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New circuit judge hopes to make Preston County proud

KINGWOOD — Preston Circuit Court's new circuit judge said he hopes to continue the trend of outstanding judges in Preston County with his seat on the bench.

WVU law school's employment rates higher than national average

MORGANTOWN—The employment rate for graduates of West Virginia University College of Law in 2017 is higher than the national average, according to recent statistics.

W.Va. American Water settlement awaits final OK from judge

CHARLESTON—The settlement of the class action lawsuit involving the 2014 water crisis is still awaiting final approval from a federal judge.

Attorney: Power generation remains mostly coal but natural gas developing

CHARLESTON— Although coal still makes up the vast majority of power generation in West Virginia, natural gas is beginning to develop in the area.

WVU professor: Coal's future stable but could change long-term

MORGANTOWN — There is a future for coal in West Virginia, but the question of how it will change remains to be determined, according to one expert.

Bailes sworn in as new Kanawha County magistrate

CHARLESTON — Jesse Bailes, the newest Kanawha magistrate, was sworn in May 18 to fill the vacancy left last July by Julie Yeager's resignation.

Justices: Pharmaceutical companies properly warned mothers of risks

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has ruled that the mass litigation panel rightfully awarded summary judgment to three drug companies in two product liability cases.

State Supreme Court annuls law license of Elkins attorney

CHARLESTON—The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has ordered the annulment of an attorney's law license after he was convicted of a crime.

Justices grant summary judgment to subdivision for homeowners’ delinquent assessments

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals issued a ruling that a subdivision was rightfully awarded summary judgment by a circuit court in 2016.

Supreme Court says nearly $160,00 fine is proper for cigarette distributor

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has issued a ruling, agreeing that a fine of nearly $160,000 for a cigarette distributor who sold delisted cigarettes on multiple occasions was proper.

Attorney says AG's office shouldn’t be involved in criminal proceedings

CHARLESTON – A Charleston attorney has said that Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office should not be involved in a criminal case on a county level, but that his office is denying a Boone County inmate his own inmate records, despite a signed release and order from Circuit Judge William Thompson.

51 lawsuits filed against Erie Insurance claiming breach of contract

CHARLESTON – Fifty-one lawsuits have been filed against Erie Insurance Property & Casualty Company after the plaintiffs claim it breached its contract with it failed to offer enough underinsured motorists coverage.

Supreme Court says claims administrator wrongfully denied meal reimbursement request

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia​​​​​ Supreme Court of Appeals has issued an opinion stating that a claims administrator who denied reimbursement for a meal during a workers’ compensation medical examination appointment was in the wrong.

Judge approves settlement in case of teen who drowned in city pool

CLARKSBURG – A circuit judge has approved a settlement in a lawsuit against the city of Shinnston for the wrongful death of a 14-year-old girl who drowned in the city’s pool.

Supreme Court pays more than $200,000 after IRS audit

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has paid the Internal Revenue Service more than $200,000 as a result from an audit done over the course of the last year.

Beckley attorney New is named new president of WVAJ

CHARLESTON – Beckley attorney Stephen New has been named president of the West Virginia Association for Justice to complete the term of the former president who resigned to run for circuit judge.

Justices say trial court abused discretion by dismissing suit

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has ruled that a trial court abused its discretion by dismissing a lawsuit as a sanction.

Supreme Court denies Parkersburg, officer new trial

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has issued a ruling denying a police officer and the city of Parkersburg a new trial in lawsuit filed by a man who was injured when he was rear-ended by a police officer.

Supreme Court hears arguments in former coach’s age discrimination appeal

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals heard arguments this week regarding an appeal by a former basketball coach who alleged he was discriminated against because of his age.

Federal judge dismisses lawsuit against municipal judge, others

CHARLESTON – A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against a municipal judge and 30 other defendants a man alleged discriminated against him over the course several lawsuits filed in 2014 and 2015.