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Retired longtime Kanawha judge dies

By Kyla Asbury | Mar 24, 2019

CHARLESTON — Former Kanawha Circuit Judge James "Jim" Stucky has died, according to the Kanawha County Commission.

Morrisey leads coalition to protect lotteries

By Kyla Asbury | Mar 22, 2019

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is leading a bipartisan effort with 25 other attorneys general nationwide to protect state lotteries.

Attorney General finalizes prescription drug settlement

By Kyla Asbury | Mar 21, 2019

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Attorney General's Office finalized a settlement with both a drug manufacturer and marketer involving a prescription blood thinner for $3.2 million.

From Legal Newsline

Multidistrict litigation swamps courts as rules struggle to catch up; Is reform on the way?

By Daniel Fisher | Mar 21, 2019

Multidistrict litigation – sprawling cases sometimes involving thousands of plaintiffs from all over the country – now represents more than half of the civil caseload in federal courts, according to a new survey, yet defendants complain the rules governing them are largely judge-made and haphazardly enforced.

Democrats want Justice to veto campaign finance reform bill

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 20, 2019

CHARLESTON – Democratic lawmakers are asking Republican Gov. Jim Justice to veto a bill that would reform state campaign finance laws. Senate Bill 622 would increase numerous caps on campaign contributions for individuals and political action committees. It also would allow federal PACs to continue to receive contributions from undisclosed donors.

After 54 days, Justice appoints Poling as new Raleigh Circuit Court judge

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 20, 2019

CHARLESTON – Gov. Jim Justice has appointed Darl W. Poling of Beckley to become Raleigh Circuit Court's newest judge. The opening was created when Justice appointed lifelong friend John Hutchison to the state Supreme Court to fill former Justice Allen Loughry's seat. Retired judge Charles M. Vickers has been filling Hutchison’s seat in Raleigh County.

AG's office sues Diocese and former bishop, saying they employed known pedophiles

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 19, 2019

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office has filed a lawsuit alleging the Wheeling-Charleston Diocese and a former bishop, saying they knowingly employed pedophiles.

Dental hygienist says she was victim of retaliatory firing and discrimination

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 19, 2019

NEW MARTINSVILLE – A dental hygienist claims she was the victim of a retaliatory firing and discrimination. Karen Ullom, 56, filed her complaint March 19 in Wetzel Circuit Court against Dr. Andrea Lockhart, Adam Pendleton and New Martinsville Dental.

Supreme Court hears arguments in EQT Corp.'s trespassing case

By Kyla Asbury | Mar 18, 2019

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals will decide whether EQT Corp. trespassed onto property owned by two individuals in Doddridge County, where it owned mineral rights but not surface rights.

Supreme Court hears arguments in EQT Corp.'s trespassing case

By Kyla Asbury | Mar 18, 2019

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals will decide whether EQT Corp. trespassed onto property owned by two individuals in Doddridge County, where it owned mineral rights but not surface rights.

Dynamic Energy is accused of firing equipment operator after he was injured on the job

By Carrie Bradon | Mar 18, 2019

PINEVILLE — A heavy equipment operator who reportedly was injured at work claims he was subsequently terminated when he sought workers' compensation.

Blankenship says national media, GOP leaders worked together to defame him in '18 primary

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 15, 2019

WILLIAMSON – Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship has filed a $12 billion lawsuit claiming saying national media outlets and leading Republicans intended to defame him in his 2018 U.S. Senate bid.

After two years, U.S. attorney says investigation of state Supreme Court is over

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 15, 2019

CHARLESTON – The federal investigation into the state Supreme Court is over. U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart issued a statement March 14 announcing the conclusion of the probe that has lasted for more than two years.

Parents file lawsuit against woman who struck, killed their daughter in crosswalk near WVU

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 14, 2019

MORGANTOWN – The parents of a former West Virginia University student have filed a civil lawsuit against the women who struck and killed their daughter last year.

JVAC accepting applications for McDowell judgeship; Raleigh County position remains unfilled

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 14, 2019

CHARLESTON – The state Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission is accepting applications for the pending McDowell Circuit Court judicial vacancy. Current Judge Booker T. Stephens has announced his retirement, effective May 31.

Attorney says dismissal of hemp suit is a victory for hemp industry in West Virginia

By Kyla Asbury | Mar 14, 2019

HUNTINGTON – Charleston attorney Carte Goodwin secured a victory recently when U.S. District Judge Robert Chambers ruled against U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart in a case involving hemp in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia at Huntington.

WV CALA blames House leadership for lack of meaningful legal reform this session

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 13, 2019

CHARLESTON – A statewide legal reform group is blaming House leadership for a lack of meaningful legal reform during the recently completed legislative session.

From Legal Newsline

N.C. hog farmers press for reversal of $500M in nuisance verdicts

By Daniel Fisher | Mar 13, 2019

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) - North Carolina hog farmers, supported by national farming and manufacturing groups, have asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to reverse a $50 million nuisance verdict that was the opening shot in litigation that has delivered more than $500 million in verdicts for property owners who say they are being annoyed by noise and smells emanating from nearby farms.

State Senate asks U.S. Supreme Court to review state impeachment ruling

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 12, 2019

CHARLESTON – The state Senate wants the U.S. Supreme Court to review a state Supreme Court ruling that ended last fall’s impeachment proceedings. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey filed a petition March 11 with the U.S. Supreme Court. The House of Delegates filed a similar request in January.

Former employee claims dermatologist tricked, drugged, sexually harassed, assaulted her

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 11, 2019

WHEELING – A dermatologist has b​​​​​een accused of sexually harassing and assaulting a former employee. Jerry Hahn and Ganzer-Hahn Dermatology Associates were named as defendants in a lawsuit filed March 11 in Ohio Circuit Court by Ashley George.

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