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Asbestos/class action reform bill passes U.S. House

John O'Brien Jan. 12, 2016, 7:59am

WASHINGTON – Under threat of a presidential veto, the U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 8 passed a bill that targets class action lawsuits and the asbestos injury compensation system. H.R. 1927 combines the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act and the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act, or FACT Act. After hours of debate and the rejection of several Democrat-proposed amendments, the Republican-controlled House passed the bill in a 211-188.

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Purdue Pharma says plaintiffs attorney fed info to new whistleblowers after first suit failed

John O'Brien Jan. 7, 2015, 10:44am

BECKLEY – In demanding two whistleblowers in what it feels was a frivolous lawsuit pay its legal fees, the maker of the painkiller OxyContin says a Virginia attorney supplied the information that the two were blowing the whistle on.

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Former WVU recruit sues NCAA

John O'Brien Nov. 24, 2014, 2:43pm

SAN FRANCISCO – Three former college athletes are the latest to file a class action lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association, claiming it and 11 athletic conferences have created a monopsony over college athletes.

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App block calls, evaluates Telephone Consumer Protection Act claims

John O'Brien Sep. 5, 2014, 7:56am

STAMFORD, Conn. – A prolific-filing law firm specializing in debt collection harassment cases has helped develop an app that it says could help those who download it make up to $1,500 per robocall or debt collection call.

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General Electric agrees to $500K settlement with children injured after standing on oven door

John O'Brien Apr. 17, 2014, 9:31am

BECKLEY – Two children who suffered burns when they stood on the door of a General Electric oven will receive nearly $500,000 from the company from a recently approved settlement.

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Holzer Clinic wins lawsuit brought by former employee who alleged discrimination

John O'Brien Apr. 17, 2014, 9:00am

HUNTINGTON – Holzer Clinic of West Virginia has been awarded summary judgment in a lawsuit brought by a former employee who claimed violations of the Family Medical Leave Act and age discrimination.

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Pa. couple settle suit against Walmart, alleged metal spikes split husband's head open

John O'Brien Apr. 17, 2014, 8:33am

WHEELING – Just before a trial could start, a Pennsylvania couple have settled their lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores.

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Case alleging fire starter gel exploded, caused severe burns to child settled

John O'Brien Apr. 16, 2014, 7:01am

ELKINS – The parents of a then-7-year-old child who burned himself when he allegedly attempted to use fire starter gel left near a fireplace at their Randolph County home have settled their claims.

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Man loses suit against U.S. over arm surgery that gave him ill-fitting prosthesis

John O'Brien Apr. 15, 2014, 1:12pm

The Sidney L. Christie Federal Building in Huntington

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Trial lawyers argue against RICO claims over baseless lawsuits

John O'Brien Mar. 17, 2014, 7:50am

RICHMOND, Va. – A national association representing the interests of trial lawyers has filed a brief that argues against corporate defendants’ use of racketeering laws in lawsuits against plaintiffs attorneys alleged to have committed fraud.

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Miley says False Claims Act could get tweaked after session

John O'Brien Feb. 26, 2014, 2:44pm

CHARLESTON -- West Virginia House Speaker Tim Miley is considering assigning failed False Claims Act legislation to a committee for further study.

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State False Claims Act dies in House

John O'Brien Feb. 25, 2014, 2:51pm

CHARLESTON -- West Virginia’s version of the federal False Claims Act, which is designed to provide incentives to whistleblowers who feel government programs are being cheated, died Tuesday in the House of Delegates.

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Dems don’t want whistleblower awards capped in False Claims Act bill

John O'Brien Feb. 25, 2014, 10:28am

CHARLESTON – The Democrat-led West Virginia House of Delegates on Monday shot down a Republican amendment to a proposed version of the federal False Claims Act.

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House Judiciary approves state False Claims Act

John O'Brien Feb. 20, 2014, 5:08pm

CHARLESTON -- West Virginia’s House Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved the state’s version of the False Claims Act with a 15-9 vote.

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11 AGs, three organizations file briefs in Dodd-Frank challenge

John O'Brien Feb. 12, 2014, 5:00pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The 11 state attorneys general who are challenging 2010’s Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act filed their appellate brief Tuesday, as did three private organizations doing the same.

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False Claims Act debate riles Judiciary chair, business rep

John O'Brien Jan. 28, 2014, 3:51pm

CHARLESTON – West Virginia’s House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday heard more than 90 minutes of testimony and question-and-answer from a group funded and run by successful whistleblowers and law firms, which led to snippy exchanges between a business group and Judiciary Chairman Tim Manchin.

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Walmart removes personal injury lawsuit to federal court

John O'Brien Jan. 3, 2014, 9:15am

HUNTINGTON – Walmart has removed a personal injury lawsuit from Wayne County Circuit Court to federal court in Huntington.

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