AG's in the News - 2008 Archives
California Attorney General Jerry Brown urges court to overturn Proposition 8 (December 20, 2008)
In a surprising reversal, California Attorney General Jerry Brown is asking the state Supreme Court to overturn Proposition 8, the ban on gay marriage approved by voters last month.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Corbett Announces a Multi-State, $7 Million Settlement with Airborne Health, Inc., Over Charges of Deceptive Advertising (December 16, 2008)
Pennsylvania, along with 31 other states and the District of Columbia, reached a $7 million settlement with Airborne Health, Inc., and its owners, over allegations of deceptive advertising and marketing of numerous products containing their Airborne Effervescent Health Formula.
Mattel to Pay $12 Million to End States’ Lead Probe (December 15, 2008)
Mattel Inc., the world’s biggest toymaker, agreed to pay $12 million to 39 U.S. states to settle claims it shipped toys tainted with lead paint, according to Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley.
Midland National Settles Lawsuit with Minnesota Attorney General's Office (December 15, 2008)
Midland National Life Insurance Company announced today that it has entered into a settlement agreement with the Minnesota Attorney General's Office relating to the sale of deferred annuities in Minnesota.
Madigan may take Blagojevich to high court (December 10, 2008)
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has announced that she is willing to invoke a state Supreme Court rule that would allow justices to vote to remove Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was arrested on December 9 on a number of corruption charges.
College Board Settles State Loan Probes (December 9, 2008)
The College Board, the nonprofit best known for administering college-admissions tests, agreed to settle state investigations into its student loans. The group will invest $675,000 to develop tools to help identify the loan options as part of the settlement.
NC Attorney General puts Hickory grant scam out of business (December 9, 2008)
A Hickory company that took people's money but failed to help them get free government grants as promised has been barred permanently from offering grants or credit repair and ordered to pay nearly $200,000 to consumers, Attorney General Roy Cooper announced today.
Gansler to Aid Justice Transition but Intends to Keep His Day Job (December 7, 2008)
Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler has joined Barack Obama’s presidential transition team as an adviser on matters related to the Justice Department. Gansler, a co-chair of Obama’s campaign within the state, has denied interest in serving in the Obama administration post-transition.
Brown challenges feds, state Capitol on global warming (December 1, 2008)
California Attorney General Jerry Brown, who has frequently criticized the Environmental Protection Agency for what he views as inactivity on global warming, has issued a sharply critical comment on the EPA’s proposed regulation procedures.
In addition, Brown, along with 13 other attorneys general and a number of mayors and environmental officials, challenged the EPA in a joint letter to more strongly support and enforce anti-global warming measures. Click here to read the letter.
State Attorney General: Outside lawyers should not have been hired (November 30, 2008)
A dispute between North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper and State TreasurerRichard Moore has developed over Moore’s decision to hire outside attorneys for a class-action lawsuit against Freddie Mac, which Cooper claims broke state law.
AG Shuts Down Two Mortgage Originators (November 12, 2008)
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office announced Wednesday that it has secured a preliminary injunction against two mortgage originators accused of deceptive mortgage practices.
Texas AG Files Suit Against Darque Tan (November 11, 2008)
The Texas Attorney General’s office filed suit this week against the parent company of Darque Tan, accusing the tanning salon business of conducting an unlawful marketing campaign.
Coakley: Forensics Testimony a Burden (November 11, 2008)
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley told the Supreme Court yesterday that requiring forensic scientists to testify at criminal trials where their reports are presented as evidence would place an undue burden on the state's already-backlogged drug testing system.
Craigslist Search to Help Cops Fight Crime (November 9, 2008)
Bowing to a challenge from the Connecticut Attorney General’s Office, the popular Web site craigslist.org last week unveiled new search tools for use by law enforcement aimed at helping track down exploited children and victims of human trafficking.
Attorney general tightens grip on records (October 26, 2008)
Alaska Attorney General Talis Colberg has ordered state commissioners to get the approval of his agency, the Department of Law, before answering public records requests. Since Gov. Sarah Palin was named the Republican Vice Presidential nominee, the state has received an unprecedented flood of such requests.
