News from January 2009

Family sues over son's injuries from fight at Hurricane High

By Kelly Holleran | Jan 1, 2009

PUTNAN COUNTY -- After their son received a fractured jaw and paralysis of his lower lip while attending Hurricane High School, an Arizona couple has filed suit against the Putnam County Board of Education and the family whose son allegedly caused the injury.

Hospital right in firing worker, Justices rule

By Steve Korris | Jan 2, 2009

CHARLESTON – Williamson Memorial Hospital managers properly terminated a brand new employee whose special treatment upset other workers, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has ruled on Dec. 12.

Judge used powers to squelch criticism of family law matters, complaint alleges

By Lawrence Smith | Jan 2, 2009

CHARLESTON – Alleging an unlawful practice of law complaint filed against him earlier this year was a ruse to silence his criticism of the state's family law system, a Hampshire County man has filed an ethics complaint against an eastern panhandle judge for abusing her authority.

Tax Dept. attorney sued by former client for legal malpractice

By Lawrence Smith | Jan 2, 2009

Golden CHARLESTON – Now that she is gainfully employed, a Sissonville man seeks to dip into the salary a South Charleston attorney now receives at her state job for her alleged failure to file his bankruptcy case.

Sanctuary owner, DNR reach agreement

By Steve Korris | Jan 2, 2009

ELKINS – Wildlife sanctuary owner Joel Rosenthal can capture wild animals anywhere in West Virginia and rehabilitate them on his farm near Hillsboro under an agreement he reached with Division of Natural Resources director Frank Jezioro.

Charleston law firm merges with one from Pittsburgh

By Kelly Holleran | Jan 5, 2009

Tinsley CHARLESTON -- After more than four years of talk, a merger between Pittsburgh-based Eckert Seamans Cherin and Mellott and Charleston-based Hendrickson and Long has become a reality.

Ohio widow's suit blames two doctors for man's death

By Kelly Holleran | Jan 5, 2009

Cabell Huntington Hospital HUNTINGTON -- An Ironton, Ohio, woman has filed a federal suit on behalf of her deceased husband against Cabell Huntington Hospital, the Marshall University Board of Governors and two doctors, alleging her husband died after doctors failed to properly diagnose his disease.

Starcher files dissent during last days as justice

By John O'Brien | Jan 5, 2009

Starcher CHARLESTON - On his way off the state Supreme Court, former Justice Larry Starcher explained why he feels an Ohio man should be able to file a lawsuit against an Illinois-based insurance company in a West Virginia court.

McGraw part of AG group settling with insurance broker

By John O'Brien | Jan 6, 2009

McGraw CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia' Darrell McGraw and eight other state attorneys general settled with insurance broker Marsh & McLennan on Monday, resolving four-year-old allegations of bid-rigging for a collective $7 million.

PERSONNEL FILE: Dinsmore & Shohl announces two new partners in Charleston

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 6, 2009

CINCINNATI -– Dinsmore & Shohl is pleased to announce 11 new partners, including two at its Charleston office.

Kanawha judge King back on bench after October retirement

By Kelly Holleran | Jan 6, 2009

CHARLESTON -- Kanawha Circuit Judge Charles King is back on the bench after resigning in October.

PERSONNEL FILE: Salsbery joins Dinsmore & Shohl's Charleston office

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 6, 2009

CHARLESTON -- Dinsmore & Shohl is pleased to announce that H.F. Salsbery has joined the firm as a partner in the Litigation Department.

Wheeling attorney joins Pa. firm as W.Va. partner

By Kelly Holleran | Jan 7, 2009

Hill PHILADELPHIA -- Prominent Wheeling attorney Barry Hill has joined Anapol, Schwartz, Weiss, Cohan, Feldman and Smalley as its resident partner in West Virginia.

Chief Justice Benjamin not receiving much support in Massey recusal issue

By John O'Brien | Jan 7, 2009

Benjamin WASHINGTON -- West Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Brent Benjamin's decision not to step down from a $50 million case involving a campaign supporter is drawing input from several interested groups, including his colleagues from other states.

Cigarette company agrees to stop distributing decorative sign

By Drew Smith | Jan 7, 2009

HARTFORD, Conn. -- New Mexico-based Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company,the maker of Natural American Spirit tobacco products, has reached an agreement with 41 states to stop distributing a promotional sign that violates the 1998 tobacco settlement.

New Mercer judge to be sworn in on Jan. 16

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 7, 2009

CHARLESTON -– Omar J. Aboulhosn will be sworn into office as the third judge in the Ninth Judicial Circuit in Mercer County on Jan. 16 in a courtroom at the Mercer County Courthouse in Princeton.

THEIR VIEW: Mona Lisa frowns

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 7, 2009

CHARLESTON -- Picture this. A young woman, appearing to be about 13 years old, stumbles into a medical clinic. Her hair has been pulled out in places. Her clothes torn. She bleeds from her face, has scratches all over her torso, and bears bruises that are the hallmarks of sexual abuse. Her face expresses the fear that is unique to someone having just been raped by a man more than twice her age.

Blairton church, residents fear losing water service

By Kelly Holleran | Jan 8, 2009

MARTINSBURG -– Blairton United Methodist Church and 35 Blairton community members have filed suit against two out-of-state corporations, the Berkeley County Public Service District and Berkeley County's assessor, claiming they fear eviction from their properties and a loss of water service if a 1909 lease is not reversed.

Staffing privilege dispute results in suit against hospital, fellow physicians

By Lawrence Smith | Jan 8, 2009

Westmoreland HUNTINGTON – A Mason County family physician is alleging that officials at Pleasant Valley Hospital conspired to harm his ability to practice medicine by revoking his staffing privileges without justification.

Care home sued over former resident's death

By Kelly Holleran | Jan 8, 2009

MARTINSBURG -– A man has filed suit against Blue Ridge Care and Rehabilitation Center on behalf of a late Berkeley County man, alleging the man died after the center's employees neglected to hydrate him and to properly care for him.

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