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'King of Small Torts' Carper inspired by high school trip to courthouse

By John Breslin | Feb 5, 2019

Charleston attorney W. Kent Carper relishes being called the "King of Small Torts," a nod to the legendary lawyer known for the very large ones, Melvin Belli.

Couple sues drug companies for injuries from DES

By Kyla Asbury | Jan 16, 2019

WHEELING — A woman and her husband are suing several drug companies and laboratories they claim are responsible for injuries she incurred in utero due to exposure to a specific drug.

Charleston attorney endows scholarship to help West Virginians, public safety workers at ONU

By Carrie Salls | Feb 1, 2018

CHARLESTON – Charleston attorney Kent Carper has six grandchildren who are “in a very comfortable position now to be well-educated,” but he knows many others in the area struggle to pay for a college education. As a result, he has endowed a scholarship fund at Ohio Northern University, where he went to law school.

Another lawsuit filed against DuPont for warehouse fire

By Kyla Asbury | Nov 30, 2017

CHARLESTON – Another lawsuit has been filed against DuPont for a warehouse fire that occurred in October and caused damages.

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.

Huntington firm leading group filing opioid cases across the country

By Chris Dickerson | Aug 18, 2017

HUNTINGTON – A Huntington-based firm is leading a legal team that recently has filed nearly a dozen federal lawsuits on behalf of government agencies from Ohio and Alabama against drug companies for their alleged role in the opioid epidemic.

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.

Jury returns verdict against Parkersburg, police officer for car accident

By Kyla Asbury | Nov 21, 2016

PARKERSBURG – A jury returned a verdict against the City of Parkersburg and one of its police officers last week for a car accident that caused injuries.

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.

Carper 'humbled' to be appointed to second term on judicial advisory panel

By Carrie Salls | Oct 6, 2016

CHARLESTON – Kanawha County Commission President W. Kent Carper has been reappointed to the Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission by West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin for an additional six-year term.

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.

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