United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit News

Appeals court grants request for WVDEP to start over on disputed pipeline review

By Kyla Asbury | Oct 19, 2017

CHARLESTON – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has granted a request by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to throw out the DEP’s approval of the Mountain Valley Pipeline and let them start over.

Fourth Circuit upholds Justice Energy’s $1.23M fine

By Chris Dickerson and Kyla Asbury | Jul 12, 2017

CHARLESTON – The U.S. Circuit of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has upheld a $1.23 million contempt-of-court fine issued to Justice Energy in a lawsuit filed against the company by James River Equipment.

Fourth Circuit finds in favor of coal miner in 'mark of the beast' case

By Glenn Minnis | Jun 22, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) – A federal appeals court in Virginia has affirmed a $586,861 jury award handed to a man who says h​​​​​e was forced to retire from his mining job when religious principles prevented him from using a biometric hand scanner.

Fourth Circuit finds in favor of coal miner in 'mark of the beast' case

By Glenn Minnis | Jun 21, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) – A federal appeals court in Virginia has affirmed a $586,861 jury award handed to a man who says he was forced to retire from his mining job when religious principles prevented him from using a biometric hand scanner.

Blankenship's legal team files appeal petition with U.S. Supreme Court

By Chris Dickerson | May 26, 2017

WASHINGTON – Don Blankenship’s legal team formally has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear his appeal. Attorneys for the former Massey Energy CEO filed the petition May 25 asking the Justices to take up an appeal of his criminal mine safety conviction. They say the U.S. District Court in Charleston and the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., both erred in rulings, and they claim Blankenship was a victim of politics.

Blankenship says he'll continue to fight for the truth, wants to debate Manchin

By Chris Dickerson | May 10, 2017

LAS VEGAS – Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship has finished serving his sentence, but he says he still plans to fight to get the truth out about the 2010 Upper Big Branch explosion.

Morrisey, other states speak out in support of pregnancy center in free speech case

By Carrie Salls | Apr 19, 2017

CHARLESTON – West Virginia is one of 10 states weighing in on a lawsuit filed against the Greater Baltimore Center for Pregnancy Concerns Inc.’s free speech-related lawsuit against the city of Baltimore.

Blankenship's request for a full re-hearing denied by Fourth Circuit

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 24, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. — A federal appeals court refuses to give Don Blankenship a full re-hearing of his appeal. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on Feb. 24 denied a request by the former Massey Energy with a three-sentence order.

Panel denies Blankenship's appeal to have conviction overturned

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 19, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. -- Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship must serve the rest of his one-year term in federal prison. A federal appeals panel on Jan. 19 issued a ruling upholding Blankenship’s conviction from U.S. District Court in 2015. Blankenship, who was sentenced to a year in prison on a misdemeanor conspiracy charge for the 2010 explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine that killed 29 miners, reported to Taft Federal Prison in California on May 12, 2016.

Appeals court upholds mountaintop removal ruling

By Kyla Asbury | Jan 5, 2017

CHARLESTON – The Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a ruling made by a West Virginia federal judge that coal operators in the state have to comply with water quality standards that limit the amount of pollution allowed in streams.

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