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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.

'Despicable' IRS scam still plagues state, Attorney General says

By Chris Dickerson | Sep 21, 2015

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey again is warning residents to be on guard against scammers posing as Internal Revenue Service representatives. The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division continues to be contacted daily by residents who believe they’ve been contacted as part of this scam, which claims a person has an unpaid tax bill that must be paid off immediately.

AG's office sues Putnam Co. funeral home over preneed violations

By Chris Dickerson | Sep 18, 2015

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office has filed its own lawsuit against a Putnam County funeral home accused of violating the state’s Preneed Funeral Contracts Act. In the complaint, filed Sept. 18 in Kanawha Circuit Court, Morrisey’s office says Gatens-Harding Funeral Home of Poca and owners Chad and Billie Harding misappropriated money from consumers who were trying to prepay their funeral costs and did not register some preneed funeral contracts with the state

Kanawha judge sides with Morrisey in Gazette FOIA dispute

By Chris Dickerson | Sep 16, 2015

CHARLESTON – A Kanawha County judge has ruled in favor of West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey in a newspaper’s request for summary judgment in a FOIA case. In his final order dated Sept. 14, Kanawha Circuit Judge Charles King granted Morrisey’s office’s Motion for Summary Judgment and denied one by The Daily Gazette Company and The Charleston Gazette. The Gazette, which recently merged with The Charleston Daily Mail had sought the release of some documents from Morrisey and his off

AG's office secures another $56K for Dirty Girl Mud Run refunds

By Chris Dickerson | Sep 16, 2015

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office has secured more than $56,000 from 100 LLC to repay registrants who have not yet received a refund for registration fees associated with the cancelled 2014 Charleston Dirty Girl Mud Run. “We are aware that there are still some people who signed up for the race that are awaiting their refund.

D.C. Circuit denies state AGs' petition to postpone Clean Power Plan deadlines

By Jessica Karmasek | Sep 14, 2015

WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court has shot down a petition, filed by a coalition of 15 state attorneys general, asking it to issue an emergency stay to postpone deadlines imposed by the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. The three-judge panel of the U.S.

Morrisey, other AGs ask Supreme Court to overturn court sovereignty ruling

By Chris Dickerson | Sep 11, 2015

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is leading a 44-state coalition asking the U.S.

Morrisey leads AG coalition to affirm Second Amendment rights

By Chris Dickerson | Sep 3, 2015

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office is leading a coalition of 24 states in asking the U.S.

Cabell woman wants Parole Board to turn over documents, more

By Jessica Karmasek | Sep 2, 2015

CHARLESTON – A Huntington woman currently serving time for embezzling thousands from a former employer has asked a Kanawha County judge to order the West Virginia Parole Board to turn over a recording of her parole hearing, along with other requested documents. Plaintiff Leigh Ann Zappin filed a complaint in Kanawha Circuit Court seeking the recording and documents, after she was denied parole by the board in May. Zappin argues that the board, including its chairwoman, Benita Murphy, is “delib

Judge tells AG, Gazette-Mail to meet about antitrust petition

By Chris Dickerson | Sep 1, 2015

WINFIELD – A Putnam County judge has told the state Attorney General’s office and the state’s largest newspaper to talk things over before coming back to his courtroom for the next hearing about a possible antitrust violation. Putnam Circuit Judge Phillip Stowers on Tuesday told attorneys from AG Patrick Morrisey’s office and lawyers representing the Charleston Gazette-Mail to meet soon to discuss Morrisey’s petition seeking an investigative subpoena looking into possible state Antitrust Act vi

AG transfers surplus antitrust funds to state's General Revenue Fund

By Chris Dickerson | Aug 28, 2015

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey on Friday announced plans to transfer more than $60,000 of surplus funds from his office’s antitrust activities to the state’s General Revenue Fund. “I’m proud to have a robust Antitrust Division that diligently works to ensure fair competition in our state’s markets,” Morrisey said.

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