WASHINGTON – Gov. Jim Justice has signed a bill making key changes to the West Virginia Consumer Credit Protection Act, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is praising the move. Justice signed Senate Bill 563 into law on April 24. Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), said the law will further reduce frivolous lawsuits and improve the business climate in the state of West Virginia.
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.
CHARLESTON – West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (WV CALA) is hosting its fourth annual Small Business Summer Tour across the state, in a drive that it characterizes as an attempt to increase awareness of the impact of lawsuit abuse on small businesses and to bring attention to lawsuit reform.
CHARLESTON – West Virginia’s Secretary of State is praising the state Supreme Court’s decision to reinstate public campaign finance money to two Supreme Court candidates. As Secretary of State, Natalie Tennant is a member of the State Election Commission. That’s the panel that earlier this month awarded more than $500,000 each to the campaigns of sitting Justice Brent Benjamin and former state lawmaker Bill Wooton.