News from July 2013

Judge hears arguments in Wash. AG's case against flower shop owner

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jul 1, 2013

PROSSER, Wash. (Legal Newsline) -- Last week, a Washington state judge heard oral arguments in a case against a florist who allegedly violated the state's Consumer Protection Act by discriminating against a customer on the basis of his sexual orientation.

Report: Utah House to vote on creating committee to investigate AG Swallow

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jul 1, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY (Legal Newsline) -- Utah lawmakers will vote this week on a resolution to create a special committee to investigate Attorney General John Swallow and the growing list of allegations against him.

Report: Va. AG could be subpoenaed in case against governor's ex-chef

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jul 1, 2013

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) -- Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli could be hit with a subpoena, forcing him to testify in an embezzlement case against the Executive Mansion's former chef.

Huckabee's former legal counsel running for Ark. AG

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jul 1, 2013

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) -- Mike Huckabee's legal counsel when he was running for president, and when he was governor of Arkansas, is making a run for Arkansas attorney general.

R.I. AG announces completion of hospital conversion application for Landmark, Prime

By Bryan Cohen | Jul 1, 2013

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) - Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and the Rhode Island Department of Health announced Friday that the hospital conversion initial application for Prime Healthcare Services and Landmark Medical Center was deemed complete.

Report: N.H. AG says office's budget, staff need a boost

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jul 1, 2013

CONCORD, N.H. (Legal Newsline) -- New Hampshire Attorney General Joe Foster says with better funding and more staff, his office could save the state the expense of hiring outside attorneys in most cases.

New Jersey AG announces agreement with allegedly fraudulent Superstorm Sandy charity

By Bryan Cohen | Jul 1, 2013

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - New Jersey Acting Attorney General John Hoffman announced an agreement Friday with a Superstorm Sandy charitable organization that allegedly misled the public by diverting donated funds into personal accounts.

N.D. AG announces success of Minot contractor compliance checks

By Bryan Cohen | Jul 1, 2013

BISMARCK, N.D. (Legal Newsline) - North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem announced the success Friday of random inspections of construction sites around Minot last week, which found most contractors were in compliance with state reporting and licensing laws.

Ohio AG announces rise in complaints about nursing home abuse, neglect

By Bryan Cohen | Jul 1, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Friday his Medicaid Fraud Control Unit recently experienced an increase in complaints related to alleged neglect and abuse at Ohio nursing homes.

N.Y. AG announces court order to shut down allegedly fraudulent charity

By Bryan Cohen | Jul 1, 2013

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a lawsuit and a temporary restraining order Friday against a charitable fundraising operation that allegedly engaged in fraudulent practices.

Lawyers group argues sequestration already has hurt federal courts

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jul 2, 2013

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) -- A group of lawyers who practice in Connecticut, New York and Vermont federal courts, in a letter to President Barack Obama and nearly 50 members of Congress last week, say they're concerned about the effects of sequestration on the courts.

Report: Md. AG wants insurance rates capped until more is known about health care law's effects

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jul 2, 2013

BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) -- Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler is calling for a freeze of any health insurance rate increases above 5 percent until the new federal health care law is fully implemented.

Bill upping Pa.'s judicial mandatory retirement age passes House

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jul 2, 2013

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) -- The Pennsylvania House of Representatives last week passed a bill that would amend the state constitution to increase the mandatory retirement age for justices, judges and justices of the peace from 70 years to 75.

Group demands disclosure of applicants for Kan. Court of Appeals judgeship

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jul 2, 2013

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) -- Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's decision to break with precedent and not reveal the names of applicants for a newly-created seat on the state Court of Appeals has drawn the ire of special interest groups.

N.C. AG appeals Duke Energy Progress rate hike

By Bryan Cohen | Jul 2, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. (Legal Newsline) - North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper filed an appeal Monday with the North Carolina Supreme Court to stop Duke Energy Progress from receiving a 7.5 percent increase in electricity rates.

Mass. AG praises changes to state's victim compensation legislation

By Bryan Cohen | Jul 2, 2013

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley praised the Massachusetts Senate and House on Monday for passing important changes to the state's victim compensation legislation as part of the Fiscal Year 2014 budget.

Conn. AG announces $10 million agreement with Connecticut Water

By Bryan Cohen | Jul 2, 2013

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen and Consumer Counsel Elin Katz announced a $10 million settlement Monday with Connecticut Water Co. to refund recovered tax dollars directly to customers.

Mass. AG announces $282,500 consent judgment against auto school owner

By Bryan Cohen | Jul 2, 2013

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced a consent judgment Monday against the former owner of a shuttered Waltham auto school to resolve allegations that he failed to refund hundreds of students.

Va. AG issues consumer alert about sweepstakes scam

By Bryan Cohen | Jul 2, 2013

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) - Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli issued a consumer alert Monday about a sweepstakes fraud in which scammers claim to be from Cuccinelli's office to lend the scam legitimacy.

Study: Increased judicial vacancies, heavy caseloads hurting federal district courts

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jul 2, 2013

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) -- Unusually high judicial vacancy levels, coupled with unprecedented workloads, are burdening federal district courts, according to a new study.

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