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More states taking shots at text-message 'spammers'

By Legal News Line | Jan 23, 2007

Lisa Madigan SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is the latest to jump into the growing pool of lawsuits over so-called "text-message spamming."

Pa. SC: Homosexual taunts triggered post-traumatic stress disorder, miner entitled to compensation

By John O'Brien | Jan 22, 2007

Baer HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania's Supreme Court recently overturned a Commonwealth Court order denying the claim of a mine worker who says homosexual comments made by a supervisor triggered his post-traumatic stress disorder.

Mich. AG supports automobile manufacturers in California's global warming case

By John O'Brien | Jan 22, 2007

Cox LANSING, Mich. - Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox said Friday that he has filed a brief in support of the six automobile manufacturers sued by former California Attorney General Bill Lockyer.

Fighting continues among Michigan justices

By John O'Brien | Jan 22, 2007

Taylor LANSING, Mich. - Michigan Supreme Court Justice Clifford Taylor said Friday that fellow justice Elizabeth Weaver needs to offer some proof in support of her allegations of unprofessional conduct or concentrate on doing her job.

Rhode Island SC: City's fine on business was excessive

By John O'Brien | Jan 19, 2007

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - An adult entertainment club had its fine reduced by Rhode Island's Supreme Court on Friday.

As promised by AG Hood, Miss. congressmen attempting investigation of insurance industry

By John O'Brien | Jan 19, 2007

Hood WASHINGTON, D.C. - A week ago, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood warned the five insurance companies he is suing over an alleged lack of coverage in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina that if they didn't reach a settlement, Congress would get involved.

Charities can't be sued but SC asks lawmakers to rethink

By Legal News Line | Jan 19, 2007

Arkansas Supreme Court LITTLE ROCK -- Registered charities still cannot have lawsuits brought against them under the doctrine of charitable immunity, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled yesterday.

Hartford Insurance puts up $26 million to settle 'Colosuss' class action

By Steve Korris | Jan 18, 2007

TEXARKANA, Ark. - For $26 million, Hartford Insurance bought its way out of a colossal lawsuit and joined the plaintiff team.

Stability expected with new Mass. AG

By John O'Brien | Jan 18, 2007

Coakley SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Martha Coakley was sworn in as Massachusett's first female attorney general Wednesday two months after being elected in a landslide, and a member of the Chambridge Chamber of Commerce doesn't anticipate much changing.

Wade recuses himself from Tennessee judicial selection case

By John O'Brien | Jan 18, 2007

Wade NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade has recused himself in the case of two white applicants who claimed they were discriminated against by Gov. Phil Bredesen during the process of finding a Supreme Court justice.

Blumenthal not through with insurance industry

By John O'Brien | Jan 18, 2007

Blumenthal HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, known for his activity in litigation against insurance companies, said Wednesday that his office has received several reports of insurance companies denying coverage.

Cobb starts as Alabama's first female Supreme Court chief justice

By John O'Brien | Jan 18, 2007

Cobb MOBILE, Ala. - Sue Bell Cobb took the oath office Tuesday, becoming Alabama's first female Supreme Court chief justice in the court's history.

Beware of lottery wins you never entered, AGs warn

By Legal News Line | Jan 17, 2007

Miller DES MOINES - Iowa's Tom Miller is the latest state attorney general in recent weeks to swing the sword at his state's so-called "lottery scammers."

Ohio's new AG won't appeal decision favoring workers

By John O'Brien | Jan 16, 2007

Dann COLUMBUS, Ohio - New Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann says an Ohio court ruled properly in a case against the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation and will not appeal, possibly leading to increased injury benefits for workers hurt on jobs they obtained through welfare.

Minnesota AG picks slow-mover as first target

By Legal News Line | Jan 16, 2007

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson (center) ST. PAUL -- Incoming Attorney General Lori Swanson knows that a lawsuit on behalf of ripped-off old people is a slam-dunk. So she's filed one.

Utah SC tosses review over briefs' 'scandalous' charges

By Legal News Line | Jan 15, 2007

Utah Supreme Court building SALT LAKE CITY – A golden rule when filing a lawsuit would surely be not to insult the judiciary in the process. Petitioners in a case ruled on Friday in the Utah Supreme Court have yet to figure this one out.

W.Va. court won't hear appeal on Special Assistant AGs

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 12, 2007

McGraw CHARLESTON - The West Virginia Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to hear an appeal of an order involving the use of private counsel as Special Assistant Attorneys General.

N.J. AG files brief in mercury case

By John O'Brien | Jan 12, 2007

Rabner WASHINGTON, D.C. - The leader of a 16-state group demanding the Environmental Protection Agency become tougher on mercury-emitting power plants, New Jersey Attorney General Stuart Rabner recently filed a new brief in his lawsuit contending the EPA violated the Clean Air Act.

Hood not surprised by Katrina federal lawsuit outcome, takes shot at State Farm

By John O'Brien | Jan 12, 2007

Jim Hood JACKSON, Miss. - Still in the middle of his own settlement talks with State Farm Insurance Co., Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said he wasn't surprised by Thursday's verdict and Friday's punitive damages amount in a federal lawsuit against the insurance company, which he then referred to as a "robber baron."

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