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 »

UPDATE: WV CALA kicks off Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week

CHARLESTON – A statewide legal reform group is using an annual event to raise awareness of lawsuit abuse to also highlight reforms happening in West Virginia. West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse on Monday kicked off its annual Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week, which is meant "to help raise awareness about abusive lawsuits and the tactics of greedy personal injury lawyers, and highlight recently passed lawsuit reforms." WV CALA Executive Director Roman Stauffer said his organization aims t Read More »

AG's office files diesel engine lawsuit against VW

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office has filed a complaint against Volkswagen over the company's recent admission that its diesel engines emit higher levels of pollutants than it claims. The complaint, filed Oct. 2 in Kanawha Circuit Court, alleges Volkswagen’s “clean diesel” vehicles with Turbo-charged Direct Injection (TDI) engines violate the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act.  The suit claims VW fraudulently manufactured, advertised, and sold Read More »