CIVIL FILINGS: Cabell County
Roger Sturgeon and Joyce Sturgeon vs. Huntington Alloys Corporation d/b/a Special Metals
PA- Kenneth P. Hicks; J- David M. Pancake
* On Aug. 19, 2010, Roger Sturgeon, an employee of Special Metals, was working as an electrician when he was instructed to work in an unsafe work environment that caused him serious injuries. The Sturgeons are seeking compensatory damages with pre- and post-judgment interest.
Case number: 12-C-538
Stephen M. Hood and Martha H. Hood vs. Elinor D. Taylor
PA- Marc E. Williams, Robert M. Sellards, S. Taylor Hood; J- David M. Pancake
* The Hoods are owners of certain adjoining parcels of property that are located immediately adjacent to Taylor's property. They claim Taylor had the area excavated and constructed near their property line that caused a portion of their property to slip on the hillside onto the roadway and caused damages. The Hoods are seeking compensatory damages with pre- and post-judgment interest.
Case number: 12-C-542
Charles A. Watson vs. the First State Bank
PA- Jennifer S. Wagner, Jed Nolan; J- F. Jane Hustead
* In December 2008, Watson located a house on the same street as his daughter that was for sale and spoke with a loan officer at the First State Bank named Jackie Cantley. Watson claims at the time he had recently became unemployed and had informed Cantley of that, but the loan application indicated he was employed. Watson claims he was directed to sign several documents and was not given an explanation or opportunity to understand the documents at the time of closing and it was not until later that he discovered the loan was a five-year balloon loan and that the documents did not contain the balloon disclosure required by law. On several occasions, the defendant added more than $1,000 to Watson's principal balance without informing him and charged him late fees even when he paid on time. Watson is seeking actual damages and civil penalties of $4,600 for each violation of the West Virginia Consumer Credit Protection Act.
Case number: 12-C-545
Kathy L. Carroll, individually and as administratrix of the Estate of R.M. Carroll vs. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
PA- Bren J. Pomponio, Daniel F. Hedges; J- F. Jane Hustead
* In 2003, the Carrolls were solicited for a refinance of their home and the defendants obtained an appraiser with the purpose of providing, without the Carrolls' knowledge, an inflated appraisal to justify the refinance. Kathy Carroll claims the appraiser appraised their home at or above $290,000, when the actual value of the home was $180,300. In 2007, Kathy Carroll began to struggle with house payments because of the death of her husband and asked Chase for assistance, but was not given any. In August, Kathy Carroll discovered for the first time that the originating appraisal was inflated. Kathy Carroll is seeking compensatory and punitive damages.
Case number: 12-C-554