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By The West Virginia Record | Dec 22, 2005

Thursday, Dec. 8:

Tammy Sherrell Wilson vs. Jim Boliger; James Ielapi, warden of the Pruntytown Correctional Center; et al.
PA-Gary L. Rymer and D. Luke Furbee; J-Bloom

  • Wilson, an inmate at Pruntytown, claims Boliger sexually harassed her for nearly two years when he was employed at the facility as a maintenance worker. She claims he subjected her to lewd behavior, including sexually suggestive and harassing remarks and unwanted sexual advances.
    Case number: 05-C-2678

    John E. Barker. Jr. and Linda Kay Barker vs. A&I Company et al.
    PA-David P. Chervenick (Pittsburgh) and Scott Segal; J-Visiting Judge
  • Barker, a Berkeley Springs resident, is suing 27 companies for asbestos-related mesothelioma. He says he was exposed to and did inhale asbestos dust while employed in various jobs as a factory laborer and truck and automobile mechanic. He and his wife seek several million dollars.
    Case number: 05-C-2680

    Friday, Dec. 9:

    State of WV ex rel. WV Workers' Compensation Commission vs. The Alliance Personal Care Home Inc. and Margaret J. Haddix, president
    PA-David Ansell, J-Walker
  • Suit claims Alliance defaulted in payments and remained in default after due notice and may have unreported wages. The state says Alliance now owes $27,173.82.
    Case number: 05-C-2688

    Paul A. Mattox Jr., Commissioner of the West Virginia Department of Transportation, Division of Highways vs. Michael E. and Sharon T. Keller
    PA-Carrie Dysart J-Berger
  • The state claims a 2003 landslide caused by the defendants or their contractors deposited mud and debris on Kanawha County Route 22/1. The state seeks payment from the Kellers of $9,293.51 for labor, equipment and materials to clear and repair the road.
    Case number: 05-C-2692

    State of WV ex rel. Darrell V. McGraw Jr., Attorney General vs. Changde Cigarette Factory
  • The state seeks as much as $420,000 from the Chinese cigarette manufacturer for not setting up an escrow fund for its Columbus brand of cigarettes sold in West Virginia in 2002 and 2003.
    Case number: 05-C-2693

    State of WV ex rel. Darrell V. McGraw Jr., Attorney General vs. Mr. Meats and Bill Parsons
    PA-Rob Bastress, J-Walker
  • State says six consumers have complained about the Nitro-based door-to-door meat company. Complaints include it sells low-quality products and doesn't follow consumer protection laws. A hearing is set for 10 a.m. Jan. 9.
    Case number: 05-C-2694

    Monday, Dec. 12:

    Margie R. Durham vs. Southern Candles Company doing business as Tri-State Candle Making Supply and International Fragrance & Technology
    PA-J. Michael Ranson, Cynthia M. Ranson and G. Patrick Jacobs; J-Zakaib
  • A Kanawha County woman claims she suffered a variety of respiratory problems because of a defective Ball of Wax, Scented Liquid used in making dip stuffed scented bears.
    Case number: 05-C-2695

    John. J. Welch Jr. vs. Nick Guarino and The Wall Street Underground
    PA-L. Wilson Burdette Jr.; J-King
  • Welch, a resident of Summers County, says Guarino's investment newsletter guarantees a return of the $5,000 subscription fee if someone is dissatisfied with service. Welch says he has lost "very significant funds" following defendant's investment advices and since 2000 has sought a refund. Seeks punitive damages of $1 million for "egregious conduct."
    Case number: 05-C-2700

    Tuesday, Dec. 13:

    Enterprise Rent-A-Car Company of West Virginia, a subsidiary of Enterprise Rent-A-Car of Kentucky vs. Suzanne Spillman
    PA-O.Gay Elmore; J-King
  • The suit claims Spillman rented a 2004 Jeep Liberty on July 2, 2004, and accepted responsibility for damage to the vehicle while in her care and possession. She subsequently was involved in an accident, and the damages total $11,301.86. Enterprise is suing for that and attorney fees, costs, interest and other relief.
    Case number: 05-C-2701

    Mary F. Gray and Ernest R. Smith Jr. vs. Patricia Ayash
    PA-Jeremiah F. McCormick; J-Berger

  • Gray and Smith own lots in the Sweet Acres subdivision in St. Albans. In the summer of 2003, Ayash had people do "significant and substantial earth moving activities" on her adjacent land, which resulted in encroachment and damage to the lots of Gray and Smith, including damage to a pre-Civil War dam on Gray's lot. They seek costs to restore their properties to their pre-existing conditions and for the diminution of value of their lots.
    Case number: 05-C-2702

    Rosa Lee Harmon and Jan Maynard vs. Carolyn Confere, individually and as executrix of estate of Bernard Confere
    PA-Mike Clifford; J-King
  • Plaintiffs claim the defendants failed to maintain their leased property in London in a condition that meets state code. The plaintiffs say they were exposed to noxious odors and unsafe conditions, suffered great emotional distress and mental suffering, great annoyance and inconvenience and have suffered otherwise. They seek a judgment of $50,000 plus a like amount in punitive damages, interest and costs and other relief.
    Case number: 05-C-2703

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