U.S. Chamber urges Tomblin to sign AG 'sunshine bill'

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform is pushing Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to sign legislation providing transparency to how the state Attorney General's office operates. ILR President Lisa A. Rickard applauded the state Legislature for passing House Bill 4007, which promotes transparency and limits contingency fees when the AG's office hires outside private plaintiffs’ lawyers. Read More »

Morrisey hails federal ruling as gun rights victory

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey hailed a federal appeals court decision as a crucial victory in protecting the rights of gun owners across the state and beyond. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday a district court must adopt a strict standard when it reconsiders the constitutionality of a Maryland weapons ban, which prohibits sale, transfer and possession of certain firearms. Read More »

W.Va., other AGs settle with HSBC Mortgage

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has announced a multistate agreement with banking and financial services provider HSBC that will change the company’s servicing standards and provide restitution to affected consumers. The agreement was the result of a joint civil action filed by the U.S. Department of Justice, 49 states and the District of Columbia for misconduct related to their origination and servicing of single-family residential mortgages. Read More »

Freedom claim administrator files suit against chemical maker for 2014 spill

CHARLESTON – The administrator of the claim plan for the 2014 spill that left 300,000 people without water for days has filed a lawsuit against the company that manufactures the leaked chemical. Robert L. Johns, in his capacity as GC Plan Administrator and as Spill Claim Plan Administrator for Freedom Industries, filed the lawsuit Jan. 19 in Kanawha Circuit Court. Freedom Industries Inc. also is listed as a plaintiff in the case against Eastman Chemical Company, which is based in Kingsport, Tenn Read More »

ATRA: McGraw could mean return to Judicial Hellhole list

CHARLESTON – West Virginia could see a quick return to the Judicial Hellholes report if Darrell McGraw is elected to the state Supreme Court, according to a spokesman for the group that compiles the list. “I’d tell Darrell not to embarrass himself,” said Darren McKinney, spokesman for the American Tort Reform Association, said Monday about McGraw’s filing to run for the court. Read More »

Ketchum ready to tackle second time as Chief Justice

CHARLESTON – It’s just a few weeks into his second stint as chief justice, but Menis Ketchum already has had a busy year. The justices of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals already have ruled in a case that determined the balance of the state Senate. He’s had to watch the weather to decide whether to keep the court offices open through winter storm Jonas. He’s had to prepare a budget report for both houses of the state Legislature. And that’s on top of the day-to-day functioning of the s Read More »

AG outside counsel bill passes House, heads to Senate

CHARLESTON – A House bill to codify Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s outside counsel policy is headed to the state Senate. House Bill 4007 passed the House of Delegates on Jan. 25 on a 96-1 vote. It would restrict fees to outside counsel hired by the state Attorney General’s office and prevent those attorneys from contributing to that attorney general’s re-election campaign while working for the state. Read More »