole County against two Internet payday lenders for allegedly lending money to Missouri consumers without registering with the state.