News from May 2006

Injunctive relief given in teachers' retirement case

By John O'Brien | May 1, 2006

Jim Lees CHARLESTON - Kanawha Circuit Judge Paul Zakaib, Jr. decided Monday to delay the merger of two state teacher retirement plans until a lawsuit filed by those opposed to the merger is settled.

Dept. of Highways not sure how to respond to coal group

By John O'Brien | May 1, 2006

CHARLESTON - Hit with a 38-page complaint, West Virginia Department of Highways Legal Director Anthony Halkias has more than a few questions concerning a pending case in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Allstate fights publication of trial lawyer's book

By Ann Knef | May 2, 2006

David Berardinelli An age-old battle between insurers and the plaintiff's bar over "one of the biggest treasure troves of cash ever created," has reached another epic moment.

WV CALA lists 'Dirty Dozen'

By The West Virginia Record | May 2, 2006

CHARLESTON - A state legal reform group is warning voters in the May 9 primary election that legislative candidates on their ballot may be in the pocket of the personal-injury lawsuit industry.

Cooper getting busy

By John O'Brien | May 2, 2006

CHARLESTON - Thornton Cooper might not get to enjoy much of his summer.

Mason doctor rebuffed in presenting case before grand jury

By Lawrence Smith | May 2, 2006

Dr. Danny Westmoreland POINT PLEASANT - For a Mason County physician, the first day of May was more reminiscent of officials from the former Soviet Union touting their military supremacy than a celebration of American justice.

State legislative candidates see legal reform key to jobs, ecomomic growth

By The West Virginia Record | May 2, 2006

CHARLESTON –- Many West Virginia legislative candidates want to change the legal landscape in the Mountain State, according to a candidate survey by judicial watchdog group West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (WV CALA).

Flood victims' victory sets up second trial

By Steve Korris | May 3, 2006

BECKLEY – Flood victims won a jury verdict after a seven-week trial, but it will take another trial to identify the victims and decide who owes them what.

Coal company accuses firm of defamation

By John O'Brien | May 3, 2006

CHARLESTON - A coal mining company accused of contaminating groundwater is suing the law firm that has filed a lawsuit against it, claiming those attorneys have done damage to its reputation.

Man files complaint against debt collectors

By John O'Brien | May 3, 2006

CHARLESTON - A Monongalia County man fed up with calls to his mother's home filed a lawsuit against a Maryland-based law firm and Discover Financial Services.

Bankrupt W. Va. company still defending itself

By John O'Brien | May 3, 2006

Eric Anderson CHARLESTON - There is very little to be found at the Coronet Foods, Inc., plant these days -- which is both good and bad for Pittsburgh attorney Eric Anderson.

Gino's to blame for woman's death, suit alleges

By Chris Dickerson | May 3, 2006

HUNTINGTON -- A trip to Gino's Pizza and Spaghetti House ended up killing a Wayne County woman, according to a lawsuit filed in Cabell County.

Kanawha City couple gets $1.3 million Allstate verdict

By Chris Dickerson | May 3, 2006

Bobby Warner MOUNDSVILLE – In September 2000, things weren't going so well for Kanawha City residents Ernestine and Thurman Townsend. An elderly couple, they both had medical issues. She recently had had a heart attack and an aneurism and required Hospice care. He was facing the amputation of his leg because of an old war injury. Then things went from bad to worse.

Wheelchair-bound woman sues Wal-Mart

By John O'Brien | May 4, 2006

CHARLESTON - A wheelchair-bound woman is suing Wal-Mart over an April 2004 incident where she claims a swing set fell on her.

Bean named Foundation Fellow by state Bar Foundation

By The West Virginia Record | May 4, 2006

Ralph Bean CHARLESTON -- Ralph J. Bean Jr., a member in the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, has been named Foundation Fellow by the West Virginia Bar Foundation.

Attorney responds to coal company

By John O'Brien | May 4, 2006

CHARLESTON - Attorney Kevin Thompson has a clear-as-clean-water message for Rawl Sales and Processing coal mining company.

Europe knows that West Virginia is 'Open For Business'

By The West Virginia Record | May 4, 2006

Gov. Joe Manchin CHARLESTON -- Last week, I had the opportunity to visit Germany and Italy on my first economic development trade mission to Europe. The European market has experienced tremendous growth during the past decade and there are a number of emerging trade opportunities for West Virginia - on both an export and investment level.

Law Day

By The West Virginia Record | May 4, 2006

CHARLESTON - The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia celebrated Law Day on Monday, May 1, at the state Capitol Complex.

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