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43 states reach $33M settlement with Johnson & Johnson

Chris Dickerson May 24, 2017, 12:07pm

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Attorney General's office, along with 42 other AGs, have reached a $33 million settlement with Johnson & Johnson subsidiary McNeil-PPC Inc. regarding representation of product quality. West Virginia’s share will exceed $440,000. The settlement resolves allegations that McNeil unlawfully promoted its over-the-counter drugs as meeting federal standards for manufacturing.

West Virginia to get $200K in Target data breach settlement

Chris Dickerson May 24, 2017, 11:46am

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced an $18.5 million settlement between national retailer Target, 47 states and the District of Columbia to resolve allegations stemming from a massive data breach in 2013.

AG's office leads push to roll back EPA regulations

Chris Dickerson May 23, 2017, 1:38pm

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is leading an eight-state coalition in establishing a list of federal regulations that should be repealed, replaced or modified.

Blankenship urges Trump to fight stricter sentences for coal execs

Chris Dickerson May 17, 2017, 11:43am

CHARLESTON – Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship is asking President Trump to fight legislation that would administer tougher sentences to coal executives convicted of mine safety violations.

Group calls $45M water crisis settlement for lawyers 'lawsuit greed'

Chris Dickerson May 12, 2017, 11:48am

CHARLESTON – A legal reform group is calling the $45 million fee request for the plaintiffs attorneys who have worked on the 2014 water crisis lawsuit and settlement a prime example of “lawsuit greed.” The executive director of West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse also said he hopes the fee amount will be “greatly reduced.” One of the attorneys who worked on the class action case, however, says the request is reasonable and says most people don’t understand all of the work and money that goes into handling such a case. And the president of a statewide group for trial lawyers says CALA is trying to distort the facts.

Couple blames Charleston veterinary hospital for dog's death

Chris Dickerson May 10, 2017, 3:42pm

CHARLESTON – A Charleston couple has filed a lawsuit against a veterinarian and a veterinary hospital, claiming they are responsible for their dog’s death earlier this year.

Blankenship says he'll continue to fight for the truth, wants to debate Manchin

Chris Dickerson May 10, 2017, 12:16pm

LAS VEGAS – Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship has finished serving his sentence, but he says he still plans to fight to get the truth out about the 2010 Upper Big Branch explosion.

Water crisis attorneys seek $45 million in legal fees, court expenses

Chris Dickerson May 10, 2017, 8:29am

CHARLESTON – The attorneys for plaintiffs in the 2014 water crisis litigation have asked a federal judge to approve more than $45 million in fees and expenses for their work on the case.

Former Capital High student says attorneys mishandled sexual assault case

Chris Dickerson May 9, 2017, 1:16pm

CHARLESTON – A Kanawha County man is suing two Charleston attorneys and their law firm, claiming they improperly handled a case in which he was accused of sexual assault as a high school student.

AG's office urges consumers to use a contract with home improvement jobs

Chris Dickerson May 9, 2017, 10:09am

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office is reminding consumers they should have a written contract when hiring someone for spring home improvement projects.

AG's office provides update on $160M settlement with Frontier

Chris Dickerson May 4, 2017, 10:33am

CHARLESTON — Frontier Communications has increased internet speeds for approximately 36 percent of customers impacted by its estimated $160 million settlement with West Virginia, according to Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office.

Morrisey, Jenkins hail federal court delay of Clean Power Plan decision

Chris Dickerson Apr. 28, 2017, 11:40am

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins are praising a decision by a federal appeals court to postpone any decision regarding former President Obama’s Clean Power Plan while the new administration reviews and reconsiders that regulation.

Federal court documents provide details of water crisis settlement

Chris Dickerson Apr. 28, 2017, 8:00am

CHARLESTON – A $151 million settlement would provide an estimated $525 to each household affected by the 2014 chemical spill that contaminated the water supply for residents in nine counties.

AG's office to participate in Saturday's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Chris Dickerson Apr. 27, 2017, 8:41am

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office, in coordination with Capitol Police, will participate in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m.

Justice signs bill updating state Consumer Credit Protection Act

Chris Dickerson Apr. 24, 2017, 1:47pm

WASHINGTON – Gov. Jim Justice has signed a bill making key changes to the West Virginia Consumer Credit Protection Act, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is praising the move. Justice signed Senate Bill 563 into law on April 24. Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), said the law will further reduce frivolous lawsuits and improve the business climate in the state of West Virginia.

Bill would make changes to state Consumer Credit Protection Act

Chris Dickerson Apr. 19, 2017, 2:15pm

CHARLESTON – A bill that makes some key changes to the West Virginia Consumer Credit Protection Act awaits a signature from Gov. Jim Justice.

Morrisey, other AGs defend Trump order easing overregulation

Chris Dickerson Apr. 18, 2017, 8:47pm

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Wisconsin Attorney General Brad D. Schimel are leading a 14-state coalition asking a federal court to uphold an executive order aimed at reducing the regulatory burden on state governments and citizens.

Budget woes limited work done on tort reform during legislative session

Chris Dickerson Apr. 14, 2017, 12:32pm

CHARLESTON – The 2017 West Virginia legislative session likely will be remembered for Gov. Jim Justice’s whiteboards and bull manure and the amount of time devoted to the state budget.

Justice vetoes budget bill, calls the proposal bull manure

Chris Dickerson Apr. 14, 2017, 11:04am

CHARLESTON – Using a pile of bull manure on a silver platter as a prop, Gov. Jim Justice has vetoed the budget bill passed by the state Legislature.

Federal agency takes over Charleston Newspapers' pension plan

Chris Dickerson Apr. 11, 2017, 3:19pm

WASHINGTON – A federal agency has taken over Charleston Newspapers’ pension plan.