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Class action filed against drug firms for opioid-addicted newborns

By Kyla Asbury | Mar 6, 2018

CHARLESTON – A class action lawsuit has been filed against Purdue Pharma for babies who were born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, a condition suffered by babies of mothers addicted to opioids.

Federal judge shoots down water crisis settlement proposal

By Chris Dickerson | Jul 7, 2017

CHARLESTON – A federal judge has nixed a proposed class action settlement regarding the 2014 Elk River chemical spill. U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver Jr. on July 6 issued an order denying the proposal. He denied it without prejudice, meaning the parties can refile a revised agreement.

Under settlement, water spill law firms will get up to $850 per hour for work

By Record News | May 23, 2017

CHARLESTON – While the average water consumer would collect about $500 from a pending settlement of claims over contamination of the Elk River, law firms would collect up to $850 an hour. Lawyers applying for fees up to $40 million reported that they worked 30,248 hours and their employees worked 16,657 hours. In the course of three years and four months, those totals equal about 175 hours a week for lawyers and about 100 a week for support staff.

Water crisis attorneys seek $45 million in legal fees, court expenses

By Chris Dickerson | May 10, 2017

CHARLESTON – The attorneys for plaintiffs in the 2014 water crisis litigation have asked a federal judge to approve more than $45 million in fees and expenses for their work on the case.

Federal court documents provide details of water crisis settlement

By Chris Dickerson | Apr 28, 2017

CHARLESTON – A $151 million settlement would provide an estimated $525 to each household affected by the 2014 chemical spill that contaminated the water supply for residents in nine counties.

Judge approves $151m settlement in water contamination class action

By Kyla Asbury | Nov 1, 2016

CHARLESTON – District Judge John Copenhaver Jr. has approved a $151 million settlement in the class action lawsuit between West Virginia American Water, Eastman Chemical and residents and businesses affected by the 2014 chemical spill into the Elk River.

West Virginia American Water reaches tentative deal in water contamination case

By Kyla Asbury | Oct 31, 2016

CHARLESTON – West Virginia American Water has reached a tentative deal in the class-action lawsuit against the company over the 2014 chemical spill at Freedom Industries that caused hundreds of thousands of customers to be without water.

Charleston attorney files federal lawsuit against Blankenship

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 20, 2016

CHARLESTON – An attorney who once filed a water contamination lawsuit against Massey Energy now has sued former Massey CEO Don Blankenship for abuse of process and malicioius prosecution. Kevin Wayne Thompson filed his federal lawsuit Jan. 11 in U.S. District Court in Charleston against Blankenship, attorney Daniel L. Stickler and the Jackson Kelly law firm.

More than 100 opt out of water crisis settlement

By Jessica Karmasek | Jan 13, 2016

CHARLESTON – More than 100 people have asked to be excluded from a class action settlement over the 2014 water contamination crisis in West Virginia. Those wishing to opt out or object to the settlement – in which Freedom Industries executives have agreed to pay $400,000 – have until next month to do so.

More Wyoming Co. residents blame Dynamic Energy for contaminated well water

By Kyla Asbury | Jan 11, 2016

PINEVILLE – Two lawsuits have been filed against Dynamic Energy Inc. after they claim it contaminated their well water to the point it is no longer safe for human consumption. Mechel Bluestone Inc. was also named as a defendant in the suits. Bobby Kennedy and Rebecca Kennedy; and Elvis Walker, Tammy Hatfield, Joshua Hatfield and Jeremy Hatfield depend on their water well for all of their domestic needs, including drinking, bathing, cooking, cleaning and laundry, according to two complaints fil

Clear Fork residents want state DEP to help fix water issue from abandoned impoundment

By Chris Dickerson | Sep 28, 2015

PINEVILLE – Nearly 50 Wyoming County residents have asked a judge to issue an order forcing the state Department of Environmental Protection to do something about their drinking water. Forty-six residents of Clear Fork filed their petition for writ of mandamus Sept. 16 in Wyoming Circuit Court against the DEP and Secretary Randy Huffman. In the petition, the petitioners say they live downstream from an abandoned impoundment operated by Eastern Associated Coal LLC.

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