News from November 2011

Fear of mesothelioma prompts suit against Illinois Central Railroad

By Kelly Holleran | Nov 1, 2011

Gavin BELLEVILLE, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - A former railroad employee alleges he developed a non-cancerous disease after working near asbestos throughout his nearly 40-year career.

Rig workers who pleaded the Fifth settle with Transocean

By Steve Korris | Nov 1, 2011

Barbier NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) - Deepwater Horizon rig owner Transocean and five workers settled personal injury suits that the workers undercut by pleading Fifth Amendment privilege against self incrimination.

Woman takes another shot at Wal-Mart class action

By Michelle Keahey | Nov 1, 2011

Scalia DALLAS (Legal Newsline) - Four months after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to certify a nationwide class action lawsuit against Wal-Mart, a former plaintiff has initiated a class action against the retail giant that could include up to 45,000 female Texas employees.

Van Hollen takes on meat company

By Bryan Cohen | Nov 1, 2011

Van Hollen MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) - Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced on Monday that his office filed an enforcement action against a Stevens Point meat company for alleged violations of consumer protection laws.

Ohio company settles pollution allegations

By Bryan Cohen | Nov 1, 2011

DeWine AKRON, Ohio (Legal Newsline) - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced a settlement on Monday with an Akron dry cleaning business that allegedly violated Ohio's air pollution control laws.

Iowa hog-feeding operation penalized

By Bryan Cohen | Nov 1, 2011

Miller FORT MADISON, Iowa (Legal Newsline) - Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced on Monday that a Lee County judge has penalized a Wever hog-feeding operation for alleged water pollution and animal feeding operation violations.

Ill. AG files lawsuit over train derailment

By Bryan Cohen | Nov 1, 2011

Madigan CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Bureau County State's Attorney Patrick Herrmann announced a lawsuit on Monday against Iowa Interstate Railroad Ltd. for alleged environmental violations.

N.J. group says Philly's problems spreading

By John O'Brien | Nov 1, 2011

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - A new report says southern New Jersey's business owners are worried about the legal climate they're facing.

Autoparts worker petitions NLRB against union

By Michael P. Tremoglie | Nov 1, 2011

Mix LEVITTOWN, NY (Legal Newsline) - An automobile parts manufacturing worker petitioned the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to halt an unpopular local union from collecting dues and representing him and his coworkers.

Ohio appealing ruling in case against credit rating agencies

By John O'Brien | Nov 1, 2011

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - Attorneys for five Ohio pension funds are not accepting a ruling that dismissed former state Attorney General Richard Cordray's lawsuit against the three major credit rating agencies.

Drug stores: No excuse for delay in class action

By John O'Brien | Nov 1, 2011

Glasser MINNEAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) - A group of drug stores is objecting to a federal magistrate judge's recommendation that a class action lawsuit filed against it by a West Virginia firm should be heard in state court.

BP, Transocean question U.S. government's role in oil spill

By Steve Korris | Nov 2, 2011

Barbier NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) - Deepwater Horizon operator BP and rig owner Transocean, trading blame for last year's oil spill, aim to drag Uncle Sam into the dispute.

DeWine weighs in on brine treatment permits

By Bryan Cohen | Nov 2, 2011

DeWine COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced on Tuesday that he has determined that certain permits governing treatment and disposal of brine from oil and gas wells were not issued legally.

Wis. chief justice says court drama is in past

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Nov 2, 2011

Abrahamson WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. (Legal Newsline) - Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson says the Court will focus on rebuilding the public's trust and confidence this term.

Mo. AG announces consent judgment against dog breeder

By Bryan Cohen | Nov 2, 2011

Koster JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced a consent judgment on Wednesday against a Ray County dog breeder for alleged violations of the Animal Care Facilities Act and the Canine Cruelty Prevention Act.

Coakly announces judgment against real estate attorney

By Bryan Cohen | Nov 2, 2011

Coakley BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced on Friday that a Marblehead real estate attorney has been found liable for his involvement in a foreclosure rescue scheme.

Another opening on Oregon Supreme Court

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Nov 2, 2011

Durham SALEM, Ore. (Legal Newsline) - Oregon Supreme Court Justice Robert Durham says he will not run for reelection.

Texas AG says Obama, EPA need to cool it with regulations

By John O'Brien | Nov 2, 2011

Abbott AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is wondering why the federal government isn't using his state's plan as a model for creating jobs.

Ky. woman chases Mothman event after injuries

By Lawrence Smith | Nov 2, 2011

A Mothman statue in Point Pleasant POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - A Kentucky woman's fall at an event celebrating the mythical Mothman of West Virginia has resulted in a lawsuit against its co-hosts.

Third Circuit again tosses fine over Super Bowl nip-slip

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Nov 2, 2011

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) - A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld its decision to throw out a fine against CBS Corp. for the "nine-sixteenths of one second" exposure of Janet Jackson's breast during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show.

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