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Disbarred attorney alleging exploitation of child has history of filing lawsuits

HUNTINGTON – A Huntington attorney who recently filed a lawsuit in federal court in New York against his ex-wife over exploitation of their child has a history of filing lawsuits against those who don’t rule in his favor and was recently disbarred in New York.

Kanawha sees 24 percent increase in asbestos filings

CHARLESTON – While the number of new asbestos cases across the country is declining, Kanawha County saw one of the largest increases in the country last year.

Morrisey, Jenkins both praise Trump's plan to fight opioid abuse

CHARLESTON – Two leading Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate are hailing President Donald Trump’s plan to fight opioid abuse.

Legal Aid ready to assist victims affected by Conn disability scam

CHARLESTON – Legal Aid of West Virginia is working to help former clients of Eric C. Conn, the Kentucky attorney who is accused of helping obtain disability benefits for people who might not have actually qualified for them.

Supreme Court says restricting internet access while on parole violates First Amendment

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has ruled that completely restricting a person’s access to the internet as a condition of their parole from prison is a violation of the First Amendment.

AG's office wants McNeil settlement distributed differently

CHARLESTON – The state Attorney General’s office has objected to how a settlement with a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary will be distributed.

N.Y. opioid litigation won't be stayed; Lawyers seeking 1,000 more county-plaintiffs

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RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - A New York judge has refused to stay lawsuits by a number of New York counties against opioid manufacturers and distributors, rejecting arguments that the Food and Drug Administration hasn’t yet determined whether narcotic painkillers are unnecessarily dangerous - a central question in any litigation.

Kanawha Family Court judge finally gets OK to have Saturday hearings

CHARLESTON – After seeking permission for nearly a year, a Kanawha Family Court judge now officially can hold hearings on Saturdays.

Two county commissions sue Purdue Pharma, others for opioid epidemic

CHARLESTON – Two more lawsuits have been filed against Purdue Pharma and others for the opioid epidemic that has ravaged the state.

Legal groups didn't see many successes in legislative session

CHARLESTON – Those invested in the state’s legal system saw most court-related legislation take a backseat this session to the teacher work stoppage and subsequent pay raise bill.

Huntington man sues ex-wife, others for exploitation of child

NEW YORK – A Huntington man is suing is ex-wife and others after he claims they have exploited a child custody proceeding for their own gain.

Sale of Gazette-Mail to HD Media could be done by end of month

CHARLESTON – The parent company of The Herald-Dispatch also now owns the Charleston Gazette-Mail.

Winfield, Hurricane file lawsuits against drug wholesalers, pharmacies

HUNTINGTON – Two more West Virginia cities have filed lawsuits against drug wholesalers alleging they are responsible for the opioid epidemic plaguing the state.

Constitutional amendment on court budget a step closer to voters

CHARLESTON — West Virginia voters soon could decide if the state Legislature should have greater control over the state Supreme Court's budget.

Citing 'barriers' to settlement, judge orders opioid foes to prepare for trial

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CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - The judge overseeing hundreds of lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors ordered both sides to prepare for trials, citing unspecified “barriers” to a global settlement that became apparent after a conference Tuesday.

Herald-Dispatch to buy Gazette-Mail after Ogden withdraws its offer

CHARLESTON – The parent company of The Herald-Dispatch also now owns the Charleston Gazette-Mail.

Plaintiff lawyers see nationwide settlement as only end for opioid lawsuits

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SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - Plaintiff lawyers meeting in San Francisco last week for a conference on opioid litigation acknowledged that the hundreds of lawsuits they have filed in state and federal court will be difficult to resolve without an unprecedented national settlement whose mechanics are still difficult to predict.

Herald-Dispatch makes bid to buy Charleston Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTON – The parent company of The Herald-Dispatch has thrown its hat into the ring as a potential buyer of Charleston Newspapers. HD Media Co. LLC, which publishes the Huntington daily newspaper as well as several other smaller papers across southern West Virginia, filed documents Tuesday, March 6, in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of West Virginia to buy the Charleston Gazette-Mail. March 6 was the final day interested parties could file as interested parties and make bids.

Statewide teacher work stoppage ends with 5 percent raise agreement

CHARLESTON – After being closed 13 days because of a teacher work stoppage, schools across West Virginia opened March 7.

McKesson officials to be deposed in state's opioid lawsuit

MADISON – Executives from McKesson Corp. will be deposed as part of the state’s lawsuit about the distribution of opioids in West Virginia.