AG seeks subpoena against Jackson Co. door-to-door meat seller

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office has filed a petition to enforce an investigative subpoena against a Jackson County company that sells wholesale meat and other perishable food products door-to-door. The petition, which was filed in Kanawha Circuit Court, alleges that Thaxton Wholesale Meats, LLC and its owner, Steven Thaxton, failed to comply with a subpoena issued to investigate claims of unscrupulous business practices. Read More »

Former owner of Daily Mail claims Gazette pushed merger without consent

WILMINGTON, Del. – The owner of the Charleston Daily Mail says the owners of the Charleston Gazette pushed through the July merger of the newspapers without its consent. Last month, Charleston Publishing Company filed a complaint against Daily Gazette Company and Daily Gazette Holding Company LLC in Delaware Chancery Court. Charleston Publishing Company is a subsidiary of MediaNews Group Inc. doing business as Digital First Media. MediaNews Group was the owner of the Charleston Daily Mail, whic Read More »

Charleston man sues debt-collecting law firm for its practices

CHARLESTON – A Charleston man is suing a Kentucky-based law firm for violating the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act. Bruce A. Fernett received a letter constituting a debt collection communication from Fenton & McGarvey Law Firm PSC in May, according to a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. Read More »

Kanawha Co. apartment owner settles sexual harassment suit

CHARLESTON – The U.S. Justice Department says the owner and former property manager of a Cross Lanes apartment complex has agreed to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit. Perkins Parke Apartments has agreed to pay $120,000 in damages and civil penalties to settle the suit alleging that three former agents sexually harassed and retaliated against female tenants, which is a violation of the Fair Housing Act (FHA). Read More »

Morrisey announces mobile office hours in four counties for October

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has announced that a consumer representative from his office will conduct mobile office hours during October throughout four Metro Valley counties. The representative will educate consumers on the latest scams in their area and provide them with tips on how to protect their personal information from scammers, according to a press release from the office. Andrea Lannom, a consumer outreach and compliance specialist with the office, wi Read More »

Justices rule on venue issue in Tough Mudder death case

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, in a ruling last week, shot down a plaintiff’s efforts to have a lawsuit filed over her son’s death at a Tough Mudder event in Berkeley County remain in a Marshall County court. The state’s high court, in an opinion issued Sept. 24, granted a petition for writ of prohibition filed by Airsquid Ventures Inc., doing business as Amphibious Medics; Tough Mudder LLC; Peacemaker National Training Center LLC; General Mills Inc. and General Mills Read More »

Arneault, others say banks let woman embezzle thousands

NEW CUMBERLAND – A man who helped put West Virginia’s gaming industry on the map has filed a lawsuit claiming two prominent banks allowed a woman to embezzle hundreds of thousands of dollars. Ted Arneault, his brother Patrick Arneault, ORCA Outdoors LLC and Century Energy Management Co. Inc. filed a complaint against Melissa Brnilovich, Barclays Bank PLC dba Barclayscard, PNC Bank, National Association as well as unknown individuals, banking institutions, credit card companies, businesses, corp Read More »