News from September 2015

Sometimes, even politicians need protection

By Hoppy Kercheval | Sep 1, 2015

The picture on the front page of the Charleston newspaper was revealing; West Virginia circuit judges Phillip Stowers, Paul Farrell and Darrell Pratt looking perturbed as they presided over a hearing aimed at removing Charleston Mayor Danny Jones from office.

PERSONNEL FILE: Three Nelson Mullins attorneys listed in Best Lawyers

By From staff reports | Sep 1, 2015

HUNTINGTON – Three Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP West Virginia attorneys in 11 practice areas have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016.

AG's office warns of solicitations from out-of-state pharmacies

By Chris Dickerson | Sep 1, 2015

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has issued an alert for consumers to be wary of out-of-state pharmacies sending unsolicited order forms, medical supplies or medications to insurance customers without their consent. Morrisey's Consumer Protection Division has received several reports of local consumers receiving what appear to be order forms for medical supplies and prescriptions from out-of-state pharmacies.

Walker campaign announces endorsements from state lawmakers

By Chris Dickerson | Sep 1, 2015

CHARLESTON – Beth Walker's Supreme Court campaign on Tuesday announced endorsements from state lawmakers. In the announcement, Walker's campaign said the legislators cited "her extensive experience as a lawyer and her independent, conservative judicial philosophy." “I support Beth Walker because she will be an independent voice on our Supreme Court of Appeals," Kanawha County state Senator Ed Gaunch said.

We're not the ones who need to move on

By The West Virginia Record | Sep 1, 2015

Why are Americans still talking about slavery? Yes, and no. It has been a century and a half since the end of slavery in America. That's true enough. Should it have ended in our country sooner? Surely. Could it have? Maybe. Was it good that it finally ended when it did? Of course. We can all agree on that.

South Charleston woman blames Town Center mall for injuries

By Chris Dickerson | Sep 1, 2015

CHARLESTON – A South Charleston woman blames the Charleston Town Center for injuries she received while shopping at the mall. Charlene Adams filed her lawsuit last month in Kanawha Circuit Court against Charleston Town Center SPE LLC, doing business as Charleston Town Center.

Putnam Co. attorney wants car shop, State Farm to finish repairs

By Chris Dickerson | Sep 1, 2015

WINFIELD – A Putnam County attorney is suing a Winfield automotive shop and an insurance company after his vehicle wasn’t properly repaired. Richard Lindroth filed his complaint last month in Putnam Circuit Court against Greg’s Automotive and State Farm Automobile Insurance.

Beckley man says McDonald's discriminated against him

By Chris Dickerson | Sep 1, 2015

BECKLEY – A Beckley man says a job offer from McDonald’s was revoked because of his disability. William Elwell filed his complaint last month in Raleigh Circuit Court.

Central Supply seeks payment from Preston Co. landscaping firm

By Mark Trammell | Sep 1, 2015

KINGWOOD – Building supply company Central Supply Company of West Virginia, which provides ready-mix concrete, concrete blocks, bricks, wall systems and other related building materials, has filed suit for payment of provided materials to landscaping and irrigation company Britton Landscaping & Irrigation LLC.

Judge tells AG, Gazette-Mail to meet about antitrust petition

By Chris Dickerson | Sep 1, 2015

WINFIELD – A Putnam County judge has told the state Attorney General’s office and the state’s largest newspaper to talk things over before coming back to his courtroom for the next hearing about a possible antitrust violation. Putnam Circuit Judge Phillip Stowers on Tuesday told attorneys from AG Patrick Morrisey’s office and lawyers representing the Charleston Gazette-Mail to meet soon to discuss Morrisey’s petition seeking an investigative subpoena looking into possible state Antitrust Act vi

