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Two lawsuits filed against Alpha for wage violations

Kyla Asbury Jul. 1, 2015, 10:12am

BECKLEY – Two lawsuits have been filed against Alpha Natural Resources Inc. after the plaintiffs claim Alpha failed to pay their final wages in a timely manner. Independence Coal Company Inc. was also named as a defendant in the suits. David Blankenship and Patrick Williams were employed by Alpha and Independence until Sept. 26, according to two complaints filed in Raleigh Circuit Court. The plaintiffs claim the defendants were obligated to pay them wages in full, including fringe benefits, n

Woman files another lawsuit against Mon General

Kyla Asbury Jul. 1, 2015, 10:16am

MORGANTOWN – Another lawsuit has been filed against Monongalia County General Hospital for discrimination. Mary Alkire was employed by the hospital for 35 years as a dietary aid in the Nutritional Service Department, according to a complaint filed June 23 in Monongalia Circuit Court. Alkire claims in December 2013, following the retirement of Delores Shaffer, she began to experience harassment from her supervisors, mainly Megan and Leah, including overloading her by giving her Shaffer's work a

Woman blames W.Va. Vascular Institute for surgery injuries

Kyla Asbury Jul. 1, 2015, 11:12am

BECKLEY - A McDowell County woman is suing the West Virginia Vascular Institute after she claims she was injured during surgery. Dr. Livio Romani and Appalachian Regional Healthcare were also named as defendants in the suit. On April 25, 2013, Romani performed an exploratory laparotomy and cecotomy on Nancy Shirley at Beckley ARH Hospital, according to a complaint filed in Raleigh Circuit Court. Shirley claims after the surgery, she developed tachycardia, fever, had difficulty urinating, chill

Man says company didn't properly install security system

Kyla Asbury Jul. 1, 2015, 11:27am

WINFIELD – A Charleston man is suing Eloop Security LLC after he claims it was negligent in installing and maintaining a security system. George Shawkey owns real property in Putnam County in which he operates a video lottery operation, according to a complaint filed in Putnam Circuit Court. Shawkey claims he entered into a contract with Eloop to provide security for the premises and on Nov. 9, the security system installed by the defendant failed to alert authorities to a breaking and enterin

Putnam couple says home wasn't built to code

Kyla Asbury Jul. 1, 2015, 11:42am

WINFIELD – A Fraziers Bottom couple is suing Love-Lee Construction after they claim it violated West Virginia code. JPMorgan Chase Bank, Stave Branch Land Development and Poca Valley Bank were also named as defendants in the suit. On June 13, 2013, Jason Drake and Stefanie Drake purchased real property together with a house in Fraziers Bottom to live and raise their family in a secure and safe environment, according to a complaint filed in Putnam Circuit Court. The Drakes claim the property w

Justices side with Rich Rod in home purchase case

Chris Dickerson Jul. 1, 2015, 12:14pm

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals ruled in favor of former West Virginia University football coach Rich Rodriguez in a lawsuit filed by a couple who purchased their home. The Supreme Court considered the parties' briefs and the record on appeal and stated that the facts and legal arguments are adequately presented, and the decisional process would not be significantly aided by oral argument, according to the June 12 memorandum decision. "Upon consideration of the standard

National group praises W.Va. tort reforms

Chris Dickerson Jul. 1, 2015, 12:39pm

WASHINGTON – A national tort reform group has praised West Virginia for leading the way in civil justice reforms this year. The American Tort Reform Association this week issued its annual State Tort Reform Enactments brief.

Man files class action against Johnson & Johnson for wage payment violations

The West Virginia Record Jul. 2, 2015, 8:27am

WHEELING - A man filed a class action lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson after he claims it violated the West Virginia Wage Payment and Collection Act. Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. was also named as a defendant in the suit. Stephen A.

Man sues mine repair firm for wage payment violations

Kyla Asbury Jul. 2, 2015, 8:33am

WHEELING - A man is suing GMS Mine Repair and Maintenance in a class action lawsuit alleging wage payment violations. Jeffery S.

Father sues Raleigh Co. school board for son's injuries

Kyla Asbury Jul. 2, 2015, 8:36am

BECKLEY - A father is suing the Raleigh County Board of Education after he claims his special needs son was injured by a teacher's aide. Cathy Lewis and Kristen McBride were also named as defendants in the suit. J.K.

