West Virginia Supreme Court News

West Virginia High Court Says Email from Lawyer Enough to Settle Allstate Dispute

A lawyer’s email and voice mail were enough to settle a claim dispute and bar further litigation, despite a petitioner’s contention that thousands of dollars in damages were left unrepaired, the West Virginia Supreme Court said in siding with Allstate …

W. Virginia Supreme Court Sides with State Police in Civil Suit Alleging Excessive Force

A circuit judge should have dismissed civil claims against West Virginia State Police by a teenager who alleged excessive force when he was beaten during a traffic stop while handcuffed, the state Supreme Court ruled last month. The high court …

$17M Award for Woman Injured at Walmart OK’d by W. Virginia High Court

The West Virginia Supreme Court has affirmed a jury verdict of nearly $17 million for a woman who was injured when Walmart staffers tried to detain a shoplifter. The court rejected the retail giant’s appeal on Nov. 19. A lawyer …

W. Virginia High Court Nixes AG Consumer Protection Claim in Catholic Church Suit

West Virginia’s attorney general cannot use a consumer protection law to sue a Roman Catholic diocese over sexual abuse allegations, the state’s high court said Monday. The West Virginia Supreme Court issued its opinion in response to a lawsuit the …

West Virginia Judge Asks State Supreme Court to Decide Fate of Church Abuse Case

A West Virginia judge is looking to the state Supreme Court for guidance after dismissing a case that alleges a Catholic diocese and its former bishop knowingly employed pedophiles. Wood County Circuit Court Judge J.D. Beane on Nov. 6 tossed …

West Virginia Supreme Court Says Widow Entitled to Husband’s Workers’ Comp Benefits

The West Virginia Supreme Court says a Rhode Island woman whose husband died of carbon monoxide poisoning at a hotel is entitled to West Virginia workers’ compensation benefits. The state Workers’ Compensation Board of Review had ruled Louise Moran could …

West Virginia Supreme Court: No Workers’ Comp Benefits For Inmates

The West Virginia Supreme Court has ruled that inmates participating in work-release programs do not qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the court unanimously affirmed a Workers’ Compensation Board of Review’s 2015 decision to not grant William …

West Virginia Supreme Court: Driving Under the Influence on Private Property Illegal

The West Virginia Supreme Court has ruled that driving under the influence on private property is a crime. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the Supreme Court’s 4-1 ruling last week reversed a Monroe County circuit judge’s interpretation of DUI statues. …

West Virginia Supreme Court Reverses Dismissal of Age Discrimination Case

The West Virginia Supreme Court has reversed a previous ruling it made that dismissed a lawsuit alleging age discrimination. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the court on April 14 reversed its decision to uphold a judge’s ruling which dismissed 65-year-old …

West Virginia Supreme Court Dismisses Lawsuit by Fired Superintendent

A former West Virginia schools superintendent cannot sue the state Board of Education over its decision to fire her, the state’s Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The court ruled in favor of the board, which appealed a circuit judge’s denial of …