News from October 2011

Texas AG secures reimbursem ent from roofing contractor

By Bryan Cohen | Oct 1, 2011

Abbott SINTON, Texas (Legal Newsline) - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced on Friday that a Rosenberg-based roofing contractor has agreed to reimburse all homeowners who improperly paid the company's "liquidated damages" contracts.

Tenn. AG's settlement provides $1.1M in restitution

By Bryan Cohen | Oct 1, 2011

Cooper NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Legal Newsline) - Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper and Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs Director Gary Cordell announced a $300,000 agreement on Wednesday with a company alleged to have sold fake health insurance.

R.I. AG shuts down pair of companies

By Bryan Cohen | Oct 1, 2011

Kilmartin PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) - Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin announced on Friday that his office has prevailed in shutting down two allegedly fraudulent mortgage modification companies and securing $5,500 in restitution for three consumers.

Va. AG appeals ObamaCare ruling

By John O'Brien | Oct 1, 2011

Cuccinelli WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is the latest to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear arguments over federal health care reform.

Calif. AG steps out of mortgage settlement talks

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Oct 3, 2011

Harris SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - California Attorney General Kamala Harris has reportedly backed out of ongoing settlement talks with the nation's top mortgage servicers.

W.Va. GOP serves notice on redistricting documents

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Oct 3, 2011

Stuart CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - The West Virginia Republican Party, anticipating future litigation, on Friday provided written notice to various state offices asking that all documents related to redistricting be preserved.

W.Va. SC rules in favor of county on sick leave

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Oct 3, 2011

Ketchum CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals ruled last week that a circuit court order awarding more than $400,000 to former Cabell County Jail employees be reversed.

Appellate judges take sting out of Illinois opinion

By Steve Korris | Oct 3, 2011

Castleman SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - Illinois Fourth District appellate judges withdrew a stinging opinion that rejected conspiracy evidence in McLean County mesothelioma trials, and they replaced it with a kinder and gentler rejection.

Coakley, Jepsen want lower electric rates

By Bryan Cohen | Oct 3, 2011

Coakley BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley filed a complaint on Friday with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeking to lower the rates electric transmission companies charge New England ratepayers.

Borders sold customer data to Barnes & Noble

By Bryan Cohen | Oct 3, 2011

Kelly HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) - Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly urged state consumers on Monday to review their privacy rights related to the sale of customer information gathered by the defunct Borders book store chain.

Cranberry grower ordered to pay $50K

By Bryan Cohen | Oct 3, 2011

MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) - Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced on Monday that the owners and operators of a cranberry operation near Tomah have been ordered to pay $50,000 for violations of state wetland protection laws.

Sixth Circuit rules for defendant in asbestos suit

By John O'Brien | Oct 3, 2011

Batchelder CINCINNATI (Legal Newsline) - A federal appeals court has rejected the theory that each and every exposure to asbestos a person experiences significantly contributes to his or her chances of getting mesothelioma.

Okla. AG stumps for pipeline in letter to Clinton

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Oct 3, 2011

Pruitt OKLAHOMA CITY (Legal Newsline) - Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt on Friday expressed his support for the TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline.

Miss. SC overturns sanctions against med-mal plaintiff

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Oct 3, 2011

Lamar JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) - The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled last week that a trial court erred in dismissing a man's second medical malpractice claim against a doctor and hospital.

Ind. AG sues two out-of-state companies

By Bryan Cohen | Oct 4, 2011

Zoeller CROWN POINT, Ind. (Legal Newsline) - Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced lawsuits on Tuesday against two credit repair and foreclosure consultant companies for allegedly taking advantage of Lake County consumers.

N.J. AG unhappy with chimney cleaning company

By Bryan Cohen | Oct 4, 2011

Dow NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow and the state Division of Consumer Affairs announced a lawsuit on Monday against a chimney cleaning and repair company.

Solyndra employed no union workers, according to bankruptcy petition

By Steve Korris | Oct 4, 2011

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) - President Obama's former favorite green enterprise, solar panel maker Solyndra, employed as many union members as an aircraft plant he won't let Boeing build in South Carolina: zero.

Solyndra bankruptcy trustee proposes taking over if execs keep invoking Fifth

By Steve Korris | Oct 4, 2011

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) - U.S. bankruptcy trustee Roberta DeAngelis proposes to take over management of solar panel maker Solyndra if its leaders keep pleading Fifth Amendment privilege against self incrimination.

W.Va. high court says Pep Boys didn't violate federal law

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Oct 4, 2011

Ketchum CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals last week upheld a circuit court's ruling in favor of a popular tire and auto parts chain.

Ill. court says utility can't charge extra fee

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Oct 4, 2011

Madigan CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) - An Illinois appellate court ruled last week that Peoples Gas cannot charge Chicago residents an extra fee to foot the bill for replacing old gas mains.

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