Voters have three choices for state Attorney General (October 26, 2008)
Take a closer look at the candidates in the Ohio Attorney General race: Democrat Richard Cordray, Republican Mike Crites, and Independent Robert Owens.
N.C. to get $1.2M in Pfizer settlement (October 22, 2008)
North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper has announced a settlement with the drug company Pfizer for $60 million. Pfizer was under investigation from attorneys general in 33 states for allegedly misrepresenting the effects of drugs, including Celebrex and Bextra.
Attorney General Sues to Block Merger of Major Beef Processors (October 20, 2008)
Kansas Attorney General Steve Six filed suit Monday along with the United States Department of Justice and a number of other state attorneys general to block the acquisition by JBS Beef, SA, of National Beef Packing Co.
“The Party’s Over” for AIG says Cuomo (October 15, 2008)
Attorney General of New York Andrew Cuomo announced today that he will be investigating all of AIG’s expenses since January 2007. According to Cuomo, AIG, a recipient of federal bailout funds, has been funding “outrageous” expenditures, leaving taxpayers to clean up the mess.
Attorney General Warns of Illegal Vacation Package Marketing (October 14, 2008)
State Attorney General Tom Corbett has announced lawsuits against four Florida-based companies accused of illegally marketing vacation packages. He said the companies lured Pennsylvania consumers into buying timeshares they did not want and could not afford.
Idaho Attorney General Working to Help Borrowers with Sub Prime Mortgages (October 10, 2008)
Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden is negotiating with Countrywide Financial Corporation to participate in an $8.4 billion agreement to help borrowers with sub prime mortgages.
[Florida] Attorney General to Subpoena Gas Station Owners (September 14, 2008)
Attorney General Bill McCollum announced Sunday that his office would be sending subpoenas to the company headquarters of gas stations accusing of price-gouging during Hurricane Ike.
New York Attorney General Cuomo to Sue Merrill Lynch (August 15, 2008)
In the latest development in New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s investigation into the auction-rate securities market, his office will soon take legal action against Merrill Lynch (MER: 25.19, +0.85, +3.49%).
Missouri attorney general files suit against JK Harris (August 14, 2008)
The attorney general of Missouri has filed a lawsuit against a North Charleston company that offers help to taxpayers who owe money to the Internal Revenue Service, alleging that it failed to provide the services it promised and didn't provide refunds to customers who complained.
Texas AG files suit against firm for selling fake tickets (August 11, 2008)
The Texas Attorney General's office is suing an Austin-based ticket company for selling fake tickets to the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony.
Probe: Teens worked illegally at Agriprocessors (August 6, 2008)
The Agriprocessors meat-processing plant in Postville could be hit with up to $1 million in fines as a result of alleged violations of child-labor laws. The state's labor commissioner is asking Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller to pursue charges against Agriprocessors for what is alleged to be a record-setting number of criminal violations related to underage Iowa workers.
Prop. 8 not retroactive, Jerry Brown says (August 5, 2008)
If voters approve a November ballot measure banning same-sex marriages in California, thousands of gay and lesbian weddings conducted since the state Supreme Court legalized the unions on May 15 will probably remain valid, Attorney General Jerry Brown said Monday.
AG Investigates Ga. Academic Program (August 4, 2008)
Attorney General Thurbert Baker has launched a probe into the alleged mismanagement of funds in a teacher-coaching program once championed by Gov. Sonny Perdue.
Lawsuit over potato chip ingredient settled (August 2, 2008)
Frito-Lay and two other potato chip companies have agreed to reduce the levels of a cancer-causing chemical in their products in a settlement of a state lawsuit, Attorney General Jerry Brown said Friday. The court-approved settlement comes three years after Brown's predecessor, Bill Lockyer, sued fast-food chains and potato chip companies, saying they had failed to warn California consumers about the dangers of acrylamide.
