News from January 2009

Marion man says coal company to blame for job injury

By Kelly Holleran | Jan 12, 2009

CLARKSBURG -- A Marion County man who received an electrical shock while working for Eastern Associated Coal and his wife are seeking unspecified damages against the company for allegedly providing an unsafe place for him to work.

Wayne woman says she was harassed at work, not paid properly

By Kelly Holleran | Jan 12, 2009

HUNTINGTON -- A Wayne County woman has filed suit against Perotsystems, claiming the company harassed her because of her age and claiming she was not paid for extra hours she worked.

Troopers deny making mistake in arrest

By Kelly Holleran | Jan 12, 2009

MARTINSBURG -- Three West Virginia State Police officers deny they were wrong in arresting a Berkeley County man who they mistakenly believed was a fugitive.

Infant choked on plastic in Cracker Barrel food, suit claims

By Kelly Holleran | Jan 12, 2009

HUNTINGTON -- A Lawrence County, Ohio, woman has filed suit against Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, alleging her infant daughter choked on a piece of plastic found inside the restaurant's soup.

Dell settles with McGraw, 33 other states

By Chris Rizo | Jan 12, 2009

Dell Inc., one of the world's largest computer companies, has agreed to pay $3.35 million to settle claims by 34 state attorneys general, including West Virginia's Darrell McGraw, that the company used deceptive financing and warranty practices.

State Supreme Court sets 2009 interest rates

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 13, 2009

CHARLESTON -– The Administrative Office of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia has set the interest rate at 7.00 percent for judgments and decrees entered during the 2009 calendar year.

Supreme Court mourns death of Senior Status Judge Lilly

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 13, 2009

CHARLESTON -– The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia issued a statement mourning the death of Senior Status Judge Charles Berkley Lilly.

PERSONNEL FILE: Spilman Thomas & Battle announces new members

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 13, 2009

Brothers CHARLESTON -– The law firm of Spilman Thomas & Battle is pleased to announce the election of the following new members.

PERSONNEL FILE: Alexander joins Steptoe & Johnson

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 13, 2009

Alexander MORGANTOWN -– Steptoe & Johnson is pleased to welcome Tammie C. Alexander as an Of Counsel attorney in the firm's Morgantown office.

Chief Justice, Supreme Court drum in new term

By Steve Korris and Chris Dickerson | Jan 13, 2009

Chief Justice Brent Benjamin CHARLESTON – Brent Benjamin, on his first day as Chief Justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, presided over a new kind of ceremony that promised a new kind of Court.

Federal judges uphold restrictions on W.Va. lottery

By John O'Brien | Jan 14, 2009

McGraw RICHMOND, Va. -- A three-member panel of federal appellate judges has sided with state Attorney General Darrell McGraw's argument that certain advertising restrictions on the video lottery industry should be maintained.

Massey appealing fine to W.Va. SC

By John O'Brien | Jan 14, 2009

Blankenship CHARLESTON -- State Supreme Court Chief Justice Brent Benjamin may soon have to decide if he plans to recuse himself from another case involving his largest campaign supporter.

Court to hear Cabell, Mineral County attorney discipline cases

By Lawrence Smith | Jan 14, 2009

CHARLESTON – A Cabell County attorney accused of converting a client's settlement funds for his personal use, and a Mineral County attorney accused of having a conflict-of-interest in an automobile fatality case are two attorney discipline cases the state Supreme Court is slated to hear early in its Spring 2009 term.

Business for Breakfast event set for Jan. 23

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 15, 2009

CHARLESTON -- The January Business for Breakfast is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Jan. 23 in the Hawk's Nest room at the Charleston Marriott Town Center's Whitewater Grille.

Aracoma widows want judge to reject Massey plea deal

By Kelly Holleran | Jan 15, 2009

CHARLESTON –- The wives of two deceased coal miners who were killed in a fire spoke out against a plea deal that prohibits prosecutors from suing certain Massey officials.

THEIR VIEW: Goodwin gives Kanawha schools a lesson on Constitution

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 15, 2009

MORGANTOWN -- Thomas Jefferson wrote to James Madison that the Bill of Rights was, "like all other human blessings, alloyed with some inconveniences."

Lack of heat forces state Supreme Court offices closed

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 15, 2009

CHARLESTON -- A heating problem at the state Capitol has forced the state Supreme Court of Appeals to shut down for the day.

Painter files four suits for nonpayment

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 15, 2009

WINFIELD – A painter has filed four lawsuits against people and companies he claims owe him for services and work.

Goodwin denies Metro 911's request to intervene in drug testing case

By Kelly Holleran | Jan 15, 2009

Goodwin CHARLESTON – U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin has rejected Metro 911's motion to intervene in a random drug testing suit the state's American Federation of Teachers union filed against the Kanawha County school board.

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