News from July 2009

Federal appeals court says Massey has to offer jobs to union miners

By Justin Anderson | Jul 6, 2009

CHARLESTON -- The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a federal judge in Charleston was right in ordering a Massey Energy subsidiary to offer jobs to union workers at a Kanawha mine.

Lawsuit targets jail strip searches, delousing

By Justin Anderson | Jul 6, 2009

CHARLESTON – A class action complaint filed by a Cabell County man challenges the alleged policy of strip searching and delousing people arrested for minor crimes when they're booked into one of the state's regional jails.

Woman says lawyer helped ex-husband ruin her

By Justin Anderson | Jul 6, 2009

CHARLESTON -- A woman says her well-to-do ex-husband and his lawyer friend hoodwinked her in a divorce and left her with nothing.

Former officer pleads guilty to civil rights charges

By Justin Anderson | Jul 7, 2009

CHARLESTON – A former Montgomery police officer pleaded guilty Monday to depriving two individuals of their civil rights during an incident while he was on duty.

McGraw backs NRA in Chicago case

By John O'Brien | Jul 7, 2009

McGraw WASHINGTON - West Virginia is one of a group states that has joined in a brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court defending the Second Amendment rights of individuals who live in cities that have banned handguns at home.

Blumenthal is a literary lawyer

By The West Virginia Record | Jul 7, 2009

Blumenthal MORGANTOWN -- He publishes regularly in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New Republic and The Nation.

PERSONNEL FILE: HR professionals receive certifications

By The West Virginia Record | Jul 8, 2009

Quaranto CLARKSBURG -– Dee Quaranto, Stacia Martin, Tara Stevens and James Smith, members of the North Central West Virginia Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management, recently earned prestigious professional certifications awarded to distinguished practitioners in the field.

Forbes to headline W.Va. Business Summit

By The West Virginia Record | Jul 8, 2009

Forbes CHARLESTON -- Steve Forbes, publisher of Forbes magazine and former Presidential candidate, will be the headline speaker at the W.Va. Chamber's 2009 Annual Meeting and West Virginia Business Summit.

Lawsuit filed over wreck that killed five

By Justin Anderson | Jul 8, 2009

Stone MORGANTOWN -- A Monongalia County lawsuit seeks damages from a man who drove drunk and killed five people and the two bars where the man drank that day.

PERSONNEL FILE: Paralegals elected to board, receive award for service

By The West Virginia Record | Jul 8, 2009

Lowther CHARLESTON -– Three Steptoe & Johnson paralegals have been recognized by the Legal Assistants/Paralegals of Southern West Virginia (LAPSWV) at the organization's fifth annual meeting and seminar held in June.

Nick Nolte's ex-wife sues woman over arrest

By Justin Anderson | Jul 8, 2009

CHARLESTON – The ex-wife of actor Nick Nolte is suing two Charleston women, saying she was arrested on bogus charges following an attempt to visit her niece.

Golden again admonished twice for communication failure

By Lawrence Smith | Jul 9, 2009

Golden CHARLESTON - For the second time in her legal career, Ellen Golden has been disciplined twice in the same year by the state Bar for failing to timely handle her client's cases.

Tax Dept. attorney pays former client $200 during hearing

By Lawrence Smith | Jul 9, 2009

Golden CHARLESTON - If anything, a Charleston man has recouped $200 in a legal malpractice suit against a state Tax Department attorney he claims failed to file his bankruptcy case six years ago when she was in private practice.

Berger nominated for federal bench

By Justin Anderson | Jul 9, 2009

Berger CHARLESTON – President Barack Obama on Wednesday said he nominated Kanawha Circuit Judge Irene Berger to replace U.S. District Judge David Faber in West Virginia's Southern District.

*** Copyblock for p1 art: IOLTA awards

By The West Virginia Record | Jul 9, 2009

CHARLESTON – Supreme Court Chief Justice Brent Benjamin awarded $100,000 in IOLTA (Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts) funds during a July 2 press conference in the Supreme Court Chamber.

Federal judge dismissed doctor's privileges suit

By Lawrence Smith | Jul 9, 2009

Westmoreland HUNTINGTON - Despite denying a previous motion to move the case to state court, a federal judge has dismissed a Mason County physician's staffing privileges lawsuit for lack of jurisdiction.

Lawmaker wants PEIA to ask for Oxy money

By John O'Brien | Jul 9, 2009

McGraw CHARLESTON -- Before a state agency starts making budget cuts, one West Virginia lawmaker wants it to inquire about money that he feels it may be owed from state Attorney General Darrell McGraw's controversial 2004 OxyContin settlement.

THEIR VIEW: Do-it-yourself class action administration

By The West Virginia Record | Jul 9, 2009

MARTINSBURG -- Legal firms know that the complexity of class action lawsuits can drag such cases out for years; what may not be so obvious is that once the settlement is reached, an entirely new stage of work begins, one that is also complex and can take a lot of time to resolve.

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