UBS agrees to pay $1m to Mass. (July 31, 2008)
UBS AG agreed to pay Massachusetts $1 million to settle an investigation by Attorney General Martha Coakley into the marketing of auction-rate securities to 20 towns and public agencies in the state. The payment follows a May agreement between the Zurich-based bank and the attorney general to return nearly $37 million to 17 towns and cities that invested in the securities, as well as to the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority. In addition to paying the state $1 million, UBS also will repay a total of $3.4 million to the towns of Norwood and Southborough and the cities of Fall River and Woburn.
California ‘to sue on emissions’ (July 31, 2008)
California and five other US states are set to sue the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) if it does not act soon to cut pollution, officials say.
Connecticut Opens New Assault on Credit Agencies (July 30, 2008)
Connecticut AG Richard Blumenthal is suing Moody’s, Fitch, and Standard and Poor’s for giving artificially low credit scores to cities and towns across the state. Blumenthal said those actions are costing taxpayers millions of dollars because of unnecessary bond insurance and elevated interest rates on municipal borrowings.
Bruning Praises New [Internet] Agreement (July 20, 2008)
Attorney General Jon Bruning praised an agreement reached between the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA), the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), and the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG). Under the agreement, cable operators that bring Internet service to 87 percent of homes will take additional voluntary measures to limit the distribution of child pornography. Bruning was one 45 attorneys general who signed a letter in support of the agreement.
Attorney General Conway Announces Bristol-Myers Squibb Settlement (July 15, 2008)
The National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units announced on July 15, 2008 that 43 states, the District of Columbia, and the federal government have settled with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMS) and its former wholly owner subsidiary Apothecon, Inc., to resolve allegations of illegal drug marketing and pricing of prescription medication paid by the participating states' Medicaid programs totaling $389 million plus interest.
Attorney General Unveils Internet Safety Site (July 11, 2008)
Kansas Attorney General Stephen Six has unveiled a new Internet safety web site geared toward children, teenagers, parents, and consumers to increase Internet safety education.
State Attorney General Says Video Game Inappropriate for Teens (July 8, 2008)
Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has taken on an alcohol-themed video game that he says is inappropriately rated "suitable" for teenagers. In response, the manufacturer has agreed to change the title of the game "Beer Pong" to "Pong Toss" and eliminate all references to alcohol.
Anheuser to Stop Selling Alcoholic Energy Drinks(June 27, 2008)
Anheuser-Busch Cos. will stop making and selling caffeinated alcoholic drinks as part of a settlement with 11 state attorneys general.
Illinois to Sue Countrywide (June 25, 2008)
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is suing Countrywide Financial, the troubled mortgage lender, and Angelo R. Mozilo, its chief executive, contending that the company and its executives defrauded borrowers in the state by selling them costly and defective loans that quickly went into foreclosure.
Iowa Attorney General warns Iowans to beware of disaster-related scams (June 23, 2008)
The Iowa Attorney General Office is warning Iowans to be on the lookout for con-artists trying to cheat tornado or flood victims.Traveling “scam-artists” sometimes migrate into storm or flood areas to capitalize on high demand for repairs and clean-up, but a shortage of contractors. This article contains tips on how to avoid scams.
AG Cuomo announces $600K in settlements with law firms (June 18, 2008)
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced today that he has reached settlement agreements with two law firms and their partners in connection with what he called abuses of the public pension systems.
Rhode Island Hosts Meeting of Attorneys General (June 15, 2008)
The National Association of Attorneys General will hold their annual summer conference this week in Rhode Island, where RI attorney general Patrick Lynch will assume the presidency of the organization.
Attorney General Sues Contractors for Bad Work (June 14, 2008)
Attorney general Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania is suing eleven home improvement contractors for “accepting payment from consumers but failing to begin projects, failing to complete projects, or performing the work in a shoddy or unsatisfactory manner.”
18 state AGs settle with SC tax debt firm (June 12, 2008)
A Charleston firm that claimed to offer people help settling their tax debt agreed to change its advertising and pay $1.5 million in restitution under a settlement with attorneys general in 18 states: Arkansas, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, and West Virginia.
