THIS JUST IN: Kanawha County

By Cara Bailey | Jul 18, 2008

June 12
Laure Grimmett v. Charleston Town Center Parking Limited Partnership, Charleston Town Center, Inc.
PA – Paula L. Wilson and Phillip R. Amick; J – Zakaib
* Laure Grimmett filed a suit against Charleston Town Center Parking Limited Partnership after she was injured when the parking gate knocked her off the back of the motorcycle she was riding. Grimmett suffered a broken collarbone and hit her head. The suit says the gate operator knew the gate would close, but failed to warn Grimmett and her driver to wait for the gate to reclose and then reopen. There were no signs that warned Grimmett that she should wait for the gate to close and reopen prior to going through it. In the three-count suit, Grimmett seeks compensatory and punitive damages for her injuries.
Case number: 08-C-1156

June 13
Vincent W. Scriptunas, Antoinette Scriptunas v. A. W. Chesterton Company, et al
PA – Thomas Patrick Maroney, Victoria L. Antion; J – Visiting
* Vincent and Antoinette Scriptunas filed a suit against 85 companies, after Vincent was diagnosed with mesothelioma. He worked at Union Carbide from 1951 to 1988, where he was exposed to various forms of asbestos. Scriptunas claims the mesothelioma caused him severe and disabling problems, which are permanent and will last his entire life. Antoinette Scriptunas claims she has lost the services, society, companionship and consortium of her husband. In the 11-count suit, the Scriptunas seek compensatory and punitive damages for their suffering and anguish, plus medical expenses and lost wages.
Case number: 08-C-1165

Joseph D. Keller, as executor of the estate of Paul Norman Keller v. CSX Transportation, Inc.
PA – James A. McKowen; J – Visiting
* Joseph Keller filed a suit against CSX, on behalf of the estate of Paul Keller, who died from lung cancer he contracted after being exposed to asbestos while working for CSX. Joseph Keller seeks compensatory and punitive damages for Paul Keller's estate.
Case number: 08-C-1167

June 16
Rebecca Stewart v. City of St. Albans
PA – Kimberly E. Williams; J – Bloom
* Rebecca Stewart filed a suit against the City of St. Albans after she was hit by an officer, Patrolman R.M. Chapman, who was pursuing a driver who was believed to be under the influence of alcohol. Chapman followed the man through an underpass, up a hill and into an area known to have a high volume of traffic and a traffic signal, the suit says. He activated his emergency lights and siren and pursued the traffic offender, the suit says. However, Chapman collided with Stewart, hitting her with enough impact to make her cross the Taco Bell parking lot, the suit says. Stewart claims she was injured and incurred property damages. She seeks compensation.
Case number: 08-C-1176

Kristin Childs v. WV Division of Corrections, David McCormick
PA – Paul M. Stroebel; J – Kaufman
* Kristin Childs filed a suit against the West Virginia Division of Corrections after her supervisor sexually assaulted her while she was incarcerated at the Lakin Correctional Center for Women. Childs claims David McCormick repeatedly forced her to have unwanted sexual relationships with him, which caused her to become pregnant. Childs claims his actions have caused her emotional and mental distress, which will result in great financial expenditure in raising a child. According to the suit, Childs will incur lost wages as she has been unable to obtain a job while pregnant and will be forced to miss work after her pregnancy is concluded. Childs seeks compensatory and punitive damages.
Case number: 08-C-1183

June 17
Roger Wolfe v. Jason A. Tackett, Emergency Medicine Physicians of Kanawha County, PLLC
PA – Benjamin L. Bailey; J – Bloom
* Roger Wolfe filed a suit against Emergency Medicine Physicians of Kanawha County, claiming one of the physicians and the company tried to cover up a beating he sustained while he was being detained for driving under the influence. Wolfe claims he was severely beaten and suffered severe head trauma. Wolfe was taken to Thomas Memorial Hospital, where Tackett allowed a supervisory trooper to interview and take statements from Wolfe, instead of immediately treating him. According to the suit, it is obvious from the questions that Wolfe was asked that the trooper was attempting to cover up the fact that troopers had inflicted the injuries. Wolfe was released later and went to his primary physician, complaining of pain and watery discharge from his nose, which turned out to be spinal fluid. Wolfe was admitted to CAMC, for treatment of his injuries from June 18 to June 23. In the four-count suit, Wolfe seeks compensatory and punitive damages for his injuries.
Case number: 08-C-1187

Wesley A. Nutter v. Russell R. Bartley, Malco Products, Inc.
PA – Marvin Masters; J – Bloom
* Wesley Nutter filed a suit against Malco, after he was injured when he used the "Ultra Violet Premium Wash & Wax" to wash his truck. Nutter suffered swelling of his face and eyes, a burning sensations, puffiness, pain and other irritations, and subsequently a rash, after using the wash. Nutter claims the company sold him a defective product, and should have known of the dangers associated with using the particular wash. In the three-count suit, Nutter seeks compensatory and punitive damages.
Case number: 08-C-1189

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