News from June 2011

Ala. SC overturns summary judgment for pharmacy

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jun 1, 2011

Bolin MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) - The Alabama Supreme Court has reversed a lower court's judgment in favor of Publix Super Markets over a change in the dosage of a woman's prescription.

Davis plan to run for W.Va. Supreme Court in 2012

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jun 1, 2011

Davis CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis announced Wednesday she is running for re-election in 2012.

Kloppenburg concedes Wis. SC race

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jun 1, 2011

Kloppenburg MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) -- Wisconsin Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg conceded defeat to incumbent state Supreme Court Justice David Prosser in a press conference Tuesday.

W.Va. AG stops funeral home from selling preneed contracts

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jun 1, 2011

McGraw CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) -- West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw has enjoined an Elkview-area funeral home and its owner from selling or providing preneed funeral contracts.

N.J. condo association settles over tenant discrimination

By Bryan Cohen | Jun 1, 2011

Dow TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow and the Division on Civil Rights announced on Wednesday that a settlement has been reached with a South Jersey condominium association that allegedly discriminated against tenants.

Mass. AG says piano man is out of tune

By Bryan Cohen | Jun 1, 2011

Coakley BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the owner of a piano store for allegedly advertising multiple false "going out of business" sales.

Indiana AG looking to suspend real estate licenses of two fraudulent property managers

By Bryan Cohen | Jun 1, 2011

Zoeller INDIANAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) - Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced on Tuesday that he has filed petitions for summary suspension to suspend the real estate licenses of two central Indiana property managers.

Colo. SC upholds $18M Qwest verdict

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jun 1, 2011

Martinez DENVER (Legal Newsline) -- The Colorado Supreme Court has upheld a jury award of $18 million in exemplary damages against Qwest Services Corp. for its "willful and wanton" failure to implement a periodic pole inspection program.

Del. SC affirms ruling for school district

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jun 1, 2011

Ridgely DOVER, Del. (Legal Newsline) -- The Delaware Supreme Court last month affirmed a lower court's ruling in favor of a school district after a woman fell on the school's parking lot.

Class action cy pres awards give judges a slush fund, critic argues

By Michael P. Tremoglie | Jun 2, 2011

Judge Richard Posner calls cy pres awards "purely punitive." The use of unclaimed funds from class action settlements to fund non-profit organizations is a common legal practice.

No intervention needed from Wis. SC, Dane County DA argues

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jun 2, 2011

Walker MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) - Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne said Wednesday the Wisconsin Supreme Court no longer needs to intervene in the ongoing legal challenge over Gov. Scott Walker's controversial Budget Repair Bill.

Idaho store not responsible for sidewalk

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jun 2, 2011

Jones BOISE, Idaho (Legal Newsline) - The Idaho Supreme Court ruled Friday that a shopping center tenant did not owe its shoppers a duty to keep a sidewalk reasonably safe when the sidewalk was not part of its leased premises.

Minn. AG asks utilities board for action

By Bryan Cohen | Jun 2, 2011

Swanson SAINT PAUL, Minn. (Legal Newsline) - Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson asked the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday to suspend a Texas-based energy company's tiered pricing program pending further study.

Wash. AG, deed company reach agreement

By Bryan Cohen | Jun 2, 2011

McKenna SPOKANE, Wash. (Legal Newsline) - Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna announced on Wednesday that his office has reached a settlement with a deed company that allegedly sent out notices to Washington residents requesting money.

Jepsen disappointed with regulators' decision

By Bryan Cohen | Jun 2, 2011

Jepsen HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen announced Wednesday that he was "disappointed" that state utility regulators claimed no legal authority to review a merger of two utility companies.

Installer not liable for garage door injury

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jun 2, 2011

Saufley AUGUSTA, Maine (Legal Newsline) - The Maine Supreme Court, in a ruling last week, upheld the judgment of a jury determining the installer of an overhead garage door was not liable for a man's injuries.

Kan. SC rules on retaliatory discharge claims

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jun 2, 2011

Biles TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) - The Kansas Supreme Court last week ruled that a lawsuit may be brought against an employer for retaliatory discharge when an employee claims he or she was fired for filing a claim under the state's Wage Payment Act.

Ore. SC upholds $8M judgment against insurers

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jun 3, 2011

SALEM, Ore. (Legal Newsline) -- The Oregon Supreme Court has upheld an $8 million judgment in a class-action lawsuit against a group of insurance companies.

S.D. SupCo tells judge who called police 'racists' to retire

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jun 3, 2011

Fuller PIERRE, S.D. (Legal Newsline) -- The South Dakota Supreme Court has ordered a circuit court judge to retire after he admittedly referred to city police officers as a "bunch of racists" during a proceeding last year.

Iowa AG files suit against for-profit fundraising company

By Bryan Cohen | Jun 3, 2011

Miller DES MOINES, Iowa (Legal Newsline) - Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller filed a lawsuit on Friday against a for-profit disabilities fundraising company that allegedly lied in soliciting funds.

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