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Attorney files lawsuit against AG's office for EPA documents

By Kyla Asbury | Nov 12, 2015

CHARLESTON – A Charleston attorney has filed a lawsuit on behalf an environmental group for documents related to litigation against the EPA. William DePaulo, on behalf of Keeper of the Mountains, sent the Freedom of Information Act request on Oct. 7 with Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, according to a complaint filed Oct. 22 in Kanawha Circuit Court. Keeper of the Mountains claims the request was received on Oct. 13 and Morrisey had until Oct. 20 to respond to the request. After not hearing

AG's office settlement will benefit agencies across state

By Chris Dickerson | Nov 8, 2015

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has announced his office secured a settlement with Bayerische Landesbank to resolve an antitrust case and benefit local agencies across the state.

UPDATE: Putnam judge sides with Gazette-Mail over AG subpoena

By Chris Dickerson | Nov 5, 2015

WINFIELD – A Putnam County judge says the Charleston Gazette-Mail does not have to turn over information regarding this summer’s merger of two daily newspaper to the state Attorney General’s office. Circuit Judge Phillip Stowers on Nov. 4 said probable cause was needed before the Daily Gazette Co. possibly would be forced to hand over the information about July’s merger of the Charleston Gazette and Charleston Daily Mail. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office filed a petition Aug. 13, say

AG accuses Roger's Home Improvement of consumer credit violations

By Kyla Asbury | Nov 4, 2015

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has filed a lawsuit against Roger's Home Improvement for violating the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act, as well as other state and federal laws. Roger's Province is doing business as Roger's Home Improvement; Roger Province Home Improvement; Rogerson Home; Hand Man Service; Roger's House Doctor; Roger's Construction; Seal Right Waterproofing; Forever Dry; Forever Dry Waterproofing; and We Do It All. Since at least 20

Morrisey leads 23-state suit against EPA limits on new coal-fired power plants

By Chris Dickerson | Nov 3, 2015

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey on Tuesday said he is leading a 23-state federal lawsuit seeking to eliminate the U.S. EPA's new standards that would prohibit the construction of new coal-fired power plants.

Tomblin: State has questions, but will submit to EPA Clean Power Plan

By Jessica Karmasek | Oct 28, 2015

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says the state will submit a plan in an effort to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, even as a multi-state lawsuit over the rule’s legality looms. “As required by new legislation passed by the Legislature this year, the state Department of Environmental Protection has already initiated its feasibility study to determine what options may be available for West Virginia to meet these new standards,” Tomblin said Oct.

WVU law ethics professor: Morrisey could work on Cardinal case

By Chris Dickerson | Oct 26, 2015

CHARLESTON – A former West Virginia University law professor says state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey didn’t need to step back from a case involving a company for which his wife was lobbying. On Oct. 25, the Charleston Gazette-Mail published a story says Morrisey gave “specific instructions” for his office’s lawsuits against Cardinal Health and other prescription drug makers.

Davis calls out majority again in another DHHR dissent

By Jessica Karmasek | Oct 23, 2015

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis again called out the court majority in a dissent filed this week, this time accusing her fellow justices of an “arrogant and complete disregard of federal law.” Davis dissented to an Oct. 15 opinion, in which a majority of the court’s justices ruled that the state Department of Health and Human Resources must follow an order issued by Kanawha Circuit Court Judge Louis “Duke” Boom in August 2014 to immediately restore access to patient

Morrisey leads lawsuit to seek end of EPA Clean Power Plan

By Chris Dickerson | Oct 23, 2015

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is leading a coalition of 23 others states in a lawsuit seeking to strike down the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan.

AG's office sues NuWave for 'unscrupulous' marketing of cookware

By Anna Aguillard | Oct 21, 2015

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office has filed a complaint for injunction, consumer restitution, and other relief against Illinois-based cookware company NuWave, LLC.

