Office of West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey News

AGs want U.S. SC to stay EPA’s Clean Power Plan

By Jessica Karmasek | Jan 28, 2016

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, along with officials from 30 other states and state agencies, are now asking the U.S. Supreme Court to put the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan on hold.

AG's office provides tips for businesses on Data Privacy Day

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 28, 2016

CHARLESTON — In honor of National Data Privacy Day, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey on Jan. 28 urged businesses to consider the importance of safeguarding consumers’ personal information.

AG outside counsel bill passes House, heads to Senate

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 26, 2016

CHARLESTON – A House bill to codify Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s outside counsel policy is headed to the state Senate. House Bill 4007 passed the House of Delegates on Jan. 25 on a 96-1 vote. It would restrict fees to outside counsel hired by the state Attorney General’s office and prevent those attorneys from contributing to that attorney general’s re-election campaign while working for the state.

AG's office warns against price gouging amid state of emergency

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 22, 2016

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is reminding West Virginians of the state’s price gouging laws, which remained in effect Friday as Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin transitioned to a state of emergency in all 55 counties.

Court denies states' request for stay of Clean Power Plan

By Jessica Karmasek | Jan 22, 2016

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who is leading a coalition of states against the federal agency’s new rule, says he is considering an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court.

Senate vacancy now in hands of state Supreme Court

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 19, 2016

CHARLESTON – The decision of what party will fill a vacant state Senate seat now rests with the state Supreme Court. Justices heard oral arguments Jan. 19 on a writ filed by members of the local Democratic Executive Committee from the Ninth Senatorial District. Former state Sen. Daniel Hall resigned from the position earlier this month, and both parties say they have the right to fill the vacant seat. Hall was elected as a Democrat in 2012, but he switched party affiliation to Republican after

ACLU gives notice to sue jail authority for 2014 water crisis

By Kyla Asbury | Jan 15, 2016

CHARLESTON – The American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia gave notice last week that it intends to sue the state for conditions at South Central Regional Jail during the 2014 water crisis. The notice listed the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority-Division of Corrections and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey as defendants in the potential lawsuit. The notice states that inmates at South Central were given inadequate amounts of drinking water and bathing water

Morrisey, other AGs push painkiller prescribing guidelines

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 15, 2016

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has joined 35 states and the District of Columbia in urging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to quickly adopt proposed guidelines for prescribing opioid painkillers. Morrisey and a bipartisan group of attorneys general believe the CDC’s guidelines provide additional guidance to doctors to better evaluate the potential benefit and harm of prescribing opioid painkillers, such as oxycodone and hydrocodone. “Prescription dr

Court issues stay; Tomblin won't fill vacant Senate seat until after arguments

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 15, 2016

CHARLESTON – The state Supreme Court has issued a stay, allowing Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to wait to fill a vacant state Senate seat until after the court hears arguments in the matter.On Jan. 15, the Justices issued the stay after West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office had filed an emergency order earlier in the day for clarification. That followed another filing from Tomblin saying he planned to fill the state Senate seat left vacant by Daniel Hall at 4 p.m. Saturday unless the

House passes resolution nullifying EPA 'Waters of the U.S.' rule

By Jessica Karmasek | Jan 14, 2016

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives, including West Virginia’s entire congressional delegation, on Jan. 13 approved a measure that would effectively kill the Environmental Protection Agency’s new “Waters of the United States” rule. The House voted 253-166, passing a resolution of disapproval to nullify the rule, which extends the federal agency’s authority to all bodies of water, no matter the size or frequency. Only one Republican – U.S. Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey – voted against

State Senate vacancy hearing set for Jan. 19

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 13, 2016

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's motion to intervene in a lawsuit filed over the process of filling a vacancy in the state’s Ninth Senatorial District has been granted, and the state Supreme Court hearing is set for Jan. 19. “We filed a motion to allow the State of West Virginia to intervene in the Ninth Senatorial District ballot vacancy case so that the opinion of the Attorney General may be properly considered by the West Virginia Supreme Court,” Morrisey said i

AG files to intervene in senate vacancy case

By Jessica Karmasek and Chris Dickerson | Jan 12, 2016

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey filed a motion Jan. 12 to intervene in a lawsuit filed over the process of filling a vacancy in the state’s Ninth Senatorial District. “Today, we filed a motion to allow the State of West Virginia to intervene in the Ninth Senatorial District ballot vacancy case so that the opinion of the Attorney General may be properly considered by the West Virginia Supreme Court,” Morrisey said in a statement. “In our formal legal opinion, we con

Delegate announces run for attorney general

By Kyla Asbury and Chris Dickerson | Jan 12, 2016

?CHARLESTON – Del. Doug Reynolds has announced he will be running for attorney general in the next election. Reynolds, D-Cabell, announced on Tuesday that he had filed to campaign for the office of attorney general.

Tomblin says he would pick Democrat for vacant Senate seat

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 12, 2016

CHARLESTON — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says he would appoint a Democrat to fill the seat of a Republican state Senator who resigned, but he wants the state Supreme Court to determine which party will get the seat. Tomblin’s legal team filed a response Jan. 11 to a writ of prohibition filed Jan. 8 by the West Virginia Democratic Party.

Democrats file writ asking Supreme Court to rule on open Senate seat

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 10, 2016

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Democratic Party filed a writ of prohibition with the state Supreme Court against Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin appointing a replacement for a recently retired state senator. Republican state Senator Daniel Hall resigned Jan. 4 to take a job as a state liaison for the National Rifle Association.

UPDATE: AG's office files suit against McKesson for oxy deliveries

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 10, 2016

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey on Friday announced the filing of a lawsuit against the nation's largest prescription drug distributor for allegedly failing to identify, detect, report and help stop the flood of suspicious drug orders into the state. The lawsuit against McKesson Corporation was filed Jan. 8 in Boone Circuit Court after "an extensive investigation," according to Morrisey's office.

Hall's resignation could alter party control of state Senate

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 6, 2016

CHARLESTON – The resignation of a state senator could mean big changes in the state Legislature. Wyoming County Senator Daniel Hall submitted his letter of resignation Monday. He is taking a job as a state liaison for the National Rifle Association. Typically, such a resignation means the party's executive committee of that representative’s district selects nominees for a replacement. Those names are sent to the governor for him to pick the replacement.

Could be the last year of the War on Coal

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 5, 2016

One more year. That's all we've got to endure. One more year of the recklessness that has characterized the current presidential administration. One more year of the long-running war on coal, national prosperity, the U.S. Constitution, and American exceptionalism.

Combating drug abuse on multiple fronts

By Patrick Morrisey | Jan 5, 2016

CHARLESTON – West Virginia’s deadly addiction to opioid drugs gained national attention in 2015. And as the state looks toward a new year, my office seeks to combat this epidemic with a combination of enforcement, education and prevention.

AG's office warns of payday loan scam

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 4, 2016

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Morrisey is warning consumers about a scam in which callers attempt to recover a payday loan, which they claim the consumer took out several years prior. The callers allege they are from Stark Recovery and, in many cases, have the targeted consumer’s personal information such as name, phone number, address, date of birth and Social Security number. “It’s always a scary thing when strangers have such sensitive information,” Morrisey said in a statemen

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