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  • MCNEER HIGHLAND MCMUNN VARNER: Sellers of blood-thinner drug to settle about 25,000 suits for $775M

    The sellers of the blood thinner Xarelto have agreed to pay $775 million to settle about 25,000 lawsuits claiming the companies failed to warn the drug can cause potentially fatal bleeding.

  • CALA says excessive litigation cost state $35M in 2018; trial lawyer group disputes study

    CHARLESTON – A statewide legal reform group says excessive tort litigation cost West Virginia more than 3,800 jobs and about $35 million in state and local revenue.

  • New 5th Circuit judge looks forward to challenges

    RIPLEY – The new year has just started, and for the men and women of the 5th Judicial Circuit, that means some new names and faces will be showing up at the court, including incoming Judge Lora Dyer.

  • Trump's appointment of Pruitt will bring EPA back in line

    MORGANTOWN – The environmental left is apoplectic over President-elect Donald Trump’s choice of Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency.

  • Morrisey deserves praise for defending W.Va. coal miners

    CHARLESTON – For the last four years, no one has done more to defend our jobs, our industry and our West Virginia way of life than Patrick Morrisey, as our Attorney General.

  • One religion we can do without

    We never thought we'd see a conservative Republican attacking a cult-like religion, but now we have, and it's our own state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey doing it.

  • Former judge pleads guilty for retaliation

    HUNTINGTON – A former Social Security chief administrative law judge has pleaded guilty on June 13 in a Kentucky federal court for conspiring to retaliate against an SSA employee who provided information on potential corruption and fraud.

  • Why it's important to listen to Bo Copley

    MORGANTOWN – Presidential campaign stops and stump speeches become a blur after awhile, but occasionally there is a moment of intense clarity, a comment or circumstance where sharp focus is brought to bear on what the election is really about.

  • 'Mr. Social Security' accused of defrauding government of $600M

    LEXINGTON, Ky. – An eastern Kentucky attorney who bills himself as “Mr. Social Security” has been charged with defrauding the federal government of more than $600 million. Eric Conn was arrested April 4. In his indictment, unsealed April 5, a federal grand jury found probable cause to believe Conn conspired to rig hundreds of disability claims from 2004 to 2012. The grand jury also indicted Social Security Administration appeals judge David B. Daugherty of Huntington as well as Pikeville, Ky., p

  • Neely: Delaware newspaper suit simply 'about money'

    CHARLESTON – An attorney says a lawsuit regarding the recent consolidation of Charleston’s two daily newspapers simply is about money. Last month, Charleston Publishing Company filed a complaint against Daily Gazette Company and Daily Gazette Holding Company LLC in Delaware Chancery Court. Charleston Publishing Company is a subsidiary of MediaNews Group Inc. doing business as Digital First Media. MediaNews Group was the owner of the Charleston Daily Mail, which merged in July with the Cha

  • Cheney appearance in West Virginia offends union leader

    CHARLESTON – This week, former Vice President Dick Cheney is the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, an organization that recently made a point of stating that its members employ more than half of “our state’s workers.” As president of the West Virginia AFL-CIO, on behalf of the thousands of West Virginia working families I represent, I take offense.

  • SSA reverses some benefits suspensions

    By KYLA ASBURY HUNTINGTON – The Social Security Administration is reversing its suspension of benefits for 80 West Virginia residents. Third District Congressman Evan Jenkins released a statement June 4 announcing the reverse. "Families affected by the suspension of benefits worried about how to make ends meet in this tight economy," Jenkins said in his statement.

  • SSA reverses some benefits suspensions

    HUNTINGTON – The Social Security Administration is reversing its suspension of benefits for 80 West Virginia residents.

  • Lawsuit reform means more jobs, economic growth

    CHARLESTON – As a small business owner, I pay close attention to the costs associated with running my business.

  • Media outlets seek withdrawal of Blankenship gag order

    BECKLEY – Five news organizations filed a motion urging U.S. District Judge Irene Berger to withdraw a gag order that has blocked access to court records in a criminal case filed against Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship.

  • Obama’s birthday present: a lump of coal

    President Obama celebrated his 53rd birthday on Monday – and in parts of America others demonstrated against him and his energy programs.

  • Asbestos attorneys: 'Trust us. We know what we’re doing.'

    The title character in the 1986 TV cop show parody Sledge Hammer, played to perfection by David Rasche, was a comically alarming combination of Dirty Harry, Maxwell Smart, and Fearless Fosdick. His catch phrase (“Trust me. I know what I’m doing.”) inevitably preceded his next foray into mayhem and inspired confidence in no one.

  • PERSONNEL FILE: Huddleston Bolen to host HR conference

    HUNTINGTON - Huddleston Bolen and DeemHR will host a Human Resource Conference titled "HR 2013: Practical Information on the Issues You Face," in Huntington on March 5.

  • Charleston attorney testified on Obama's NLRB appointments

    Charleston attorney Mark Carter testifies before a House committee on Feb. 1, 2012.