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Supreme Court says doctor correctly applied code in disability decision

Kyla Asbury Mar. 24, 2017, 7:41am

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has ruled that the physician who performed an evaluation on a man seeking permanent total disability benefits correctly applied West Virginia code.

Legal groups fighting for, against bills as session end looms

Chris Dickerson Mar. 24, 2017, 7:22am

CHARLESTON – As the West Virginia Legislature’s 2017 regular session grinds toward its conclusion, the state budget and tax plans dominate the headlines.

Justices back workers' comp board decision in case of injured coal miner

Chandra Lye Mar. 21, 2017, 7:43am

CHARLESTON – A decision by the state Supreme Court has upheld a decision by the Workers’ Compensation Board of Review.

Denial of permanent total disability benefits for Appalachian Power employee upheld

Carrie Salls Mar. 21, 2017, 7:40am

CHARLESTON – An Appalachian Power Co. employee lost his appeal of a workers' compensation ruling that denied him permanent total disability consideration, according to a March 10 decision from the state Supreme Court. 

Braxton County prosecutor resigns

Kyla Asbury Mar. 16, 2017, 4:01pm

SUTTON – The Braxton County prosecutor, Kelly Hamon McLaughlin, has resigned from office amid allegations of misconduct.

State Senate votes to scrap drug court requirement

Kyla Asbury Mar. 14, 2017, 1:27pm

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Senate has voted to scrap a requirement that requires every circuit court in the state be a part of a drug court program.

Justices: Nonprofit can't be denied license because of lack of licensed counselor

Melissa Busch Mar. 9, 2017, 1:23pm

CHARLESTON – A state supreme court recently overturned a lower court’s decision to deny a behavioral health center license to a domestic violence center that failed to have a licensed counselor.

Former Kanawha County school employee's suspension grievance again rejected

Carrie Salls Mar. 9, 2017, 11:54am

CHARLESTON – A former Kanawha County Board of Education employee lost another round in her legal battle related to a board decision not to renew her probationary contract after a school principal and others witnessed behavior that they believed showed signs that the employee was impaired. 

AG's office asks Supreme Court to overturn right-to-work injunction

Chris Dickerson Mar. 8, 2017, 10:10am

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office has filed a petition to overturn a preliminary injunction against a right-to-work law passed in last year’s legislative session.

Suspended Braxton County bus driver loses appeal in Supreme Court

Tricia Erickson Mar. 7, 2017, 2:46pm

CHARLESTON – A West Virginia bus driver who was suspended for leaving children on a bus unattended recently lost his appeal to the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals claiming that the Board of Education of Braxton County was unfair by not offering a continuing contract.

WVLAP provides vital services for substance abuse, mental health to legal professionals

Tabitha Fleming Mar. 7, 2017, 2:45pm

CHARLESTON – What initially began as a grassroots movement to provide assistance to legal professionals is now a full-fledged assistance program in West Virginia.

Lawyer scuffle over fees comes to an end with state court decision

Tabitha Fleming Mar. 7, 2017, 2:44pm

CHARLESTON – A decision issued by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals illustrates the importance of settlement contracts. The case, which follows a personal injury case taken on a contingency-fee basis resulted in a disagreement between several attorneys that provided representation.

Justices vote to make Johnson permanent Court Administrator

Chris Dickerson Mar. 6, 2017, 3:56pm

CHARLESTON – Gary Johnson has had interim removed from his job title. The state Supreme Court of Appeals voted unanimously March 6 to make Johnson, a former circuit judge, the permanent Administrative Director of West Virginia Courts, Chief Justice Allen H. Loughry II announced.

State Supreme Court to hear cases at WVU College of Law

Chris Dickerson Feb. 21, 2017, 3:10pm

MORGANTOWN – The state Supreme Court will make its annual trip to Morgantown on Feb. 28 to hear arguments in three cases at the West Virginia University College of Law in Morgantown.

Supreme Court rules Summersville property meets criteria for annexation

Kyla Asbury Feb. 20, 2017, 1:57pm

CHARLESTON – The Supreme Court has ruled that 20 acres of land in Summersville meets the statutory criteria of property properly subject to annexation by minor boundary adjustment and concluded that the petition for annexation met the threshold statutory requirements.

Justices say medical professional liability law applies in MedExpress appeal

Kyla Asbury Feb. 17, 2017, 11:44am

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has ruled that the Medical Professional Liability Act applies in an appeal in a lawsuit against MedExpress for injuries.

Supreme Court says Caremark, pharmacies must settle through arbitration

Kyla Asbury Feb. 17, 2017, 11:35am

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has ruled that a lawsuit involving CVS Caremark and six West Virginia pharmacies should be dismissed and arbitration should be compelled.

Legal groups disagree about Loughry's 'appeal by right' statement

Chris Dickerson Feb. 15, 2017, 9:34am

CHARLESTON – Two groups that frequently butt heads are doing it again, this time over a recent state Supreme Court opinion saying West Virginia is “an appeal by right jurisdiction.” In a Feb. 8 opinion about the involuntary hospitalization of a Kanawha County woman, Chief Justice Allen Loughry used a case point to stress that “all properly perfected appeals are reviewed by the (West Virginia Supreme) Court and result in a written decision on the merits of each appeal.” In the opinion, Loughry writes that the petitioner had discounted the Supreme Court’s ruling in a previous case, relying on a case styled Hammons v.

In opinion, Loughry says West Virginia is an 'appeal by right' state

Chris Dickerson Feb. 10, 2017, 12:41pm

CHARLESTON – The Chief Justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court says the state is “an appeal by right jurisdiction.” In a Feb. 8 opinion about the involuntary hospitalization of a Kanawha County woman, Chief Justice Allen Loughry used a case point to stress that “all properly perfected appeals are reviewed by the (West Virginia Supreme) Court and result in a written decision on the merits of each appeal.” In the opinion, Loughry writes that the petitioner had discounted the Supreme Court’s ruling in a previous case, relying on a case styled Hammons v.

State Supreme Court suspends Nicholas judge Callaghan two years

Kyla Asbury and Chris Dickerson Feb. 9, 2017, 3:27pm

CHARLESTON – Nicholas Circuit Judge Stephen O. Callaghan has been suspended for two years by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.