U.S. Department of Justice News

Trump DOJ acts on threat to trial lawyers who sue on behalf of the government

By Daniel Fisher | Jan 11, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The Department of Justice's recent effort to toss lawsuits it says it wasted hundreds of hours investigating is emblematic of a strategy under President Donald Trump to rein in trial lawyers who are using a federal whistleblower law to seek millions of dollars.

DOJ: A company created to file lawsuits has wasted 1,500 hours of the government's time

By David Yates | Dec 20, 2018

TEXARKANA – The U.S. Department of Justice is asking federal judges around the country to dismiss lawsuits it says are brought by shell companies that misrepresent their true purposes - filing meritless litigation against health care companies.

AG, DOJ to work together to fight elder abuse in West Virginia

By Chris Dickerson | Apr 25, 2018

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office will collaborate with the federal government’s Elder Justice Initiative to fight elder abuse in West Virginia.

Blankenship critical of Gazette editorial about him

By Chris Dickerson | Apr 23, 2018

CHARLESTON – Don Blankenship has lashed out at the Charleston Gazette-Mail, calling the writer of a recent editorial an idiot.

DEA announces proposed rule to reduce opioid supply

By Chris Dickerson | Apr 18, 2018

CHARLESTON — As a result of a lawsuit filed by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has announced a proposed rule to reduce the oversupply of opioid painkillers and end pill dumping in West Virginia.

Former attorney faces up to 20 years in federal prison for child pornography charge

By Kyla Asbury | Apr 10, 2018

HUNTINGTON – A former attorney faces at least five and up to 20 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to a child pornography charge.

Blankenship says DOJ office is investigating his prosecution

By Chris Dickerson | Apr 4, 2018

CHARLESTON – U.S. Senate candidate Don Blankenship says the Department of Justice is investigating his prosecution related to the Upper Big Branch mine disaster.

Jenkins: $1.4 million federal grant for state's drug courts will help expand services

By Glenn Minnis | Oct 9, 2017

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Justice Department has granted a $1.4 million federal grant to West Virginia to aid the state’s drug court system.

Arbitrator: Authority to cease publication of Daily Mail 'did not exist'

By Chris Dickerson | Sep 7, 2017

CHARLESTON – A federal arbitrator’s nearly $4 million ruling sheds more light on how Charleston became a one-newspaper town. In his filing, Arbitrator Edward D. McDevitt of Charleston provides some details about what happened internally at Charleston Newspapers when executives were deciding to shut down the Charleston Daily Mail and merge it with the Charleston Gazette. In closing his 16-page order, McDevitt writes that a newspaper expert used by Charleston Newspapers determined that the authority to cease publication of the Charleston Daily Mail “did not exist.”

U.S. labor secretary accuses Bluefield contractor of compensation violations

By Philip Gonzales | Dec 2, 2016

BLUEFIELD — The U.S. secretary of labor is suing a Bluefield contractor and a real estate company, alleging violation of workers compensation acts in failing to pay proper overtime.

Attorney General urges DOJ to reject Mylan ‘irresponsible’ settlement

By Kyla Asbury | Nov 2, 2016

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is urging the U.S. Department of Justice to reject a settlement that involves Medicaid reimbursements linked to the sale of the company’s EpiPen, calling it irresponsible.

AG's office to host national Prescription Take-Back Day on Saturday

By Chris Dickerson | Apr 28, 2016

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office, in coordination with Capitol Police, will participate in the 11th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m.

Federal government sues convicted landlord for sex discrimination

By Kyla Asbury | Mar 17, 2016

CLARKSBURG – The federal government is suing a convicted landlord after it claims he discriminated against tenants based on their sex. Brian Carl Walden, as conservator for Gary Walden, a protected person, and as administrator CTA of the estate of Tina Walden; Walden Homes LLC, which is doing business as Walden Rentals; and 973 Chestnut Ridge Road Inc. were also named as defendants in the suit.

Monongalia General, DOJ settle lawsuit for $4.8 million

By Kyla Asbury | Feb 22, 2016

MORGANTOWN – Monongalia General Hospital has agreed to pay $4.8 million as part of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice after an investigation was made into improper billing. The investigation concluded with the announcement that 51 additional hospitals have agreed to pay nearly $24 million to settle allegations they improperly billed Medicare for surgical procedures to implant cardioverter defribillators.

Monongalia General, DOJ settle lawsuit for $4.8 million

By Kyla Asbury | Feb 20, 2016

MORGANTOWN – Monongalia General Hospital has agreed to pay $4.8 million as part of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice after an investigation was made into improper billing. The investigation concluded with the announcement that 51 additional hospitals have agreed to pay nearly $24 million to settle allegations they improperly billed Medicare for surgical procedures to implant cardioverter defribillators.

W.Va., other AGs settle with HSBC Mortgage

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 5, 2016

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has announced a multistate agreement with banking and financial services provider HSBC that will change the company’s servicing standards and provide restitution to affected consumers. The agreement was the result of a joint civil action filed by the U.S. Department of Justice, 49 states and the District of Columbia for misconduct related to their origination and servicing of single-family residential mortgages.

Settlement funds to help State Bar provide legal assistance

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 7, 2016

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia State Bar has received $329,000 from a U.S.

Judge: Car dealer can refuse contraceptive coverage

By The West Virginia Record | Jun 2, 2015

By KYLA ASBURY CHARLESTON – A federal judge has ruled that Joe Holland Chevrolet will not have to provide insurance coverage for some contraceptives to its employees. District Judge Thomas E.

Judge: Car dealer can refuse contraceptive coverage

By Kyla Asbury | Jun 2, 2015

CHARLESTON – A federal judge has ruled that Joe Holland Chevrolet will not have to provide insurance coverage for some contraceptives to its employees.

DOJ, EPA settle with DuPont

By Bryan Cohen | Sep 1, 2014

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency have announced a settlement with E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company to resolve allegations of pollution law violations at its Kanawha County facility.

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