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WILSON ELSER: Wilson Elser Promotes 19 to Nonequity Partner

By Lene Caracas-Apuntar | Feb 4, 2019

National law firm Wilson Elser has promoted 19 of counsel and associates to nonequity partner, effective January 1, 2019.

West Virginia worker wins settlement against union with NLRB

By Kyla Asbury | Jan 15, 2019

PETERSBURG — A West Virginia worker won a settlement from United Steelworkers Local 1017 after she claimed it committed unfair labor practices and filed a claim with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

From Legal Newsline

Trump DOJ acts on threat to trial lawyers who sue on behalf of the government

By Daniel Fisher | Jan 11, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The Department of Justice's recent effort to toss lawsuits it says it wasted hundreds of hours investigating is emblematic of a strategy under President Donald Trump to rein in trial lawyers who are using a federal whistleblower law to seek millions of dollars.

Justice owes $2.5 million for helicopter loan

By Kyla Asbury | Dec 27, 2018

NEW YORK, N.Y. — The final consent judgment was filed last month to confirm Gov. Jim Justice owes nearly $2.5 million for defaulting on a helicopter loan.

From SE Texas Record

DOJ: A company created to file lawsuits has wasted 1,500 hours of the government's time

By David Yates | Dec 20, 2018

TEXARKANA – The U.S. Department of Justice is asking federal judges around the country to dismiss lawsuits it says are brought by shell companies that misrepresent their true purposes - filing meritless litigation against health care companies.

Protect our Constitution: Vote no on Amendment 1

By Eli Baumwell | Oct 23, 2018

Amendment 1 would be a radical departure from our state’s commitment to personal freedoms.

Davis seeks federal injunction to stop her impeachment trial in state Senate

By Chris Dickerson | Oct 3, 2018

CHARLESTON – Retired state Supreme Court Justice Robin Jean Davis is seeking a federal injunction to stop her scheduled impeachment trial in the state Senate.

From Legal Newsline

Texas officials were 'in over their heads' when they struck deals with opioid lawyers

By Dan Fisher | Aug 16, 2018

When it hired outside lawyers to represent it in lawsuits against the opioid industry, Harris County agreed to pay a contingency fee of 35%, more than double the rate in Dallas County and equal to the highest in the state.

From Pennsylvania Record

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."

From Legal Newsline

States against climate change lawsuits ask for dismissal of NYC's

By John O'Brien | Jun 5, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – The top lawyers of 15 states are again asking a federal judge to reject the legal strategy used by public officials and the private attorneys with whom they’ve teamed to sue the energy industry over alleged effects of climate change.

Estate administrator accuses asbestos products manufacturers of negligence

By Lhalie Castillo | May 24, 2018

CHARLESTON — An estate administrator is suing asbestos products manufacturers, alleging failure to warn and negligence in causing the death of a relative.

AG, DOJ to work together to fight elder abuse in West Virginia

By Chris Dickerson | Apr 25, 2018

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office will collaborate with the federal government’s Elder Justice Initiative to fight elder abuse in West Virginia.

Morrisey joins brief backing states' right to defund Planned Parenthood

By Chris Dickerson | Apr 25, 2018

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has joined a 15-state coalition in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hear and ultimately protect the right of individual states to defund Planned Parenthood and other medical providers for purposes of their Medicaid programs.

Blankenship critical of Gazette editorial about him

By Chris Dickerson | Apr 23, 2018

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

DEA announces proposed rule to reduce opioid supply

By Chris Dickerson | Apr 18, 2018

CHARLESTON — As a result of a lawsuit filed by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has announced a proposed rule to reduce the oversupply of opioid painkillers and end pill dumping in West Virginia.

Ruggier golf event to benefit MS Society in West Virginia

By Tomas Kassahun | Apr 16, 2018

HURRICANE – The fourth annual Duane Ruggier MS Golf Tournament to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society is set for May 7 at Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Teays Valley.

Former attorney faces up to 20 years in federal prison for child pornography charge

By Kyla Asbury | Apr 10, 2018

HUNTINGTON – A former attorney faces at least five and up to 20 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to a child pornography charge.

Blankenship says DOJ office is investigating his prosecution

By Chris Dickerson | Apr 4, 2018

CHARLESTON – U.S. Senate candidate Don Blankenship says the Department of Justice is investigating his prosecution related to the Upper Big Branch mine disaster.

Citibank upgrade on coal price forecasts should benefit West Virginia

By Kristin Emery | Apr 3, 2018

NEW YORK – Citibank says it expects strong demand for coal from Southeast Asia and China over the next two years and has upgraded price forecasts to reflect that.

Disbarred attorney alleging exploitation of child has history of filing lawsuits

By Kyla Asbury | Mar 23, 2018

HUNTINGTON – A Huntington attorney who recently filed a lawsuit in federal court in New York against his ex-wife over exploitation of their child has a history of filing lawsuits against those who don’t rule in his favor and was recently disbarred in New York.

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