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West Virginia legal leaders mourn death of Cleckley

Chris Dickerson Aug. 15, 2017, 12:04pm

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia legal community is mourning the death of former state Supreme Court Justice Franklin D. Cleckley, who died Aug. 14 at his home in Morgantown. He was 77.

New Probation Services Director Stephanie Bond says position is 'exciting change'

John Revak Jul. 28, 2017, 9:02am

CHARLESTON – The Supreme Court of West Virginia has appointed a new director of Probation Services, according to a press release issued by the Supreme Court of Appeals for the State of West Virginia.

Justice Davis' ethical lapses continue

Roman Stauffer Jul. 24, 2017, 8:00am

CHARLESTON – Leading up to and following the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia's decision in Leggett v. EQT Production Company, there was much attention given to the fact that newly elected Justice Beth Walker’s husband had held some energy stocks before the Court’s rehearing of the case. In response, Justice Walker notified the court that her husband had divested himself of ownership of shares of stock of any company engaged in the business of producing coal, oil, natural gas, wind, and solar energy.

Magistrate resigns amid embezzlement allegations

Kyla Asbury Jul. 21, 2017, 1:55pm

CHARLESTON – Kanawha County Magistrate Julie Yeager resigned on Thursday amid embezzlement allegations.

Judicial Investigation Commission issues public admonishment of Judge O’Briant

Kyla Asbury Jul. 14, 2017, 3:49pm

CHARLESTON – The Judicial Investigation Commission has issued a public admonishment for Judge Eric H. O’Briant, saying he “should know better” for allowing a paralegal to handle cases in magistrate court without a license.

Former deputy sues Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department for discrimination

Kyla Asbury Jul. 13, 2017, 3:49pm

BECKLEY – A former deputy is suing the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department after he claims he was discriminated against because of his race.

Williamson lawyer honored for work for underprivileged children

John Myers Jul. 12, 2017, 7:40am

CHARLESTON – After a 40-year career of devoting her life to the protection of the rights of children, Williamson lawyer Jane Moran has been recognized for her efforts.

Supreme Court says Mass Litigation Panel’s application of public policy exception was erroneous

Kyla Asbury Jun. 28, 2017, 9:00am

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has ruled that the Mass Litigation Panel’s application of the public policy exception was clearly erroneous in a case alleging exposure to coal combustion residuals from a landfill owned by American Electric Power Company.

Justices say school rightly expelled student who brought handgun to school

Kyla Asbury Jun. 27, 2017, 9:02am

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals upheld a decision to expel a student who possessed a handgun on the campus of Jefferson High School.

Supreme Court remands Quicken Loans lawsuit

Kyla Asbury Jun. 27, 2017, 8:55am

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has remanded a lawsuit against Quicken Loans after it ruled that the jury’s award of damages needs to be revisited.

Supreme Court remands sexual abuse lawsuit back to state court

Kyla Asbury Jun. 22, 2017, 6:47am

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has remanded a sexual abuse lawsuit back to state court. Nine minors and their parents brought suit against the Corporation of the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Corporation of The Presiding Bishop of the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints, Steven Grow, Don Fishel, Christopher Michael Jensen, Christopher Jensen, Sandralee Jensen and Unnamed Defendant-1 alleging negligence claims, fraud, intentional infliction of emotional distress, assault, battery and civil conspiracy related to, arise from and resulting in Jensen’s known and alleged sexual abuse of the minor plaintiffs, according to a June 14 opinion.

Debt collection suit decision reversed by state Supreme Court

Kyla Asbury Jun. 22, 2017, 6:40am

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has reversed a lawsuit alleging violations of the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act.

Supreme Court suspends Clay attorney’s law license

Chris Dickerson Jun. 19, 2017, 3:39pm

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has suspended a Clay County attorney’s law license for a period of 12 months retroactively to the date of his temporary suspension last year. Justice Beth Walker authored the opinion.

CAMC wins appeal; excessive copy price case to be dismissed

Carrie Salls Jun. 19, 2017, 7:32am

CHARLESTON – A lawsuit challenging the amount of the per-page cost a law firm paid to copy a client’s medical records will be dismissed after the Supreme Court of Appeals ruled on May 24 that the client, named as the plaintiff in the lawsuit, was not actually the party who paid for the copies.

Mining truck driver claiming unsafe working condition loses appeal in Supreme Court of Appeals

Tricia Erickson Jun. 19, 2017, 7:31am

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals recently affirmed a motion for summary judgment in a case involving a mining truck driver’s deliberate intention cause of action complaint.

State Supreme Court says work-release inmates can’t get workers’ comp

Kyla Asbury Jun. 15, 2017, 8:35am

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals issued a decision, ruling that work-release inmates do not qualify for worker’s compensation.

Justices overturn decision to allow cross-claims against Dan's Car World insurer

Melissa Busch Jun. 13, 2017, 1:12pm

CHARLESTON – The state appeals court overturned a Marion Circuit Court decision that allowed defendants in fatal car accident case to file cross-claims against their own insurer over policy coverage.

Circuit Judge John Yoder dies from complications after surgery

Kyla Asbury Jun. 10, 2017, 11:36am

CHARLESTON – Circuit Judge John C. Yoder died Friday after complications following open heart surgery nearly two weeks ago. He was 66 years old.

Supreme Court allows moving of World War I soldier’s remains

Kyla Asbury Jun. 8, 2017, 2:02pm

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has issued an order allowing the moving of a World War I soldier and Medal of Honor recipient’s remains from a remote cemetery to the Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery.

Justices uphold decision in lawsuit against Huntington Housing Authority

Jireh Gibson Jun. 7, 2017, 9:17am

HUNTINGTON – The West Virginia Supreme Court has upheld a lower court's ruling regarding a dispute between the Huntington Housing Authority and the managing general partner of an apartment complex.