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New book details attorney’s frustrations with MDL: Handling of cases becoming ‘more and more deplorable’


TAMPA, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – Nearly 40 percent of civil cases pending in federal courts across the country are consolidated into multidistrict litigation, resulting in “a shift away from the rule of law to a system of arbitrary justice,” says Tampa attorney Brian Donovan in his new book on his experience and frustrations with MDL.

UPDATED: Loughry makes Court budget request; lawmakers barely discuss 'inappropriate' spending

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Chief Justice Allen Loughry made the court’s annual budget presentation to members of the House and Senate Finance committees. Loughry did mention the “inappropriate” expenditures associated with renovations to the five Justices’ offices, but members of the committees didn’t press him much about it.

Morrisey leads coalition pushing to kill Clean Power Plan

The bipartisan coalition filed a public comment letter as part of the EPA's proposed repeal of the plan. It encourages the agency to eliminate the Obama-era rule and return authority to manage energy resources to the states.

Federal opioid judge makes plaintiffs lawyers play musical chairs

CLEVELAND – Plaintiff lawyers in national opioid litigation chose their executive committee so poorly that a federal judge made them choose again. A protest against the original committee had rung out from West Virginia. As a result, four lawyers lost seats, and five replaced them.

Lawmaker wants to consider impeachment of chief justice

CHARLESTON – A state lawmaker has raised the idea of impeaching West Virginia Chief Justice Allen Loughry.

Motion for expedited hearing filed in Charleston Gazette-Mail case, newspaper might be sold

CHARLESTON – The Charleston Gazette-Mail might be sold to another company, according to court documents filed in a lawsuit in federal court between MediaNews Group and Daily Gazette Company.

Seventh complaint filed against Mercer County doctor

PRINCETON – A seventh complaint has been filed against a Mercer County doctor alleging negligence in his practice.

Supreme Court annuls attorney’s law license

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has issued an order annulling the law license of a Charleston attorney.

ILR says West Virginia legal climate improving but still needs work

WASHINGTON – As Gov. Jim Justice prepares to give his State of the State address, a division of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says West Virginia’s legal climate is improving.

Hospital merger arguments to be heard by state Supreme Court

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals will hear arguments in the litigation regarding the merger between Cabell Huntington Hospital and St. Mary’s Medical Center.

Morrisey demands apology from Jenkins 'for liberal past'

HARPERS FERRY – West Virginia Attorney General and U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Morrisey is calling on Rep. Evan Jenkins "to renounce and apologize for his decades of support for liberal candidates who have harmed West Virginia."

State's annual judgment interest rates now closer to federal rates

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Supreme Court's annual judgment interest rates are closer to the federal rates now, and a legal reform group thanks lawmakers for making that happen.

Kanawha magistrate suspended for 45 days

CHARLESTON – Kanawha County Magistrate Jack Pauley has been suspended without pay for 45 days for ethics violations.

Nearly 100 more lawsuits filed against Raleigh Heart Clinic

BECKLEY – Ninety-nine more lawsuits have been filed against Raleigh Heart Clinic after patients tested positive for Hepatitis B or C.

Victims of IRS's tea party bias - and taxpayers - must see Lois Lerner's testimony, lawyer says


CINCINNATI (Legal Newsline) - Lois Lerner, formerly of the Internal Revenue Service when it discriminated against applicants for tax exemptions based on their viewpoints, claims Americans have no right to read statements she made under oath about why she did it.

Jenkins challenges Morrisey, says to ‘disavow’ Bannon

HUNTINGTON – U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins released a statement, challenging West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey to renounce Steve Bannon’s support for his campaign.

Secretary of State plans to enforce ban on anonymous campaign ads

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner has said he plans to enforce a state law that bans anonymous campaign mailers, despite the fact that state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has called the law unconstitutional.

W.Va, other states reach $45M settlement with mortgage company

CHARLESTON — A coalition of other states – including West Virginia – and mortgage regulators, have announced a $45 million settlement with one of the nation’s largest mortgage servicers.

Two sofas purchased by Workman being stored in Supreme Court warehouse

CHARLESTON – Two antique sofas purchased by Justice Margaret Workman are being stored in a state Supreme Court warehouse.

Patient allege he needed surgeries after treatment at Cabell Huntington Hospital

HUNTINGTON – A Milton man alleges he was injured during his stay at Cabell Huntington Hospital.