Net Providers to Block Sites with Child Sex (June 10, 2008)
Three internet service providers have agreed to restrict access to internet bulletin boards and web sites that disseminate child pornography. The agreement follows an eight-month investigation by the office of New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo in which undercover agents posed as subscribers and complained about the proliferation of child pornography. After initially ignoring the complaints, the companies agreed to cooperate when the involvement of the AG office became known to them and threats of fraud and deceptive business practices charges were leveled against them.
NH no longer asking Calif. court to delay marriage ruling (May 31, 2008)
New Hampshire no longer is asking the California Supreme Court to delay finalizing its ruling to legalize same-sex marriage. Attorney General Kelly Ayotte announced that New Hampshire was withdrawing from the request because the state addresses the recognition issue in its civil union law.
Judge Finds Dell Engaged In Deceptive Practices (May 27, 2008)
In a decision dated Friday and released Tuesday regarding Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's suit filed last year against Dell and its Dell Financial Services LP, New York State Supreme Court Justice Joseph C. Teresi in Albany ruled that Dell engaged in deceptive practices regarding its advertisement of attractive financing terms to purchase computers, its advertising of technical support that purchasers were entitled to under their warranties and administratrion of its rebate program.
Ohio Securities Case Widens To Include Losses In Housing Market (May 26, 2008)
The Ohio Attorney General's Office, which has been prosecuting a securities class action case against American International Group, Inc. (AIG) and 22 other defendants for more than three years, announced its intention to add claims relating to AIG's recent multi-billion dollar write-downs stemming from its exposure to problems in the residential housing market.
AG: Archdiocese agrees to give up control of hospital system (May 21, 2008)
Attorney General Martha Coakley announced Tuesday that the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston has agreed to give up control of its financially struggling chain of six eastern Massachusetts hospitals, but will still retain authority over moral and ethical issues. Under terms of an agreement with the Attorney General’s Office, the archdiocese essentially retains veto power over major strategic moves, including major transactions, Catholic identity, bylaw and charter changes as well as the hiring of the president and chief executive officer.
Texas attorney general's two-year effort fails to unravel large-scale voter-fraud schemes (May 18, 2008)
Two years ago, Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott pledged to root out what he called an epidemic of voter fraud in Texas. He established a special unit in his office, tapped a $1.4 million federal crime-fighting grant and dispatched investigators and since then, Mr. Abbott has prosecuted 26 cases – all against Democrats, and almost all involving blacks or Hispanics, a review by The Dallas Morning News shows. Democrats accuse Mr. Abbott of a partisan operation to discourage voters, especially minorities.
North Carolina bans illegal immigrants from community colleges (May 14, 2004)
North Carolina community colleges yesterday banned illegal immigrants from seeking degrees, creating a new policy that is among the most restrictive in the US. Community college system President Scott Ralls said he based the decision on the advice of the state attorney general's office, which said last week that federal law appears to ban states from enrolling illegal immigrants in state colleges and universities. It comes despite the federal government's assertion last week that it has no authority over admissions at North Carolina colleges and despite Governor Mike Easley's request that the colleges remain open to all students.
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Attorneys general meet to discuss energy issues (May 5, 2008)
The National Association of Attorneys General conference on energy brings together attorneys general from all 50 states who will be briefed on how numerous energy issues are likely to end up before them in coming years. Those issues will include the siting of power plants, efforts to restrict energy use, efforts to mandate how much power must come from renewable resources and myriad other issues.
Nebraska Attorney General Refuses to File Lawsuit to Protect Immigrants' Fair Housing Rights (May 1, 2008)
Attorney General Jon Bruning argues that America's federal 1996 welfare reform law prohibits him from providing legal services to illegal immigrants, pointing to a section that says only legal residents should get state or local public benefits. Immigration activists suggest they may be laying the groundwork for a first-of-its-kind lawsuit, with Bruning as the defendant.
Attorney General's office targets environment, smoking and safety (April 26, 2008)
Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal outlines some of the top issues his office is focused on for 2008. Among them: the environment, consumer protection and bans on smoking.
