News from January 2009

THEIR VIEW: Reform needed in choosing judges

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 8, 2009

CHARLESTON -- At a meeting of the National Governors Association in Washington last winter, Gov. Joe Manchin was reportedly in the company of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor who, the word is, shared unflattering observations about the reputation of West Virginia's courts.

After class status denied, five Columbia Gas suits re-opened

By Steve Korris | Jan 8, 2009

DiTrapano HUNTINGTON – From the wreckage of an immense class action against Columbia Gas Transmission, Charleston attorney Rudy DiTrapano has picked up just five little pieces.

McGraw urges changes in Bankruptcy Code

By Chris Rizo | Jan 8, 2009

McGraw WASHINGTON-A coalition of 22 state attorneys general, including West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw, are asking Congress to loosen U.S. bankruptcy rules so judges can modify home loans to help reduce the tide of home foreclosures.

Why? Because Judge Wilson said so

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 9, 2009

We may never know how many hours each lawyer worked on the case.

Teen says he was sexually abused at church treatment facility

By Kelly Holleran | Jan 9, 2009

MARTINSBURG -– A 16-year-old boy who alleges he was sexually abused while a resident in a juvenile treatment facility has filed suit against the Board of Child Care of the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church and one of its employees.

Starcher goes out with a dissenting bang

By Steve Korris | Jan 9, 2009

Starcher CHARLESTON – To the end, the old West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals worked hard at making decisions. And former Justice Larry Starcher worked hard at disagreeing.

Church, trustees sued over real estate transaction

By Kelly Holleran | Jan 9, 2009

MARTINSBURG -– A Baltimore-based company has filed suit against Destiny Baptist Church and five of its trustees, alleging they did not perform all of their obligations after selling real estate to the company.

Former bank VP goes to federal court for discrimination case

By Steve Korris | Jan 9, 2009

CHARLESTON – Former Ameribank Vice President Bonnie Robertson of Thorpe, who accused the bank of discrimination by age and gender in McDowell Circuit Court, must now seek damages from a federal agency in federal court.

Benjamin, Supreme Court ready to start 2009 term

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 9, 2009

Benjamin CHARLESTON -- The state Supreme Court will begin the Spring 2009 term with a little pomp and circumstance.

With bathroom floors clean, Ketchum ready for new term

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 9, 2009

Ketchum CHARLESTON – What did the state's newest Supreme Court justice do on New Year's Day?

Charleston attorney's death puts contempt charges to rest

By Lawrence Smith | Jan 9, 2009

CHARLESTON – As a result of his sudden death, the state Supreme Court has dismissed a petition for contempt the state Bar was seeking for a Charleston attorney's failure to comply with the terms of his 2007 disciplinary action.

Mason attorney admonished for co-mingling settlement funds

By Lawrence Smith | Jan 9, 2009

Musgrave CHARLESTON – The state Supreme Court has sanctioned a Point Pleasant attorney for mishandling the proceeds of a settlement awarded to a Mason County physician five years ago.

Rose, Berger recommended for federal posts

By Kelly Holleran | Jan 12, 2009

Rose CHARLESTON -- West Virginia Senators Robert Byrd and John D. Rockefeller IV have recommended Charleston lawyer Herschel "Ned" Rose II and Kanawha Circuit Judge Irene Berger to two federal judgeships.

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