West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals News

State Supreme Court issues stay in controversial case about state's right-to-work law

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 29, 2019

CHARLESTON — The state Supreme Court has issued a stay in a 2016 right-to-work case. The stay, granted March 29, will keep a recent ruling by Kanawha Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey from becoming law for now.

Loughry questions if evidence was sufficient in 4th Circuit appeal, hires former state Solicitor General

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 28, 2019

RICHMOND, Va. – Former state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry’s appeal questions whether there was sufficient evidence to support his February conviction on 10 federal counts of wire fraud, mail fraud and lying to federal agents.

Supreme Court allows excessive force lawsuit to continue

By Kyla Asbury | Mar 27, 2019

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals ruled that an excessive force lawsuit can continue in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Supreme Court upholds valuation of Mercer Mall in $9 million dispute with property owner

By Kyla Asbury | Mar 27, 2019

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals ruled that an assessment performed by the Mercer County Assessor's Office was fair and equitable.

Supreme Court says DHHR has qualified immunity in child custody case

By Kyla Asbury | Mar 27, 2019

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals recently ruled the state's Department of Health and Human Resources is entitled to qualified immunity in a case involving the guardianship of a minor.

After 54 days, Justice appoints Poling as new Raleigh Circuit Court judge

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 20, 2019

CHARLESTON – Gov. Jim Justice has appointed Darl W. Poling of Beckley to become Raleigh Circuit Court's newest judge. The opening was created when Justice appointed lifelong friend John Hutchison to the state Supreme Court to fill former Justice Allen Loughry's seat. Retired judge Charles M. Vickers has been filling Hutchison’s seat in Raleigh County.

Investigation of state Supreme Court is over, maybe

By The West Virginia Record | Mar 19, 2019

The federal investigation of possible wrongdoing by our state Supreme Court justices, which began more than two years ago, finally is over. Unless, of course, it starts up again, which is also a possibility.

Supreme Court hears arguments in EQT Corp.'s trespassing case

By Kyla Asbury | Mar 18, 2019

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals will decide whether EQT Corp. trespassed onto property owned by two individuals in Doddridge County, where it owned mineral rights but not surface rights.

After two years, U.S. attorney says investigation of state Supreme Court is over

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 15, 2019

CHARLESTON – The federal investigation into the state Supreme Court is over. U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart issued a statement March 14 announcing the conclusion of the probe that has lasted for more than two years.

JVAC accepting applications for McDowell judgeship; Raleigh County position remains unfilled

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 14, 2019

CHARLESTON – The state Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission is accepting applications for the pending McDowell Circuit Court judicial vacancy. Current Judge Booker T. Stephens has announced his retirement, effective May 31.

State Senate asks U.S. Supreme Court to review state impeachment ruling

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 12, 2019

CHARLESTON – The state Senate wants the U.S. Supreme Court to review a state Supreme Court ruling that ended last fall’s impeachment proceedings. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey filed a petition March 11 with the U.S. Supreme Court. The House of Delegates filed a similar request in January.

High court rules CCC Inc. must comply with original terms of lease-purchase agreement

By Kyla Asbury | Mar 8, 2019

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals ruled that a company must comply with the sale of its property that it entered into and then refused.

Supreme Court reverses decision, says woman's driver's license should be revoked

By Kyla Asbury | Mar 8, 2019

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals reversed a decision made by a Boone circuit judge involving the reinstatement of a woman's driver's license.

West Virginia Bar Association to host networking event for attorneys, judges

By Kyla Asbury | Mar 8, 2019

CLARKSBURG — The West Virginia Bar Association is hosting a networking event later this month that doubles as a continuing legal education credit event.

Supreme Court rules Circuit Court overreached in condemnation of private property for highway project

By Kyla Asbury | Mar 8, 2019

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals ruled that a Circuit Court exceeded its authority in a case involving private property near a high-traffic road.

Supreme Court upholds action against employee who faced allegations of credit card misuse

By Kyla Asbury | Mar 7, 2019

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals sided with an energy company in an appeal initiated by a former employee who was fired after reportedly making unauthorized credit card purchases.

Justice appoints Scudiere and McLaughlin as circuit judges; Raleigh County position remains vacant

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 7, 2019

Gov. Jim Justice has appointed Debra Scudiere of Morgantown as the new circuit judge in Monongalia County and Debra McLaughlin of Berkeley Springs as the new circuit judge in the 23rd Circuit, which includes Morgan, Berkeley and Jefferson counties.

Leniency for Loughry is a tough sale

By The West Virginia Record | Mar 5, 2019

Assuming his motives are pure, an intervention from a D.C. political consultant on former state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry’s behalf is a nice gesture. Still, if anyone deserves to be punished severely for breaking the law, it’s a judge.

West Virginia doesn't need an intermediate court of appeals

By Steve Canterbury | Mar 5, 2019

CHARLESTON – Like that poison ivy sprout that comes back every spring, legislation to create an Intermediate Appellate Court in West Virginia is back yet again. It’s no more necessary now than it has ever been, and it’s just as noxious as that stubborn poison ivy.

Loughry's Charleston home up for sale

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 4, 2019

CHARLESTON – Former state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry’s Charleston home is for sale. Loughry, who was sentenced last month to 24 months in federal prison, and his family listed the home March 1 for $150,000.

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