West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals News

Massey says Boone court reporter misled them

By Chris Dickerson | Jul 3, 2006

CHARLESTON – A.T. Massey Coal Company has filed a federal lawsuit against the Boone County Circuit Court reporter after it claims she misled the company about her ability to produce a transcript of a 2002 trial.

Albright, Starcher say suspended Upshur magistrate should be paid

By Chris Dickerson | Jun 29, 2006

Justice Joseph Albright CHARLESTON – Two state Supreme Court justices say an Upshur County magistrate accused of inappropriate sexual conduct should have been suspended, but they think he should have continued to have been paid.

Columbia shorted property owners on royalties, Court rules

By Steve Korris | Jun 28, 2006

CHARLESTON – Property owners who leased oil and gas rights to Columbia Natural Resources received less in royalties than they deserved, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has ruled.

Prosecutor's religious overtones cause justices to order new trial for child molester

By Chris Dickerson | Jun 27, 2006

CHARLESTON -- The state Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a convicted child molester after ruling the prosecutor in the case made too many religious references in the first trial.

Court says job, not employer, to blame for man's breakdown

By Steve Korris | Jun 20, 2006

CHARLESTON – Reggie Lee Philyaw's job wrecked his mental health but his employer didn't wreck his mental health, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has decided.

U.S. Supreme Court sends case back to state high court

By Chris Dickerson | Jun 19, 2006

CHARLESTON – The United States Supreme Court on Monday ordered the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals to reconsider a 2005 decision that upheld a Morgan County man's conviction on sexual assault charges.

Supreme Court annuls lawyer's license

By Chris Dickerson | Jun 19, 2006

CHARLESTON -- The state Supreme Court has annulled the license of a Morgantown attorney and ordered he pay back more than $2 million he received from the estates of two clients.

Four ex-state employees sue over lost benefits

By Steve Korris | Jun 16, 2006

Jim Lees CHARLESTON – No injured workers have sued over benefits they lost in West Virginia's shift from public to private workers compensation, but four former state employees have sued over health benefits they claim they lost in the transition.

Supreme Court upholds Upshur magistrate's suspension

By Chris Dickerson | Jun 15, 2006

CHARLESTON – The state Supreme Court has upheld the suspension without pay of an Upshur County magistrate accused of inappropriate sexual conduct.

Lawyers admitted to practice

By The West Virginia Record | Jun 14, 2006

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals admitted the following people into the practice of law in the state of West Virginia on June 7:

Supreme Court backs help for 'pro se' plaintiffs

By Steve Korris | Jun 12, 2006

CHARLESTON – Douglas Cottrill could have overturned a $9,504.25 child support order with no help from an attorney, if he had known about the statute of limitations.

Tax commissioner wrong to deny Moose, Court rules

By Steve Korris | Jun 9, 2006

CHARLESTON - West Virginia's tax commissioner abused the Martinsburg Moose Lodge by denying it a license to raise money for charity with raffles, the Supreme Court of Appeals has ruled.

U.S. Supreme Court lets W.Va. coal severance taxes ruling stand

By Chris Dickerson | Jun 6, 2006

CHARLESTON – The United States Supreme Court on Monday refused an appeal from coal and steel companies challenging the constitutionality of West Virginia's coal severance taxes.

Frivolous claims against government may follow Glendenning decision, justices warn

By Steve Korris | Jun 1, 2006

CHARLESTON – National Union Fire Insurance of Pittsburgh must compensate four former Webster County school boys who suffered sexual assault and abuse from teacher Donald Ray Glendenning Jr., the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has ruled.

Supreme Court calendar: Week of June 5-9

By The West Virginia Record | May 31, 2006

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Legislative ruling aided Blankenship, Amores says

By Steve Korris | May 26, 2006

Don Blankenship HUNTINGTON – Legislators who expected to weaken Massey Energy president Don Blankenship by requiring him to put his name on political advertisements made him stronger, according to House judiciary committee chair Jon Amores.

Supreme Court admits new lawyers

By The West Virginia Record | May 22, 2006

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals admitted the following people into the practice of law in West Virginia on May 10:

Supreme Court denies flood trial defense petition

By Steve Korris | May 19, 2006

CHARLESTON – Two Justices of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, ruling as a majority after two of their colleagues dropped out, flashed a green light May 11 for a series of trials over a flood that struck southern West Virginia in 2001.

Steptoe & Johnson announce new members, of counsel attorneys for 2006

By The West Virginia Record | May 18, 2006

Benincasa CHARLESTON -- Steptoe & Johnson PLLC announces that, effective Jan. 1, eight of its attorneys were promoted to membership, and four of its attorneys achieved "of counsel" status.

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