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185 ABA Journal West Virginia articles.

West Virginia funeral home accused of filing false death claims

The owners of a West Virginia funeral home have been accused of filing false death claims with insurers on behalf of 108 people who are still alive.

The accusations are…

Disability lawyer who made $22M cleared by probe, his lawyer says, but SSA axes some client benefits

Nearly two years after a Kentucky attorney and a West Virginia administrative law judge were accused of working together to get disability payments for individuals who may not qualify for…

Steptoe lays off 32, including 14 attorneys, following energy-price drop

Following a precipitous drop in oil and gas prices, Steptoe & Johnson has laid off energy lawyers and staff in its Colorado, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and West Virginia offices.

Donations to inmates’ prison accounts yield reprimand for West Virginia lawyer

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has reprimanded a lawyer for using his personal funds to make small donations to inmates’ prison accounts.

The lawyer, Kerry Nessel, has represented…

Dinsmore to acquire 40-attorney law firm based in West Virginia

Dinsmore & Shohl is acquiring a 40-attorney law firm headquartered in Huntington, West Virginia.

Effective Feb. 1, the merger with Huddleston Bolen will also add 56 staff members to the…

Lawyer defending $91M verdict bought Lear jet from state justice’s husband when case was pending

A plaintiffs lawyer seeking to uphold a $91 million verdict against a nursing home bought a Lear jet from the husband of the state chief justice who went on to…

Ex-Dinsmore partner wins dismissal of sex-with-client ethics charges, despite accepting sanction

The former managing partner of Dinsmore & Shohl’s Charleston, West Virginia, office urged the state supreme court to accept a recommended 90-day suspension against him stemming from sex with a…

Prosecutor removed from office over domestic case will go into private practice

A West Virginia prosecutor who faces misdemeanor charges over alleged domestic incidents involving his ex-wife and 11-year-old son has opted not to appeal a judicial panel’s determination that he should…

Judge accused of courthouse sex was ‘seduced and taken advantage of,’  her lawyer says

A West Virginia judge accused of a sexual relationship with a community corrections director was “seduced and taken advantage of,” her lawyer argued in her ethics case before the state…

Truancy crackdown is linked to spike in youth confinement rate in West Virginia

A West Virginia task force is considering alternatives to juvenile confinement after a crackdown on truancy may have contributed to a spike in the number of youths confined to juvenile…

Pit bull gets reprieve from state high court, but this dog was no Lassie, dissent says

West Virginia’s Supreme Court of Appeals has granted a reprieve to a pit bull terrier named Major, but it may be too late to save the dog, which has deteriorated…

Lawyer is suspended in third state after police standoff

A third state has temporarily suspended a West Virginia lawyer accused of firing his gun during a standoff with police.

Kentucky temporarily suspended lawyer Mark Bramble on Aug. 22, acting…

Ex-judge is sentenced to 4 years in federal corruption case

A former longtime West Virginia judge was sentenced Monday to four years and two months in prison for his role in a Mingo County corruption case.

Comparing Michael Thornsbury’s actions…

Feds seek ‘very substantial’ sentence for corrupt judge who had ‘enormous power’ in his county

Federal prosecutors are seeking a “very substantial” prison sentence for a former West Virginia judge, arguing that the guideline sentence for the crime to which he pleaded guilty isn’t sufficient…

Prosecutor agrees he won’t use corporal punishment to discipline kids in deal to get charges dropped

A West Virginia prosecutor has agreed he won’t use corporal punishment to discipline his children as part of a pretrial diversion program that could result in dismissal of two misdemeanor…

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