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Coal severance tax upheld by state Supreme Court

By Chris Dickerson | Dec 7, 2005

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

By Chris Dickerson | Dec 6, 2005

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.

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

By Chris Dickerson | Dec 1, 2005

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.

Supreme Court backs insurance agency on umbrella policy claim

By Chris Dickerson | Dec 1, 2005

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.

Supreme Court upholds Charleston user fee, but orders vote on matter

By Chris Dickerson | Dec 1, 2005

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.

Supreme Court seeks public comment on proposed rule change

By Chris Dickerson | Dec 1, 2005

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.

Steptoe & Johnson among nation's largest law firms

By Chris Dickerson | Nov 30, 2005

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.

Huntington attorney to lead national defense lawyers' group

By Chris Dickerson | Nov 30, 2005

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.

Man jailed for robbing Whittaker sues state over sentence

By Chris Dickerson | Nov 30, 2005

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.

Bank sues woman, annulled lawyer

By Chris Dickerson | Nov 29, 2005

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.

84-year-old woman sues church after falling on step

By Chris Dickerson | Nov 29, 2005

East Point Apostolic Church CHARLESTON – An 84-year-old Charleston woman has sued her church after she fell on a step, claiming she has sustained permanent injuries.

Hotel guest sues for knee injury after slipping on liquid

By Chris Dickerson | Nov 29, 2005

Hampton Inn, Southridge Centre CHARLESTON – A Logan County woman is suing the Hampton Inn, Southridge Centre after she claims she slipped in the lobby of the hotel and injured her knee.

Dependent girlfriend sues company for boyfriend's death

By Chris Dickerson | Nov 29, 2005

CHARLESTON – A woman is suing a local company and one of its managers in a civil lawsuit stemming from the work-related death of her boyfriend.

Agent claims Nationwide broke its promise for new business

By Chris Dickerson | Nov 29, 2005

CHARLESTON – A Charleston insurance agent miffed that new business promised to him was awarded to other agents, has filed a lawsuit against Nationwide Insurance in Kanawha Circuit Court.

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