News from July 2011

Does Cy Pres Have a Future?

By Michael P. Tremoglie | Jul 1, 2011

Frank Some have described the cy pres doctrine, as applied to civil litigation, as a slush fund.

Report: Ky. AG candidate's record-keeping in question

By John O'Brien | Jul 1, 2011

P'Pool FRANKFORT, Ky. (Legal Newsline) - Kentucky officials have reportedly twice warned attorney general candidate Todd P'Pool about his record-keeping while working as Hopkins County Attorney.

Bill would overturn N.J. SC's drunk-driving decision

By John O'Brien | Jul 1, 2011

Amodeo TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - Legislation has been introduced in New Jersey's legislature that would overturn a state Supreme Court decision that argued lawsuits against bars by drunk drivers can deter drunk driving.

Consent judgment entered against telemarketer

By Bryan Cohen | Jul 1, 2011

Koster JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced a consent judgment on Thursday against a Florida-based telemarketing company and its owner for alleged violations of state telemarketing and telephone solicitation laws.

Conn. AG shares concerns with Staples

By Bryan Cohen | Jul 1, 2011

Jepsen HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen sent a letter to Staples Inc. on Thursday over security concerns about used and refurbished products sold by Staples Canada Inc.

Lawmaker announces run for Mont. AG

By Bryan Cohen | Jul 1, 2011

Laslovich HELENA, Mont. (Legal Newsline) - Jessie Laslovich, the chief legal counsel for the Montana auditor's office, has filed his paperwork to run in the 2012 race for Montana attorney general.

Wash. AG's Yucca Mt. challenge ruled premature

By John O'Brien | Jul 1, 2011

McKenna WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Though a federal appeals court ruled against him in a dispute over a nuclear waste repository, Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna says the case is far from over.

Oil spill plaintiffs committee having trouble with responses

By Steve Korris | Jul 5, 2011

Duffy NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) - Lawyers leading litigation over the Deepwater Horizon explosion can't wriggle out of answers to sharp questions, U.S. Magistrate Judge Sally Shushan decided on June 24.

Judge waits for Ill. SC on Tillery subpoenas

By Steve Korris | Jul 5, 2011

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - U.S. Magistrate Judge Byron Cudmore won't open records of private groups to class action lawyer Stephen Tillery unless the Illinois Supreme Court does.

W.Va. gubernatorial candidates talk legal reform

By Chris Dickerson | Jul 5, 2011

Maloney CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - The Republican candidate for governor says West Virginia's courts and legal system are "in urgent need of repair," but acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says he has worked hard to improve the state's legal climate and attract business to the state.

Mo. AG signs No-Call agreement

By Bryan Cohen | Jul 5, 2011

Koster JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced on Thursday that he has signed an agreement with a Palm Beach, Fla., company after it allegedly made No-Call list violations.

Health insurer to pay $100K over data breach

By Bryan Cohen | Jul 5, 2011

Zoeller INDIANAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) - Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced Tuesday that his office has reached a settlement with a health insurer that will pay the state $100,000.

N.J. AG fines 25 moving companies

By Bryan Cohen | Jul 5, 2011

Dow NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - New Jersey Attorney General Paula T. Dow announced Tuesday the results of a sting operation targeting unlicensed and uninsured moving companies.

La. jury awards $1.5M in asbestos case

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jul 6, 2011

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) - An Orleans Parish Civil District Court jury last week awarded $1.5 million in general damages to a man who contracted mesothelioma, a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.

Builder owed no duty of care to subcontractor's employee

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jul 6, 2011

Greene ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Legal Newsline) - The Maryland Court of Appeals, in a ruling last month, found that a building company was not negligent in the death of a subcontractor's employee.

Miss. SC orders new trial in wrongful death case

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jul 6, 2011

Waller JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) - The Mississippi Supreme Court has ordered a new trial in a wrongful death lawsuit against a roofing company.

Pa. class action lacks standing

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jul 6, 2011

Eakin HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court, in a ruling last month, said a construction company and its owner lack standing under state law to challenge a health insurer's corporate actions.

Mo. AG files two air conservati on lawsuits

By Bryan Cohen | Jul 6, 2011

Koster JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced two air conservation lawsuits on Tuesday against a St. Louis-based man and a Lawson, Mo.-based company and its facility manager.

Pa. AG suing Okla. companies

By Bryan Cohen | Jul 6, 2011

Kelly HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) - Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly announced a consumer protection lawsuit on Wednesday against two Oklahoma-based companies over alleged violations of the state's Do Not Call list.

Calif. chief justice makes two appointments

By Nick Rees | Jul 6, 2011

Cantil-Sakauye SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - Two California associate justices have been appointed to chair the Judicial Council's Executive and Planning Committee and the Rules and Projects Committee.

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