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  • Refunds coming for some Mass. customers of John Hancock Life Insurance

    Coakley BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – Some senior citizens in Massachusetts will be refunded more than $550,000 in a settlement reached on Friday by state Attorney General Martha Coakley with John Hancock Life Insurance Company after allegations that a company representative sold unsuitable...

  • Partners Healthcare agrees to price cap in Massachusetts

    Coakley BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced on Thursday that as part of its acquisition of Hallmark Health Centers, Partners Healthcare agreed to additional concessions, including a price cap for six-and-a-half years and an agreement to...

  • N.Y. AG settles with jail medical care provider after deaths

    Schneiderman ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman recently announced a settlement with Correctional Medical Care Inc. (CMC), a Pennsylvania-based company, after it allegedly violated its contract with Monroe and Tioga counties. The settlement...

  • Md. AG issues order against Benefits U Earned

    Gansler BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) – Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced on Thursday that his Consumer Protection Division has issued a final orrder against Benefits U Earned LLC and its owner James E. Mack, formerly of Accokeek, for allegedly violating the Maryland...

  • Maryland’s share of Medtronic settlement is $6K

    BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) – A case brought by Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, other states and the federal government alleging Medtronic Inc. paid kickbacks to persuade physicians to use their cardiac rhythm products was recently settled. Gansler The settlement agreement...

  • California’s AG shrugs off notion of succeeding Holder

    WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – With her Nov. 4 victory all but secured, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, a rising star in the Democratic Party, says she’s staying focused on remaining the state’s chief lawyer. On Thursday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation,...

  • La. U.S. Senate race still tight; Ernst has six-point lead in one Iowa poll

    WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – With only five weeks to go until the general election, no candidate in the Louisiana U.S. Senate race has pulled away from the other, though the Republican in the Iowa U.S. Senate race has opened a six-point lead. In Louisiana, incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu, a...

  • Study examining defensive medicine costs fuels med-mal cap debate

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – A Southern California columnist who calls the savings from tort reform “mythical” is pointing to a new study examining the costs of defensive medicine to support his argument. However, two California legal watchdog groups say the facts expel the myths....

  • No trends in asbestos replacement part cases, attorneys from both sides say

    ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) – As more asbestos defendants seek bankruptcy protection, replacement part lawsuits have become more common in asbestos litigation – but two attorneys agree there seems to be no trend as states rule down the middle on the subject. Asbestos attorneys Tobin Taylor...

  • Study: Patent trolls, which tend to go after cash-rich companies, will hurt the economy

    DALLAS (Legal Newsline) – A recent study has found that companies that sue other companies that make goods or products, but don’t manufacture anything themselves, are a threat to innovation and the economy in the United States. Gurun The paper, “Patent Trolls: Evidence from Targeted...

  • Medicare set-asides can protect attorneys in settled asbestos cases, attorney advises

    ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) – Just as jury verdicts take medical expenses into consideration in asbestos lawsuits, set-asides for medical expenses can also be important when settling cases, a settlement expert recently said. Clayton Starnes, Vice President of Business Development of Shapiro...

  • Another class action filed against Pixar, others alleging Sherman Act violations

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – A California woman is suing Pixar after she claims it violated the Sherman Act by entering into anti-solicitation and compensation-suppressing agreements with other animation studios. The genesis of the anti-solicitation and compensation-suppressing...

  • Attorney: Texas asbestos decision ‘absolutely not’ gaining traction in other jurisdictions

    ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) – A Texas defense attorney recently said that as asbestos litigation changes, the laws governing legal causation must also change – and the recent Bostic decision from the Texas Supreme Court is a prime example of that change despite the fact that it is not having a...

  • Next asbestos bankruptcy could see Garlock-style fight or Bondex-style deal

    WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) – When the next asbestos-related bankruptcy occurs, the Garlock Sealing Technologies case and Bondex International case will provide the debtor with two separate approaches for resolving disputes over asbestos liability. “What approach (debtors) adopt (in...

  • Seventh Circuit orders Wis. court to decide fate of investigation into Gov. Walker

    Walker CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – A federal appeals court has ruled that a lower court was wrong to stop a “John Doe” proceeding initiated by a Wisconsin district attorney against Gov. Scott Walker. On Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit reversed an injunction granted...



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