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Missouri chief justice wants change to state judge ratings

Legal News Line Jan. 10, 2007, 9:08am

Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Wolff. JEFFERSON CITY -- Missouri must review its judicial evaluation system and the way it assesses judges' workloads, the chief justice of Missouri's Supreme Court told state lawmakers today.

Court slams attorney for attacking frivolous suits

Legal News Line Jan. 10, 2007, 8:19am

Nevada Supreme Court CARSON CITY -- The Nevada Supreme Court has hauled over the coals an attorney who criticized frivolous litigation during several lawsuit trials involving insurers in 2004.

Pharmaceutical company settles over Vermont disclosure law

John O'Brien Jan. 9, 2007, 9:05pm

MONTPELIER, Vt. - A pharmaceutical company will have to abide by a Vermont disclosure law after settling with Attorney General William Sorrell Monday.

Woman goes 0-for-2 with her lawsuits

John O'Brien Jan. 9, 2007, 8:59pm

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Rhode Island's Supreme Court recently upheld a Superior Court decision that a Providence law firm wasn't to blame for a woman losing her medical malpractice case.

Two AGs among small group of unsettling parties sue FERC

John O'Brien Jan. 9, 2007, 8:51pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The attorneys general of Connecticut and Massachusetts have jointly filed suit against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, hoping to end a surcharge that was imposed to encourage the construction of new power plants.

Conn. AG wants appeal answered

John O'Brien Jan. 8, 2007, 10:14pm

Sullivan HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is asking the state's Supreme Court to rule on his appeal of a lower court ruling that prevented former Chief Justice William Sullivan from having to obey a subpoena from the Legislature.

Cox intervening in Proposal 2 case

John O'Brien Jan. 8, 2007, 10:11pm

Cox LANSING, Mich. - Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox announced Thursday he will intervene on behalf of the plaintiffs who filed a lawsuit against the University of Michigan in an attempt to force the school to comply with a recently passed law.

Conn. AG seeks to dismiss claim for tax shield

John O'Brien Jan. 8, 2007, 10:00pm

Blumenthal HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal says that property taxes must be paid on slot machines leased by a non-Indian entity that are located on sovereign Indian property.

Southwest 'despicably focused' on punctuality, Flight 1248 suits claim

Legal News Line Jan. 8, 2007, 9:29am

After the crash A Southwest Airlines flight that skidded off the runway at Chicago's Midway Airport on a snowy evening last winter continues to spawn litigation, with two more suits filed against the airline in November 2006.

Sibelius chooses "non-partisan" GOP judge for SC vacancy

Legal News Line Jan. 8, 2007, 8:40am

Johnson TOPEKA -- Lee A. Johnson looks like the perfect candidate to heal the political and judicial rifts that have famously turned Kansas into one of the country's most polarized states.

Incoming AG Swanson faces calls to ditch Hatch

Legal News Line Jan. 5, 2007, 8:20am

Hatch (left) and Swanson (center) ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota's incoming Democrat attorney general Lori Swanson has laid out her forthcoming legal agenda amidst growing calls for her to sideline unpopular former Attorney General Mike Hatch.

Mass. Supreme Court overturns dismissal in doctor's malicious prosecution case

John O'Brien Jan. 5, 2007, 6:02am

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - In an order issued the day after Christmas, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court overturned the dismissal of a malicious prosecution claim brought by a neurologist against an insurance company.

Insurance company permanently changes practices after settlement

John O'Brien Jan. 5, 2007, 5:59am

Blumenthal HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal announced Tuesday that St. Paul Travelers Companies voluntarily has agreed to permanently stop paying contingent commissions to brokers and agents for certain types of insurance.

Employers can reduce coverage for Medicare-eligible retirees: Iowa SC

Legal News Line Jan. 5, 2007, 5:32am

Iowa Supreme Court DES MOINES -- An Iowa employer is not obliged to continue as primary health care provider for a retired employee if that employee can be covered by Medicare, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled today.

Injunction issued in campaign finance reform case against Conn. AG

John O'Brien Jan. 4, 2007, 2:44pm

Blumenthal BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - A federal judge in Connecticut granted Wednesday a preliminary injunction that will keep the names of the children of campaign contributors from being posted, which previously was required by a 2005 campaign finance reform act.

Taylor re-elected Michigan's Chief Justice

John O'Brien Jan. 4, 2007, 2:42pm

Taylor LANSING, Mich. -- A vote by his fellow justices Thursday kept Clifford Taylor the Chief Justice of Michigan's Supreme Court.

Madigan faces likely legal challenges on judges' residency rules

Legal News Line Jan. 4, 2007, 11:41am

Lisa Madigan SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The home addresses of some Illinois judges are likely to become a major issue in 2007 thanks to a recent opinion delivered by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

Nixon's governor run flushes out Democrat AG hopeful

Legal News Line Jan. 4, 2007, 8:37am

Jeff Harris COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Attorney General Jay Nixon's first-out-of-the-gate run for the Missouri governor's mansion has also kicked off another race -- for Nixon's current job.

Tennessee Supreme Court puts halt on selection process

John O'Brien Jan. 3, 2007, 8:17pm

Bredesen NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee's Supreme Court decided Wednesday to hear the complaints of two white applicants for the vacant Supreme Court Justice position who claim they were discriminated against by Gov. Phil Bredesen.

Gansler announces assault on polluters

John O'Brien Jan. 3, 2007, 8:15pm

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Maryland's new Attorney General Douglas Gansler recently assured residents that he will make good on the campaign promises that won his election.