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Woman sues after slipping, falling at Nitro Wal-Mart

By Chris Dickerson | Dec 8, 2005

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

By Chris Dickerson | Dec 8, 2005

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

Asbestos suit names 18 defendants

By Chris Dickerson | Dec 8, 2005

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

By Chris Dickerson | Dec 8, 2005

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.

Contractor says security firm responsible for stolen equipment

By Chris Dickerson | Dec 7, 2005

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

By Chris Dickerson | Dec 7, 2005

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.

Charleston still weighing options on user fee opinion

By Chris Dickerson | Dec 7, 2005

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.

Cohen named new executive director of WV CALA

By Chris Dickerson | Dec 7, 2005

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

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.

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