News from August 2015

Paxton indicted on security fraud charges, Democratic PAC calls Texas AG ‘greedy’

By David Yates | Aug 2, 2015

Austin - Attorney General Ken Paxton has been indicted by a grand jury on charges of security fraud – a development that has one Democratic PAC calling the Republican greedy.

Telemarketing calls bring court action against New York gas company

By Shaun Zinck | Aug 3, 2015

A consumer is suing a New York gas company, alleging it called individuals soliciting services without prior consent.

Energy company sued for allegedly charging excess in energy costs

By Shaun Zinck | Aug 3, 2015

A New York energy company is being sued for allegedly charging customers significantly more for energy services than traditional suppliers.

Homeowners agreeing to mortgage modification agreement with company saddled with $100K 'balloon payment,' lawsuit says

By Shaun Zinck | Aug 3, 2015

A mortgage modification company is being sued for allegedly failing to tell borrowers about the cost of a balloon payment they would owe at the end of the term of the loan.

Wisconsin whistleblower found dead days after high court vindication in Walker case

By Richard Miniter - American Media Institute | Aug 4, 2015

The whistleblower who helped changed the course of the Wisconsin’s governor’s race last year, Michael Lutz, was found dead -- 11 days after the state supreme court came to the same conclusion with his allegations of prosecutorial bias. Lutz, 44, was American Media Institute’s confidential source who provided an eyewitness recounting of the political and personal motives behind Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm’s investigations into Gov. Scott Walker.

GOP lawmakers plan to install appeals court judge on Va. SC

By Jessica Karmasek | Aug 4, 2015

Rossie D. Alston Jr. would fill the high court vacancy instead of Jane Marum Roush, Gov. Terry McAuliffe's choice, if Republicans get their way.

Federal judge dismisses Wis. SC justice’s lawsuit over chief justice title

By Jessica Karmasek | Aug 4, 2015

Judge James Peterson rules against Shirley Abrahamson, who served as chief justice for nearly 20 years; says state high court could implement constitutional amendment and elect a new chief justice right away.

Makers of health supplements allegedly misled customers about effectiveness

By Shaun Zinck | Aug 4, 2015

The makers of a health supplement are being sued in federal court for allegedly misleading customers in the effectiveness of the products.

Honda sued for alleged 'severe vibrations' in 2015 models

By Shaun Zinck | Aug 4, 2015

An improvement in fuel efficiency caused one major automaker's car model to vibrate severely when in idle or traveling at low speeds, a lawsuit against the automaker said.

$5 million fee dispute in rice litigation not derailing lawyers' cooperation in corn litigation

By Legal News Line | Aug 4, 2015

Texas lawyer Mikal Watts will cooperate with leaders of corn litigation while defending himself against their claim that he cheated them out of fees from rice litigation.

Letter to Editor: Lutz was honest and noble whistleblower

By Letter to Editor - Stuart Taylor, Jr. | Aug 4, 2015

Michael Lutz, a lawyer and highly decorated retired Milwaukee police officer who shot himself July 26 after a quarrel with his ex-wife, deserves to be remembered as a good, honest, even noble man who was traumatized after being wounded in the line of duty.

Ky. judge: Asbestos firm should have turned over trust claim evidence to defendants

By John O'Brien | Aug 5, 2015

Judith McDonald-Burkman told lawyers, "You're pregnant or you're not" as plaintiffs firm argued that it hadn't yet clicked submit button on claim being prepared. She declared a mistrial that will allow remaining defendants to reshape their arguments.

W.Va. commission responds to criticism over handling of ethics complaint against SC justice

By Jessica Karmasek | Aug 5, 2015

Ronald Wilson, who serves as chairperson of the state's Judicial Investigation Commission, says the commission is "independent" and takes issue with the public filing against Justice Robin Davis.

DSW Shoe Warehouse faces legal action for allegedly misleading customers

By Shaun Zinck | Aug 5, 2015

A consumer is suing a major shoe supplier for allegedly misleading customers about discounts offered on its merchandise.

California cable company allegedly charged hidden fees

By Shaun Zinck | Aug 5, 2015

Four customers are suing a major television and Internet provider for allegedly adding hidden fees to customers' monthly bills.

New Jersey puppy store allegedly violated state law

By Shaun Zinck | Aug 5, 2015

A customer is suing a New Jersey pet store for allegedly selling a Pomeranian puppy that was too sick to be sold.

N.Y. federal judge, pointing to class counsel’s conduct, strikes down American Express settlement

By Jessica Karmasek | Aug 6, 2015

Judge Nicholas Garaufis threw out $75 million in attorneys’ fees and removed lead plaintiffs attorney Gary B. Friedman in an order Tuesday.

T.J. Maxx sued for allegedly offering false discounted prices

By Shaun Zinck | Aug 6, 2015

A major department store is being sued for allegedly misleading customers into thinking they were getting better discounts on merchandise than they really were.

Alabama AG vows lawsuit against Obama administration over reduction in emissions rule

By Shaun Zinck | Aug 6, 2015

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange said Monday he would take President Barack Obama and his administration to court

Federal court upholds Alabama PAC-to-PAC transfer ban law

By Shaun Zinck | Aug 6, 2015

A federal judge in Alabama upheld the state's PAC-to-PAC Transfer law that bans the transfer of funds between Political Action Committees is constitutional

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