News from December 2011

Ark. AG suing roofing company

By Bryan Cohen | Dec 6, 2011

McDaniel LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) - Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel filed a consumer protection lawsuit on Tuesday against a Fayetteville roofing company that allegedly failed to deliver on promised roof repairs.

Indiana has payment plan for State Fair tragedy

By Bryan Cohen | Dec 6, 2011

Zoeller INDIANAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) - Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced the payment plan on Tuesday for distributing the maximum $5 million in tort claim funds to victims of the Indiana State Fair tragedy.

Calif. SC upholds $13.8 million award against Philip Morris

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Dec 6, 2011

Croskey SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - The California Supreme Court has declined to review a state appeals court's decision upholding a $13.8 million punitive damages award to a woman who died of lung cancer.

Plaintiff can't link harmful asbestos exposure to defendant, court rules

By Michael P. Tremoglie | Dec 6, 2011

Robreno PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) - U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno granted summary judgment Thursday for the defendant in a case transferred from California as part the asbestos multidistrict litigation in Pennsylvania's eastern district.

Utah AG: Boise State's exclusion from BCS bowl helps suit

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Dec 6, 2011

Shurtleff SALT LAKE CITY (Legal Newsline) - Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff reportedly thinks Boise State University football team's exclusion from a Bowl Championship Series game strengthens a lawsuit he plans to file against the BCS.

AGs teaming for foreclosure investigation

By John O'Brien | Dec 6, 2011

Harris LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) - California Attorney General Kamala Harris and her colleague in Nevada, Catherine Cortez Masto, have begun a joint investigation into misconduct and fraud in the mortgage industry.

Wis. AG obtains judgment over manure spill

By Bryan Cohen | Dec 7, 2011

Van Hollen MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) - Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced a judgment against a Barron County feeding operation on Tuesday that requires it to pay $34,000 in restitution, fees, forfeitures and costs.

Mass. developer paying $200K over timber harvesting

By Bryan Cohen | Dec 7, 2011

Coakley BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced a $200,000 order against a Leominster-based developer for alleged wetlands and timber harvesting violations.

Ind. chief justice retiring

By John O'Brien | Dec 7, 2011

Shepard INDIANAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) - Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall Shepard is retiring from the bench.

Alpha to pay $210M for UBB disaster

By Chris Dickerson | Dec 7, 2011

Goodwin CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - The Justice Department on Tuesday announced an agreement with Alpha Natural Resources totaling nearly $210 million in payments connected to the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine disaster.

Carlisle prosecutor entering Pa. AG race

By Jon Campisi | Dec 7, 2011

Freed CARLISLE, Pa. (Legal Newsline) - The top law enforcer in one central Pennsylvania county has announced his bid to become the next top prosecutor in the commonwealth.

Democratic PAC wants Cordray confirmed

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Dec 7, 2011

Cordray WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A Democratic political action committee is pushing for the confirmation of former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray as head of a new federal consumer protection agency.

Va. delegate throws hat in AG race

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Dec 7, 2011

Bell RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) - Republican state Delegate Robert B. Bell announced Tuesday he is running for the Virginia Attorney General's Office in 2013.

Report: Mass. AG asks Congress to investigate banks

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Dec 7, 2011

Coakley WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley on Tuesday urged Congress to investigate Ally Financial Inc. and its subsidiary, GMAC Mortgage.

Ill. AG suing sauna company

By Bryan Cohen | Dec 7, 2011

Madigan CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced a lawsuit on Tuesday against a Sycamore company that traveled the country selling saunas at local home shows and festivals but allegedly failed to deliver the saunas.

Contractors draw N.D. AG's attention

By Bryan Cohen | Dec 7, 2011

Stenehjem BISMARCK, N.D. (Legal Newsline) - North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem announced legal action on Tuesday against four contractors in Dickinson for alleged violations discovered during random compliance checks last month.

Maine SC refuses to sanction GMAC in foreclosure case

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Dec 7, 2011

AUGUSTA, Maine (Legal Newsline) - The Maine Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hold that a lower court "exceeded its discretion" in not finding loan servicer GMAC Mortgage in contempt when it sanctioned Fannie Mae for submitting a bad faith affidavit.

Pa. AG brings additional charges against Sandusky

By Jon Campisi | Dec 7, 2011

Kelly HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) - Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly has lodged additional charges against Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State University assistant football coach who stands accused of sexually abusing young boys over the period of a decade.

New fund paying foreclosure rescue fraud victims

By Bryan Cohen | Dec 8, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) - Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced on Thursday that more than 70 victims of foreclosure rescue fraud will receive payments totaling $60,000 from the newly created Consumer Protection Assistance Fund.

Conn. AG wants administrator to oversee utility pole network

By Bryan Cohen | Dec 8, 2011

Jepsen HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen and Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson urged state utility regulators on Wednesday to appoint an independent administrator to manage and oversee authority of the state's utility pole network.

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