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Elderly widow accuses loan holder of misrepresenation

CHARLESTON — An elderly widow is suing a loan holder, alleging breach of contract and negligent misrepresentation.

Five more lawsuits filed against drug wholesalers for opioid epidemic

CHARLESTON – Five more lawsuits have been filed in federal court against drug wholesalers and pharmacies for the opioid epidemic ravaging West Virginia.

Opioid judge doesn't want media to know details of settlement talks

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CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - The judge overseeing multidistrict litigation against opioid manufacturers and distributors has named the teams of lawyers who will try to negotiate a settlement of hundreds of federal lawsuits - a complex task given parallel investigations and litigation by state attorneys general and potentially conflicting goals of private attorneys and their government counterparts.

Usual Suspects: Lawyers used to getting their way in MDL process to lead opioid litigation

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CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - There will be a lot of familiar faces in U.S. District Judge Dan Polster’s courtroom in Cleveland on Jan. 31, when lawyers gather for a hearing on multidistrict litigation against the nation’s opioid manufacturers and distributors.

Federal opioid judge makes plaintiffs lawyers play musical chairs

CLEVELAND – Plaintiff lawyers in national opioid litigation chose their executive committee so poorly that a federal judge made them choose again. A protest against the original committee had rung out from West Virginia. As a result, four lawyers lost seats, and five replaced them.

Mountain Blue Hotel Group blames economy, debt payments for failure to pay state, local taxes

CHARLESTON – Mountain Blue Hotel Group filed a response to a lender blaming the economy and debt payments it had to pay for why it fell behind on paying its state and local taxes.

Lender requests proof that hotel ownership signed off on bankruptcy

CHARLESTON – U.S. Bank National Association has filed a motion to dismiss a bankruptcy case involving Mountain Blue Hotel Group unless the owner can prove that all of its investors agreed to the bankruptcy.

Mountain Blue bankruptcy case denied in Georgia, re-filed in Florida

CHARLESTON – The owners of Mountain Blue Hotel Group re-filed for bankruptcy in Florida after their case in Georgia was denied.

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.

Panhandle Cleaning and Restoration Inc., Master Dry accuse insurers of violating Antitrust Act

CLARKSBURG – Two disaster recovery service businesses in West Virginia allege that they have been damaged by insurance company practices.

Wells Fargo Bank seeks reformation of deed of trust on Oceana property

PINEVILLE – A financial institution is seeking the court's assistance with regards to an Oceana property.

CSX files answer to EEOC complaint, denies discrimination

HUNTINGTON – CSX filed an answer to a lawsuit alleging it had discriminatory hiring practices. CSX denies the discrimination.

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.

Huntington firm leading group filing opioid cases across the country

HUNTINGTON – A Huntington-based firm is leading a legal team that recently has filed nearly a dozen federal lawsuits on behalf of government agencies from Ohio and Alabama against drug companies for their alleged role in the opioid epidemic.

Two drug distribution lawsuits removed to federal court

CHARLESTON – Lawsuits filed by Chapmanville Mayor Raaimie Barker and the Mercer County Commission against the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy and multiple drug distributors have been removed to federal court.

Woman alleges injuries after fall at Red Lobster restaurant

HUNTINGTON – A Cabell County woman alleges that she was injured when she slipped and fell in a restroom at a Huntington restaurant.

EEOC accuses CSX of company-wide sex discrimination

HUNTINGTON – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against CSX Transportation, alleging it violated federal law by implementing a physical abilities test that has had an impact on female workers seeking a range of jobs with the company.

Bank accuses JP Morgan Chase of breaching agreement

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

Elderly consumer accuses lender, mortgage service, holder of illegal practices

PRINCETON — An 80-year-old Bluefield woman is suing a mortgage lender, service and holder, alleging unconscionable inducement.

Four drug distributor lawsuits removed to federal court

CHARLESTON – Four lawsuits against drug distributors for allegedly contributing to the opiate epidemic have been removed to federal court. The lawsuits were filed by Mayor Charles Sparks, on behalf of the town of Kermit; Mayor Vivian Livinggood, on behalf of the town of Gilbert; Mayor Reba Honaker, on behalf of the city of Welch; and the Lincoln County Commission.