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DuPont wins new trial in Spelter case

Chris Rizo Mar. 26, 2010, 11:34am

CHARLESTON (Legal Newsline)- The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia on Friday reduced the punitive damages award won by residents of Spelter in a pollution class action lawsuit against DuPont Co.

W.Va. still last for business-friendly courts, survey finds

Chris Rizo Mar. 22, 2010, 2:24am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-- West Virginia still holds the distinction of having the most anti-business courts in the nation, a survey released today indicates.

O'Connor leads push against judicial elections

Chris Rizo Dec. 17, 2009, 2:50am

O'Connor DENVER -- Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor is leading the push against the election of judges, saying the process taints jurists who depend on political contributions to keep their places on the bench.

Report: States not using settlement funds for tobacco programs

Chris Rizo Dec. 17, 2009, 2:45am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-- Although states are raking in billions of dollars in revenue this year from the 1998 tobacco multistate settlement, officials are spending a paltry amount on antismoking efforts, a national report says.

Obama reiterates support for tort reform

Chris Rizo Sep. 15, 2009, 3:00am

Obama WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- President Barack Obama again has said he is willing to address problems with medical malpractice lawsuits in his push for a national health care overhaul.

Pfizer reaches $2.3 billion federal settlement

Chris Rizo Sep. 2, 2009, 3:46pm

Sebelius WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-- Pfizer Inc. and a subsidiary have reached a $2.3 billion settlement Wednesday with the U.S. government over the pharmaceutical giant's now-withdrawn medication Bextra and other medications.

Holder urged to investigate asbestos fraud

Chris Rizo May 4, 2009, 1:45am

Holder WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- The U.S. Justice Department should investigate evidence suggesting there is widespread fraud by trial lawyers litigating asbestos-related cases, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says.

Dell settles with McGraw, 33 other states

Chris Rizo Jan. 12, 2009, 6:00am

Dell Inc., one of the world's largest computer companies, has agreed to pay $3.35 million to settle claims by 34 state attorneys general, including West Virginia's Darrell McGraw, that the company used deceptive financing and warranty practices.

McGraw urges changes in Bankruptcy Code

Chris Rizo Jan. 8, 2009, 5:51am

McGraw WASHINGTON-A coalition of 22 state attorneys general, including West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw, are asking Congress to loosen U.S. bankruptcy rules so judges can modify home loans to help reduce the tide of home foreclosures.

Republican AG candidates pledge greater transparency

Chris Rizo Oct. 21, 2008, 12:00pm

Greear COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Republican candidates for attorney general in Ohio and West Virginia have pledged to run their respective offices with a greater degree of transparency and accountability.

McGraw in on JK Harris settlement

Chris Rizo Jun. 19, 2008, 4:25am

McGraw CHARLESTON - A South Carolina firm that promised to settle consumer tax debts has agreed to pay $1.5 million in restitution and change its advertising, under an agreement with 18 state attorneys general.

Weiss shortchanged shareholders, report says

Chris Rizo May 29, 2008, 3:45am

Weiss WASHINGTON - Disgraced securities lawyer Melvyn Weiss, who awaits sentencing for illegally paying clients to file shareholder complaints, actually injured shareholders, a report released Wednesday indicates.