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Ridge, Rendell throw support behind Pa. SC chief justice

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) -- Two former Pennsylvania governors said Thursday they support state Supreme Court Chief Justice Ron Castille's retention.

Third D.C. Circuit nominee clears Senate panel hurdle

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- Robert Leon Wilkins, President Barack Obama's third pick for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, made it out of a Senate committee Thursday.

Wash. florist wants judge to dismiss AG's discrimination suit

PROSSER, Wash. (Legal Newsline) -- A Washington florist who allegedly violated the state's Consumer Protection Act by discriminating against a customer on the basis of his sexual orientation has asked a state judge to dismiss Attorney General Bob Ferguson's lawsuit against her.

Ill. treasurer says state SC will side with lawmakers in pay lawsuit

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) -- Illinois' state treasurer, Dan Rutherford, says he expects the state Supreme Court to rule against Gov. Pat Quinn in a lawsuit over lawmaker pay.

Reed Smith partner joins lawsuit over D.C. AG election delay

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- A partner in the Washington, D.C., law firm of Reed Smith is stepping in to fight the District of Columbia Board of Elections and Council over their decision to delay the District's attorney general election.

Coakley announces consent judgment with for-profit school

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (Legal Newsline) -- Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley on Thursday announced a $425,000 consent judgment with a Brockton for-profit school to resolve allegations it made misleading statements about job placement numbers and its training programs.

Schneiderman announces $40,000 penalty against G.C. Environmental

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) -- New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Thursday a $40,000 penalty against a Bay Shore, Long Island-based company that allegedly used deceptive practices to obtain business from Hurricane Sandy victims.

Report: U.S. SC orders petitioners in EPA greenhouse gas case to keep briefs short

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has ordered the petitioners in a case challenging the Obama administration's greenhouse gas regulations to keep their briefs short.

N.Y. AG announces court order against Long Island gas station

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) -- New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Thursday a court order against AGIP Gas LLC for allegedly gouging consumers illegally by increasing its pump prices in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

N.J. AG reaches $3,000 discrimination settlement with landlord

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) -- New Jersey Acting Attorney General John Hoffman said Thursday his office has reached a settlement with an Essex County landlord resolving allegations he reneged on showing a unit to a man because of his race.

Minn. AG files lawsuit against Florida debt buyer

ST. PAUL, Minn. (Legal Newsline) -- Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson filed a lawsuit Wednesday against a Florida company that bought charged-off customer accounts and allegedly manufactured affidavits to help them collect the accounts.

Legal group calls D.C. Circuit's contraceptive mandate ruling 'partial victory,' plans to appeal to U.S. SC

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- A pro-life legal group that focuses on constitutional law said it plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review a case over the federal health care law's contraceptive mandate, despite a mostly favorable federal appeals court ruling Friday.

Donziger claims his due process rights are being violated

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) -- New York attorney Steven Donziger, one of the defendants in Chevron Corp.'s ongoing fraud trial, says he believes his and the Ecuadorian defendants' due process rights are being violated.

Airline CEO, Bondi meet to discuss proposed merger

MIAMI (Legal Newsline) -- Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi met Friday with the chairman and CEO of one of the airlines at the center of a federal lawsuit over the proposed American Airlines and US Airways merger.

Five apply for Tenn. SC vacancy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Legal Newsline) -- Two Memphis judges, two private attorneys and a law professor are among the five applicants for a vacancy on the Tennessee Supreme Court.

Fla. AG announces $28 million settlement with Bank of New York Mellon

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) -- Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced Friday a $28 million settlement with the state's custodian bank, the Bank of New York Mellon, resolving allegations it overcharged the state's retirement trust fund.

Coakley reaches $325,000 settlement with truck company

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) -- Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced Friday a $325,000 settlement with a New York-based trucking company that allegedly failed to pay fees covering the handling and transportation costs of hazardous waste.

Lawyer suing D.C. board, council over AG election delay declares candidacy

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- A Washington, D.C., attorney who specializes in defending marijuana possession cases and who is suing over the decision to delay the District's attorney general election has thrown his hat in the ring.

Schneiderman reaches $240,000 agreement with head of preschool

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) -- New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Thursday his office has reached a $240,000 agreement with the head of a Brooklyn preschool to resolve allegations of self-dealing.

North Dakota AG announces orders against three unlicensed contractors

BISMARCK, N.D. (Legal Newsline) -- North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem announced Thursday that his office has issued cease and desist orders against three unlicensed contractors for allegedly violating the state's consumer fraud laws.