News from December 2011

W.Va. SC rejects claim for medical monitoring

By Steve Korris | Dec 2, 2011

Chief Justice Margaret Workman CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - Seven years of searching for witnesses and evidence didn't turn up enough of either to save a suit for medical monitoring of everyone who worked or played at Omar Elementary School in Chauncey, W.Va., since 1964.

Pa. SC decision could affect Philly program

By Jon Campisi | Dec 2, 2011

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) - A Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling this week regarding firefighters in Erie could be felt across the state in Philadelphia.

Congressman sends scathing letter to White House counsel over Solyndra subpoena

By Michael P. Tremoglie | Dec 3, 2011

Ruemmler WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent a scorching letter to White House counsel Kathyrn Ruemmler Thursday regarding a lack of compliance with the committee's subpoena related to Solyndra documents.

Pa. lawmaker behind 'venue shopping' bill discusses legislation

By Jon Campisi | Dec 5, 2011

Cutler PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) - Before getting elected to Pennsylvania's General Assembly five years ago, Bryan Cutler worked in healthcare.

Va. senator already considering run for AG's office

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Dec 5, 2011

Mark Obenshain RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) - Republican state Sen. Mark Obenshain said Friday he is thinking about running for Virginia's Attorney General's Office.

Pa. SC rules against $4M attorneys fees

By Michael P. Tremoglie | Dec 5, 2011

Castille HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Friday that attorneys fees in a class action lawsuit against Kia Motors America were inappropriate.

Kan. AG victorious against paving company

By Bryan Cohen | Dec 5, 2011

Schmidt TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) - Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced on Friday that a Missouri paving company has been banned from doing business in Kansas after allegedly violating the Kansas Consumer Protection Act.

Nev. AG settles suit over mailed advertisements

By Bryan Cohen | Dec 5, 2011

Masto LAS VEGAS (Legal Newsline) - Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto announced a settlement on Friday with a corporate registered agent over allegedly deceptive advertisements sent by mail to corporations prompting them to change registered agents.

Cooper sues roofer

By Bryan Cohen | Dec 5, 2011

Cooper CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) - North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper announced an order on Monday to stop a Charlotte-area roofer from conducting business after he allegedly took money for jobs he never started.

Group joins Ill. AG in opposing rate decrease

By Bryan Cohen | Dec 5, 2011

Madigan CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the Citizens Utility Board filed a response on Monday to prevent a utility company from making a move that would lead to a potential $41.1 million electric rate decrease.

Ore. SC orders Philip Morris to pay state

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Dec 5, 2011

SALEM, Ore. (Legal Newsline) - Cigarette maker Philip Morris USA Inc. must pay the state of Oregon 60 percent of a $79.5 million punitive damages award, plus interest, in a 14-year-old case against the company.

Wis. SC justice wants some discussions to be private

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Dec 5, 2011

Roggensack MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) - One Wisconsin Supreme Court justice says she wants to make some of the Court's discussions more private.

Group files petition with Calif. SC for redistricting referendum

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Dec 5, 2011

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - A citizens group on Friday filed a petition with the California Supreme Court, asking it to prepare for the "likely qualification" of a state Senate redistricting referendum.

Nev. judge: Asbestos firm failed client

By John O'Brien | Dec 5, 2011

Hardy RENO, Nev. (Legal Newsline) - A Nevada judge says an out-of-state asbestos law firm did not do enough to ensure its client was adequately represented.

Obama ready to push for Cordray's confirmation

By John O'Brien | Dec 5, 2011

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - President Barack Obama is reportedly ready to press on with his controversial nomination of former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to head a new federal consumer protection agency.

Drug stores appeal Minn. class action ruling

By John O'Brien | Dec 6, 2011

Glasser MINNEAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) - Several drug stores sued in Minnesota by a West Virginia law firm are appealing a ruling that says the class action lawsuit should be heard in a state court.

Company using recent Ill. SC decision from $43M case

By Steve Korris | Dec 6, 2011

Theis EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - Georgia trailer maker Cottrell Inc., constantly defending Madison County injury suits, aims to test the strength of an Illinois Supreme Court decision that overturned a $43 million judgment in a car crash.

Report: Chesley wants Ky. SC to delay disbarment

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Dec 6, 2011

Chesley FRANKFORT, Ky. (Legal Newsline) - Prominent plaintiffs lawyer Stanley Chesley, who is facing possible disbarment, has asked the Kentucky Supreme Court to consider delaying the process.

Injunction entered in Mo. AG's lawsuit

By Bryan Cohen | Dec 6, 2011

Koster JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced on Monday that his office has obtained a preliminary injunction against a Florida company for allegedly making calls to Missourians on the state's No-Call list.

Idaho AG settles AWP case for $2M

By Bryan Cohen | Dec 6, 2011

Wasden BOISE, Idaho (Legal Newsline) - Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced a $2 million settlement on Tuesday with prescription drug maker Johnson & Johnson to resolve allegations related to the average wholesale prices the company reported.

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