It's time for an energy revolution

The West Virginia Record Jul. 6, 2015, 8:16am

By CAPT. JAMES MCCORMICK NEW HAVEN – This July Fourth we'll celebrate the 239th anniversary of the publication of the Declaration of Independence, the founding of our nation in 1776, and the beginning of the American Revolution.

AG's office reaches $5.75M settlement with Nationwide

Kyla Asbury Jul. 6, 2015, 8:46am

WELCH - A $5.75 million settlement has been issued in a lawsuit against Nationwide Insurance that was filed by the attorney general in 2013. By paying the $5.75 million settlement, Nationwide is released from any and all liability in West Virginia arising out of or related to the Farm Bureau discount and/or any and all claims asserted in the lawsuit, according to the settlement agreement. The 2013 lawsuit was originally filed by former Attorney General Darrell McGraw and was taken over by Patr

Three women name company in sexual harassment lawsuits

Kyla Asbury Jul. 6, 2015, 8:56am

WHEELING - Three lawsuits have been filed against EAN Holdings after former employees claim they were sexually harassed by a supervisor Brandon Michaels was also named as a defendant in the suits. Crystal Tysinger, Olivia Bowen and Sahkita Galloway were all employed by EAN and were supervised by Michaels, according to three complaints filed in Ohio Circuit Court. The plaintiffs claim during their employments, they were sexually harassed and subjected to a hostile work environment by Michaels

“Navigable waters” means something

The West Virginia Record Jul. 6, 2015, 2:54pm

Question the precise meaning of a word or complain that a particular phrase is vague or ambiguous and someone – perhaps a politician – is likely to respond patronizingly, dismissing your concerns as quibbling, nitpicking, or paranoia.

Man accuses General Building Supply of wrongful termination

Kyla Asbury Jul. 6, 2015, 4:26pm

HUNTINGTON - A man is suing General Building Supply Inc. after he claims his employment was wrongfully terminated. Ernest B.

Man names Marshall BOG, others in medical malpractice suit

Kyla Asbury Jul. 6, 2015, 4:33pm

HUNTINGTON - A man is suing Marshall University Board of Governors for medical malpractice. On March 27, 2013, Danny Beckett was admitted to Pleasant Valley Hospital with complaints of perirectal pain and a physical examination revealed a likely abscess, according to a complaint filed in Cabell Circuit Court. Beckett claims he underwent surgery consisting of incision, drainage and debridement of a complex ischial, rectal and perineal abscess with removal of necrotic tissue. On March 29, 2013,

Woman files medical malpractice suit against plastic surgeon

Kyla Asbury Jul. 6, 2015, 4:37pm

HUNTINGTON - A woman is suing a plastic surgeon she claims she was injured during surgery. On May 30, 2013, Dr. Michael R.

AGs reach settlement in Dollar Tree, Family Dollar acquisition

Kyla Asbury Jul. 7, 2015, 7:56am

CHARLESTON - Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has announced that a settlement in its investigation of the acquisition of Family Dollar stores by Dollar Tree has been reached. Dollar Tree entered into a consent order with West Virginia and 16 other states following their review of the proposed acquisition. Morrisey's office announced the settlement on July 6. Working with the Federal Trade Commission, Morrisey and the other state Attorneys General are requiring Dollar Tree to sell 330 Family

Woman sues Holiday Inn for wage payment violations

Kyla Asbury Jul. 7, 2015, 8:04am

HUNTINGTON – A woman is suing Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites after she claims it violated the West Virginia Wage Payment and Collection Act. Uptowner Inns Inc. is doing business as Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites. Amy R.

Man accuses Starlight Behavioral Health Services of wage payment violations

Kyla Asbury Jul. 7, 2015, 8:10am

HUNTINGTON – A man is suing Starlight Behavioral Health Services Inc. after he claims the defendant violated the West Virginia Wage Payment and Collection Act. Zachary Toney-Marcum was employed by the defendant until his discharge in April 2011, according to a complaint filed in Cabell Circuit Court. Toney-Marcum claims the defendant failed to pay him his final wages in a timely manner. The defendant's actions violated the West Virginia Wage Payment and Collection Act, according to the suit.