CHARLESTON -- The contractor that built the new state Department of Environmental Protection headquarters in Kanawha City has sued a security firm for negligence after a construction site robbery in 2003.
CHARLESTON -- The president of the West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association said he hopes the group's recently adopted Code of Prohibited Conduct improves the public's perception of attorneys.
Justice Larry Starcher CHARLESTON -- The city of Charleston is weighing its options a week after the state Supreme Court said it must put its user fee up for vote. Meanwhile, one Supreme Court justice said the $1 weekly fee is a burden on low-income workers in the city. While another justice said the city shouldn't be forced to have an election on the issue.
Steve Cohen CHARLESTON -- Steve Cohen has been named the new executive director of West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse.
CHARLESTON – The state Supreme Court has upheld the state's right to tax coal exports after coal companies argued that the severance tax actually is a sales tax and a violation of federal protections for interstate commerce.
Tommy Toler CHARLESTON -- In a unanimous decision, the state Supreme Court has suspended a Wayne County magistrate for violating judicial ethics. Tommy Toler was suspended, retroactive to July, for four years. That means he won't return to serve the rest of his term to which he was re-elected last fall.
The state Supreme Court of Appeals sided with the City of Charleston as a distributor of alcoholic beverages wanted to recover 20 years of liquor licensing fees.
Justice Robin Davis The West Virginia Supreme Court has affirmed a Fayette County Circuit Court ruling that an insurance company didn’t have a duty to offer a client uninsured and underinsured motor vehicle coverage when he bought or renewed an umbrella insurance policy.
Justice Spike Maynard The state Supreme Court has ordered the City of Charleston to have an election to allow residents to decide whether to keep the $1-a-week user fee.
The West Virginia Supreme Court is requesting public comment on a proposed amendment that would give the circuit court discretion to grant a motion to sever or order other relief in the instance of a joint indictment or consolidated trial.
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CHARLESTON – Steptoe & Johnson PLLC again has made The National Law Journal’s annual survey of the nation’s 250 largest firms. It ranked 244th on the list with 170 lawyers and is the only West Virginia-based firm on the list.
Marc Williams HUNTINGTON – A Huntington attorney has been named Second Vice President of the nation’s largest organization of defense trial lawyers, and he will become president of the group in 2008.
Jack Whittaker WINFIELD – A Putnam County man who pleaded guilty to charges related to a 2004 robbery of a vehicle owned by Powerball winner Jack Whittaker is suing the West Virginia Division of Corrections over his sentencing.
City National Bank headquarters sits just above its Cross Lanes branch. CHARLESTON – City National Bank has filed a lawsuit against a woman and a former lawyer as a result of a home loan gone wrong.
East Point Apostolic Church CHARLESTON – An 84-year-old Charleston woman has sued her church after she fell on a step, claiming she has sustained permanent injuries.
Hampton Inn, Southridge Centre CHARLESTON – A Logan County woman is suing the Hampton Inn, Southridge Centre after she claims she slipped in the lobby of the hotel and injured her knee.
CHARLESTON – A woman is suing a local company and one of its managers in a civil lawsuit stemming from the work-related death of her boyfriend.
CHARLESTON – A Charleston insurance agent miffed that new business promised to him was awarded to other agents, has filed a lawsuit against Nationwide Insurance in Kanawha Circuit Court.