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Coakley says insurance company should pay over bridge collapse

Coakley SUFFOLK, Mass. (Legal Newsline) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced a lawsuit on Wednesday against an insurance company for allegedly failing to compensate the state after a bridge in Grafton collapsed due to shoddy construction work.

Miss. SC reverses part of decision in underwriting case

King JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) - The Mississippi Supreme Court last week reversed part of a lower court's decision in a case over a state underwriting association's request to assess its members to cover losses following Hurricane Katrina.

Ark. SC rules clerk's signature on summons was valid

Corbin LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) - The Arkansas Supreme Court last week affirmed a lower court's order upholding a default judgment and damages of more than $700,000 in a case hinging on the validity of a circuit clerk's signature.

Attorney indicted for hiding assets in Switzerland

PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) - Former San Diego attorney Christopher M. Rusch and two Phoenix-area clients have been charged with conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service.

Feds collect fine from GM for Superfund cleanup

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - The federal government has entered into a an agreement with a successor trust to the Chapter 11 debtor Motors Liquidation Company ("Old GM"), formerly known as General Motors Corporation.

Wis. AG sues Travel Services, Inc.

Van Hollen MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) - Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced a complex forfeiture action on Wednesday against two companies and their principals for allegedly violating laws governing solicitations and misleading representations.

Calif. AG pleased with legislation targeting debt buyers

Harris SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced on Tuesday her happiness that the state Senate has passed legislation that would protect consumers from unfair practices of debt collection.

Keep Fair Housing Act strong, AGs argue to U.S. SC

Coakley WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Twelve state attorneys general have joined in an amicus brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in a case involving the Fair Housing Act.

Conn. SC: Physician's opinion in med mal case detailed enough

Palmer HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that a written opinion in a medical malpractice case satisfies the "detailed basis" requirement of a state statute.

D.C. high court tackles government contacts principle

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The District of Columbia's highest court said last week that a person who uses the government as an "instrumentality of fraud," causing unwarranted government action against another, forfeits the protection of a government contacts principle.

Coakley, Cuccinelli to debate health care law

Coakley WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Two state attorneys general will square off in a discussion next week about the constitutionality of President Barack Obama's federal health care law.

Pa. SC won't meddle with Philly forum-shopping

Cutler HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will not intervene in the Philadelphia courts system, which a pharmaceutical company says is actively encouraging out-of-state lawsuits.

Ore. AG says he's backing settlement with banks

Kroger SALEM, Ore. (Legal Newsline) - Oregon Attorney General John Kroger said Wednesday he plans to join a settlement with the nation's top mortgage servicers.

EPA prosecutes New England companies for Clean Air Act violations

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Two New England companies that store and distribute hazardous chemicals will pay more than $179,000 in penalties and donate about $43,000 worth of equipment and training, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday.

DOJ settles with health system over ADA violation

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- The Department of Justice has reached a settlement with the Henry Ford Health System to resolve a complaint filed alleging HF failed to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

NRC won't grant exemptions to nuclear plant

Schneiderman NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Wednesday that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has sided with his office by rejecting Indian Point's request for more than 100 exemptions from major fire safety requirements.

Md. company proposes $19.5 million asbestos settlement

COLUMBIA, Md. (Legal Newsline) - A Maryland-based company at the center of thousands of asbestos-related claims announced this week a proposed $19.5 million settlement has been reached between it and those sickened by exposure at a former plant in Montana.

Wash. AG touts consumer protection efforts

McKenna SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) - Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna said Thursday that his office's Consumer Protection Division saved the public more than $4 million in 2011 while fielding approximately 40,000 calls, 23,000 letters and 450 walk-ins.

Ill. AG files suit over foreclosure documents

Madigan CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced a lawsuit on Thursday against Nationwide Title Clearing for allegedly filing faulty documents with county recorders in Illinois.

Mo. AG says tobacco payment loophole causing big problems

Koster JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says the state legislature's inaction on a tobacco payment loophole has placed the state in "terrible and unnecessary peril."