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AG's office reaches $5.75M settlement with Nationwide

Monday, Jul 6, 2015 @ 8:46am by KYLA ASBURY

WELCH - A $5.75 million settlement has been issued in a lawsuit against Nationwide Insurance that was filed by the attorney general in 2013. By paying the $5.75 million settlement, Nationwide is released from any and all liability in West Virginia arising out of or related to the Farm Bureau discount and/or any and all claims asserted in the lawsuit, according to the settlement agreement. The 2013 lawsuit was originally filed by former Attorney General Darrell McGraw and was taken over by Patr more...

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Man files class action against Johnson & Johnson for wage payment violations

Thursday, Jul 2, 2015 @ 8:27am by LocalLabs News Service

WHEELING - A man filed a class action lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson after he claims it violated the West Virginia Wage Payment and Collection Act. Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. was also named as a defendant in the suit. Stephen A.

Justices side with Rich Rod in home purchase case

Wednesday, Jul 1, 2015 @ 12:14pm by Chris Dickerson

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals ruled in favor of former West Virginia University football coach Rich Rodriguez in a lawsuit filed by a couple who purchased their home. The Supreme Court considered the parties' briefs and the record on appeal and stated that the facts and legal arguments are adequately presented, and the decisional process would not be significantly aided by oral argument, according to the June 12 memorandum decision. "Upon consideration of the standard

Putnam couple says home wasn't built to code

Wednesday, Jul 1, 2015 @ 11:42am by KYLA ASBURY

WINFIELD – A Fraziers Bottom couple is suing Love-Lee Construction after they claim it violated West Virginia code. JPMorgan Chase Bank, Stave Branch Land Development and Poca Valley Bank were also named as defendants in the suit. On June 13, 2013, Jason Drake and Stefanie Drake purchased real property together with a house in Fraziers Bottom to live and raise their family in a secure and safe environment, according to a complaint filed in Putnam Circuit Court. The Drakes claim the property w

Man says company didn't properly install security system

Wednesday, Jul 1, 2015 @ 11:27am by KYLA ASBURY

WINFIELD – A Charleston man is suing Eloop Security LLC after he claims it was negligent in installing and maintaining a security system. George Shawkey owns real property in Putnam County in which he operates a video lottery operation, according to a complaint filed in Putnam Circuit Court. Shawkey claims he entered into a contract with Eloop to provide security for the premises and on Nov. 9, the security system installed by the defendant failed to alert authorities to a breaking and enterin

Woman blames W.Va. Vascular Institute for surgery injuries

Wednesday, Jul 1, 2015 @ 11:12am by KYLA ASBURY

BECKLEY - A McDowell County woman is suing the West Virginia Vascular Institute after she claims she was injured during surgery. Dr. Livio Romani and Appalachian Regional Healthcare were also named as defendants in the suit. On April 25, 2013, Romani performed an exploratory laparotomy and cecotomy on Nancy Shirley at Beckley ARH Hospital, according to a complaint filed in Raleigh Circuit Court. Shirley claims after the surgery, she developed tachycardia, fever, had difficulty urinating, chill

Woman files another lawsuit against Mon General

Wednesday, Jul 1, 2015 @ 10:16am by KYLA ASBURY

MORGANTOWN – Another lawsuit has been filed against Monongalia County General Hospital for discrimination. Mary Alkire was employed by the hospital for 35 years as a dietary aid in the Nutritional Service Department, according to a complaint filed June 23 in Monongalia Circuit Court. Alkire claims in December 2013, following the retirement of Delores Shaffer, she began to experience harassment from her supervisors, mainly Megan and Leah, including overloading her by giving her Shaffer's work a

Two lawsuits filed against Alpha for wage violations

Wednesday, Jul 1, 2015 @ 10:12am by KYLA ASBURY

BECKLEY – Two lawsuits have been filed against Alpha Natural Resources Inc. after the plaintiffs claim Alpha failed to pay their final wages in a timely manner. Independence Coal Company Inc. was also named as a defendant in the suits. David Blankenship and Patrick Williams were employed by Alpha and Independence until Sept. 26, according to two complaints filed in Raleigh Circuit Court. The plaintiffs claim the defendants were obligated to pay them wages in full, including fringe benefits, n

Charleston law firm hit with another malpractice suit

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015 @ 12:31pm by KYLA ASBURY

LOGAN – Another lawsuit has been filed against former attorney R.

Justices uphold decision in firing Charleston police officer

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015 @ 12:27pm by KYLA ASBURY

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals upheld a Kanawha Circuit Court decision in a lawsuit involving the firing of a Charleston police officer who failed to warn a fellow officer of a loaded gun in a vehicle. The court said it found no substantial question of law and no prejudicial error, leading it to affirm the circuit court's order as appropriate, according to the June 22 memorandum decision. On June 9, 2010, during a traffic stop and vehicle search, Rick A.

Man accuses Putnam law firm of debt collection violations

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015 @ 12:18pm by KYLA ASBURY

BECKLEY – A man is suing a Putnam County law firm after he claims it violated the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act. Brandon Boggess became in arrears upon an alleged indebtedness to Atkins & Ogle Law Offices, and the law office began to engage in collection of the indebtedness through the use of telephone calls and written communication, according to a complaint filed June 10 in Raleigh Circuit Court. Boggess claims the defendant engaged in repeated violations of the West Virgi