For years, the people of West Virginia have been bombarded with bad news and troubling statistics about their state’s economy, its legal climate and its jobs crisis. So it’s understandable that some cheerful news this holiday season would be a welcome change of pace.
The state Supreme Court of Appeals sided with the City of Charleston as a distributor of alcoholic beverages wanted to recover 20 years of liquor licensing fees.
Justice Robin Davis The West Virginia Supreme Court has affirmed a Fayette County Circuit Court ruling that an insurance company didn’t have a duty to offer a client uninsured and underinsured motor vehicle coverage when he bought or renewed an umbrella insurance policy.
Justice Spike Maynard The state Supreme Court has ordered the City of Charleston to have an election to allow residents to decide whether to keep the $1-a-week user fee.
The West Virginia Supreme Court is requesting public comment on a proposed amendment that would give the circuit court discretion to grant a motion to sever or order other relief in the instance of a joint indictment or consolidated trial.
THIS JUST IN
Mark Swartz Class action lawsuits typically pull in thousands of plaintiffs. But, a class action over Daewoo automobiles will go to trial in Kanawha County with no more than 91 plaintiffs.
Attorneys generally collect about a third of what their clients win, but David Grubb of Charleston created new math when his firm made more than $20 for every dollar his clients won.
Courts should resolve any doubts about certifying a class action lawsuit in favor of certification, Kanawha County Circuit Judge Paul Zakaib ruled in ordering a class action against C&O Motors of Saint Albans.
CHARLESTON – A Craigsville woman has filed suit against State Farm and her local agent seeking up to $250,000 in payments after a 2003 automobile accident.
CHARLESTON – Steptoe & Johnson PLLC again has made The National Law Journal’s annual survey of the nation’s 250 largest firms. It ranked 244th on the list with 170 lawyers and is the only West Virginia-based firm on the list.
Marc Williams HUNTINGTON – A Huntington attorney has been named Second Vice President of the nation’s largest organization of defense trial lawyers, and he will become president of the group in 2008.
Neely Former Supreme Court of Appeals Justice Richard Neely expects a Kanawha County jury to award West Virginia doctors at least $45 million in punitive damages in a class action trial set to begin Jan. 6.
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Jack Whittaker WINFIELD – A Putnam County man who pleaded guilty to charges related to a 2004 robbery of a vehicle owned by Powerball winner Jack Whittaker is suing the West Virginia Division of Corrections over his sentencing.
In the coming weeks, West Virginia employers will be notified regarding new premium rates for 2006 worker’s compensation payments.
City National Bank headquarters sits just above its Cross Lanes branch. CHARLESTON – City National Bank has filed a lawsuit against a woman and a former lawyer as a result of a home loan gone wrong.