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Supreme Court reverses lower court decision, says former police chief rightfully fired

By Kyla Asbury | Apr 2, 2019

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals ruled that former Belle police chief Darrick Cox was rightfully terminated from his position after an investigation.

Justices vacate ruling exempting Berkeley County property from Martinsburg zoning laws

By Kyla Asbury | Mar 30, 2019

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals recently vacated a Berkeley County Circuit Court ruling regarding a dispute over zoning jurisdiction between the City of Martinsburg and the Berkeley County Council.

Supreme Court partially reverses decision in gun range nuisance lawsuit

By Kyla Asbury | Mar 30, 2019

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals recently said the Berkeley County Circuit Court rightfully dismissed a couple's nuisance claim against a gun range for injunctive relief but the couple could still pursue a nuisance claim for monetary damages.

State Supreme Court issues stay in controversial case about state's right-to-work law

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 29, 2019

CHARLESTON — The state Supreme Court has issued a stay in a 2016 right-to-work case. The stay, granted March 29, will keep a recent ruling by Kanawha Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey from becoming law for now.

Loughry questions if evidence was sufficient in 4th Circuit appeal, hires former state Solicitor General

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 28, 2019

RICHMOND, Va. – Former state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry’s appeal questions whether there was sufficient evidence to support his February conviction on 10 federal counts of wire fraud, mail fraud and lying to federal agents.

Supreme Court allows excessive force lawsuit to continue

By Kyla Asbury | Mar 27, 2019

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals ruled that an excessive force lawsuit can continue in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Supreme Court upholds valuation of Mercer Mall in $9 million dispute with property owner

By Kyla Asbury | Mar 27, 2019

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals ruled that an assessment performed by the Mercer County Assessor's Office was fair and equitable.

Supreme Court says DHHR has qualified immunity in child custody case

By Kyla Asbury | Mar 27, 2019

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals recently ruled the state's Department of Health and Human Resources is entitled to qualified immunity in a case involving the guardianship of a minor.

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.

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.

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.

From Legal Newsline

Dissent in Sandy Hook decision says Conn. SC misread federal law, victims shouldn't be allowed to sue Remington

By Dan Fisher | Mar 15, 2019

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - The Connecticut Supreme Court has said family members of victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre can sue the manufacturer of the Bushmaster rifle used in the assault under a theory the company’s advertising violated the state consumer protection statute.

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.

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.

High court rules CCC Inc. must comply with original terms of lease-purchase agreement

By Kyla Asbury | Mar 8, 2019

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals ruled that a company must comply with the sale of its property that it entered into and then refused.

Supreme Court agrees former state employee didn't meet deadline for appealing termination

By Kyla Asbury | Mar 8, 2019

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Supreme Court affirmed a decision by a lower court in an appeal by a former West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources employee who claimed she was wrongfully fired.

Supreme Court reverses decision, says woman's driver's license should be revoked

By Kyla Asbury | Mar 8, 2019

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals reversed a decision made by a Boone circuit judge involving the reinstatement of a woman's driver's license.

Supreme Court rules Circuit Court overreached in condemnation of private property for highway project

By Kyla Asbury | Mar 8, 2019

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals ruled that a Circuit Court exceeded its authority in a case involving private property near a high-traffic road.

Supreme Court upholds action against employee who faced allegations of credit card misuse

By Kyla Asbury | Mar 7, 2019

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals sided with an energy company in an appeal initiated by a former employee who was fired after reportedly making unauthorized credit card purchases.

Justice appoints Scudiere and McLaughlin as circuit judges; Raleigh County position remains vacant

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 7, 2019

Gov. Jim Justice has appointed Debra Scudiere of Morgantown as the new circuit judge in Monongalia County and Debra McLaughlin of Berkeley Springs as the new circuit judge in the 23rd Circuit, which includes Morgan, Berkeley and Jefferson counties.

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