Nathan Bass News

Ruling: Insurance Commissioner shouldn't be second-guessed by courts

By Nathan Bass | Jun 12, 2013

CHARLESTON – Insurance rates are the province of the Insurance Commissioner and the reasonableness of such rates should not be second-guessed by circuit courts or jurors, according to a recent ruling of the state’s high court.

Supreme Court rejects fired DHHS worker's constructive discharge claim

By Nathan Bass | May 30, 2013

CHARLESTON – A woman who alleged she was fired as a result of her whistleblowing activities got no relief from the state’s high court when it found that her lawsuit fell outside the statute of limitations for a whistleblower action.

Supreme Court affirms Marion court's ruling in favor of accountant

By Nathan Bass | May 28, 2013

CHARLESTON – The state Supreme Court affirmed a $26,300 “quantum meruit” award to a certified public accountant, finding the amount was supported by the evidence in the record.

Marshall employee's Workers' Comp claim given chance to develop

By Nathan Bass | May 21, 2013

CHARLESTON – The state high court has reversed and remanded a Marshall University administrative support employee’s Workers’ Compensation rejection, sending the carpal tunnel claim back to the Workers’ Compensation Board of Review for “proper consideration.”

Supreme Court rules widow's benefits claim filed too late

By Nathan Bass | May 21, 2013

CHARLESTON – The state Supreme Court has found that the widow of a coal miner who died from occupational pneumoconiosis could not collect benefits because her claim was filed four and a half months after the allowable time period for filing had expired.

SC rules Summersville RadioShack's lease expired

By Nathan Bass | May 10, 2013

CHARLESTON – A Summersville RadioShack will have to move after the state's high court rejected the store owner’s argument that the lease had been extended.

Court affirms foreclosure sale price

By Nathan Bass | May 9, 2013

CHARLESTON – The state Supreme Court has found that the purchase price obtained for a piece of property at a foreclosure sale did not “shock the conscience” and affirmed the circuit court’s denial of the property owner’s request for a preliminary injunction.

Supreme Court dismisses Randolph County lawsuit over sewage back-up

By Nathan Bass | May 2, 2013

CHARLESTON – The state Supreme Court has found that a Randolph County couple’s personal injury and property damage case arising from the alleged negligent clean-up of a sewage back-up was properly dismissed by the circuit court.

Agriculture Dept. worker, fired over alleged sexual comments and material, loses appeal

By Nathan Bass | May 1, 2013

CHARLESTON – The state Supreme Court has found no violation of rights in the dismissal of a state Department of Agriculture employee for his alleged inappropriate behavior.

Fourth Circuit says no conflict of interest in law firm's appointment

By Nathan Bass | Apr 19, 2013

CHARLESTON – A federal appeals court has found no conflict of interest in a bankruptcy trustee’s appointment of a law firm that represented another party in a separate debt collection action against one of the bankrupt partnership at issue's general partners.

Supreme Court rules Ill. court lacked jurisdiction over W.Va. resident

By Nathan Bass | Apr 18, 2013

CHARLESTON – The state Supreme Court has refused to grant full faith and credit to a default judgment obtained against a West Virginia resident in an Illinois court.

Supreme Court says plaintiff's testimony lacked detail

By Nathan Bass | Apr 18, 2013

CHARLESTON – The state’s highest court has affirmed a circuit court’s award of summary judgment to Grafton Truss and Panel Company in a case in which an employee blamed the company for allowing employee misconduct that led to his injury.

Ex-wife owed $57K in child support can't make claim in wrongful death settlement

By Nathan Bass | Apr 17, 2013

CHARLESTON - The state Supreme Court ruled that an ex-wife who was owed back child support on her now adult children does not a have claim on a wrongful death award received as a result of her former husband’s death.

Supreme Court rejects man's claim for more in Workers' Comp case

By Nathan Bass | Apr 11, 2013

CHARLESTON – The state Supreme Court has affirmed the Workers’ Compensation Board of Review’s finding that an injured worker was only eligible for a certain amount of compensation.

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