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Citing 'barriers' to settlement, judge orders opioid foes to prepare for trial

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CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - The judge overseeing hundreds of lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors ordered both sides to prepare for trials, citing unspecified “barriers” to a global settlement that became apparent after a conference Tuesday.

Individual seeks refund of purchase price of Hyundai vehicle because of alleged defects

PINEVILLE – A consumer is seeking a refund of the price of a Hyundai vehicle over allegations it has defects that have not been repaired despite attempts to do so.

Consumer claims she does not owe amount to Midland Funding

CLARKSBURG – A Morgantown consumer claims debt collectors misrepresented the character, amount or legal status of an alleged debt.

Can a government official block a constituent from a Facebook page?

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RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) – As a panel of judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit prepares to consider the appeal in a case pitting a Loudoun County, Va., official and a frequent critic, the ACLU is stepping in.

UPDATE: W.Va. SOS has questions about probe of Davis' 2012 contributions

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Secretary of State’s office is questioning how the Kanawha County Prosecutor’s Office handled an investigation into some campaign contributions to Justice Robin Jean Davis’s 2012 re-election campaign.

Red Lobster accuses Huntington of breach of 33-year-old agreement

HUNTINGTON – Red Lobster Hospitality is suing the city of Huntington, the Huntington Municipal Development Authority and Batra Hospitality Group for breaching an agreement made more than 30 years ago.

National panel to decide about consolidating federal opioid cases

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.

Taco Bell customer seeks damages after fall allegedly caused by leaking soda machine

CHARLESTON – A Dunbar woman alleges she fell at a St. Albans restaurant because of water on the floor.

Baxter hopes First District is ready to take a chance on him

WHEELING – Th​​​​​e leaders of the global law firm of Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe took a chance on Ralph Baxter in the late 1980s, naming him CEO. Now, Baxter hopes the residents of West Virginia’s first congressional district are ready to take a chance on him as well.

W.Va. liability law passes first test in federal opioid cases

CHARLESTON – West Virginia’s liability law has passed its first test by allowing defendants in opioid epidemic suits to spread blame. The new law gives defendants 180 days to identify possibly responsible parties that plaintiffs didn’t sue. Those other parties will pay nothing on a jury verdict, but their share of liability will reduce the damages defendants must pay.

Judge dismisses Live Nation lawsuit for plaintiff’s failure to participate

CHARLESTON – A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit after a motion to dismiss was filed for failure to participate in discovery and failure to prosecute.

Baxter running for McKinley's 1st District House seat

WHEELING – The former CEO of a global law firm based in Wheeling is running for Congress.

West Virginia's latest epidemic: opioid lawsuits

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.

Bank accuses JP Morgan Chase of breaching agreement

BECKLEY — A bank is suing JP Morgan Chase, alleging breach of loan agreement.

Customer blames Honda for Acura's troubles

NEW CUMBERLAND — A Weirton man is suing Honda, alleging breach of warranties and guaranties.

Maskell Pipe & Supply Inc. allegedly failed to pay $15,500 in rental fees

An equipment renter is suing Maskell Pipe & Supply Inc., a contractor, for allegedly breaching a verbal agreement.

Morrisey joins other states pushing against California coal plan

CHARLESTON—West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has joined a coalition of 13 states in urging the commissioner of the California Department of Insurance to reconsider a divestment policy that his office says undermines coal mining.

Two consumers accuse Honda of selling them defective Acura

Two consumers are suing American Honda Motor Co. Inc., a vehicle manufacturer, citing alleged design defect and product liability.

California corporation alleges debtor, guarantor failed to pay nearly $100,000

RIPLEY — A California corporation is suing a debtor and guarantor, alleging breach of contract and unjust enrichment.

Former employee says Lowes responsible for loose pipe that caused injury

CHARLESTON — A former employee has filed suit against a major home improvement store, alleging that insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries and negligence.