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Come Out and Play: WV Recreational Land Use Law Limits Landowner Liability

West Virginia (WV) is home to beautiful and wondrous open spaces, where people from all over come to enjoy the state’s parks, rivers, streams, and mountains. Vast open space is dwindling. The West Virginia Legislature, in recognizing that it must protect the state’s natural resources, passed a statute amending the WV recreational land use law to protect landowners who open their land for recreational use to the public, as well as to military training. The Basics …

Call a WV Professional License Defense Attorney when Your Career Is under Threat

The prospect of losing one’s professional license in West Virginia (WV) can be an extremely stressful experience. When one is faced with disbarment or license revocation, one’s entire source of income becomes threatened.  There is also an element of public shaming, and of course the possibility of fines and other sanctions.  With so much at stake, it is imperative that those facing license revocation or disbarment obtain representation from a skilled and dedicated WV professional license …

CGL For Poor Workmanship: Is Your Business Covered?

Wondering whether you have coverage under CGL for poor workmanship? Commercial General Liability (CGL) insurance is a standard type of insurance policy that protects businesses from personal injury, property damage, and advertising liability claims that arise out of business operations, products, or premises. The language in these policies is drafted and standardized by the Insurance Services Offices, Inc. (ISO), an organization that publishes language for insurance companies. Although the policy language is standard throughout North …

WV Volkswagen Emissions Attorneys Take Action Over Fraud

WV Volkswagen Emissions Attorneys File Cases for Emissions Tests Fraud due to Use of Defeat Devices For years, car owners, including those in West Virginia (WV), have put their trust in the “clean diesel” technology of Volkswagen. Car owners believed Volkswagen’s pitch that its passenger cars were able to harness the fuel efficiency and power of diesel while keeping emissions low, well within or below legal limits. But in 2015, a group of scientists at West Virginia …

Common Medical Errors in WV: What You Need to Know

Awareness of common medical errors in WV can protect you and your loved ones. Generally speaking, health care professionals are among the most trusted and caring people in the world, including in West Virginia (WV). However, medical errors can and do occur. While life-threatening mistakes are rare, there are some common medical errors that can harm your health. Thus, it is important for you to protect your rights by becoming familiar with common medical errors …

WV Car Seat Laws: Protecting the Safety of Your Child

Know about WV car seat laws and keep your children safe. Child passenger safety is a growing concern among parents and highway safety agencies, and West Virginia (WV) is no exception. Every year, it seems that booster seats, baby seats, and seat belts are recalled due to product safety concerns. To keep our kids safe, WV car seat laws are strictly implemented. You can help by knowing applicable laws and by holding the car seat …

What Is Refracking?–An Explanation of Well Refracking in WV

The development of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, technology, which is the extraction process for natural gas under shale formations, has allowed the oil and gas industry to experience exponential growth. And refracking takes that growth one step further. What is refracking, and how does it impact the energy industry and individuals? Keep reading to find out. What Is Refracking? Well refracking, also known as Fracking 2.0, is the process in which those who initially dug …

Surface Rights vs Mineral Rights in WV

In West Virginia (WV) and nationwide, a property that contains minerals will often have two owners—one that owns the above-ground property or surface rights—and one that owns the below-the-surface property, or mineral rights. Often, these property rights conflict. The mineral owner may want to do work on the surface of the property that is necessary to extract minerals from the ground; at the same time, the surface owner may not want the mineral owner to do …

Help with Natural Gas Contract Law for West Virginia Companies

Natural Gas Contract Law Often, natural gas companies involved in drilling in the Marcellus Shale in West Virginia lease mineral rights from landowners and sign contracts to provide natural gas to third parties. Natural gas drilling can be profitable depending on the price the precious material brings on the market. But sometimes, drilling companies may be contractually obligated to continue drilling and supplying natural gas even when the price is depressed. In those cases, natural gas …

Protection against WV Age Discrimination at Work

Age discrimination in West Virginia (WV) is not something many people talk about. However, it is a real issue for real people. Nobody should be singled out because of age, especially when it comes to employment or other factors that can influence a person’s future. While age discrimination may make a person feel bad, it goes much deeper than that. It is against the law. As a result, employers must take action to prevent and address …