News from 2012

Appeals court grants stay of new pollution rule

By Bryan Cohen | Jan 2, 2012

Abbott AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced a decision on Friday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to grant the state's request to stay the cross-state air pollution rule.

Wis. AG reaches $60K settlement

By Bryan Cohen | Jan 2, 2012

Van Hollen MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) - Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced on Friday that his office has reached a $60,000 settlement with an Oconomowoc business to resolve alleged environmental violations.

Rug manufacturer settles with DOJ

By Michael P. Tremoglie | Jan 3, 2012

DALTON, Ga. (Legal Newsline) - The Justice Department announced a settlement with Garland Sales Inc., a Georgia rug manufacturer, involving allegations that it required unnecessary documentation for workers of Hispanic origin.

Financial services firm pleads guilty to municipal bond fraud

By Michael P. Tremoglie | Jan 3, 2012

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - A financial products and services firm and its founder and owner have pleaded guilty to bid-rigging and fraud conspiracies involving investment of municipal bond proceeds and other related municipal finance contracts.

Companies settle dumping allegations

By Bryan Cohen | Jan 3, 2012

Kilmartin SMITHFIELD, R.I. (Legal Newsline) - Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin announced a settlement on Friday between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and several companies that allegedly dumped waste at a site in Smithfield.

Mont. SC upholds ban on direct corporate contributions

By John O'Brien | Jan 3, 2012

Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock represented the State. HELENA, Mont. (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 ruling on corporate campaign spending is not in conflict with a state election law in Montana, the state's supreme court has ruled.

Biden not happy with health care merger

By Bryan Cohen | Jan 3, 2012

Biden WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) - Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden released a statement on Friday following the Delaware Department of Insurance's approval of a proposal affiliation between BlueCross BlueShield Delaware and Highmark Inc.

Mass. AG proposes amendments to charities regulations

By Bryan Cohen | Jan 3, 2012

Coakley BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley unveiled amendments on Thursday to regulations governing the registration and filing requirements for particular religious organizations that are also public charities.

Bondi says Fla. SC should decide foreclosure question

By Bryan Cohen | Jan 3, 2012

Bondi TALAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) - Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi requested Friday that the Fourth District Court of Appeal certify that its recent decision in a foreclosure case includes a question ripe for consideration by the state Supreme Court.

Obama sidesteps GOP, appoints head of consumer agency

By John O'Brien | Jan 4, 2012

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - President Barack Obama is forcing through a controversial nomination while Senate Republicans who blocked a vote on it are in recess.

Three Swiss bankers indicted for $1.2B conspiracy

By Michael P. Tremoglie | Jan 4, 2012

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York has indicted three Swiss bankers for conspiring to hide more than $1.2 billion in assets from the IRS.

Hawaii judge fines sheet metal workers union over deposition

By Michael P. Tremoglie | Jan 4, 2012

HONOLULU (Legal Newsline) - A Hawaii federal judge has fined a sheet metal workers union, its principal officer and its attorney for violating the Court's earlier orders.

UPDATE: GOP senator not OK with Obama's recess appointment

By John O'Brien | Jan 4, 2012

Shelby WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama started with a joke in his response to President Barack Obama skipping Senate approval for one of his nominees, but ultimately does not appear to find much humor in the situation.

WSJ: Mass. AG wrong to file foreclosure lawsuit

By John O'Brien | Jan 4, 2012

Coakley BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - The Wall Street Journal slammed Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley in an editorial Tuesday, claiming her lawsuit against five national banks is politically motivated.

Conn. AG pleased with decision to review merger

By Bryan Cohen | Jan 4, 2012

Jepsen HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen praised state utility regulators on Wednesday for a draft decision that would allow a state review of the proposed merger of Northeast Utilities and NSTAR.

CEO of debt collector pledges changes to industry

By Bryan Cohen | Jan 4, 2012

McGraw TULSA, Okla. (Legal Newsline) - Bill Bartmann, the chief executive officer of the Tulsa-based debt-collection agency CFS II, and other debt collectors have started a national reform initiative and have created a debt collector pledge.

N.J. AG's office in transition period

By Bryan Cohen | Jan 4, 2012

Dow TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - Approximately three weeks after a nomination from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a Senate panel will consider confirming Jeff Chiesa as the next state attorney general on Thursday.

Ecuadorian court upholds $18B judgment against Chevron

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jan 5, 2012

QUITO, Ecuador (Legal Newsline) - An Ecuadorian appellate court has upheld an $18 billion judgment against Chevron Corp. for the company's "intentional contamination" of the country's rainforest.

Calif. appeals court rules insurance agent is independent contractor

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jan 5, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - A California appeals court, in a ruling Friday, held that a company's insurance agent was properly classified as an independent contractor in a putative class action.

Judge grants 6 percent charge to lawyers for oil spill settlements

By Steve Korris | Jan 5, 2012

Barbier NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) - U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier exiled Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell from Deepwater Horizon litigation and granted plaintiff lawyers a 6 percent charge on $14 billion in future settlements at BP's Gulf Coast Claims Facility.

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