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Private business not subject to Ohio's open records statute

John O'Brien Jan. 3, 2007, 2:55pm

Pfeifer COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Supreme Court of Ohio recently held that a private, non-profit corporation that was contracted by a county mental health board was not subject to the state's policy of mandatory disclosure of its records.

Enigmatic Brown poses risk for business, observers say

Legal News Line Jan. 3, 2007, 11:42am

Jerry Brown SACRAMENTO -- Incoming California Attorney General Jerry Brown will most likely, it seems, be Jerry Brown. And that's likely to be bad news for California business.

McCollum sworn in as new Florida AG

John O'Brien Jan. 3, 2007, 11:34am

McCollum TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Bill McCollum, who challenged his opponent's background as a trial lawyer during his campaign, was sworn in Tuesday as Florida's new Attorney General.

New Ohio Justice should be good for business, state Chamber says

John O'Brien Jan. 3, 2007, 11:29am

Cupp COLUMBUS, Ohio - When Robert Cupp is sworn in today as Ohio's 151st Supreme Court Justice, the state's Chamber of Commerce will view it as a victory for business.

New Mexico AG picks "price-gouging" as first big issue

Legal News Line Jan. 3, 2007, 7:32am

Incoming New Mexico attorney general Gary King Incoming New Mexico Attorney General Gary King, a Democrat, has wasted no time jumping onto his first populist issue.

AG drops asbestos charges in return for testimony

Legal News Line Jan. 3, 2007, 6:12am

Lockyer SALINAS, Calif. -- It's a courtroom asbestos case with an unusual twist.

Mississippi AG asks citizens to call for Katrina flood settlement

John O'Brien Jan. 2, 2007, 4:46pm

Hood JACKSON, Miss. - After having his lawsuit against five insurance companies remanded to state court, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood recently asked for regular citizens to put the heat on the companies.

Tennessee Judicial Committee will select third candidate

John O'Brien Jan. 2, 2007, 4:38pm

J. Houston Gordon NASHVILLE, Tenn. - In agreeing with Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen's challenge of a list of candidates for the vacant fifth spot on the state's Supreme Court, Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle has forced the Judicial Selection Committee to reconvene for the purpose of selecting a new candidate.

Hawaii A-G Bennett investigating Health Dept. corruption charges

Legal News Line Jan. 2, 2007, 3:07am

Hawaii Attorney General Mark Bennett HONOLULU -- The office of Hawaii Attorney General Mark Bennett is investigating claims that Hawaiian Health Department officials received "improper payments" from a major company recently fined for environmental violations, according to a report in the Honolulu Advertiser.

Court stamps out long-running landfill lawsuit

Legal News Line Dec. 29, 2006, 6:50am

Texas Supreme Court AUSTIN -- Today's Supreme Court decision in an acrimonious dispute between a landfill operator and a Texas county appears finally to have ended a 13-year legal saga.

SC restricts lawyer fees in contractor disputes

Legal News Line Dec. 28, 2006, 7:02am

Washington Supreme Court OLYMPIA - Building and construction contractors who succesfully sue against another's surety bonds cannot collect additional attorney's fees outside of the value of that bond, the Washington Supreme Court ruled today.

A-G didn't break campaign law, attorney says

Legal News Line Dec. 26, 2006, 3:39am

Phill Kline TOPEKA, Kan. - The attorney for outgoing Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline, facing a $5,000 fine from the state's Government Ethics Commission, says he doesn't believe Kline committed any wrongdoing.

Brown announces key appointments to A-G staff

Legal News Line Dec. 26, 2006, 1:49am

Incoming California Attorney General Jerry Brown SACRAMENTO -- Current Oakland, Calif. mayor and incoming California Attorney General Jerry Brown has begun assembling his team as he prepares to take over from Treasury-bound Bill Lockyer.

Casino owners oppose lawsuit challenging A-G's anti-smoking bill

Legal News Line Dec. 22, 2006, 10:37am

Nevada Attorney General George Chanos CARSON CITY -- Supporters of Nevada's new anti-smoking law have found a surprising new ally in the lobbying arm of the state's most powerful casino companies, according to a recent report in the Las Vegas-based Casino City Times.

Ex-Democratic candidate Appel joins Iowa's top court

Legal News Line Dec. 21, 2006, 9:27am

New Iowa Supreme Court Justice Brent Appel DES MOINES - Dubuque native Brent Appel was sworn in earlier this week as the newest member of the Iowa Supreme Court. He fills a vacancy created by the retirement of Justice James Carter of Cedar Rapids.

Incoming A-G targets cell phones, gas prices and utilities

Legal News Line Dec. 20, 2006, 9:52am

Minnesota Attorney General-elect Lori Swanson ST. PAUL - Minnesota Attorney General-elect Lori Swanson is already staking out her legal territory.

State should pay for civil suits filed by the poor, says chief justice

Legal News Line Dec. 20, 2006, 7:44am

California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald George (center) SACRAMENTO -- California should extend a service that provides lawyers to the poor in criminal cases to civil cases, according to California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald George.

Lockyer moves fourth aide to new digs in three days

Legal News Line Dec. 18, 2006, 9:48am

Bill Lockyer SACRAMENTO -- Outgoing California Attorney General Bill Lockyer last Friday moved yet another one of his loyal aides to alternative employment.

Nixon's latest suit bolsters 2008 gubernatorial campaign

Legal News Line Dec. 15, 2006, 8:56am

Jay Nixon JEFFERSON CITY -- Democratic Attorney General Jay Nixon's declared run for Missouri Governor in 2008 has already put plenty of noses out of joint in the state's bureaucracies. And observers believe there's more where that came from.

Feuding pig farmers must try mediation before suing

Legal News Line Dec. 15, 2006, 6:56am

Iowa Chief Justice Marsha K. Temus DES MOINES - A minor dispute between two hog farmers escalated to the point that the Iowa Supreme Court quoted 19th-Century humorist Ambrose Bierce in its ruling today in Klinge vs. Bentien (#111 / 04-0843).