News from March 2013

First trial being held in case over diabetes drug Actos

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Mar 1, 2013

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) -- Drugmaker Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. is facing its first trial over its popular diabetes drug Actos.

Grocery chain says it's 'appalled' by N.Y. AG's claims

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Mar 1, 2013

ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) -- Grocery store chain Price Chopper fired back at New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over claims that it used misleading advertising practices when promoting its coupons and failed to disclose coupon restrictions.

U.S. SC: Statute of limitations for SEC to bring civil suits runs from when fraud occurs

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Mar 1, 2013

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held this week that the statute of limitations for the Securities and Exchange Commission to bring civil suits seeking penalties for securities fraud runs from the time a fraud occurs.

Wisc. AG announces judgment against debt firm

By Bryan Cohen | Mar 1, 2013

MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) - Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced a judgment by default Thursday against the owner of a debt adjustment service company that failed to comply with an earlier state order.

N.J. AG gets temporary restraints against deceptive Superstorm Sandy charity

By Bryan Cohen | Mar 1, 2013

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa announced Thursday that a court approved temporary restraints against a purported Superstorm Sandy charity to preserve the money and items donated to date.

Colorado AG announces $6 million judgment against magazine telemarketing company

By Bryan Cohen | Mar 1, 2013

DENVER (Legal Newsline) - Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced Thursday that the Denver District Court has ordered a magazine telemarketing company and its owner to pay $6 million to resolve allegations that they participated in a scam.

Report: Okla. AG 'serious' about cracking down on workers' comp fraud

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Mar 4, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (Legal Newsline) -- Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt said in an interview over the weekend that he is "serious" about workers' compensation fraud, and he wants state businesses to know it.

Report: Schneiderman probing Bank of America loans

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Mar 4, 2013

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) -- One of the nation's largest banks, Bank of America, is reportedly under investigation by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

State court judge to fill spot on Mich. SC left by Hathaway

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Mar 4, 2013

LANSING, Mich. (Legal Newsline) -- Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder last week appointed Judge David Viviano to the state Supreme Court, taking the place of former Justice Diane Hathaway.

Wash. SC rules against major foreclosure trustee company

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Mar 4, 2013

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) -- The Washington Supreme Court ruled last week that a major foreclosure trustee company broke consumer law, saying it is "not merely an agent" for lenders.

Arizona AG issues consumer alert about phony airbags

By Bryan Cohen | Mar 4, 2013

PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) - Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne issued a consumer warning Friday about potentially dangerous and unreliable after-market airbags that are being sold to businesses and individuals in Arizona.

N.D. SC says state owes locked-out workers unemployment benefits

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Mar 4, 2013

BISMARCK, N.D. (Legal Newsline) -- The North Dakota Supreme Court ruled last week that the state owes a group of locked-out sugar workers unemployment benefits.

Mass. AG announces $100,000 penalty against former treasurer

By Bryan Cohen | Mar 4, 2013

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced Friday that former Treasurer Timothy Cahill will pay $100,000 and serve a pre-trial probation period of 18 months to four years after admitting to violations of state ethics law.

Fla. AG announces injunction against debt firms

By Bryan Cohen | Mar 4, 2013

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) - Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced a temporary injunction and asset freeze Friday against two debt collection companies and their owner for allegedly engaging in illegal debt collection schemes.

Scruggs asks 5th Circuit to toss guilty plea

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 5, 2013

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) -- Lawyers for disgraced attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs on Monday asked the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to toss out his 2009 guilty plea to charges of bribing a judge.

Va. AG: EPA won't appeal stormwater ruling

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Mar 5, 2013

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) -- Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said Monday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has informed his office it will not appeal a court ruling deeming it illegal for the agency to regulate stormwater as a pollutant in the state.

Ky. AG recovers lost membership fees for former health club members

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Mar 5, 2013

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Legal Newsline) -- Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway said Monday his office has recovered lost membership fees for hundreds of former customers of a Lexington-area health club.

Report: Neb. AG seeking reelection

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Mar 5, 2013

LINCOLN, Neb. (Legal Newsline) -- Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning confirmed on Monday he plans to run for reelection in 2014.

U.S. SC: Defendant debt collector, successful in FDCPA action, may be awarded costs

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Mar 5, 2013

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- The U.S. Supreme Court last week ruled that plaintiffs that lose lawsuits claiming violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act may be liable for costs to their defendants, even if the case was not brought in bad faith.

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