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West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals News

New circuit judge hopes to make Preston County proud

KINGWOOD — Preston Circuit Court's new circuit judge said he hopes to continue the trend of outstanding judges in Preston County with his seat on the bench.

If you must go to court, be prepared

You have to wonder why some people bother going to court. It’s not just a matter of luck like the lottery, where all you have to do is buy a ticket and wait for the results to be announced. The process isn’t automated, self-propelled. You can’t file suit and expect the case to win itself.

Supreme Court denies U-Haul request to keep case from being a class action

CHARLESTON – The state Supreme Court has rejected U-Haul’s request for a writ of prohibition to prevent a case from being certified as a class action.

Bailes sworn in as new Kanawha County magistrate

CHARLESTON — Jesse Bailes, the newest Kanawha magistrate, was sworn in May 18 to fill the vacancy left last July by Julie Yeager's resignation.

Davis, Canterbury draw focus in second legislative audit report

CHARLESTON – The second part of an audit of the state Supreme Court took another look at use of state vehicles by justices and staff as well as other issues.

Justices: Pharmaceutical companies properly warned mothers of risks

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has ruled that the mass litigation panel rightfully awarded summary judgment to three drug companies in two product liability cases.

CALA: Innovator liability litigation could have stifled development of new drugs

CHARLESTON – The state Supreme Court’s ruling that a consumer can’t bring a claim against a brand-name drug manufacturer when they took a generic version is drawing reaction from both sides of the issue.

State Supreme Court annuls law license of Elkins attorney

CHARLESTON—The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has ordered the annulment of an attorney's law license after he was convicted of a crime.

Manufacturers should not be liable for harm caused by competitors' products

Three out of five State Supreme Court justices last week declined to expand West Virginia's products liability law and refused to hold a brand-name drug manufacturer responsible for harm allegedly caused by a generic drug made and sold by another company.

Lindsay plans to run for vacant Kanawha Circuit Court judge position

CHARLESTON – A veteran Charleston attorney is throwing his hat into the ring for the vacant Kanawha Circuit Court judgeship.

Supreme Court declines to expand West Virginia's products liability law

CHARLESTON -- The state Supreme Court has declined to expand West Virginia's products liability law, saying a plaintiff has no cause of action against a brand-name drug manufacturer when the drug used was made by a generic manufacturer.

Justices grant summary judgment to subdivision for homeowners’ delinquent assessments

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals issued a ruling that a subdivision was rightfully awarded summary judgment by a circuit court in 2016.

New trial date set for Norfolk Southern Railway lawsuit

WILLIAMSON – A new trial date has been set for a lawsuit against Norfolk Southern Railway Company after a judge tossed a previous $800,000 verdict when it was discovered that one of the attorneys and a juror knew each other.

Supreme Court says nearly $160,00 fine is proper for cigarette distributor

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has issued a ruling, agreeing that a fine of nearly $160,000 for a cigarette distributor who sold delisted cigarettes on multiple occasions was proper.

Supreme Court says claims administrator wrongfully denied meal reimbursement request

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia​​​​​ Supreme Court of Appeals has issued an opinion stating that a claims administrator who denied reimbursement for a meal during a workers’ compensation medical examination appointment was in the wrong.

Supreme Court pays more than $200,000 after IRS audit

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has paid the Internal Revenue Service more than $200,000 as a result from an audit done over the course of the last year.

Justices say trial court abused discretion by dismissing suit

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has ruled that a trial court abused its discretion by dismissing a lawsuit as a sanction.

Supreme Court denies Parkersburg, officer new trial

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has issued a ruling denying a police officer and the city of Parkersburg a new trial in lawsuit filed by a man who was injured when he was rear-ended by a police officer.

DiTrapano again asks state Supreme Court to reinstate his law license

CHARLESTON – Dante diTrapano again has asked the state Supreme Court to give him back his law license.

Election for Stucky's replacement will be on November general ballot

CHARLESTON – The election of a new Kanawha Circuit judge to replace the resigning Jim Stucky will take place in November.