West Virginia

166 ABA Journal West Virginia articles.

Disbarred W. Va. Attorney Accused of Embezzlement, Forging 2 Judgments

Disbarred by consent late last month, a West Virginia lawyer is now facing felony charges for allegedly embezzling money from clients.

Donald Cookman, 41, has been charged with three counts…

West Va. to Ban ... the Barbie Doll?

As her 50th birthday nears on March 9, Barbie is in the sights of a West Virginia state lawmaker.

Delegate Jeff Eldridge (D-Lincoln County) has proposed to ban sales of…

Top Court Hears Judicial Influence Case, Leans Toward Stricter Recusal Standard

At least the public knew who was spending the money in a high-profile judicial influence case that packed the U.S. Supreme Court during oral arguments today.

But in many other…

High Court to Decide if Big Judicial Contributions Trigger Recusal

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether the Constitution required the recusal of a West Virginia Supreme Court justice who received more than $3 million in contributions from…

Pledging to Restore Integrity, Democrats Win W. Va. High Court Seats

Voters sent two Democrats to the West Virginia Supreme Court yesterday after a controversial justice accused of vacationing with a litigant was defeated in the primary.

Defeated Chief Justice Elliott…

Court Asked to Rule in 3 Disputes over Fairness of W. Va. Justice System

The U.S. Supreme Court is likely to decide this week whether the Constitution required the recusal of a West Virginia Supreme Court justice who received more than $3 million in…

W.Va. Lawyer Accused of Hiring Legal Fees Collection Strongarm

A West Virginia lawyer who is seeking election as a county prosecutor is facing potential discipline for allegedly hiring a convicted felon to collect legal fees—using threats and even actual…

W. Va. Governor Reportedly Got DuPont’s Help Before Filing Amicus Brief

DuPont lawyers accommodated a request by West Virginia’s governor by supplying two draft briefs that he could use for the state’s amicus brief urging the state supreme court to hear…

Cert Petition Claims Campaign Contributions Required Judicial Recusal

A cert petition filed with the U.S. Supreme Court claims West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Brent Benjamin was required to recuse himself in a business interference case because of $3…

Law Firm Sues Over Yellow Pages Ad

The partners of a prominent Charleston, W.Va., law firm have sued the company that produces Verizon phone directories, saying that a mistake in its Yellow Pages ad is costing Neely…

Urged By Law Profs to Resign, W. Va. U Prez, Michael Garrison, Will Step Down

The president of West Virginia University has agreed to step down after a controversy over an award of an MBA degree to the daughter of the state governor even though…

Lawyer Suspended for E-Mail Snooping

A West Virginia lawyer has been suspended for two years for accessing the e-mail of his wife and eight other lawyers at least 150 times over a two-year period.

The…

W. Va. Law School Gets $8M in Unclaimed Settlement Money

West Virginia University’s law school will get $8 million in unclaimed settlement proceeds from a class-action lawsuit against H&R Block.

The money is the largest gift ever made to the…

Big Coal Co. Wins in Recusal Dustup; ABC Claims CEO Scuffled With Producer

The West Virginia Supreme Court has once again overturned a $50 million verdict against the nation’s fourth largest coal company, but that apparently didn’t stop the winning company’s chief executive…

Legal Thriller Author Bashes Judicial Elections, to Chagrin of Newspaper

An editorial writer at the Wall Street Journal is taking legal thriller writer John Grisham to task for supporting merit selection of judges over judicial elections.

Grisham backs merit selection…

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