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Oil and gas company challenges West Virginia's Flat-Rate Statute

CLARKSBURG, W. Va. (Legal Newsline) – A company leasing mineral rights to drill for oil and gas claims West Virginia's Flat-Rate Statute is unconstitutional.

As Boulder sues, 15 states - including Colorado - oppose global warming lawsuits

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – Two days after local officials in the Boulder, Colo., area filed a lawsuit that attempts to hold large energy companies liable for the alleged effects of global warming, the state’s top lawyer showed that she disagrees with their legal argument by voicing her opposition to similar lawsuits in California.

Arkansas AG, GOP colleagues criticized litigation strategy on climate, embrace it on opioids

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge was a vocal critic of the aggressive litigation tactics her Democratic colleagues used against the oil industry over climate change. But she’s taken a different approach toward the opioid crisis.

Republican AGs who railed against CFPB anti-arbitration rule, now on board with banning arbitration #MeToo

WASHINGTON - A group of Republican attorneys general who railed against an effort to outlaw arbitration clauses so that consumers could bring class actions against financial services companies now appear to be on board with legislation that would eliminate arbitration from workplace sexual harassment claims.

UPDATE: W.Va. SOS has questions about probe of Davis' 2012 contributions

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CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Secretary of State’s office is questioning how the Kanawha County Prosecutor’s Office handled an investigation into some campaign contributions to Justice Robin Jean Davis’s 2012 re-election campaign.

Class action filed against WPA Intelligence over calls

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – A Wheeling, West Virginia, woman alleges a business headquartered in Washington, D.C., caused her injuries with "obnoxious" and "annoying" phone calls.

Frontier files suit over West Virginia's House Bill 3093

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) – The West Virginia arm of Frontier Communications has filed a suit against the state's governor and other officials regarding House Bill 3093, which pertains to access to utility poles.

Ohio coal company sues Army Corps of Engineers over W.Va. site

WHEELING, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) — An Ohio coal company is suing Army Corps of Engineers officials, alleging violation of federal law.

Two companies defeat telemarketing claims holding them 'vicariously liable'

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) – Two defendants in a multidistrict litigation proceeding involving the Telephone Consumer Protection Act have won summary judgment, dismissing them from an MDL containing 30 cases. 

Former employees file suit against Seneca Coal Resources after mass layoff

BECKLEY, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) – A West Virginia coal company is being sued after it instituted a sudden mass layoff.

Wells Fargo to pay $8 million to resolve allegations against predecessor Acordia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) – Wells Fargo has agreed to an $8 million settlement over allegations that its predecessor, Acordia, violated the state’s Antitrust Act and its Consumer Credit and Protection Act.

West Virginia AG takes action against contractors for alleged violations of consumer laws

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey recently took action against Frederick Tarmon Sr. and Frederick Tarmon Jr., doing business as both Tarmon and Sons and Complete Handyman Service, suing for allegations of violating the state’s Consumer Credit and Protection Act.

West Virginia AG seeks change in methadone rules for state prescription drug monitoring programs

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey recently joined a coalition of 33 states requesting the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to permit methadone clinics to provide state prescription drug monitoring programs with dispensing data.

Rite Aid to pay $4.9 million in generic prescription drugs case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) — Rite Aid will pay $4.9 million to resolve allegations it failed to pass cost savings from generic prescription drugs onto consumers, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has announced.

West Virginia AG asks EPA to retract proposal that could hurt racing industry

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey joined six other states in drafting a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency, asking the agency to withdraw a proposal that could significantly hurt stock car and drag racing in West Virginia.

West Virginia consumers to receive $20 million as part of Cavalry settlement

CHARLESTON, West Virginia (Legal Newsline) — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has announced West Virginia consumers will receive close to $20 million in debt cancellation as part of a settlement with Cavalry Investments and Cavalry Portfolio Services.

Cashland to pay $150,000 to resolve allegations of credit violations

CHARLESTON, West Virginia (Legal Newsline) — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has announced his office has reached a $150,000 settlement with Cashland, an Ohio payday lender, that resolves allegations of Consumer Credit and Protection Act violations.

States file opening briefs against EPA’s Clean Power Plan in D.C. Circuit

Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court stayed enforcement of the agency’s new rule until arguments in the case conclude. Arguments on the plan’s legality are scheduled for June before the federal appeals court.

U.S. SC sides with states, halts EPA’s Clean Power Plan

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton hailed the high court’s decision to stay the agency’s new rule, calling it a “major victory” for Americans. The White House disagreed with the court’s order, but said it is confident the agency will prevail in the court challenge.

W.Va. AG, 30-state coalition file reply with U.S. SC over Clean Power Plan stay request

The states contend that if left unstayed, the EPA’s new rule will force “massive and irreversible changes” in terms of state policies and resources, power plant shutdowns, and investments in wind and solar power.