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The West Virginia Record Dec. 8, 2005, 6:06am

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WVU agrees to monitor employees in asbestos settlement

Steve Korris Dec. 8, 2005, 4:24am

MORGANTOWN – West Virginia University will set up a 20-year program to guard the health of employees it may have exposed to dangerous levels of asbestos.

Auto insurer must honor policy paid by bad check, court rules

Steve Korris Dec. 8, 2005, 1:06am

Justice Larry Starcher CHARLESTON – West Virginians can buy auto insurance with worthless checks, the Supreme Court of Appeals decided Dec. 2.

Maynard dissents: Insurance decision ranks poor as 'O.J.' verdict

Steve Korris Dec. 8, 2005, 1:00am

Justice Spike Maynard CHARLESTON - Supreme Court of Appeals Justice Elliott "Spike" Maynard blistered his colleagues for ordering West Virginia National Auto Insurance to cover a customer whose check bounced.

Second forum on legal reform set for Dec. 13

The West Virginia Record Dec. 7, 2005, 9:00pm

CHARLESTON – Nearly 60 business and legal leaders participated in the first of two forums examining the future of West Virginia's legal and judicial reform efforts.

Contractor says security firm responsible for stolen equipment

Chris Dickerson Dec. 7, 2005, 8:00pm

CHARLESTON -- The contractor that built the new state Department of Environmental Protection headquarters in Kanawha City has sued a security firm for negligence after a construction site robbery in 2003.

Peyton hopes code of conduct improves public perception of lawyers

Chris Dickerson Dec. 7, 2005, 7:57pm

CHARLESTON -- The president of the West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association said he hopes the group's recently adopted Code of Prohibited Conduct improves the public's perception of attorneys.

Supreme Court reverses Kanawha decision in divorce

Steve Korris Dec. 7, 2005, 7:00pm

CHARLESTON -- In a divorce where a woman says she owns half the house and a man says he owns the whole house, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has taken the man's side.

Charleston still weighing options on user fee opinion

Chris Dickerson Dec. 7, 2005, 6:31pm

Justice Larry Starcher CHARLESTON -- The city of Charleston is weighing its options a week after the state Supreme Court said it must put its user fee up for vote. Meanwhile, one Supreme Court justice said the $1 weekly fee is a burden on low-income workers in the city. While another justice said the city shouldn't be forced to have an election on the issue.

Charleston woman among plaintiffs in suit against AOL in Illinois

Ann Knef Dec. 7, 2005, 7:04am

BELLEVILLE, IL--Ten plaintiffs from across the country, including one from West Virginia, filed a class action lawsuit against America Online (AOL) in the 20th Circuit Court of Illinois.

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The West Virginia Record Dec. 7, 2005, 6:15am

Thursday, Dec. 1

Is your business prepared for the 2006 changes in Workers' Comp payment plan?

The West Virginia Record Dec. 7, 2005, 4:20am

In the coming weeks, West Virginia employers will be notified regarding new premium rates for 2006 Worker's Compensation payments.

Cohen named new executive director of WV CALA

Chris Dickerson Dec. 7, 2005, 3:04am

Steve Cohen CHARLESTON -- Steve Cohen has been named the new executive director of West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse.

Coal severance tax upheld by state Supreme Court

Chris Dickerson Dec. 7, 2005, 2:13am

CHARLESTON – The state Supreme Court has upheld the state's right to tax coal exports after coal companies argued that the severance tax actually is a sales tax and a violation of federal protections for interstate commerce.

Wayne magistrate suspended for four years

Chris Dickerson Dec. 6, 2005, 2:49am

Tommy Toler CHARLESTON -- In a unanimous decision, the state Supreme Court has suspended a Wayne County magistrate for violating judicial ethics. Tommy Toler was suspended, retroactive to July, for four years. That means he won't return to serve the rest of his term to which he was re-elected last fall.

Supreme Court rules statute ran on Calwell case

Steve Korris Dec. 5, 2005, 2:28pm

Stuart Calwell Attorney Stuart Calwell of Charleston advertised that his firm would represent painters with breathing problems. Retired automobile painter John Edward Goodwin responded to the pitch, but got nothing because the Calwell firm waited too long to sue.

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Lawyers, police thyself. Or else.

The West Virginia Record Dec. 1, 2005, 10:15am

Color us encouraged that some of West Virginia’s most prominent plaintiff’s attorneys have suddenly become image-conscious. And we don’t mean more mindful of how smooth they look in those late-night television commercials.

West Virginia on the Road to Being �Open for Business�

The West Virginia Record Dec. 1, 2005, 9:48am

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.

City doesn't have to refund 20 years of liquor license fees, court rules

Chris Dickerson Dec. 1, 2005, 9:34am

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.