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Okla. gov. signs into law bill curbing lawsuit lending

OKLAHOMA CITY (Legal Newsline) -- Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin last week signed into law a bill aimed at curbing lawsuit lending abuses.

Ill. becomes 14th state to back amendment to overturn Citizens United ruling

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) -- The Illinois General Assembly last week backed a constitutional amendment to overturn a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allowed unrestricted campaign spending by corporations.

D.C. high court judge retiring after less than five years on bench

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- District of Columbia Court of Appeals Judge Kathryn Oberly will step down in November after less than five years on the bench, according to the District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission.

AGs concerned about language in pending $7.25B Visa, Mastercard settlement

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) -- The attorneys general of 48 states and the District of Columbia, in an amicus brief filed in a federal court last week, said they are concerned about a pending $7.25 billion class-action settlement involving MasterCard and VISA payment networks.

D.C. Circuit: Campaign donation case must be heard en banc

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit last week sent a lawsuit brought by federal contractors over their right to make campaign donations back to a federal court.

Indiana AG warns consumers of utility bill scam

INDIANAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) - Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller issued a consumer alert Friday about a new scam in which callers pretend to be utility company employees asking for payment on delinquent bills.

Idaho AG requires Mich. company to pay civil penalties over ad misrepresentations

BOISE, Idaho (Legal Newsline) - Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced Monday that a Saginaw, Mich., company has paid a $15,000 civil penalty to resolve Idaho Consumer Protection Act violations.

N.C. AG issues statement opposing energy rate increase

RALEIGH, N.C. (Legal Newsline) - North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper issued a statement Friday in opposition to a recently approved 7.5 percent rate increase for utility company Duke Energy Progress.

Texas AG announces temporary injunction against alleged timeshare scammers

DALLAS (Legal Newsline) - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced a temporary injunction and an ongoing asset freeze Friday against a local firm that allegedly defrauded timeshare customers.

N.Y. AG announces agreement to shut down allegedly fraudulent immigration services organizations

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a settlement Friday that will shutter two of the largest immigration services organizations in the nation after they allegedly defrauded immigrants.

Obama nominates three to fill remaining vacancies on D.C. Circuit

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- President Barack Obama announced Tuesday he will nominate three individuals, two lawyers and one federal judge, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

U.S. SC sends case over front-loading washers back to Seventh Circuit, citing Comcast decision

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has remanded a case over alleged mold problems in some Sears front-loading washers to a federal appeals court.

N.Y. AG urges health insurance plans to change policies

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sent letters Monday to 15 New York-based health insurance plans urging them to let certain members buy specialty drug prescriptions at retail pharmacies.

Indiana AG files lawsuit against furniture store owner

INDIANAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) - Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller's office filed a lawsuit Monday against a Lake County-based furniture store that allegedly closed its doors after collecting more than $22,000 from consumers.

N.Y. AG announces agreement with GE Capital Retail Bank for medical credit card

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a settlement on Monday with GE Capital Retail Bank and its subsidiary to provide protections for consumers who used a high interest healthcare credit card.

Mo. AG issues consumer alert about storm chasers

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster warned consumers Monday about storm chasers, companies that contract with homeowners who suffer storm or tornado damage to provide roofing, tree trimming and other repair services.

N.Y. AG brings suit against HSBC over mortgage actions

BUFFALO, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a lawsuit Tuesday against HSBC Bank USA and HSBC Mortgage Corporation (USA) over alleged failures to follow state law related to foreclosure actions.

Report: Okla. SC tosses lawsuit reform law, deems it unconstitutional

OKLAHOMA CITY (Legal Newsline) -- The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the state's lawsuit reform law, adopted in 2009, is unconstitutional.

N.C. AG announces court order against custom car seller

RALEIGH, N.C. (Legal Newsline) - North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper announced a court order on Monday against a Buncombe County man who allegedly claimed to sell Pontiac Trans Ams, took advance deposits and failed to deliver.

Mo. gov. vetoes proposed foreign law ban