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The Libby verdict: Prosecutors make a fatal mistake

By Aricka Flowers | May 21, 2009

Uhlmann As the people of Libby, Mont., come to grips with a jury's decision to acquit chemical company W.R. Grace of knowingly endangering their lives, legal experts are analyzing the process that led up to the controversial verdict.

AG McMaster sued by craigslist

By John O'Brien | May 20, 2009

McMaster COLUMBIA, S.C. (Legal Newsline) - First, South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster threatened craigslist with a criminal investigation. Then, the classified advertisement Web site hit with McMaster with a lawsuit.

Calif.'s greenhouse gas standards become national policy

By John O'Brien | May 20, 2009

Brown WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The stringent vehicle emissions standards that California Attorney General Jerry Brown has defended will now become a federal requirement.

Calif. SC overturns lower rulings, gives blessing to tobacco class action

By John O'Brien | May 19, 2009

Moreno SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - The California Supreme Court, in a 4-3 vote Monday, has reinstated a class action lawsuit against tobacco companies accused of misleading advertising.

Feds, group of states join suits against Wyeth

By John O'Brien | May 19, 2009

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Sixteen states and the Federal Government are joining in two whistleblower suits filed against prescription drug manufacturer Wyeth.

Gableman motions to dismiss judicial ethics charges over rape ad

By John O'Brien | May 19, 2009

Gableman MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) - Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman's defense against judicial ethics charges continues, with the first-term justice filing a motion to dismiss them last week.

Personal injury lawyers get two seats on Chrysler's unsecured creditors' committee

By Steve Korris | May 18, 2009

NEW YORK - Chrysler workers, dealers, suppliers and lenders anticipate heavy losses from the automaker's bankruptcy, but personal injury lawyers anticipate a $217 million windfall.

U.S. SC will hear auditing board case

By John O'Brien | May 18, 2009

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court have decided to hear a case challenging the 2002 creation of an agency that oversees the auditors of public companies.

AG McCollum hoping to follow in Crist's footsteps again

By John O'Brien | May 18, 2009

McCollum TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) - Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum officially announced he will attempt to replace Charlie Crist as the state's governor in 2010.

Web site answers Hood's argument on sealed State Farm settlement

By John O'Brien | May 18, 2009

Hood JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) - Since there is no "real objection" from Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, his Hurricane Katrina-related settlement with State Farm Insurance Cos. must be unsealed, the publisher of a state political Web site is arguing.

Goddard files lawsuit to preserve The Tucson Citizen

By Chris Rizo | May 16, 2009

Terry Goddard (D) PHOENIX, Ariz. (Legal Newsline)-If Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard has his way, The Tucson Citizen will not become an online-only publication.

North Carolina AG decides against 2010 Senate run

By Chris Rizo | May 15, 2009

Roy Cooper (D) RALEIGH, N.C. (Legal Newsine)-- North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper announced Friday he will not seek the Democratic nomination to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr in 2010.

Tort reform bill goes to Okla. governor

By Chris Rizo | May 15, 2009

Brad Henry (D) OKLAHOMA CITY (Legal Newsline)-A comprehensive tort reform bill is on its way to Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry, after handily passing both houses of the state Legislature.

Ark. AG rejects proposed union secret ballot amendment

By Chris Rizo | May 15, 2009

Dustin McDaniel (D) LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) - The Arkansas attorney general on Thursday rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would require union elections be conducted by secret ballot.

Calif. justices relax rules on parkland sales

By Chris Rizo | May 14, 2009

Kathryn Mickle Werdegar SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline)-California's regional park districts can sell some of their land holdings without first getting voter approval, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday, relaxing restrictions on local officials.

The Carlyle Group settles with Cuomo, intends to sue other party

By John O'Brien | May 14, 2009

Cuomo NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - Private equity firm The Carlyle Group has decided to pay $20 million and adopt New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's code of conduct to settle corruption allegations.

Michelin settles with 17 AGs over decptive tire advertising

By Chris Rizo | May 14, 2009

Bob Cooper (D-Tenn.) NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Legal Newsline)- Michelin North America Inc. has reached a multistate settlement with 17 state attorneys general to resolve claims that the company falsely advertised its fuel-efficient tires, officials said Thursday.

Hawaii Supreme Court declines to reconsider Super Ferry ruling

By Chris Rizo | May 14, 2009

HONOLULU, Hawaii (Legal Newsline) - The Hawaii Supreme Court has denied the state's request to reconsider its ruling that docked the Hawaii Superferry.

Ruling: Washington justice not entitled to state's legal help

By Chris Rizo | May 14, 2009

Richard Sanders OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline)-The state of Washington does not have to pay for state Supreme Court Justice Richard Sander's defense against ethics complaints, the high court ruled Thursday.

YTB agrees to change marketing, $1 million settlement with Calif. AG

By Chris Rizo | May 14, 2009

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)- YTB International has agreed to change its marketing practices of its largely unprofitable Web sites and stop charging $500 to recruit others into its pyramid scheme, the California attorney general said Thursday.

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