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W.Va. SC: Senator's election opponent must be removed from ballot

Deem CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, in a brief, three-page order Wednesday, ruled that a state lawmaker's election opponent must be removed from the May primary ballot.

HUD accuses Bank of America of discrimination

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is accusing Bank of America of discriminating against homebuyers with disabilities.

W.Va. SC extends Apex rule to high-ranking corporate officials

Workman CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals last week granted an insurer's writ seeking prohibition of a circuit court's order requiring its CEO to submit to depositions.

Koster resolves suit against animal rescue

Koster JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced a consent judgment on Wednesday against Donna Palen and Jenifer Dickson for alleged violations of the Animal Care Facilities Act.

N.Y. AG settlement yields restitution for restaurant workers

Schneiderman NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a settlement on Tuesday with Veranda, a restaurant and lounge in Manhattan, resolving allegations that it allegedly underpaid workers and unjustly terminated employees.

W.Va. judge could be confirmed to federal court next week

Groh WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - One legal observer says West Virginia judge Gina Groh's nomination to a federal court could be confirmed as early as next week.

DOJ publishes first environmental justice report

Holder WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)- The Justice Department announced Monday that it published its first annual progress report on environmental justice.

EPA rules force power plant closures

HOUSTON (Legal Newsline) -- GenOn Energy says it expects to deactivate 3,140 megawatts of generating capacity in eight power plants between June 2012 and May 2015 "because forecasted returns on investments necessary to comply with environmental regulations are insufficient."

Drug companies settling multistate claims

Schneiderman NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced settlements totaling $28 million on Tuesday with two pharmaceutical companies that allegedly violated Medicaid regulations.

DeWine suing magazine seller, gyms

DeWine YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (Legal Newsline) - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced lawsuits on Wednesday against New Beginning Enterprises Inc., a magazine seller, as well as the owner of three Newark-area gyms for alleged consumer violations.

Christie: All requested info on SC nominees turned over

Christie TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday he has turned over to the state Senate all requested information on his two Supreme Court nominees.

Obama administration favors interests of plaintiffs' lawyers, says critic

Samp WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A lawyer for the Washington Legal Foundation said the Obama administration "tends to favor the interests of plaintiffs' lawyers who want more opportunities to sue corporations."

AGs won't intervene in Civic Hybrid settlement

Harris SAN DIEGO (Legal Newsline) - Five state attorneys general will not intervene in a proposed settlement that would result in coupons for affected customers and $8.5 million for the attorneys who pursued the case.

McGraw talks about mortgage settlement on legal show

McGraw CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw admitted Thursday a $25 billion settlement with the nation's five largest mortgage servicers is not perfect, but said it will help many struggling state homeowners.

Tenn. AG obtains temporary order

Cooper NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Legal Newsline) - Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper announced on Friday that a temporary order has been obtained against a group alleged to have unlawfully collected thousands of dollars from consumers inside and outside the state.

ATRA expresses support for Miss. AG reform bill

Hood JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) - A Washington, D.C.-based tort reform group recently wrote Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood about a bill that would change the way the State hires private attorneys to represent it.

Idaho AG settles with Utah law firm

Wasden BOISE (Legal Newsline) - Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced a settlement on Thursday with Corvus Law Group LLC, resolving allegations that the firm used direct mail ads that violated the Idaho Consumer Protection Act.

TRO entered against Mass. oil company

Coakley BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced a temporary restraining order on Thursday against an Oxford oil company that allegedly left families in the cold during the holiday season.

Ind. AG alleges Super Bowl scam

Zoeller INDIANAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) - Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller filed two lawsuits on Thursday against two Arizona-based home rental companies for allegedly scamming Hoosiers.

Va. SC rules in favor of university in case over climate professor

Cuccinelli RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) - The Virginia Supreme Court on Friday sided with the University of Virginia in a probe of one of its former professor's climate research.