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Thank you, Justice Scalia

By The West Virginia Record | Feb 16, 2016

One of the last acts of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia before his death last week was to explain high court’s majority view in granting a stay of the implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, pending the outcome of a challenge now being considered by the U.S.

If it was such a hazard, how did everyone else avoid it?

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 26, 2016

Story CopySomething's been puzzling us for some time: Where are all the class-action slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall lawsuits?

More taxes sought to balance the budget

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 19, 2016

Ever seen a balance scale with just one side? That would be pretty stupid, and useless. After all, a balance scale has two sides – two equal-length arms with equally weighted pans suspended from each – so you can compare a mass of unknown weight to one whose weight is known, thereby determining the weight of the former.

Nothing simply symbolic about defeating asbestos lawsuit fraud

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 12, 2016

Some may dismiss it as merely a symbolic gesture, but symbolic gestures can be powerful. They're often prerequisites for subsequent, substantial change. Without those seemingly futile efforts, no genuine reform would follow.

Could be the last year of the War on Coal

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 5, 2016

One more year. That's all we've got to endure. One more year of the recklessness that has characterized the current presidential administration. One more year of the long-running war on coal, national prosperity, the U.S. Constitution, and American exceptionalism.

Congress reasserts its authority over the EPA

By The West Virginia Record | Dec 8, 2015

“This week we will join together with the House to send President Obama and the EPA a strong message: No more attacks on coal. No more attacks on domestic energy. No more attacks on the people who produce energy.”

A letter to Secretary Kerry

By The West Virginia Record | Dec 1, 2015

Sending a letter to a public official is a good way to let him know how you feel. Sending copies of that letter to other officials is a good way to let him know you mean to be taken seriously.

Good gravy!

By The West Virginia Record | Nov 25, 2015

America's most gravy-crazy holiday looms on the near-term horizon, so the warning couldn't have come at a better time. Gravy, whether the object of your appetite for breakfast, lunch or dinner, is hot.

Perhaps 'the end of the beginning' of Obama's War on Coal

By The West Virginia Record | Nov 18, 2015

The Allied victory over Rommel in North Africa was, indeed, a turning point in World War II, but Winston Churchill was determined that his countrymen should be realistic about it. Yes, it was a triumph, a great triumph, but it was one of many triumphs that would be necessary to defeat the enemy once and for all.

What happens when a judge loses credibility?

By The West Virginia Record | Nov 10, 2015

We observed in an editorial last month, “Judges should recuse themselves not only from cases in which they have a conflict of interest, but also from ones in which there may be even the appearance of impropriety.” We noted that State Supreme Court Chief Justice Robin Davis seems oblivious to such concerns and that her cavalier approach has attracted national attention, securing her the starring role last year on ABC's World News Tonight and Nightline in a story headlined: “Lear Jet J

Obama and his EPA Grinches

By The West Virginia Record | Nov 3, 2015

“Just this morning, nearly 200 West Virginia coal miners in Randolph County were informed that their jobs would be gone by Christmas,” Republican U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito lamented last Tuesday as she discussed the bipartisan resolution of disapproval that she and Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota had introduced in response to the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan regulations for existing power sources.

What is AkinMears hiding from Judge Joseph Goodwin?

By The West Virginia Record | Oct 27, 2015

As he presides over seven Multi District Litigation cases in Charleston involving more than 80,000 claims against manufacturers of transvaginal surgical mesh, U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin might want to keep a close eye on one plaintiffs firm in particular.

We won a battle, but the EPA war against West Virginia continues

By Chris Dickerson | Oct 21, 2015

Remember how Charlie Brown felt each time Lucy assured him that, this time, she really was going to hold the football for him to kick – and not pull it away at the last moment, causing him to fall flat on his back once again?

Sixth Circuit puts a hold on EPA water grab

By The West Virginia Record | Oct 14, 2015

Our backyard plastic kiddie pools and Slip 'N Slides are safe, for now, and we can continue to enjoy them unencumbered by bizarrely broad interpretations of the federal government's regulatory powers.

Robin Davis is a conflict of interest

By The West Virginia Record | Oct 6, 2015

Judges should recuse themselves not only from cases in which they have a conflict of interest, but also from ones in which there may be even the appearance of impropriety.

Volkswagen's green victims

By The West Virginia Record | Sep 30, 2015

Count on plaintiffs lawyers to make sure no corporate crisis goes to waste.

When bad things happen to be good

By The West Virginia Record | Sep 22, 2015

When bad things happen, it's only natural to think they're bad. After all, if they weren't bad, they'd be good – and you'd think they were good, not bad, and you might be right. Or, you might be wrong. Because things aren't always what they seem. Even when they are, you can't count on them staying that way.

West Virginia's Lawsuit Climate: Bad news, but then some good news

By The West Virginia Record | Sep 15, 2015

La vie en rose. The world seen through rose-colored glasses, or glasses of rosé. It's a wonderful world, where everything turns out right (ultimately), the boy always gets the girl (eventually), and there's always a happy ending (if you last that long).

Getting to the root of the matter

By The West Virginia Record | Sep 8, 2015

You can save a lot of money by doing it yourself, provided you know how.

We're not the ones who need to move on

By The West Virginia Record | Sep 1, 2015

Why are Americans still talking about slavery? Yes, and no. It has been a century and a half since the end of slavery in America. That's true enough. Should it have ended in our country sooner? Surely. Could it have? Maybe. Was it good that it finally ended when it did? Of course. We can all agree on that.

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