WASHINGTON – Don Blankenship’s legal team formally has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear his appeal. Attorneys for the former Massey Energy CEO filed the petition May 25 asking the Justices to take up an appeal of his criminal mine safety conviction. They say the U.S. District Court in Charleston and the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., both erred in rulings, and they claim Blankenship was a victim of politics.
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 woman is suing Chase Bank after she claims it violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Marcie Biggs became in arrears upon an alleged debt to Chase and the bank began to engage in collections of the debt, according to a complaint originally filed in Putnam Circuit Court and later removed to federal court.
CHARLESTON — A Cabell County gun owner is suing a deputy sheriff, alleging unlawful use of unreasonable and excessive force.