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National panel to decide about consolidating federal opioid cases

By Record News | Nov 10, 2017

WASHINGTON – Judges on a national panel must decide whether to consolidate opioid suits of local governments and, if so, whether to ​​​​​send them to West Virginia, Illinois or Ohio.

Medical screening program underway in DuPont case, informational meetings planned

By John Sammon | Oct 3, 2017

PARKERSBURG – Chemical giant DuPont and spin-off company Chemours are in the process of paying out $670 million to 3,500 claimants in Ohio and West Virginia who contended in lawsuits their health was jeopardized from a spill of toxic chemicals used to make Teflon from a plant near Parkersburg more than a decade ago.

Plaintiffs seek MDL for opioid litigation; Lawyer argues for Ohio or Illinois

By Ann Maher | Sep 26, 2017

BENTON, Ill. – Plaintiffs in opioid litigation pending in federal court seek to consolidate approximately 66 government actions into multi-district litigation in Ohio or Illinois.

West Virginia's latest epidemic: opioid lawsuits

By The West Virginia Record | Aug 22, 2017

West Virginians first had to face the epidemic of addiction to opioids. Now there’s an epidemic of opioid lawsuits. Who's responsible for the first epidemic, in addition to the drug abusers, is subject to dispute. The ones responsible for the second epidemic are known.

Carper thinks Gorsuch is 'totally qualified' for U.S. Supreme Court

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 23, 2017

CHARLESTON – A well-known Kanawha County Democrat says he thinks Neil Gorsuch is well qualified to become the next United States Supreme Court justice.

Man awarded $10.5M in punitive damages in DuPont C8 case

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 5, 2017

COLUMBUS – A federal jury awarded a $10.5 million in punitive damages in a case against DuPont regarding contamination of water supplies in the Parkersburg area.

Federal jury returns $2M verdict in third DuPont C8 case

By Chris Dickerson | Dec 21, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A federal jury has returned a $2 million verdict against DuPont in the third of 3,500 cases charging that DuPont knowingly contaminated drinking water at its facility near Parkersburg.

Father blames DHHR for son’s abuse from biological parents

By Kyla Asbury | Nov 14, 2016

CHARLESTON – A father is suing the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources after he claims his adoptive son was abused by his biological parents.

Couple claim drug makers failed to provide adequate warnings

By Philip Gonzales | Aug 30, 2016

BLUEFIELD — A married couple's lawsuit against drug manufacturing companies responsible for Nexium cites alleged breach of express and implied warranties.

CALA criticizes return of Mississippi law firm to W.Va. courtroom

By Chris Dickerson | Aug 5, 2016

CHARLESTON – A statewide legal reform group is speaking out as attorneys from a Mississippi law firm behind one of the biggest cases in West Virginia court history – and one of the biggest news stories involving a state Supreme Court justice – make their way to the Mountain State again.

Jury tacks on $500K in punitives to $5.1M DuPont C-8 verdict

By Chris Dickerson | Jul 8, 2016

COLUMBUS – A federal jury has awarded a college professor $500,000 in punitive damages on top of $5.1 million in compensatory damages awarded earlier this week in the second DuPont C-8 bellwether trial.

Jury awards $5.1M in second DuPont C-8 bellwether trial

By Chris Dickerson | Jul 6, 2016

COLUMBUS – A federal jury has awarded a college professor $5.1 million in the second DuPont C-8 bellwether trial.

Walker campaign unveils ad to counter 'false' attack

By Chris Dickerson | Apr 28, 2016

CHARLESTON – Beth Walker’s state Supreme Court campaign has responded to an attack ad from personal injury lawyers it says includes “false claims based on misleading evidence.” A political action committee called Just Courts For WV began running television ads earlier this week against Walker, according to documents with the Secretary of State’s office.

Boat crash defendant files answer, counterclaim

By Kyla Asbury | Mar 24, 2016

MORGANTOWN – One of the defendants in a lawsuit involving a Memorial Day boat crash has filed an answer and counterclaim. Steven B. Solomon denied he owned the boat in question and denies he owed a duty to the plaintiffs or that he breached any duty owed to them, according to the March 18 answer and counterclaim.

Kanawha woman blames Kroger for collision, injuries

By Kyla Asbury | Mar 8, 2016

CHARLESTON – A Kanawha County woman is suing Kroger after she claims it is responsible for a collision that caused her injuries. Kroger Dedicated Logistics Co.; Ruan Transport Corporation; Ruan Transportation Management Systems Inc. and Cedric D. Allen were also named as defendants in the suit.

Two more lawsuits filed against Antero for fracking damages

By Kyla Asbury | Jan 27, 2016

CHARLESTON – Two more lawsuits have been filed against Antero Resources Corporation for damages due to the company’s fracking practices. Antero Resources Appalachian Corporation and Hall Drilling LLC were also named as defendants in the suits. Slathial A. Simmons, Tracie D. Simmons and E.T.S., a minor; and Kenna Sue Adams filed motions to join already filed cases to an existing mass litigation, according to two complaints filed in Kanawha Circuit Court.

A few more lawsuits filed related to 2014 chemical spill

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 11, 2016

CHARLESTON – A handful of lawsuits were filed Friday related to 2014’s Elk River Chemical Spill. Saturday, Jan. 9, was the two-year anniversary of the incident that left about 300,000 residents without access to tap water for nine days.

Federal jury awards $1.6M to Ohio woman in DuPont C8 lawsuit

By Kyla Asbury | Oct 8, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A seven-member federal jury awarded $1.6 million to an Ohio woman who developed kidney cancer and claimed it was after drinking water contaminated with C8. The jury found Oct. 7 that Carla Marie Bartlett's kidney cancer was contracted after being exposed to C8 discharged by DuPont's Washington Works facility in Parkersburg into the Ohio River and her drinking water. The jury awarded Bartlett $1.1 million in damages due to DuPont's negligence, and $500,000 for emotional distres

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