State Attorneys General News
June 12, 2013
Wall Street Journal | Subscription Required | June 12, 2013
The plaintiffs bar loves state attorneys general, who often hire the lawyers for a contingency fee and get campaign cash in return. The latest example is playing out in Nevada, where the AG and her legal friends could derail a $127 million settlement between a mortgage-processing company and 49 other states and the District of Columbia.
June 10, 2013
New York Times | June 10, 2013
Standard & Poor’s won a ruling on Thursday that moves 15 lawsuits in which it and its parent company, McGraw-Hill Financial, were accused of fraudulently inflating credit ratings to one federal court.
June 4, 2013
American Lawyer | June 4, 2013
The Nevada Supreme Court is expected to take up arguments in a high-profile robo-signing case in which a mortgage processing services firm is challenging the legal authority of the state's attorney general to hire Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll on a contingent fee basis.Lender Processing Services Inc. has petitioned the state's high court to overturn a ruling that allowed Cohen Milstein's Betsy Miller to be associated as counsel to Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto. Masto has a pending complaint alleging that Lender's robo-signing of mortgage documents contributed to the state's economic recession.
May 30, 2013
West Virginia Record | May 30, 2013
Nationwide Insurance plans to seek a stay of a lawsuit filed against it earlier this year by former state Attorney General Darrell McGraw.
May 29, 2013
Courthouse News Service | May 29, 2013
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to decide whether state court should sort out Mississippi's lawsuit against manufacturers and distributors of liquid crystal display panels.
May 29, 2013
Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell is using illegal, contingency-fee contracts to hire his top campaign contributors to represent the state in its biggest court cases, lawsuit watchdogs allege. And even when Caldwell hires outside lawyers on an hourly basis, there are questions about whether the state is getting its money's worth.
Thomson Reuters | May 29, 2013
U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves of Frankfort, Kentucky, has just contributed a new episode to the ongoing saga of whether state attorneys general may hire contingency-fee lawyers to prosecute cases on behalf of consumers. Last Thursday, in a thoughtful 33-page opinion, the judge ruled that Kentucky's attorney general,Jack Conway, has not violated Merck's constitutional due process rights by using the private firm Garmer & Prather to litigate consumer claims related to Merck's marketing of the pain reliever Vioxx.
May 28, 2013
The Washington Post | May 28, 2013
Bank of America, Wells Fargo and other large banks are dragging their feet in processing homeowners’ requests for lower monthly payments under the $25 billion national mortgage settlement, said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in a letter obtained Friday by The Washington Post.
May 23, 2013
The Recorder | May 23, 2013
In tobacco litigation, as in real estate, the key is location, location, location.
Wall Street Journal | May 23, 2013
LONDON—Pearson PSON.LN -3.40% PLC's book-publishing business, Penguin Group, has agreed to pay $75 million to settle a dispute in the U.S. over the way it priced electronic books, drawing to a close an investigation into the publishing industry's e-book pricing tactics.
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