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Massey boss threatened, grabbed reporter, ABC News says

ABC News photo of Don Blankenship CHARLESTON, W. Va. - ABC News plans to air its report on Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship's effect on the West Virginia Supreme Court Monday.

Blumenthal settles with iMergent, cautions consumers

Blumenthal HARTFORD, Conn. - An eServices provider recently reached a pair of settlements, including one with Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.

Taxpayers or lawyers? Hood must choose sides in $14 million settlement

Hood NEW YORK CITY - U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Arthur Gonzalez chased criminal lawyers Joey Langston and Tim Balducci of Mississippi out of his court April 2, telling them they must return home to battle taxpayers over $14 million in class action proceeds.

NJ's top court undermines punitive damages awards

Justice Jaynee LaVecchia TRENTON -- Punitive damage awards should take financial health into account and should not be increased as a "general deterrent," the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled last week.

Army of Ohio attorneys battle foreclosures pro bono

Dann COLUMBUS -- Ohio's top government officials announced a new weapon for battling the state's foreclosure crisis on Tuesday and its army is comprised of at least 1,100 Ohio attorneys.

Washington AG contender takes shots at incumbent McKenna

McKenna OLYMPIA -- Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna is in the thick of an election battle with John Ladenburg, who lost the Democratic primary for attorney general about 16 years ago.

AG Brown sues EPA over greenhouse gas emissions

Brown California Attorney General Jerry Brown fired his latest shot against the federal government in his continuing effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions in the Golden State.

Scruggs' former business partner fights sexual harassment suit

JACKSON, Miss. - The firm providing the financial support of the former Scruggs Katrina Group is trying to turn the tables on a former employee who filed a sexual harassment suit against it.

ABC News at Capitol for W. Va. SC story

Ross CHARLESTON, W. Va. - An ABC News team has been in Charleston this week, apparently working on a story involving the headline-grabbing West Virginia Supreme Court cases involving Massey Energy.

Oregon AG candidate Kroger gets key labor endorsement

Kroger SALEM -- Oregon attorney general candidate John Kroger on Tuesday notched another endorsement from one of the state's leading labor unions.

McCollum encouraged with success of causes

McCollum TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The state Legislature has, so far, embraced six bills supported by Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum.

Blumenthal sues FDA over OxyContin inactivity

Blumenthal HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is suing the federal government because, he says, it does not adequately warn consumers of the side effects of controversial painkiller OxyContin.

Endorsements continue to roll in for Greear

Greear CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Charleston attorney and West Virginia Attorney General Candidate Dan Greear recently announced additional support from legislators across the state.

Michigan can survive with fewer judges, Chief Justice says

Taylor LANSING, Mich. - Michigan's court system appears to be keeping up with its caseload, according to figures released Monday in its annual report.

New judge in Scruggs' Jackson case

DeLaughter JACKSON, Miss. - With Hinds County Circuit Court Judge Bobby DeLaughter suspended while complaints against him are sorted out, a new judge will preside over an attorneys fees dispute involving admitted felon and famed trial lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs.

Republican state Sen. hopes to take McDonell's job

Cuccinelli RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia state Sen. Ken Cuccinelli will make a run at replacing state Attorney General Bob McDonnell, who is planning to campaign for Governor.

Wasden bars mortgage rescue business from Idaho

Wasden BOISE -- Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden is the latest state attorney general to bar from his state a Florida company that claimed to be able to rescue struggling homebuyers from foreclosure.

Macpherson-Kroger square off in Oregon AG debate as May 20 primary looms

Macpherson PORTLAND -- The two candidates vying to be Oregon's next attorney general traded barbs Friday in a debate that pitted a three-term state legislator and corporate attorney against a law school professor with a record of putting mobsters and corporate scofflaws behind bars.

Company asks Benjamin to recuse himself again, this time with poll numbers

Benjamin CHARLESTON - A bankrupt coal company and its president again are asking state Supreme Court Justice Brent Benjamin to recuse himself from its case against Massey Energy. And this time, they have commissioned a poll to help make their point.

Wash AG looking at rate increase proposed by Northwest Natural Gas

McKenna OLYMPIA -- The Washington attorney general's office said Friday that it is taking a deep look at a proposal by Northwest Natural Gas to increase rates for its approximately 66,000 residential customers in the southwest part of the state.