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Mass. SC determines heating oil a pollutant while interpreting policy

Ireland BOSTON - According to the Massachusetts Supreme Court, the spill of home heating oil falls within a pollution exception of a heating and air conditioning company's liability insurance policy, and Allamerica Insurance Co. will not have to defend one of its customers.

Ohio SC delivers legal malpractice ruling

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Attorneys for majority owners of close corporations -- ones allowed by law to act more informally than a normal corporation -- may be sued for malpractice by minority owners, the Ohio Supreme Court recently decided.

Avandia study piques attorneys' interest at how-to-sue seminar

Mark Lanier CHICAGO - One million American diabetics take Avandia pills, and if more of them would suffer heart attacks attorneys could get rich.

McGraw gives OxyContin money to truancy agency

McGraw CHARLESTON - A truancy task force is the target of state Attorney General Darrell McGraw's latest appropriation of funds from his controversial 2004 settlement with prescription drug manufacturer Purdue Pharma.

AG Coakley settles suit over denied health care benefits

Coakley BOSTON - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley filed both complaints and consent judgments Tuesday against a pair of companies that she says did not provide health benefits required by state law.

Bid-rigging suit produces settlement for Blumenthal

Blumenthal HARTFORD, Conn. - Two hearing and air conditioning companies will pay penalties and cooperate with the State of Connecticut's investigation into the industry as a result of a settlement announced Tuesday.

Florida wants federal help for insurance crisis

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The federal flood insurance program has been the subject of much debate and litigation in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina, and the higher-ups in Florida think the answer to another possible insurance mess is another federal program.

Ore. AG's switch on gaming machines sends horse track back to barn

Hardy Myers SALEM -- The upcoming fall meet at Oregon's main horse track could be a non-starter due to pressure from Attorney General Hardy Myers over controversial gaming machines.

Cuomo will take on biggest of big business

Cuomo NEW YORK - New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's latest target is ExxonMobil, the world's largest oil corporation.

Insurance broker out $2.6 mil in Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The State of Florida and national insurance broker Willis Group Holdings have reached an agreement that will result in $2.6 million in reimbursement to consumers who alleged the company improperly collected undisclosed fees or commissions.

AG McDonnell: Legal environment crucial to economic growth

McDonnell RICHMOND, Va. - After his state again earned accolades for its ability to grow economically, Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell said a pro-business legal climate is a main reason why it is held in such high regard.

Rebuffed Mo. AG wants day in court to protest utility rate rise

Jay Nixon JEFFERSON CITY -- Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon clearly isn't done smacking around a local utility giant over its smaller-than-requested rate increase.

Attorney: W. Va. SC ignoring law for trial lawyers' gains

Frank CHARLESTON, W. Va. - When a state's legal reputation is so poor that it is widely regarded as the worst in which to do business, it is normally pretty hard to shock the legal community.

McGraw owes former employee nothing, Supreme Court says

McGraw CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Working for West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw depressed Donald Darling and gave him migraine headaches, but the Supreme Court of Appeals says McGraw owes him nothing.

Badger Staters can sue drugmaker for out-state actions, SC rules

Justice Louis B. Butler MADISON -- Wisconsin's anti-trust law can apply to interstate commerce, the state's Supreme Court ruled Friday, setting stage for another lawsuit against a Big Pharma giant.

Cuomo files brief; power plant's future up in the air

Cuomo NEW YORK - New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo wants the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission to reconsider its procedures for relicensing nuclear power plants and filed a brief Thursday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Dann selects outside counsel panel

Dann COLUMBUS, Ohio - Three Republicans and three Democrats will serve on Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann's newly formed Outside Counsel Advisory Panel.

Poll: Voters not worried about tort reform

Haber WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The civil justice reforms that pro-business groups are pushing do not register with voters, the organization formerly known as the American Trial Lawyers Association claimed Thursday while releasing the results of a poll it recently conducted.

AG Hood has next opponent

Hood TUPELO, Miss. - Al Hopkins, a retired Major General and personal injury attorney in Gulfport, Miss., announced that he plans on opposing incumbent Democrat Jim Hood during this year's general election.

AOL will pay $3 mil to states, refunds to consumers

Nearly every state in the country will benefit from a settlement reached Wednesday between them and America Online, one of the nation's largest Internet service providers.