News from January 2009

Judicial hustle

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 16, 2009

Kanawha Circuit Judge Charles King doesn't want to talk about how he found a legal loophole to rip off the taxpayers and enrich himself.

Lawnmower makers lying about power, suit alleges

By Steve Korris | Jan 16, 2009

CHARLESTON – Manufacturers of lawnmowers conspired to cheat consumers by exaggerating the power of engines, according to a class action suit in federal court.

THEIR VIEW: Judicial reform: Merit selection over non-partisan election

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 19, 2009

BUNKER HILL -- Judicial reform is an extremely important issue for our state. One of our biggest impediments to job growth is the perception that our state's judiciary is the least impartial judiciary in the country.

PERSONNEL FILE: Jeffrey Tour joins Steptoe & Johnson

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 20, 2009

Tour COLUMBUS, Ohio -– Steptoe & Johnson is pleased to welcome Jeffrey H. Tour as a Member in the firm's Columbus office.

PERSONNEL FILE: Three partners join Dinsmore & Shohl's Wheeling office

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 20, 2009

Liberati WHEELING –- Dinsmore & Shohl is pleased to announce that David K. Liberati, Ronald M. Musser, and Lisa M. Hawrot have joined the firm as partners.

PERSONNEL FILE: Jackson Kelly's product liability practice honored

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 20, 2009

CHARLESTON -- Jackson Kelly recently was named by Law360 as one of the 10 busiest product liability practices in the United States.

PERSONNEL FILE: Mullett appointed to Concord U. Board of Governors

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 21, 2009

Mullett CHARLESTON -– Brace Mullett, a partner in the Charleston office of Dinsmore & Shohl, was recently appointed by Gov. Joe Manchin to the Concord University Board of Governors.

Woman sues after restaurant worker tried to 'initiate' her

By Kelly Holleran | Jan 21, 2009

MORGANTOWN – A Kanawha County woman has filed suit against Archies Restaurant and one of its workers, alleging she was injured after the worker assaulted her while trying to "initiate" her.

Woman files suit after being prescribed wrong medication

By Kelly Holleran | Jan 21, 2009

MORGANTOWN –- A Monongalia County woman who alleges she became seriously ill after being prescribed the incorrect medication has filed suit against Core Health Care, one of its doctors and Giant Eagle.

ALL THINGS JURY: Some thoughts on voir dire

By R. Robert Samples | Jan 21, 2009

The jury selection process can be one of the more frustrating and mystifying aspects of trial work. The challenge of selecting a fair and impartial jury panel can be a daunting task in, and of, itself.

THEIR VIEW: 'Pay to Play' spotlight could move here next

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 21, 2009

CHARLESTON -- If now notorious Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is allowed to take his parrot with him if he ends up in the federal penitentiary, you can bet the cellblock will be serenaded with "Pay to Play, Bawwwwwwwwwk! Pay to Play! Pay to Play! Bawwwwwwwwwk!"

Benjamin talks issues facing high court

By John O'Brien | Jan 21, 2009

Benjamin CHARLESTON - State Supreme Court Chief Justice Brent Benjamin recently said the reputations of public officials can be unfairly linked to independent groups that support them.

AGs to weigh in on recusal case

By John O'Brien | Jan 21, 2009

King CHARLESTON - A group of state attorneys general soon may come to the aid of state Supreme Court Chief Justice Brent Benjamin.

*** Free AARP Tax Aide sites open Feb. 2

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 21, 2009

CHARLESTON -- Seniors and low-income taxpayers who need assistance filing their taxes have six sites to choose from in the Kanawha Valley.

Supreme Court Law Library presents DTV workshop

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 21, 2009

CHARLESTON -- A free informational workshop on the Digital Television (DTV) transition will be presented by the West Virginia State Law Library at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 28.

Consumers calling McGraw's hotline about mail with money

By Kelly Holleran | Jan 21, 2009

McGraw CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw is cautioning the state's citizens to be careful about revealing personal information after receiving a number of phone calls from concerned citizens.

Groups file amicus brief in adoption case

By Kelly Holleran | Jan 22, 2009

CHARLESTON –- Two groups have submitted a friend-of-the-court brief to the state Supreme Court asking that a 14-month-old be adopted by a married man and woman rather than the two women who are fighting to adopt the baby girl.

McGraw's office reaches deal with Arizona telemarketer

By Kelly Holleran | Jan 22, 2009

McGraw CHARLESTON – Nearly 100 West Virginia citizens will receive or be refunded more than $10,000 from an Arizona telemarketer after West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw reached a settlement with the company.

PERSONNEL FILE: Jenkins Fenstermaker welcomes two new attorneys

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 22, 2009

HUNTINGTON -– Jenkins Fenstermaker is proud to welcome Matthew L. Williams and John Andrew Hess as new associates to the firm.

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