CHARLESTON – Four lawsuits against drug distributors for allegedly contributing to the opiate epidemic have been removed to federal court. The lawsuits were filed by Mayor Charles Sparks, on behalf of the town of Kermit; Mayor Vivian Livinggood, on behalf of the town of Gilbert; Mayor Reba Honaker, on behalf of the city of Welch; and the Lincoln County Commission.
CHARLESTON – The Charleston Police Department has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit against its officers for excessive force. Attorneys Paul Ellis and Michael Mullens are representing two unidentified Charleston police officers who were accused of excessive force and racial profiling of a 15-year-old and his young cousin in February. The attorneys filed the motion to dismiss on June 30 in Kanawha Circuit Court.