News from May 2012

Former N.Y. senator sentenced for bribery

By Michael P. Tremoglie | May 1, 2012

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - Former New York State Senator Carl Kruger was sentenced Thursday to seven years in prison for accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes for using his office for official actions benefitting individuals.

Ala. SC makes ruling in cases over $300M Monsanto settlement

By Jessica M. Karmasek | May 1, 2012

Main MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) - The Alabama Supreme Court issued a ruling last week in three related cases over the terms of a $300 million settlement with the Monsanto Company in 2003.

Union sues Indiana, says right-to-work law is slavery

By Michael P. Tremoglie | May 1, 2012

Zoeller HAMMOND, Ind. (Legal Newsline) - The International Union of Operating Engineers on April 18 amended the complaint of a previously filed lawsuit that asks a court to invalidate Indiana's newly enacted right-to-work law.

Mother, daughter accused of penny stock fraud

By Michael P. Tremoglie | May 1, 2012

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The Securities and Exchange Commission charged a mother and daughter and their attorney Monday with a scheme to illegally buy and sell billions of penny stock shares in unregistered transactions.

Wis. SC justice says 'chokehold' never happened

By John O'Brien | May 1, 2012

Prosser MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) - Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser said Monday that he was defending himself from a charging colleague when he made contact with her neck and admitted that he once called the court's chief justice "a total bitch."

Fla. AG asks for public input on how to spend settlement funds

By Jessica M. Karmasek | May 1, 2012

Bondi TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) - Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is asking state residents how best to spend $300 million, recovered on behalf of consumers as part of the nationwide mortgage settlement.

Colo. AG alleges magazine scheme

By Bryan Cohen | May 1, 2012

Suthers DENVER (Legal Newsline) - Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced a lawsuit on Tuesday against Jennifer Proffitt-Payne, Cody Payne and multiple magazines businesses for allegedly engaging in deceptive trade practices.

W.Va. AG wants Ga.-based company to stop doing business in state

By Bryan Cohen | May 1, 2012

McGraw WINFIELD, W. Va. (Legal Newsline) - West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw filed a lawsuit on Monday against a major distributor of the ingredients used to manufacture synthetic designer drugs that are available widely throughout West Virginia.

Scam artists hitting North Dakota, AG says

By Bryan Cohen | May 1, 2012

Stenehjem BISMARCK, N.D. (Legal Newsline) - North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem warned consumers about a fake check scam on Thursday in which scam artists use checks to defraud consumers that are supposedly from a North Dakota government agency.

Justice Dept. obtains settlement with mortgage broker

By Michael P. Tremoglie | May 1, 2012

Perez WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The Department of Justice announced April it settled its lawsuit against the Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation for violation of the Fair Housing Act.

Tenth Circuit: Ponzi scheme perpetrator owes $4.7M

By Michael P. Tremoglie | May 1, 2012

DENVER (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit has affirmed a Utah federal court that entered a judgment against a company for a Ponzi scheme.

EPA sanctions Columbia sportswear

By Michael P. Tremoglie | May 2, 2012

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) - Columbia Sportswear Company of Portland, Ore., was sanctioned by the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday.

Coors' appeal of Puerto Rico decision denied by First Circuit

By Michael P. Tremoglie | May 2, 2012

Rotunda BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Coors Brewing Company's appeal of a ruling by the U.S. District Court of Puerto Rico was denied Friday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Fifth Circuit dismisses misrepresentation claim against insurer

By Jessica M. Karmasek | May 2, 2012

Clement NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) - A federal appeals court last week ordered a district court to dismiss a man's claim for negligent misrepresentation against an insurer.

Second Circuit affirms dismissal of claims against Merck

By Jessica M. Karmasek | May 2, 2012

Lohier NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - A federal appeals court, in a ruling Tuesday, upheld a lower court's dismissal of claims against Merck Sharp and Dohme Corporation, the manufacturer of prescription drug Fosamax.

W.Va. AG has raised $38K from private attorneys he hired

By John O'Brien | May 2, 2012

McGraw CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - After the latest round of campaign finance reports, private attorneys who were hired to do state work by West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw have given more than 40 percent of the amount he has raised.

Sixth Circuit dismisses class action over personal information release

By Jessica M. Karmasek | May 2, 2012

Zatkoff CINCINNATI (Legal Newsline) - A federal appeals court this week upheld the dismissal of a proposed class action lawsuit over the distribution of personal information from a state's motor vehicle records.

W.Va. gov candidate says EPA head should resign

By Michael P. Tremoglie and Chris Dickerson | May 2, 2012

Maloney MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - West Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Maloney is demanding Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin call for the firing of Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson.

Calif. court affirms asbestos award, calls company 'reprehensible'

By John O'Brien | May 2, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - A California appeals court has ruled that a $4.5 million punitive damages award in an asbestos lawsuit was not excessive.

Maine SC: Roadside sign could be cause of accident

By Jessica M. Karmasek | May 2, 2012

Silver AUGUSTA, Maine (Legal Newsline) - The Maine Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a jury could "rationally find" that a roadside sign proximately caused a man's motorcycle accident.

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