Controversial hire in AG's office resigns

By Chris Dickerson | Oct 21, 2015

CHARLESTON – A West Virginia Attorney General’s office staffer whose recent hiring drew criticism from Democrats has resigned. Deputy Chief of Staff Lance Henderson resigned Oct. 21, saying the “vitriolic partisanship” in the state is disappointing. “It has been an honor to serve the people of this state,” Henderson said in a statement.

UPDATE: Morrisey hiring of political strategist draws criticism from Democrats

By Chris Dickerson | Oct 19, 2015

CHARLESTON – Democrats are criticizing a recent hiring by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, but an AG spokesman says they don’t have the facts straight. Last month, Morrisey’s office hired veteran political strategist Lance Henderson to serve as his deputy chief of staff, which is a newly created position.

Dog saved by state Supreme Court ruling back at rescue

By Kyla Asbury | Oct 19, 2015

HUNTINGTON – A dog saved by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals when it overturned a destruction order earlier this year is back at the rescue that originally saved her. Capri Billings, the director of River Cities Bully Buddies, the rescue that originally rescued Tinkerbell, said after the issue was resolved in the Supreme Court, Tinkerbell, who is affectionately called Tink, was returned to the rescue and not the previous owners. Billings said Michael Blatt and Kim Blatt had little to

Morrisey gets 'critical victory' on EPA 'Waters' plan

By Jessica Karmasek | Oct 9, 2015

CINCINNATI, Ohio – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has granted a motion that effectively blocks the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency from enforcing a new rule that extends the federal agency’s authority to all bodies of water. The rule – known generally as the “Waters of the United States” rule – was published in the Federal Register June 29. The EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began enforcement Aug. 28.

AG's office files diesel engine lawsuit against VW

By Chris Dickerson and Robbie Hargett | Oct 6, 2015

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office has filed a complaint against Volkswagen over the company's recent admission that its diesel engines emit higher levels of pollutants than it claims. The complaint, filed Oct. 2 in Kanawha Circuit Court, alleges Volkswagen’s “clean diesel” vehicles with Turbo-charged Direct Injection (TDI) engines violate the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act.  The suit claims VW fraudulently manufactured, advertised, and sold

Neely: Delaware newspaper suit simply 'about money'

By Chris Dickerson | Oct 5, 2015

CHARLESTON – An attorney says a lawsuit regarding the recent consolidation of Charleston’s two daily newspapers simply is about money. Last month, Charleston Publishing Company filed a complaint against Daily Gazette Company and Daily Gazette Holding Company LLC in Delaware Chancery Court. Charleston Publishing Company is a subsidiary of MediaNews Group Inc. doing business as Digital First Media. MediaNews Group was the owner of the Charleston Daily Mail, which merged in July with the Cha

AG seeks subpoena against Jackson Co. door-to-door meat seller

By Chris Dickerson | Oct 5, 2015

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office has filed a petition to enforce an investigative subpoena against a Jackson County company that sells wholesale meat and other perishable food products door-to-door. The petition, which was filed in Kanawha Circuit Court, alleges that Thaxton Wholesale Meats, LLC and its owner, Steven Thaxton, failed to comply with a subpoena issued to investigate claims of unscrupulous business practices.

Former owner of Daily Mail claims Gazette pushed merger without consent

By Chris Dickerson | Oct 2, 2015

WILMINGTON, Del. – The owner of the Charleston Daily Mail says the owners of the Charleston Gazette pushed through the July merger of the newspapers without its consent. Last month, Charleston Publishing Company filed a complaint against Daily Gazette Company and Daily Gazette Holding Company LLC in Delaware Chancery Court. Charleston Publishing Company is a subsidiary of MediaNews Group Inc. doing business as Digital First Media. MediaNews Group was the owner of the Charleston Daily Mail, whic

AG's office files petition against security system firm

By Chris Dickerson | Sep 21, 2015

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office has filed a petition to enforce a settlement agreement against Advanced Services Group LLC, a Wyoming County company that installs security systems. The petition, which was filed in Kanawha Circuit Court, alleges that Advanced and owner Stephen C.

AG's office to host National Drug Take-Back Day on Sept. 26

By Chris Dickerson | Sep 21, 2015

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office will participate in the tenth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m.

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