New York family sues WVU, fraternity for son's death

MORGANTOWN – A New York family is suing West Virginia University after they claim a fraternity is responsible for their son's death due to hazing. Kappa Sigma Fraternity, Kappa Sigma Fraternity Gamma-Phi Chapter, Kappa Sigma House Asociation, Jordan Hankins, Richard Schwartz, Thomas Richey, Linda Richey and 20 unknown, unnamed individuals were also named as defendants in the suit, which was filed Oct. 8 in Monongalia Circuit Court. Hankins, a member of Kappa Sigma, was the Grand Master of Cere Read More »

Federal jury awards $1.6M to Ohio woman in DuPont C8 lawsuit

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A seven-member federal jury awarded $1.6 million to an Ohio woman who developed kidney cancer and claimed it was after drinking water contaminated with C8. The jury found Oct. 7 that Carla Marie Bartlett's kidney cancer was contracted after being exposed to C8 discharged by DuPont's Washington Works facility in Parkersburg into the Ohio River and her drinking water. The jury awarded Bartlett $1.1 million in damages due to DuPont's negligence, and $500,000 for emotional distres Read More »

Humphreys' firm hit with another legal malpractice claim

CHARLESTON – A prominent Charleston already named as a defendant in a legal malpractice lawsuit now has been named in a potential class action. Jim Humphreys and James F. Humphreys & Associates LC are listed as defendants in a lawsuit filed Oct. 6 by Beverly McCormick over the firm’s alleged mishandling of a mass tort case against Celotex for harm they had claimed to have suffered as a result of asbestos exposure. The number of potential plaintiffs exceeds 500, according to the complaint. Read More »