News from May 2019

Woman alleges she injured arm, shoulder in fall at Greg's Deli in Moundsville

By Carrie Bradon | May 29, 2019

MOUNDSVILLE – A Marshall County woman is suing a Moundsville deli alleging that she was injured in a trip and fall.

Former Raleigh General Hospital patient alleges unsecured bed caused fall, fracture

By Carrie Bradon | May 29, 2019

BECKLEY – A Raleigh County woman alleges an unsecured bed caused her to fall and fracture a bone in her leg.

Logan Regional Medical Center named in suit over patient's death

By Carrie Bradon | May 29, 2019

CHARLESTON – An estate administrator has filed suit against a hospital and two doctors over a patient's 2018 death.

From Legal Newsline

Hunter: Case is about abating 'worst' man-made crisis; J&J: Case is about damages - not abatement

By Kayla Elder | May 29, 2019

NORMAN, Okla. (Legal Newsline) - Admitting there is a high potential for abuse in opioid medications, Johnson & Johnson attorney Larry Ottaway said during opening arguments on Tuesday that physicians prescribing its medications Nucynta and Duragesic know this risk and have to know it to be licensed.

Former Arch Coal employee alleges sleep apnea, shoulder injury factors in termination

By Carrie Bradon | May 29, 2019

GRAFTON – A Taylor County man is suing his former employer alleging that he was retaliated against due to health concerns before being terminated.

Bluefield man alleges rotted utility pole caused low-hanging electrical lines and his injuries

By Carrie Bradon | May 29, 2019

PRINCETON – A man is suing several utility companies alleging he was injured while working on the roof of a Bluefield property by low-hanging electrical lines.

Black teacher alleges race was factor in firing from Southwestern Community Action Council

By Carrie Bradon | May 29, 2019

HUNTINGTON – A Cabel County woman alleges her African-American race was a factor in her termination as a teacher in a Head Start program.

Get the science right before rushing to regulate

By The West Virginia Record | May 30, 2019

In most use cases, we are told, there exists no viable alternative to PFAS, which portends the real potential outrage here. In the end, banning PFAS would mean consumers would be deprived of their iPhones and pharmaceuticals; it would make air travel less safe and automobiles more polluting.

Wheeling Coin, driver alleged to have failed to obey traffic control device in Wheeling crash

By Carrie Bradon | May 30, 2019

WHEELING – An Ohio County couple is seeking damages from a limited liability company over an auto accident that occurred in Wheeling.

From Legal Newsline

Father recounts loss of son in Oklahoma Johnson & Johnson opioid trial

By John Sammon | May 30, 2019

NORMAN, Okla. (Legal Newsline) – Fighting back tears, a father who lost his son to an opioid overdose recounted the nightmare during testimony in a trial alleging that Johnson & Johnson flooded the state with addictive drugs for profit.

Weber Development alleged to owe more than $160,000 for loan

By Carrie Bradon | May 30, 2019

BECKLEY – A Raleigh County bank alleges that a limited liability company defaulted on a loan.

From Legal Newsline

Smaller crowd on hand second day of Oklahoma opioid trial; Father of OD victim testifies

By Kayla Elder | May 30, 2019

NORMAN, Okla. (Legal Newsline) - Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman overruled several objections made by Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Pharmaceuticals (J&J) as the second day of trial unfolded in the state's pursuit of abatement in what it calls a man-made opioid crisis.

Fortner Logging allegedly owes more than $110,000 for John Deere equipment

By Carrie Bradon | May 30, 2019

BECKLEY – John Deere alleges a West Virginia limited liability company failed to pay a balance due on equipment.

Father files suit against Bluefield after teen injured on train at City Park

By Carrie Bradon | May 30, 2019

PRINCETON – A Mercer County father alleges his minor daughter was injured while riding a train at Bluefield City Park.

Man files suit against Hancock County Commission, dog warden over seizure of animals

By Carrie Bradon | May 30, 2019

NEW CUMBERLAND – A man is suing the Hancock County Commission and the county's dog warden alleging that his dogs were seized with a five-day notice required by state law.

Blankenship files third defamation suit, this time against Boston Globe

By Chris Dickerson | May 30, 2019

WILLIAMSON – Don Blankenship has filed a third defamation lawsuit in as many months, this time singling out The Boston Globe for being involved in a conspiracy to keep him from being elected in 2018 to the U.S. Senate.

Jasper, the whippet with a lengthy court battle, dies

By Kyla Asbury | May 30, 2019

BECKLEY — Jasper, the small whippet mix that was sentenced to be euthanized in 2015 for biting two children has been euthanized, "Justice for Jasper" announced on Facebook.

Judge orders Justice Energy to share how it will pay sanctions

By Kyla Asbury | May 30, 2019

BECKLEY — U.S. District Judge Irene C. Berger gave Justice Energy until June 6 to tell the court how it plans to pay more than $1 million in sanctions.

From Legal Newsline

J&J top corporate rep grilled in Oklahoma opioid trial - state focuses on 'Norman' poppy strain

By John Sammon | May 30, 2019

NORMAN (Legal Newsline) – A corporate spokeswoman for Johnson & Johnson and its drug subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals on Thursday faced questioning by lawyers for the State of Oklahoma who attempted to link the company’s quest for profits to an opioid epidemic in the state.

From Legal Newsline

Tensions run high in OK opioid trial Thursday; State focuses on risk data J&J relied on

By Kayla Elder | May 31, 2019

NORMAN, Okla. (Legal Newsline) - Tensions ran high in court Thursday as the Oklahoma opioid trial continued, with defense attorney Larry Ottoway objecting throughout the day to opposing counsel's line of questioning directed at defense witness, business director for Janssen Pharmaceuticals Kimberly Deem-Eshleman.

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