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Opioid lawyer trying to avoid 'cesspool' asked for by major national firm

By Dan Fisher | Aug 9, 2018

Several Pennsylvania counties are fighting to keep control of their opioid lawsuits as the national law firm Simmons Hanly Conroy, with the active support of the companies it is suing, seeks to create what a rival attorney calls a litigation "cesspool."

Union, coal company seek to vacate arbitration awards

By Kyla Asbury | Aug 8, 2018

CLARKSBURG — The United Mine Workers of America and the Monongalia County Coal Company have both filed complaints in federal court against each other to vacate two arbitration awards.

Hispanic customer accuses Chase Bank of discrimination

By Philip Gonzales | Jul 30, 2018

HUNTINGTON — A Hispanic customer is suing Chase Bank, alleging discrimination.

DOJ has a month to provide Blankenship a copy of DOJ report on his trial

By Chris Dickerson | Jul 20, 2018

CHARLESTON – Federal Magistrate Judge Omar Aboulhosn has issued an order requiring the U.S. Department of Justice to provide Don Blankenship's attorneys with a copy of a report on the prosecutorial misconduct from his trial by Aug. 15.

Grafton fire chief alleges unlawful termination

By Philip Gonzales | Jun 29, 2018

GRAFTON — The former fire chief is suing Grafton, alleging unlawful termination.

From Legal Newsline

Blame the criminals, pharmacies facing opioid lawsuits say

By John O'Brien | Jun 8, 2018

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) – Large pharmacy chains are asking why they are being sued by hundreds of cities and counties over the opioid crisis instead of the criminals who pushed drugs to addicts.

From Legal Newsline

New state AG opioid lawsuits show diverging strategies, outside counsel pay scales

By Daniel Fisher | May 30, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) - The latest wave of state lawsuits over the opioid crisis illustrates sharp differences emerging in how governments litigate these cases, both in whom they choose to sue and whether private lawyers stand to get a piece of the action.

Blankenship accepts Constitution Party nomination to run for Senate

By Chris Dickerson | May 21, 2018

CHARLESTON – Just weeks after losing the Republican primary, Don Blankenship has accepted the nomination to be the Constitution Party's candidate for the U.S. Senate.

St. Albans couple alleges improper foreclosure

By Lhalie Castillo | May 11, 2018

CHARLESTON — A St. Albans couple is suing a mortgage loan servicer and holder, alleging illegal and abusive loan servicing.

Woman sues Allstate for breach of contract

By Record staff | May 10, 2018

MARTINSBURG – A woman is suing Allstate after she claims it breached its contract with her when it denied coverage for water damage in her home.

Kentucky business alleges insurer failed to pay benefits

By Lhalie Castillo | Apr 27, 2018

MOUNDSVILLE — An insured Kentucky business is suing a liability insurer, alleging breach of an insurance contract and breach of duty.

From Legal Newsline

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

By Daniel Fisher | Apr 20, 2018

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?

Customer blames Big Lots Stores for injuries

By Philip Gonzales | Apr 11, 2018

MOUNDSVILLE — A former Harrison County resident is suing a retail store operator, alleging insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries.

Three lawsuits filed against State Farm for uninsured motorist claims problems

By Kyla Asbury | Mar 29, 2018

CHARLESTON – Three lawsuits have been filed against State Farm Fire and Casualty Company for issues with uninsured motorist claims from car accidents that occurred in 2005 and 2009.

Customer alleges Toyota breached manufacturer warranty

By Philip Gonzales | Mar 21, 2018

CHARLESTON — A St. Albans customer is suing Toyota, alleging breach of warranty.

From Legal Newsline

N.Y. opioid litigation won't be stayed; Lawyers seeking 1,000 more county-plaintiffs

By Daniel Fisher | Mar 16, 2018

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - A New York judge has refused to stay lawsuits by a number of New York counties against opioid manufacturers and distributors, rejecting arguments that the Food and Drug Administration hasn’t yet determined whether narcotic painkillers are unnecessarily dangerous - a central question in any litigation.

Consumer claims loan with Countrywide has illegal balloon payment

By Philip Gonzales | Mar 14, 2018

HUNTINGTON – A Barboursville woman alleges her late husband was induced into a loan with an illegal balloon payment.

From Legal Newsline

Plaintiff lawyers see nationwide settlement as only end for opioid lawsuits

By Daniel Fisher | Mar 7, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - Plaintiff lawyers meeting in San Francisco last week for a conference on opioid litigation acknowledged that the hundreds of lawsuits they have filed in state and federal court will be difficult to resolve without an unprecedented national settlement whose mechanics are still difficult to predict.

ABA Spirit of Excellence Award recipient reflects upon distinguished military legal career

By Karen Kidd | Mar 6, 2018

MORGANTOWN – Excelsior Bottom's most-famous son, retired Maj. Gen. Kenneth D. Gray, says he's honored to have received the American Bar Association's 2018 Spirit of Excellence Award and observed the military has a way to go toward gender and racial inclusivity.

From Legal Newsline

Opioid judge orders companies to pay bulk of special master costs because they have 'greater discretionary funding'

By Daniel Fisher | Feb 14, 2018

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - The judge overseeing hundreds of lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors has ordered defendant companies to pay three-quarters of the costs of special masters who are overseeing settlement negotiations.

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