U.S. Chamber urges Tomblin to sign AG 'sunshine bill'

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform is pushing Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to sign legislation providing transparency to how the state Attorney General's office operates. ILR President Lisa A. Rickard applauded the state Legislature for passing House Bill 4007, which promotes transparency and limits contingency fees when the AG's office hires outside private plaintiffs’ lawyers. Read More »

Man sues R&R Operations, others for injuries from fall

KINGWOOD – A man is suing R&R Operations LLC after he claims he was injured from a fall from a rooftop. Mark Ball, Sheri Ball, Shorthorns LLC and Maine Crossings LLC were also named as defendants in the suit. On Dec. 14, the defendants in the suit filed motions to dismiss the lawsuit, citing improper venue. The court ordered that the case be transferred to Preston Circuit Court from Monongalia Circuit Court. Read More »

Law firm continues free Valentine's Day divorce for eighth year

CHARLESTON – The Webb Law Centre is offering its eighth annual free Valentine's Day divorce to the person who presents the "most compelling story." The Webb Law Centre will choose the winner based on its opinion of whose story is the most convincing of why they deserve the free divorce. The divorce is limited to an uncontested, no-fault divorce with no or minimal child custody issues. Read More »

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 »