Logan Co. woman wants state to take care of abandoned mine runoff

By Chris Dickerson | Sep 2, 2015

LOGAN – A Logan County woman wants the state to do something about the effects of abandoned mines on her property. Sue Ann Richardson filed a complaint against the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Abandoned Mine Lands and Reclamation and Acting Director Harold Ward. The suit was filed last month in Logan Circuit Court. Richardson, who lives in Chapmanville, says an artesian spring of acid mine drainage with visible levels of aluminum flows out of the ground on h

Cheney appearance in West Virginia offends union leader

By Kenny Perdue | Sep 2, 2015

CHARLESTON – This week, former Vice President Dick Cheney is the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, an organization that recently made a point of stating that its members employ more than half of “our state’s workers.” As president of the West Virginia AFL-CIO, on behalf of the thousands of West Virginia working families I represent, I take offense.

Sunbelt Tractor & Equipment sues Pipeline Energy over unpaid rental fees

By Carol Ostrow | Sep 2, 2015

WEST UNION—A Texas enterprise doing business in West Virginia is suing a Doddridge County energy company in an undated contract dispute.

Financial Pacific Leasing sues Red-Hot Transportation for return of truck

By Carol Ostrow | Sep 2, 2015

GLENVILLE—A Washington State-based firm doing business in West Virginia is suing a Gilmer County automotive company and its principal claiming breach of contract in a 2013 monetary dispute.

Toys R Us removes Kanawha house fire case to federal court

By Chris Dickerson | Sep 2, 2015

CHARLESTON – Toys R Us has removed a lawsuit claiming one of its products caused a Kanawha County house fire to federal court, and the company seeks to have the case dismissed. Toys R Us Inc. and Summer Infant Inc. filed to have the case of Travis E.

Cabell woman wants Parole Board to turn over documents, more

By Jessica Karmasek | Sep 2, 2015

CHARLESTON – A Huntington woman currently serving time for embezzling thousands from a former employer has asked a Kanawha County judge to order the West Virginia Parole Board to turn over a recording of her parole hearing, along with other requested documents. Plaintiff Leigh Ann Zappin filed a complaint in Kanawha Circuit Court seeking the recording and documents, after she was denied parole by the board in May. Zappin argues that the board, including its chairwoman, Benita Murphy, is “delib

Fayette Co. residents file suit against CSX for February derailment

By Chris Dickerson | Sep 2, 2015

WAYNE – Nearly 100 Fayette County residents have filed a lawsuit against CSX over a February trail derailment that resulted in spilled oil and evacuations. The 96 people filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Wayne Circuit Court against CSX Corporation and CSX Transportation Inc. The plaintiffs seek compensatory and punitive damages from the Feb. 16 accident at Mount Carbon near the Kanawha-Fayette county line.

Morrisey leads AG coalition to affirm Second Amendment rights

By Chris Dickerson | Sep 3, 2015

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office is leading a coalition of 24 states in asking the U.S.

Preston Co. man says he nearly died using Ace Hardware equipment

By Chris Dickerson | Sep 3, 2015

KINGWOOD – A Preston County couple says Ace Hardware isn’t exactly the helpful hardware place it claims to be in its advertising after the man says he nearly died using a piece of rental equipment. Michael L. and Crystal L. Frantz of Terra Alta filed their lawsuit against Ace Hardware Corporation, which is based in Illinois, and A.D. Naylor & Co. Inc. of Oakland, Md., last month in Preston Circuit Court.

Beckley man sues Walmart, driver after being hit in parking lot

By Chris Dickerson | Sep 3, 2015

BECKLEY – A Raleigh County couple blames a “barely visible” crosswalk outside a Walmart for contributing to the husband being hit by a car in the parking lot. Everett and Elizabeth Agnor of Beckley filed their complaint against Suman Maharjan and Wal-Mart Stores East LP last month in Raleigh Circuit Court. Everett Agnor was exiting the Walmart Supercenter on North Eisenhower Drive in Beckley on Jan. 29, 2015, when he entered the crosswalk outside the store. “The crosswalk utilized by Mr. Agno

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