News from December 2008

Steelmaker says Ohio man stole more than $100,000 of metal

By Kelly Holleran | Dec 1, 2008

HUNTINGTON -- Steel of West Virginia has filed a complaint against an Ohio man, alleging he stole more than $100,000 worth of metal from the company.

Water company blames construction company for Huntington mishap

By Kelly Holleran | Dec 1, 2008

HUNTINGTON -- West Virginia American Water Company has filed a federal suit against Nichols Construction, claiming the construction company was responsible for a broken water line that flooded sections of Huntington in January.

Big verdict against Massey will stand

By John O'Brien | Dec 1, 2008

Blankenship WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to hear the larger of two recent appeals involving Massey Energy and the West Virginia courts system.

State Supreme Court mourns death of Staker

By Chris Dickerson | Dec 2, 2008

Chief Justice Spike Maynard, right, presented the 2008 Liberty Bell Award to Judge Robert Staker earlier this year. (Courtesy photo) CHARLESTON -– The state Supreme Court is mourning the death of retired U.S. District Court Judge Robert J. Staker.

Library to offer digital TV transition workshop

By The West Virginia Record | Dec 2, 2008

CHARLESTON -– A free workshop on "The Digital TV (DTV) Transition" will be presented by the West Virginia State Law Library at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6.

Teacher group files suit over Kanawha drug test policy

By Cara Bailey | Dec 2, 2008

CHARLESTON - A state teachers union has filed a suit against the Kanawha County Board of Education after the board decided to randomly drug test teachers and other employees.

Justices reject illiterate's educational malpractice suit

By John O'Brien | Dec 2, 2008

Maynard CHARLESTON - The state Supreme Court has refused the argument of a man who says the public school system didn't adequately prepare him to become a functioning member of society.

THEIR VIEW: Voting Machines: The next chapter

By The West Virginia Record | Dec 2, 2008

CHARLESTON -- The 2008 election cycle is over, and by all accounts we had a good election in both May and November.

PERSONNEL FILE: Bowles Rice announces new Human Resources Director

By The West Virginia Record | Dec 3, 2008

Nelson CHARLESTON -- Mark D. Nelson has joined the law firm of Bowles Rice McDavid Graff & Love as Human Resources Director.

Ky. man files Digitek suit for wife's estate

By Cara Bailey | Dec 3, 2008

CHARLESTON - A Kentucky man has filed a suit against a West Virginia pharmaceutical company, on behalf of the estate of his late wife, who allegedly died after ingesting Digitek.

Inmate claims he was beaten at Stevens Correctional Center

By Cara Bailey | Dec 3, 2008

CHARLESTON - A West Virginia man who was incarcerated at the Stevens Correctional Center has filed a suit against the state Division of Corrections, claiming he was beaten by a fellow inmate.

Suit seeks money Workman received in estate fee dispute

By Steve Korris | Dec 4, 2008

Workman WINFIELD – As Margaret Workman prepares for another term as Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals, a Missouri woman has sued in Putnam County seeking to recover money Workman received from a client in a contest over control of an estate.

Too late to sue over blade in wrist, Justices rule

By Steve Korris | Dec 4, 2008

Davis CHARLESTON – Surgeon Ted Jackson left a knife blade in Paul Forshey's wrist, but Forshey can't sue Jackson because more than 10 years passed before he found the blade.

About half of McGraw's lawyer contributors hired by AG's office

By Chris Dickerson | Dec 4, 2008

McGraw CHARLESTON -- About half of the personal injury lawyers who contributed to Attorney General Darrell McGraw's 2008 re-election campaign with large contributions have worked as special assistant AGs for his office.

Circuit judge group wants elections partisan

By Kelly Holleran | Dec 4, 2008

Spaulding MORGANTOWN -- The West Virginia Judiciary Association announced its support of the state's current method to elect judges, choosing not to support the idea of non-partisan judicial elections.

PERSONNEL FILE: Rector names Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America

By The West Virginia Record | Dec 4, 2008

Rector CLARKSBURG -- Larry J. Rector of the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson has been selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society comprised of experienced and effective litigators throughout the United States, which represents less than one-half of 1 percent of American lawyers.

YOUR LEGAL WRITES: Playing a lawyer on TV

By Kathryn E. Brown | Dec 4, 2008

When the sitcom, "Sex and the City" geared up to go off the air after several successful seasons on HBO, marketers took action to make sure their heroines wouldn't be forgotten.

Goodwin wants separate complaints in federal Digitek cases

By Steve Korris | Dec 4, 2008

Goodwin CHARLESTON – U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin, striving to gain a grip on national litigation over heart medicine Digitek, fell back on tradition and demanded separate complaints from separate plaintiffs.

$375K paid to parents of children injured by former Mason teacher

By Lawrence Smith | Dec 4, 2008

POINT PLEASANT – The Mason County Board of Education has paid $375,000 to the parents of two Bend-area elementary school students who allege they suffered injuries from improper discipline by their teacher.

THEIR VIEW: Ho, ho, ho! Santa stuffs stockings of personal injury lawyers

By The West Virginia Record | Dec 4, 2008

CHARLESTON -- While the economic downturn this holiday season has households everywhere retooling their Christmas shopping lists, a handful of West Virginians likely will be plotting a luxury retail bonanza.

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