Attorney General Cuomo urges homeowners to be informed when exploring refinancing options (April 24, 2008)
Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today announced his office has stopped Upstate Capital, Inc., a Syracuse-area reverse mortgage lender, from preying on seniors statewide through false advertising and portraying itself to be a local non-profit organization.The company must reform its marketing practices and indicate that it is a registered mortgage/reverse mortgage broker, as well as pay $20,000 in costs and penalties to the state.
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Connecticut Attorney General Renews Call For Ban On Drug Company Gifts To Doctors (April 22, 2008)
Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, in formal testimony today, called for a prohibition against drug company gifts and other benefits provided to doctors that may improperly influence health care decisions.
Ohio Attorney General Speaks On Campus: The Predatory Lending Debacle (April 21, 2008)
Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann delivered a free lecture about the predatory lending crisis sweeping the nation at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law on Apr. 14. Dann, a Democrat and former Ohio Senator, combined sharp criticisms of the federal government with an overview of what the state is doing to fill the resulting vacuum of responsibility, such as Ohio's foreclosure prevention effort called 'Save the Dream' in which more than 1100 attorneys are working for free to help homeowners at risk of foreclosure.
Attorney general sues foreclosure firms(April 17, 2008)
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson on Thursday sued six out-of-state foreclosure consulting companies (National Foreclosure Relief, Lewis Loss Mitigation of Alabama, D.R. Financial Services of California, American Foreclosure Specialists of Oklahoma, Mortgage Default Assistance of Florida, and Home Assure of Florida) who she claims defrauded Minnesota homeowners out of thousands of dollars.
Craigslist, FBI, Washington State Attorney General, US Postal Inspector, PayPal, Microsoft, Symantec and MySpace Converge at the Authentication and Online Trust Summit to Share Best Practices for Online Safety (April 15, 2008)
The Authentication and Online Trust Alliance (AOTA) announced keynote speakers for its 4th annual Summit focused on enhancing online trust, confidence and brand protection from escalating online threats.Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna will join Chris Siouris, U.S. postal inspector, cyber investigations, Hemanshu Nigram, chief security officer of Fox Interactive Media and MySpace, in delivering a keynote titled “Defining Customer Trust Points,” on the best practices for fighting cybercrime and protecting businesses and consumers online.
Illinois Attorney General Madigan Files Suit Against Chicago Mortgage Rescue Fraud Company (April 9, 2008)
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit late yesterday against Victory Consulting and Investments Inc., a Chicago-based mortgage rescue fraud firm, for allegedly violating the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act for activities that have caused at least five homeowners to lose their homes to foreclosure.
Attorney General: Almost All of 156 Payday Outlets in Arkansas Plan to Close (April 8, 2008)
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says most of the payday lending companies operating in Arkansas have said they will close in response to his threat last month to sue them if they continued to do business in the state. McDaniel targeted 156 payday lending locations in a March 18th letter, informing their operators that they were violating the state constitution by charging more than 17 percent interest.
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Attorney general kicks off domestic-violence awareness month in Pittsburg (April 4, 2008)
Kansas Attorney General Stephen Six gave a boost to the kickoff event Friday morning for a student-led campaign to raise domestic-violence awareness at Pittsburg State University. Friday’s event, White Ribbon Day, will kick off a month of activities aimed at raising awareness of domestic violence.
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Attorney general calls state's auto insurance Web site 'misleading' (April 2, 2008)
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley claims that the auto insurance website, autoratecompare.doi.state.ma.us, which is intended to provide consumers with the best rates on auto insurance, in fact is only 20 to 40 percent accurate. Coakley has called on Insurance Commissioner Nonnie Burns to revamp the website rather than dismantle it.
IL Attorney General Files Suit Against Advantage Mortgage Counseling (March 27, 2008)
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court against Chicago-based Advantage Mortgage Counseling for engaging in deceptive lending practices that have resulted in the loss of at least one consumer's home.
