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The West Virginia Record Dec. 11, 2005, 5:59am

By Jeffrey T. Jones, president-elect West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association

Greenbrier County man says mother received poor care at nursing homes

Chris Dickerson Dec. 8, 2005, 8:37am

CHARLESTON – A Greenbrier County man claims his mother received poor care at nursing homes last year before her death.

DOH sues Raleigh County man and company for damages to bridge

Chris Dickerson Dec. 8, 2005, 8:02am

CHARLESTON – The commissioner of the state Division of Highways has sued a Beckley man and a Raleigh County company after an incident that did damage to a bridge in Summers County.

Woman sues after slipping, falling at Nitro Wal-Mart

Chris Dickerson Dec. 8, 2005, 7:38am

CHARLESTON – A woman is suing Wal-Mart after taking a fall at its store at Nitro Marketplace.

Boone County couple claims they were sold a dud home

Chris Dickerson Dec. 8, 2005, 7:27am

CHARLESTON – A Boone County couple claims they were sold a bad manufactured home and want out of the deal.

Asbestos suit names 18 defendants

Chris Dickerson Dec. 8, 2005, 7:06am

CHARLESTON – A man has filed suit against 18 companies – from worldwide corporations such as Viacom and General Motors to local companies such as Nitro Industrial Coverings – for being exposed to asbestos and other harmful dusts over the span of 40 years as a laborer.

Laborers file silica suits in Kanawha County

Chris Dickerson Dec. 8, 2005, 6:35am

Victor S. Woods CHARLESTON -- As defendants in lung injury litigation begin to fight back in courts across the country, a Charleston attorney in the meantime recently filed three separate silica lawsuits in Kanawha Circuit Court.

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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

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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.