4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals News

Appeals Court Rejects Qualified Immunity for West Virginia Police in Excessive Force Suit

A federal appeals court has vacated part of a finding that cleared five West Virginia police officers on qualified immunity grounds in an excessive force lawsuit, which was filed by the estate of a homeless black man shot 22 times. …

Arsenic in Groundwater? Virginia Coal Ash Case Before Court

Virginia’s largest electric utility asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to overturn a judge’s ruling that the company is violating federal law by discharging arsenic through groundwater into surrounding waters from a coal ash storage site. Dominion Energy argued before …

Federal Appeals Court Rejects Blankenship Appeal Over West Virginia Mine Blast

A federal appeals court has refused to rehear the case of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship in the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in four decades. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed down the order Friday. In January, …

Court Upholds Blankenship Conviction Over Fatal West Virginia Mine Blast

A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected former Massey Energy Co Chief Executive Officer Donald Blankenship’s bid to overturn his conviction and one-year prison sentence related to his role in a 2010 West Virginia mine explosion that killed 29 workers. …