Attorney General Shuts Down 7 Lending Companies (March 18, 2008)
The California state Attorney General's Office Tuesday shut down six lending companies (Lifetime Financial, Nations Mortgage, Greenleaf Lending, Virtual Escrow, Olympic Escrow and Direct Credit Solutions) that allegedly pushed homeowners into "illegal and unconscionable loans." Attorney General Jerry Brown, who is also asking for $20 million in penalties and restitution, said he expects to bring civil and criminal action against other lenders and foreclosure consultants who are also allegedly violating the law.
AR Attorney General Asks Payday Lenders to Shut Down or Face Lawsuits (March 18, 2008)
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDanielis sending letters to about 60 companies that run 156 payday lending firms in Arkansas telling the companies to stop lending and to stop collections on any current or past-due debt or else be sued by the attorney general's office. McDaniel expects written responses from the companies no later than April 4th.
Attorney general proposes law to fight corruption (March 18, 2008)
Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch has proposed a bill that would correct the fact that, in spite of being a state well versed in public corruption, Rhode Island currently has no law that designates corruption as illegal. The bill would extend the statute of limitations for any such crime to 10 years, and violators would be punishable with imprisonment of up to 10 years and a fine of up to $150,000.
Attorney general counsels young consumers (March 17, 2008)
Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard was at the University of Arizona Friday to promote his new Consumer Guide for Young Adults.The guide is a 27-page booklet with tips to guide people in their late teens and early 20s through first-time financial decisions such as buying cars, applying for credit cards and signing leases.
Del. pays outside lawyers big fees (March 9, 2008)
Delaware taxpayers have paid more than $17 million since 2003 to private law firms for work state lawyers are supposed to handle.James Tierney, former Maine Attorney General and current Director of the National State Attorneys General Program at Columbia University Law School, comments on why the bulk of taxpayers' legal work should be performed by government lawyers.
How Can Gaithersburg Prevent Day Laborers From Gathering? (March 6, 2008)
Last week, Maryland Attoryney General Douglas Gansler rejected an anti-solicitation ordinance passed by the City Council that would have made looking for work or workers along city streets a misdemeanor by claiming that the rule violated the First Amendment and Maryland’s vehicle laws.
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Illinois AG subpoenas Countrywide, Wells Fargo (March 6, 2008)
Illinois attorney general Lisa Madigan on Thursday subpoenaed units of Countrywide Financial Corp (CFC.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and Wells Fargo & Co (WFC.N: Quote, Profile, Research) in a probe of whether the companies violated federal lending and civil rights laws by steering minority borrowers into more expensive loans.
Related Article: “Mortgage documents subpoenaed: Madigan continues probe of loan firm on steering practices”
Attorney General Martha Coakley comes out for civil rights protections for transgender community (March 7, 2008)
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is supporting House Bill 1722, a proposal to amend the state’s civil rights laws to provide protections based on gender identity and expression.
Connecticut Attorney General subpoenas bond insurers (January 29, 2008)
Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has subpoenaed bond insurers, including MBIA Inc (MBI.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and Ambac Financial Group Inc (ABK.N: Quote, Profile, Research), as part of a widening probe into who is to blame for the U.S. subprime mortgage crisis.
AG looking into $16.4m severance (January 28, 2008)
Attorney General Martha Coakley is investigating the $16.4 million retirement benefit Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts made to William C. Van Faasen, the insurer's former chairman and chief executive, who retired Jan. 1.Coakley is also examining the new management structure at Blue Cross-Blue Shield under which Cleve L. Killingsworth holds the positions of chairman and chief executive.
Maryland Attorney General Gansler Calls Upon the EPA to Act Upon Supreme Court Climate Change Ruling (January 25, 2008)
Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler today announced that Maryland, Along with Attorneys General from 17 other state and local governments sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the agency’s lack of progress in responding to last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Massachusetts v. EPA.The states are considering further legal action to compel EPA’s compliance with the Supreme Court’s mandate and issue regulations to curb greenhouse gas emissions without further delay.
