WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - The judge overseeing Purdue Pharma’s bankruptcy granted the OxyContin maker and its controlling Sackler family a six-month stay of opioid litigation as they try to negotiate a $10 billion-plus settlement of all outstanding claims.
WHEELING – The son of Murray Energy’s founder and former CEO is the subject of another lawsuit accusing him of sexual harassment, sexual battery and sexual assault of a minor. The case actually was filed last November, but had been sealed. The state Supreme Court denied a writ Nov. 8, allowing an Ohio Circuit Court order unsealing it to take effect.
CHARLESTON – A woman who acquired the lien on unpaid real estate taxes for real estate is asking a West Virginia court to "protect the physical integrity" of the property and alleges the state's auditor erroneously denied to deliver the deed.
PARKERSBURG – A circuit judge has dismissed one claim filed by Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office against the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston and certified two questions to the state Supreme Court. Wood Circuit Judge J.D. Beane’s Nov. 6 order granted the Diocese’s motion to dismiss claims by the AG’s office under the state Consumer Credit and Protection Act. It also stayed the litigation until the certified questions are answered.
CHARLESTON – Kroger is facing a lawsuit by the estate of a woman over allegations she died from complications of chest injuries she sustained after falling over a store display at a Hinton grocery store.
PINEVILLE – A Gilbert man whose leg was crushed by a bulldozer's push arm while working at the Black Bear Preparation Plant in Mingo County has filed a suit over allegations the negligence of the mine's operators and their safety service company led to his injuries.
WHEELING – A Moundsville widow who had a contract to buy a more than $7,000 BBCW Exhibition Centennial Rifle from a Martinsburg gun shop on behalf of her deceased husband alleges the shop has kept her deposit and continues to delay delivery of the gun.
PRINCETON – An 85-year-old resident of a Bluefield nursing and assisted living facility alleges the facility's failure to provide appropriate staff contributed to her fall that caused a cervical spine fracture and also hindered her recovery.
WHEELING – Ohio County’s circuit clerk has been ordered to appear before a circuit judge next week to explain why she allegedly failed to perform her duties by refusing to accept a filing by a Wheeling law firm.
You wouldn’t think you’d need to explain to someone who’s been an Ohio County Circuit Clerk for 20 years that attorneys deserve the respect and cooperation of court employees. Brenda Miller may be just a clerk, but she seems to fancy herself a queen, with the power and authority to do as she pleases.