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Suit over clubhouse settled in Maryland

Gansler BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) - Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler announced on Tuesday that his office has reached a settlement with a construction company that allegedly reneged on its promise to build a clubhouse for the Hunters Brooke community.

Koster files suit over underground tanks

Koster NEW MADRID, Mo. (Legal Newsline) - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced on Monday that he has filed a lawsuit against a man who allegedly violated the state's Underground Storage Tank law.

Ala. AG: Oil spill master complaint is optional

Strange NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) - Speaking at a Feb. 25 status conference for the multidistrict litigation surrounding the BP oil spill, plaintiffs attorneys sought to reassure states and municipalities of their sovereignty when it comes to filing claims.

Proper debt collection is legal, Mo. group reminds

Koster GROVER, Mo. (Legal Newsline) - The Missouri Collectors Association, following a report by the Attorney General's Office that debt collection is the state's top consumer complaint, says debt collection is not a scam.

Olens looking for more transparency

Olens ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) - Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens is looking to strengthen and clarify the state's current Open Records and Open Meetings laws.

Dow suing work-at-home company

Dow NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow announced on Wednesday that she has filed a lawsuit against a work-at-home company and its owner, alleging that they defrauded state consumers.

Barn owner pays for asbestos burning

Van Hollen MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) - Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced on Wednesday that he has reached a $17,000 settlement with the owner of a barn who was allegedly party to burning that barn, violating environmental laws in the process.

W.Va. SC will hear arguments on med-mal caps

Chief Justice Margaret Workman CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - Winners of a $629,000 judgment in a medical malpractice trial will plead for more at the Supreme Court of Appeals, claiming a cap on their recovery violates the West Virginia Constitution.

Pa. bill would let doctors apologize

Turzai HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) - Legislation that would allow doctors to apologize without worrying if it will come up in court has passed Pennsylvania's House of Representatives.

UPS settles lawsuit over truck quality

Schneiderman ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced on Tuesday a $1.3 million settlement with United Parcel Service.

Almost 100K false claims to oil spill fund, Feinberg says

Feinberg NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) - Gulf Coast Claims Administrator Kenneth Feinberg told a group of foreign journalists Monday that close to 100,000 claims submitted as a result of the BP oil spill "lack proof."

W.Va. Senate passes appellate court bill

Kessler CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) -- The push for an intermediate appellate court is now headed to the House of Delegates.

Madigan sues law firm

Madigan CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced on Tuesday that she has filed a lawsuit against a national legal firm that allegedly charged upfront fees for its debt settlement services, but went back on its promises.

Workers' Comp decision upheld in Alaska

Fabe JUNEAU, Alaska (Legal Newsline) - The Alaska Supreme Court has affirmed the decision of the state Workers' Compensation Appeals Commission that denied a Wal-Mart employee's claim for disability benefits.

Ala. SC: Trial court asked for 'volunteers' to serve on jury

Woodall MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) - The Alabama Supreme Court has overturned an $8.5 million verdict against Ford Motor Company.

McKenna settles with debt relief company

McKenna SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) - Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna announced on Thursday that his office has reached an $800,000 settlement agreement with a debt relief company that allegedly violated the state's Consumer Protection and Debt Adjusting acts.

Group says Calif. SC decision causing confusion

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - The president of the Civil Justice Association of California is asking the state Supreme Court to consider making certain rulings prospective only, pointing to a recent decision by the court.

W.Va. House passes bill for funding SC elections

Chief Justice Margaret Workman CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - The West Virginia House of Delegates has passed a bill that would increase fees on court filings and lawyers to help fund state Supreme Court elections.

Contractor not subject to liability cap, Colo. SC rules

Rice DENVER (Legal Newsline) - The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that a bus driver was not a public employee entitled to immunity under the state's Governmental Immunity Act and that his employer also wasn't entitled to it.

Conn. utility department fines AT&T

Jepsen HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - Connecticut utility regulators have put one of the state's largest telecommunications companies on notice that the safety of its citizens cannot be ignored, state Attorney General George Jepsen said in a statement Wednesday.