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Federal judge gives water crisis settlement preliminary approval

Kyla Asbury Sep. 29, 2017, 1:30pm

CHARLESTON – A federal judge has granted preliminary approval on the settlement involving the January 2014 water crisis.

Federal judge shoots down water crisis settlement proposal

Chris Dickerson Jul. 7, 2017, 9:11am

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.

Bizzack Construction sued again for property damage

Kyla Asbury Jul. 6, 2017, 9:09am

LOGAN – Another lawsuit has been filed against Bizzack Construction for alleged property damages from highway construction. The lawsuit brings the total to at least 24 lawsuits filed against the company — mostly in Logan Circuit Court — for the highway construction.

Two lawsuits filed over failure to repair culvert to Crossings Mall

Kyla Asbury Jun. 6, 2017, 9:56am

CHARLESTON – Two lawsuits have been filed against U.S. Bancorp Government Leasing & Finance Inc. after the plaintiffs claim it and others failed to repair the culvert to the Crossings Mall shopping center.

Woman blames Cabell Huntington Hospital for child’s death

Kyla Asbury Jun. 1, 2017, 2:06pm

HUNTINGTON – A woman is suing Cabell Huntington Hospital after she claims it is responsible for her child’s death.

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

The West Virginia Record May 23, 2017, 11:04am

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.

Group calls $45M water crisis settlement for lawyers 'lawsuit greed'

Chris Dickerson May 12, 2017, 11:48am

CHARLESTON – A legal reform group is calling the $45 million fee request for the plaintiffs attorneys who have worked on the 2014 water crisis lawsuit and settlement a prime example of “lawsuit greed.” The executive director of West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse also said he hopes the fee amount will be “greatly reduced.” One of the attorneys who worked on the class action case, however, says the request is reasonable and says most people don’t understand all of the work and money that goes into handling such a case. And the president of a statewide group for trial lawyers says CALA is trying to distort the facts.

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

Chris Dickerson May 10, 2017, 8:29am

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

Chris Dickerson Apr. 28, 2017, 8:00am

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.

Couple blames CAMC, others for problems with woman's epidural

Kyla Asbury Mar. 24, 2017, 7:52am

CHARLESTON – A couple is suing Charleston Area Medical Center after they claim the hospital was negligent during the placement of an epidural.

Seven more lawsuits filed against Bizzack

Kyla Asbury Feb. 6, 2017, 11:52am

LOGAN – Seven more lawsuits have been filed against Bizzack Construction for property damage caused by highway construction.

Five lawsuits filed against Bizzack Construction for blasting damages

Kyla Asbury Jan. 30, 2017, 12:27pm

LOGAN – Five lawsuits have been filed against Bizzack Construction after the plaintiffs claim their homes have been damaged due to the company’s blasting efforts during highway construction.

Class action filing accusing Charleston doctor of sexual assault

Kyla Asbury Nov. 17, 2016, 1:14pm

CHARLESTON – A class action lawsuit has been filed against Charleston Gastroenterology Associates after an unnamed woman claims one of its physicians was sexually assaulting unconscious women during colonoscopies.

Justices say insurer not entitled to money it did not pay out

Kyla Asbury Jun. 22, 2016, 2:30pm

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has ruled that an insurance company is not entitled to a statutory right of subrogation.

Yeager Airport blasting blamed in property damage suits

Kyla Asbury Mar. 3, 2016, 2:22pm

CHARLESTON – Two lawsuits have been filed against the Central West Virginia Regional Airport Authority after the homeowners’ properties were damaged due to blasting efforts. Dyno Nobel Inc. and Central Contracting Inc. were also named as defendants in the suits. On Aug. 1, 2014, Valerie Eve Brown and Regina Kay Carson’s properties and homes began experiencing cracks and subsidence that had not existed prior to the defendants’ blasting operations, according to two complaints filed Feb. 18 in Kana

More than 100 opt out of water crisis settlement

Jessica Karmasek Jan. 13, 2016, 8:37am

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.

11 lawsuits filed over flood damage at Eagle View

Kyla Asbury Jan. 5, 2016, 2:48pm

CHARLESTON – Rabel Development LLC has been named in 11 lawsuits for a flood that caused property damages. Eagle View Properties LLC; EAB Global Enterprises LLC; Capitol Land LLC; Allen Bell Properties LLC; Allen Bell Properties 2 LLC; and Edward Allen Bell, individually, were all named as defendants in the suit. Joyce Elswick; Joshua Donley and Donna Walker; Rebecca Bare; Kenneth Casdorph and Donna Casdorph; Amy Joyce; Steven Smith; John M.