U.S. Supreme Court News

Thank you, Justice Scalia

By The West Virginia Record | Feb 16, 2016

One of the last acts of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia before his death last week was to explain high court’s majority view in granting a stay of the implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, pending the outcome of a challenge now being considered by the U.S.

Morrisey: States have no legal obligation to comply with halted Clean Power Plan

By Jessica Karmasek | Feb 12, 2016

The attorney general, joined by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, sent a letter Friday to two groups representing state environmental and utility regulators across the nation, pointing to the U.S. Supreme Court’s stay of the EPA’s new rule earlier this week.

U.S. SC sides with states, halts EPA’s Clean Power Plan

By Jessica Karmasek | Feb 10, 2016

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton hailed the high court’s decision to stay the agency’s new rule, calling it a “major victory” for Americans. The White House disagreed with the court’s order, but said it is confident the agency will prevail in the court challenge.

W.Va, other states file reply in Clean Power Plan stay request

By Jessica Karmasek | Feb 9, 2016

The states contend that if left unstayed, the EPA’s new rule will force “massive and irreversible changes” in terms of state policies and resources, power plant shutdowns, and investments in wind and solar power.

Women sue coal company for refusal of same-sex spousal benefits

By Kyla Asbury | Dec 23, 2015

MOUNDSVILLE – Two women are suing the Marshall County Coal Company after they claim it refused to provide same-sex spousal benefits. Trustees of the UMWA Retirement Fund, Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO Program, Murray American Energy Inc. Play 107 were also named as defendants in the suit. As of Nov. 7, 2014, Brittni Ann Rice became the lawful spouse of Jennifer Kay Riggle and, as Riggle was an employee of the coal company and a participant in a health benefit program offered by the company, it wa

AG's office reaches $13 million settlement with CashCall

By Chris Dickerson | Nov 25, 2015

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office has reached a $13 million settlement with CashCall, Inc., a non-bank private lender found to have engaged in abusive debt collections. The settlement, which was finalized last week in Kanawha Circuit Court, requires CashCall to make an immediate $10 million lump sum payment.

Morrisey, Texas AG urge feds before climate summit

By Chris Dickerson | Nov 24, 2015

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, together with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, is calling upon U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to fully acknowledge the legal limits faced by President Obama’s environmental agenda as the secretary negotiates at the upcoming United Nations summit on climate change, also known as Paris 2015 and COP21.

Morrisey, other AGs ask Supreme Court to overturn court sovereignty ruling

By Chris Dickerson | Sep 11, 2015

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is leading a 44-state coalition asking the U.S.

Morrisey leads AG coalition to affirm Second Amendment rights

By Chris Dickerson | Sep 3, 2015

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office is leading a coalition of 24 states in asking the U.S.

Why we're working to protect public meeting prayer

By Patrick Morrisey | Aug 25, 2015

CHARLESTON – Nearly 400 years ago, a small band of men and women set out across the Atlantic Ocean to create a place where they could freely express their faith without fear of government intervention or persecution.

Circuit judge announces retirement

By Kyla Asbury | Jul 14, 2015

KEYSER - A circuit judge representing Grant, Mineral and Tucker Counties announced on July 13 that he was retiring after 17 years of service. Circuit Judge Phil Jordan notified Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin that he plans to retire on Dec. 31. "I hope to continue to serve the judicial system as a senior status judge, a mediator, and, perhaps, as an arbitrator," Jordan said in his letter to Tomblin. Jordan is a trained mediator. Jordan said he and his wife of 31 years, Wilma, also plan to travel. Tom

Caperton named as defendant in wrongful death suit

By Chris Dickerson | Jun 29, 2015

BECKLEY – A man involved in one of the most publicized – and most tried – court cases in state history now finds himself the defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit. Hugh M.

Morrisey praises USSC ruling on church rights

By The West Virginia Record | Jun 22, 2015

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey issued the following statement Thursday applauding the unanimous U.S.

Morrisey praises USSC ruling on church rights

By Chris Dickerson | Jun 19, 2015

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey issued the following statement Thursday applauding the unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision saying the First Amendment protects a church’s right to post a sign advertising its services.

USSC ruling in Florida judge money case hits close to home

By Jessica M. Karmasek | May 6, 2015

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court last week upheld a Florida rule prohibiting judges and judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign contributions.

Morrisey lauds USSC decision to not review Cashcall case

By Chris Dickerson | May 4, 2015

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is pleased the U.S. Supreme Court has opted not to hear CashCall Inc.’s request for review of a state Supreme Court ruling.

Caperton-Massey case to be heard again

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 9, 2015

GRUNDY, Va. – A Virginia circuit judge has ordered a new trial in a high-profile case that, at times, has been heard by the United States, Virginia and West Virginia supreme courts.

Former WVU recruit sues NCAA

By John O'Brien | Nov 24, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO – Three former college athletes are the latest to file a class action lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association, claiming it and 11 athletic conferences have created a monopsony over college athletes.

Morrisey joins other AGs in push to help child porn victims

By Chris Dickerson | Oct 20, 2014

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey recently partnered with 43 other state and territorial attorneys general in a letter urging members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate Judiciary Committees to vote on a bill that would improve restitution for victims of child pornography.

Morrisey, other officials say EPA definition of water makes no sense

By Chris Dickerson | Oct 10, 2014

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, 10 other state attorneys general and six governors are challenging how the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency plan to change the definition of “Waters of the United States.”

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