News from February 2009

PERSONNEL FILE: Flaherty, Sensabaugh & Bonasso names COO

By The West Virginia Record | Feb 2, 2009

Bumgarner CHARLESTON -- Flaherty, Sensabaugh & Bonasso has announced that Michael T. Bumgarner has been named Chief Operating Officer.

Benjamin recuses himself from Massey cases

By John O'Brien | Feb 2, 2009

Benjamin CHARLESTON -- While he waits for the U.S. Supreme Court to make a decision on his recusal policy, state Supreme Court Chief Justice Brent Benjamin is disqualifying himself from any cases involving a major campaign contributor.

Goodwin not sure what he'll do after leaving General Counsel's office

By Kelly Holleran | Feb 2, 2009

Goodwin CHARLESTON -- Gov. Joe Manchin's General Counsel Carte Goodwin has not yet decided what he is going to do once he leaves the post.

McChesney to speak at Businesss for Breakfast event

By The West Virginia Record | Feb 2, 2009

McChesney CHARLESTON -- The marketing and business development director for a prominent state law firm will speak at the next Business for Breakfast event.

PERSONNEL FILE: Emch named to BTI Client Services All-Star Team

By The West Virginia Record | Feb 3, 2009

CHARLESTON -- Jackson Kelly is pleased to announce that A.L. Emch, a member in the firm's Charleston office, was named to the 2009 BTI Client Service All-Star Team for Law Firms.

Justices hear arguments over DHHR's response to mental health issues

By Jim Wallace | Feb 3, 2009

CHARLESTON -- An attorney representing the state Department of Health and Human Resources has asked the state Supreme Court to tell a Kanawha County Circuit judge to back off from his attempt to require the department to change the way it deals with people with mental illness.

Court's Compliance Committee on prison, jail conditions issues mission statement

By The West Virginia Record | Feb 3, 2009

CHARLESTON -– The seven-person Compliance Committee on Sams v. Kirby had its organizational meeting on Jan. 30, agreed to a mission statement and chose a chairman.

Free workshop on legal name change to be held at Wayne Library

By The West Virginia Record | Feb 3, 2009

CHARLESTON -– The Wayne Public Library will host a FREE informational workshop titled "Changing Your Name" at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 6 at the library, located at 325 Keyser Street in Wayne.

Kanawha middle schol students to hold mock trials

By The West Virginia Record | Feb 3, 2009

CHARLESTON -- Two Kanawha County middle schools are set to perform mock trial transcripts they wrote themselves as part of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia's West Virginia Law Adventure program.

THEIR VIEW: New ethics chief: Poster child for reform?

By The West Virginia Record | Feb 3, 2009

CHARLESTON -- It's a new day for West Virginia. The state Ethics Commission has a new director. Against the backdrop of pay-to-play antics in the governors' offices of Illinois and New Mexico, the Mountain State can set a tone for conduct in public office as pure as the driven snow.

Company wants Steel of W.Va. suit moved to federal court

By Kelly Holleran | Feb 3, 2009

HUNTINGTON -– AMI G.E. has removed to federal court a suit Steel of West Virginia filed against it in which Steel of West Virginia claims it lost more than $500,000 in profits and in costs for repairs after a transformer at its plant failed.

Consol claims Bluestone Coal hasn't paid rent in months

By Kelly Holleran | Feb 3, 2009

BLUEFIELD -- Consolidation Coal Company has filed a federal suit against Bluestone Coal Company, alleging Bluestone has not paid its rent since October.

McGraw settles Countrywide suit

By John O'Brien | Feb 3, 2009

McGraw HUNTINGTON - State Attorney General Darrell McGraw and Countrywide Financial Corp. have settled a lawsuit that alleged the company issued home loans it knew its customers could not afford.

WVU's DarwinFest talk focuses on legal issues of teaching intelligent design

By The West Virginia Record | Feb 4, 2009

West Virginia University is celebrating the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin with DarwinFest, a series of talks and presentations examining the naturalist's work. The events run from February through early April. MORGANTOWN -- The legal issues surrounding the teaching of intelligent design in public schools will be the topic of a talk Feb. 9 at West Virginia University.

THEIR VIEW: You can't make businesses, GOP happy

By The West Virginia Record | Feb 4, 2009

BECKLEY -- I get so tired of hearing how unfair our judicial system is here in West Virginia! I have made up my mind that you can not give businesses or the Republican Party enough reform to make them happy.

Eli Lilly makes move with McGraw's Medicaid claims gone

By John O'Brien | Feb 4, 2009

McGraw NEW YORK -- Because the State of West Virginia is no longer seeking recovery for any actual damage done to its health care programs, much of its remaining claim must be dropped, attorneys for pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly & Co. are arguing.

Mercer judge Swope is keynote speaker at "Pip" kickoff

By The West Virginia Record | Feb 4, 2009

CHARLESTON -– Judge Derek C. Swope of the Ninth Judicial Circuit in Mercer County will be the keynote speaker at the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Children and Families' "PIP Kickoff" Thursday at the Charleston Civic Center.

*** 2009 LEGISLATIVE CALENDAR

By The West Virginia Record | Feb 4, 2009

Opening Day - Jan. 14: Assemble to organize by election of officers and open and publish election returns.

CSX seeks fees, punitives in Harron case

By Steve Korris | Feb 5, 2009

Harron WHEELING –- CSX Transportation expects a big punitive damages award on its claim that Bridgeport radiologist Ray Harron falsified X-ray readings to help asbestos lawyers file bogus suits.

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