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Attorney General To Hold Foreclosure Forum (January 23, 2008)
Michigan's Attorney General Mike Cox has organized a forum where lenders and loan service companies will answer questions and give advice to homeowners who are having problems making their payments.
Ohio attorney general sues Freddie Mac over alleged mortgage fraud (January 22, 2008)
Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann last Friday filed a securities fraud class action lawsuit against Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation in federal court in Youngstown, Ohio, on behalf of Ohio Public Employees Retirement System and all other purchasers of Freddie Mac common stock from August 1, 2006 through November 23, 2007.The complaint alleges that Freddie Mac and its top executives artificially inflated the company’s publicly traded common stock.
No Driver’s Licenses for Legal Immigrants (January 22, 2008)
Last month, Attorney General Mike Cox decided to reverse the state's practice of allowing illegal immigrants to get driver's licenses. However, on Monday, Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land announced that neither legal nor illegal residents will be allowed to get a Michigan driver’s license. Land is working to change state law so those here legally but temporarily -- such as international students and workers -- will be able to get a license.
Attorney general criticizes hospitals (January 22, 2008)
Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann says he wants the state's 174 non-profit hospitals to provide more information about their finances. Dann’s mission picks up on his predecessor Dan Petro’s efforts to have hospitals register with his office, outline measures taken to prevent fraud, adopt policies on collecting bills and prove that their rates for treating indigent patients are reasonable.
Supreme Court Steps Into Suit Over Advertising of 'Light' Cigarettes (January 22, 2008)
The Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide whether tobacco companies can be sued under state law for allegedly deceptive advertising of "light" cigarettes or whether federal law bars such lawsuits. A federal judge initially threw out a suit filed by three Maine residents against Altria Group Inc. and its Philip Morris USA Inc. subsidiary. A separate federal lawsuit filed by smokers is pending in New York. The class action suit alleges tobacco companies violated federal racketeering laws by promoting light cigarettes as lower-risk alternatives to regular cigarettes even though their internal documents showed they knew the risks were about the same.
AG fines over child labor (January 17, 2008)
A sweep of Massachusetts mall retailers during December’s busy holiday shopping season resulted in 31 stores earning fines for 177 violations of state child labor laws. The biggest offenders were the Hollister Co. stores at the Burlington Mall and Cape Cod Mall in Hyannis, which accounted for more than 60 percent of the citations issued.
AG contests attract serious attention (January 17, 2008)
In 2008, 10 states will hold elections for attorney general. This is the first of "Out There"'s periodic assessments of these contests, which are rated “Vulnerable” for the party in power (West Virginia, Montana, Missouri), “Worth Watching” (Pennsylvania, Indiana, Washington State, North Carolina) or “Safe” (Oregon, Utah, Vermont).
Cuomo Stands Alone on 2nd Amendment (January 14, 2008)
In arguing that the Second Amendment does not limit the power of state governments to regulate gun ownership, NY Attorney General Cuomo is finding himself largely alone among state attorneys general.Former attorney general of Maine and current Director of National State Attorneys General Program at Columbia University, James Tierney, comments on possible reasons for the lack of support.
State lawmakers wrestle with abusive lending (January 14, 2008)
At least eight states— Colorado, Connecticut, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina and Rhode Island — passed laws in 2007 to curtail predatory lending.Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller suggests that more states and cities would take on questionable lending practices more aggressively if federal law didn't limit them.
MySpace Gets Serious About Protecting Children Online (January 14, 2008)
A group of Attorneys General today with MySpace announced a task joint force and new efforts by the site to better protect children from online predators and educate parents about the risks of social networking sites.The site will work with the attorneys general to form the Internet Safety Technical Task Force, aimed at developing and improving technical safeguards such as secure identity verification.
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N.Y., Connecticut Probe Wall Street Loan Disclosures (Update2) (January 12, 2008)
Attorneys General of N.Y. and Connecticut cooperate in investigation of whether banks such as Citigroup Inc. and Bank of America Corp., left out material details in their disclosures about the risks posed by extremely high-risk loans, deceiving credit-rating agencies and investors.
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