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Charleston attorney applauds proposed EPA regulations

CHARLESTON – A Charleston attorney thinks the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's newly proposed regulations could provide the energy industry with a much needed pathway to greater transparency.

Jenkins invites EPA chief to view West Virginia's coal resurgence

CHARLESTON – U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins said he has invited Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to come to West Virginia to see the resurgence of the region’s coal mining industry after the Trump administration relaxed alleged damaging regulations enacted by the Obama administration.

W.Va. ahead of the game when it comes to sports betting

CHARLESTON – A U.S. Supreme Court ruling makes sports gambling legal across the country, and West Virginia already is ahead of the game.

Encouraging entrepreneurship for military spouses

CHARLESTON – Each May we memorialize the men and women who sacrifice their lives defending our freedom. Often forgotten are the military spouses who give their all to maintain households and raise children.

EQT files lawsuit against WVDEP over royalty payments law

CLARKSBURG – EQT Production Company has filed a lawsuit against the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, claiming a new law protecting royalty payments is unconstitutional.

The War on Coal is winding down slowly

The Battle of New Orleans was fought on January 8, 1815, two weeks after the signing of the peace treaty ending the War of 1812. If British General Edward Pakenham had had a cell phone, or even a beeper, he might have received notice of the treaty-signing before the battle began and been able to avoid his embarrassing defeat to Andrew Jackson.

More aggressive defenses expected in asbestos cases as new information emerges of other cancer causes

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WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Companies named in asbestos lawsuits may employ more aggressive defenses as information emerges that other factors can cause the particular type of cancer that leads to the costliest settlements and verdicts.

Blankenship critical of Gazette editorial about him

CHARLESTON – Don Blankenship has lashed out at the Charleston Gazette-Mail, calling the writer of a recent editorial an idiot.

Conservation organization accuses U.S. Fish & Wildlife of violating FOIA

ELKINS — A conservation organization is suing a federal agency, alleging violation of the Freedom of Information Act.

Self-driving cars, thinking machines will test limits of tort law

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SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) - Self-driving cars, machines that teach themselves how to operate and home digital assistants that can enter into legally binding contracts are all either on the market now or soon will be. So the next question is: Whom do you sue when they run amok?

AG's office files action to force EPA to protect coal, steel jobs

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office has filed a petition to protect West Virginia coal jobs by demanding the federal government clarify onerous regulations that stymie the production of steel.

West Virginians have stopped singing the blues

The song "Happy Days," written at the outset of the Great Depression, became the campaign song for Franklin Delano Roosevelt's first presidential bid in 1932, but it could have been applied to Donald Trump's campaign 84 years later.

Confidence and optimism for small businesses in tax season

Tax season tends to bring out a sense of dread. Whether you’re a business owner gathering a year’s worth of receipts in a file box for your accountant or a family scratching out formulas at the kitchen table, the paperwork and the ever-nagging fear that you’ve forgotten something makes mid-April our least favorite time of year.

Morrisey, Jenkins both praise Trump's plan to fight opioid abuse

CHARLESTON – Two leading Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate are hailing President Donald Trump’s plan to fight opioid abuse.

The Second Amendment must be respected, period

HUNTINGTON – There is no population in America more adamant about protecting our constitutional rights than West Virginians, and chief among these God-given rights is the Second Amendment. As a candidate for Congress in Southern West Virginia’s third district, my promise to the voters is this: I will always defend your right to keep and bear arms, and I pledge to be a tireless voice for our pro-gun values on every possible occasion.

Morrisey, other AGs push to help EPA on Clean Power Plan replacement

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey led a 21-state effort to help shape the potential creation of any new regulation that would effectively replace the so-called Clean Power Plan.

AGs push for swift passage of child pornography victim bill

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has joined a group of 55 attorneys general in pushing the U.S. House of Representatives to support timely and meaningful restitution for victims of child pornography.

Senate approves bill that would create intermediate appellate court

CHARLESTON – The state Senate has passed a bill to create an intermediate court of appeals in West Virginia.

WVU soon will offer legal forensics degree

MORGANTOWN – The complexity of modern white-collar crime has pointed up the need for an advanced forensics law degree that will be offered at West Virginia University beginning this summer, the director of WVU's Master of Law program said during a recent interview.

Three-judge panel denies stay requested by environmental groups in Mountain Valley Pipeline project

CHARLESTON – A three-judge panel denied a stay requested by environmental groups in an appeal to the United States Court of Appeals regarding the Mountain Valley Pipeline project.