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THE CALWELL PRACTICE PLLC: What Is a Class Action Lawsuit?

By Press release submission | Jul 18, 2018

A class action lawsuit is a type of civil claim filed by one person or party on behalf of a larger group that either has a similar claim or has suffered similar damages. These lawsuits may be filed in either state or federal courts.

Buffalo property lessee alleges hunting club killed or stole 4 cows

By Noddy A. Fernandez | May 9, 2018

WINFIELD — A Buffalo property lessee is suing a real estate company and hunting club, alleging a breach of the plaintiff's lease contract allowed personal property to be damaged.

Beckley couple blames water company for wife's illness

By Lhalie Castillo | Apr 4, 2018

BECKLEY — A Beckley couple is suing a local utility company, alleging violation of statutory obligations regarding manganese content in the water.

Five lawsuits filed against Beckley Drilling & Blasting for property damage

By From staff reports | Mar 22, 2018

LOGAN – Five lawsuits have been filed against Beckley Drilling & Blasting for damages done to their properties.

Employee files suit against A M Communications over allegedly unlawful pay practices

By Philip Gonzales | Feb 27, 2018

CHARLESTON – A service technician for a Suddenlink Communications subcontractor alleges he was not paid in a timely manner.

Another lawsuit filed against Bizzack Construction

By From staff reports | Feb 23, 2018

LOGAN – Another lawsuit has been filed against Bizzack Construction for property damages from highway construction.

Mother alleges minor son was burned during procedure at Cabell Huntington Hospital

By Philip Gonzales | Feb 2, 2018

HUNTINGTON – A Logan County mother alleges her son was burned by a surgical instrument during a procedure at Cabell Huntington Hospital.

Five more lawsuits filed against Bizzack Construction for property damages

By From staff reports | Jan 19, 2018

LOGAN – Five more lawsuits have been filed against Bizzack Construction for property damages from highway construction.

Bert Wolfe Inc. service mechanic alleges he was not paid in timely manner for warranty work

By Lhalie Castillo | Jan 3, 2018

CHARLESTON – A Kanawha County man alleges his auto dealer employer failed to pay him in a timely manner for certain work performed.

Parkersburg warehouse fire cases removed to federal court

By Chris Dickerson | Nov 22, 2017

CHARLESTON – Three class-action lawsuits over a Parkersburg warehouse fire have been removed to federal court.

Federal judge gives water crisis settlement preliminary approval

By Kyla Asbury | Sep 29, 2017

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

Self-pay patient seeks judgment regarding Bluefield Regional Medical Center's billing practices

By Philip Gonzales | Aug 28, 2017

PRINCETON – A woman who was treated at a Mercer County emergency room alleges that she was billed excessive charges.

Federal judge shoots down water crisis settlement proposal

By Chris Dickerson | Jul 7, 2017

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

By Kyla Asbury | Jul 6, 2017

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

By Kyla Asbury | Jun 6, 2017

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

By Kyla Asbury | Jun 1, 2017

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

West Virginia corporation alleges damages via fax machine

By Philip Gonzales | May 25, 2017

CHARLESTON — A West Virginia corporation has filed a class action lawsuit against a Maryland company, alleging unlawful advertising.

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

By Record News | May 23, 2017

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'

By Chris Dickerson | May 12, 2017

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

By Chris Dickerson | May 10, 2017

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.

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