Jan. 7
Jennifer Gramlich vs. West Virginia Department of Transportation, Division of Motor Vehicles
PA- Shane M. Mallett; J- Mazzone
* Gramlich was employed by DMV for nine years as a lead customer service representative in Moundsville. Within that time frame, Robert Metheny became the new Chief of Police for the City of Wheeling. Metheny had been friends many years with William Renzelli, a high- ranking member of the DMV staff. Renzelli instructed Gramlich to issue a motorcycle endorsement on Metheny's license. She relied on Renzelli's representations when she issued the "illegal" endorsement. As a result she was terminated about January 2010. She suffered various general and economic damages although DMV was ordered to reinstate her.
Case number: 11-C-8

Jan. 10
Carl A. Mueller and Holly J. Mueller vs. Volkswagen Group of America Inc.
PA- Gerald E. Lofstead, III; J- Gaughan
* Plaintiffs purchased a new 2007 Volkswagen from a dealer in Columbus, Ohio, on Sept. 8, 2006. The vehicle was covered under factory warranty for a period of four years and 50,000 miles. The Mueller's paid $32,920 for this vehicle that was taken to the Wheeling dealership for electrical problems 21 times from October 2006 through December 2010. Volkswagen has refused to honor its warranty on the EOS and plaintiffs are entitled to recover their fees, expenses, and costs in the commencement of this action.
Case number: 11-C-16

Jan. 14
Melvin W. Kahle Jr. And Carol M. Kahle vs. Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Chesapeake Appalachia LLC, Kevin Swiger and Statoil USA Onshore Properties Inc.
PA- James F. Companion; J- Recht
* Plaintiffs claim defendants do not have the right to enter and drill upon the property owned by them. They demand the leases executed on Oct. 19, 2010, be declared null and void and that the defendants be enjoined from entering or drilling upon plaintiff's property. Compensatory and punitive damages are demanded in a trial by jury.
Case number: 11-C-18

Jan. 20
Stephen Hoffman vs. Jim Robinson Inc.
PA- Ronald W. Zavolta; J- Gaughan
* Defendant conducts business selling new and used cars at The Highlands premises. On April 4, 2009, plaintiff was caused to step on a slippery surface, lose his balance and fall in the restroom. As a direct result of his injuries, plaintiff has suffered a diminution in his ability to care for himself and seeks compensatory damages.
Case number: 11-C-26

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