CHARLESTON – While the average water consumer would collect about $500 from a pending settlement of claims over contamination of the Elk River, law firms would collect up to $850 an hour. Lawyers applying for fees up to $40 million reported that they worked 30,248 hours and their employees worked 16,657 hours. In the course of three years and four months, those totals equal about 175 hours a week for lawyers and about 100 a week for support staff.
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.
CHARLESTON – Two lawsuits have been filed against the Central West Virginia Regional Airport Authority after the homeowners’ properties were damaged due to blasting efforts. Dyno Nobel Inc. and Central Contracting Inc. were also named as defendants in the suits. On Aug. 1, 2014, Valerie Eve Brown and Regina Kay Carson’s properties and homes began experiencing cracks and subsidence that had not existed prior to the defendants’ blasting operations, according to two complaints filed Feb. 18 in Kana
CHARLESTON – More than 100 people have asked to be excluded from a class action settlement over the 2014 water contamination crisis in West Virginia. Those wishing to opt out or object to the settlement – in which Freedom Industries executives have agreed to pay $400,000 – have until next month to do so.
CHARLESTON – Rabel Development LLC has been named in 11 lawsuits for a flood that caused property damages. Eagle View Properties LLC; EAB Global Enterprises LLC; Capitol Land LLC; Allen Bell Properties LLC; Allen Bell Properties 2 LLC; and Edward Allen Bell, individually, were all named as defendants in the suit. Joyce Elswick; Joshua Donley and Donna Walker; Rebecca Bare; Kenneth Casdorph and Donna Casdorph; Amy Joyce; Steven Smith; John M.