West Virginia Supreme Court News

West Virginia Court Reinstates Damages Against City for Flooding

The West Virginia Supreme Court has ordered the restoration of monetary damages to Huntington homeowners hit by flooding in 2011. The high court ruled in an appeal brought by five plaintiffs along Krouts Creek, The Herald-Dispatch reported. Last year a …

West Virginia Supreme Court Upholds Immunity for Jail Authority

The West Virginia Supreme Court has again ruled that the state Regional Jail Authority cannot be held liable in a lawsuit that alleged a male correctional officer repeatedly raped a female inmate. The Charleston Gazette reported that justices made a …

West Virginia High Court Reduces Nursing Home’s $91M Damages

The West Virginia Supreme Court has slashed by more than half the multimillion-dollar damages a jury levied against a Charleston nursing home in connection with a former resident’s death. In a 76-page divided opinion released, the justices reduced the penalty …

West Virginia Supreme Court Upholds Fire Protection Fee Outside Limits

The West Virginia Supreme Court has ruled that the city of Bridgeport has the authority to charge a fee for fire protection services outside its boundaries. In a ruling released Wednesday, the justices said state law doesn’t limit municipalities to …

West Virginia High Court Upholds Monsanto $93M Settlement

The state Supreme Court has upheld a judge’s approval of Monsanto Co.’s massive settlement with thousands of West Virginia residents. In a 4-1 decision last Friday, the court affirmed a January ruling approving the class-action settlement of a lawsuit alleging …

West Virginia Supreme Court Judge Hits Ruling on Massey

West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis criticized her colleagues in a dissenting opinion Friday for refusing to let institutional shareholders revive a lawsuit filed against the former Massey Energy two weeks after the Upper Big Branch mine disaster. Earlier …

West Virginia Supreme Court Weighs Municipal Liability for Dog Attack Death

The state Supreme Court has been asked to decide whether the Monroe County Commission and a dog warden are responsible for the 2009 death of a man who was attacked by neighborhood dogs. The justices heard arguments last week in …

West Virginia High Court Caseload Drop Tied to Workers’ Comp Reform

The number of filings in the state Supreme Court reached its lowest level in more than 25 years in 2012, according to a report presented to West Virginia lawmakers. The report by court clerk Rory Perry says there were 1,524 …

West Virginia Supreme Court Fills Business Court Vacancy

Circuit Court Judge Thomas Evans III has been appointed to the West Virginia court system’s Business Court Division. The West Virginia Supreme Court said Chief Justice Brent Benjamin named Evans to replace former Circuit Court Judge Donald Cookman, who was …

West Virginia Court Rules Negligent Mine Inspectors Can Be Sued

Private and federal mine safety inspectors can be held liable and sued when a negligent inspection results in the wrongful death of a coal miner, the state Supreme Court ruled in handing a victory to the widows of two men …