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National group praises W.Va. tort reforms

Wednesday, Jul 1, 2015 @ 12:39pm by Chris Dickerson

WASHINGTON – A national tort reform group has praised West Virginia for leading the way in civil justice reforms this year. The American Tort Reform Association this week issued its annual State Tort Reform Enactments brief. more...

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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

Clarksburg man says McElroy Mine was unsafe

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015 @ 12:08pm by KYLA ASBURY

WHEELING – A Clarksburg man is suing McElroy Coal Company after he claims it subjected him to an unsafe workplace. Consol Energy Inc. was also named as a defendant in the suit. Ronald Miller was employed as a head-gate operator at the McElroy Mine, according to a complaint filed June 9 in the U.S.

Woman sues man's estate, Speedway for drunk driver injuries

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015 @ 11:54am by KYLA ASBURY

LOGAN – A Harts woman is suing the Logan County sheriff after she claims a drunk driver caused her injuries. Margaret Bryant, Speedway Superamerica LLC, Eddie Mullins and John Doe and/or Jane Doe were also named as defendants in the suit. Logan County Sheriff Sonya M.

Man sues United Healthcare for breach of contract

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015 @ 11:46am by KYLA ASBURY

BECKLEY – A Raleigh County man is suing United Healthcare Services after he claims it breached its contract with him. Ryan Snuffer had medical coverage through UHS beginning in 2008, which covered his daughter, H.S.'s medical treatment, according to a complaint filed May 11 in Raleigh Circuit Court and removed to federal court on June 17. Snuffer claims his daughter has a rare condition and is prescribed treatment and medication that allowed her to thrive. The treatment was made available in

USSC says EPA was ‘unreasonable’ to not consider cost

Monday, Jun 29, 2015 @ 3:45pm by Jessica Karmasek

WASHINGTON – The U.S.