Which way, West Virginia?

WHEELING – The world and our country are changing. Some of those changes may be welcome, and some of them not so much, but many of them are beyond our power, here in West Virginia, to control. The choices we face are not about whether change is coming, but whether we will capitalize on new circumstances, or simply sit still. Read More »

Fighting disability fraud to protect Social Security

CHARLESTON – A far greater percentage of West Virginians collect Social Security disability benefits than the rest of the nation. For instance, a 2011 review found 9 percent of the state’s working-age population received benefits as compared to 4.6 percent nationally. There’s no doubt many have legitimate disabilities, but such a high percentage also suggests some people may be gaming the system. Such a significant problem demands action. Read More »

Drug company cuts off supply to Mingo Co. pharmacy

CHARLESTON – After West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office filed a lawsuit against it, McKesson Corp. has terminated its contract with Tug Valley Pharmacy in Mingo County without any advanced notice. McKesson is the nation’s largest drug distributor and it informed the pharmacy on Jan. 8 that it was terminating its contract. That was the same day Morrisey's announced it was suing McKesson for its alleged failure to detect, report and help stop all of the controlled substances co Read More »

Justices: Board of review relied on misstatement, mischaracterization

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals says that a Board of Review decision should be reversed after it found that the board’s decision was based upon a material misstatement or mischaracterization of the evidentiary record. The claim was remanded with instructions to authorize an evaluation by a doctor at Orthopaedic and Spine Surgery Associates for Frank Johnson Jr.’s lower back injury he suffered during his employment, according to a memorandum decision filed Feb. Read More »

Man accuses John Skidmore Development of workers’ comp discrimination

CLARKSBURG – A man is suing John Skidmore Development Inc. for discriminating against him for attempting to receive workers’ compensation benefits. John K. Skidmore II and Gregory B. Skidmore were also named as defendants in the suit. The defendants removed the lawsuit to federal court because the federal court is the correct jurisdiction, as the plaintiff’s first cause of action arises under federal law. Read More »

Woman accuses 3D Construction of discrimination, invasion of privacy

CHARLESTON – A woman is suing 3D Construction after she claims it discriminated against her and invaded her privacy. Laura Daniel was also named as a defendant in the suit. Nichole Ballard was hired as a secretary by 3D in August 2013 and since her date of hire, she has been subjected to severe and pervasive sexual harassment and a hostile work environment by Daniel, according to a complaint filed in Wood Circuit Court and removed to federal court. Read More »