Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia Decisions 2021

In re Petition for Reinstatement of Keith Wheaton (Separate)
Date: June 14, 2021
Docket Number: 18-0836
W. Va. Consolidated Public Retirement Board v. Clark (Signed Opinion)  
Date: June 14, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0350

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed in part and affirmed in part the order of the circuit court concluding that a "subsistence allowance" provided by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) to Natural Resources Poli...

In re M.O. (Signed Opinion)  
Date: June 14, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0698

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order entered by the circuit court terminating Father's improvement period and terminating his parental rights to his son, M.O., holding that there was no error on the part of the circuit c...

Metro Tristate, Inc. v. Public Service Commission of W. Va. (Signed Opinion)  
Date: June 14, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0766

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the West Virginia Public Service Commission ruling that its jurisdiction under state law to regulate a company that was operating in West Virginia solely as a contractor for a fede...

Boone vs. Activate Healthcare, LLC (Signed Opinion)  
Date: June 11, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1007

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court dismissing Plaintiff's claims against Activate Healthcare, LLC under W. Va. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6), holding that the circuit court did not err in concluding that...

Boone vs. Activate Healthcare, LLC (Separate)
Date: June 11, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1007
Miller v. Wesbanco Bank, Inc. (Signed Opinion)  
Date: June 11, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-0041, 20-0042

Justia Opinion Summary: In these consolidated appeals arising from breach of contract litigation between Thomas and Jamie Miller and WesBanco Bank, Inc., the Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court's denial of prejudgment interest to the Mille...

Amedisys West Virginia, LLC v. Personal Touch Home Care of W. Va., Inc. (Signed Opinion)  
Date: June 11, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-0308, 20-0401

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decisions of the circuit court in these consolidated cases, holding that the West Virginia Health Care Authority's interpretation of the State Health Plan Home Health Services Standards was...

In re Z.H. (Separate)
Date: June 11, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0377
In re Z.H. (Signed Opinion)  
Date: June 11, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0377

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the final order of the circuit court terminating Mother's rights to her infant son in an abuse and neglect proceeding, holding that the circuit court lacked subject matter jurisdiction over this...

State ex rel. AmerisourceBergen Drug Corp.v. Honorable Moats (Signed Opinion)  
Date: June 11, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-0694, 20-0751

Justia Opinion Summary: In these consolidated petitions in which Petitioners - Defendants in Opioid Litigation, which included more than eighty lawsuits pending before the Mass Litigation Panel - sought extraordinary relief prohibiting enforcem...

State ex rel. Morgantown Operating Co. LLC v. Gaujot (Signed Opinion)  
Date: June 11, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0940

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied a writ of prohibition sought by Morgantown Health and Rehabilitation Center, a nursing home, holding that the circuit court erred in applying the statute of limitations contained in the Wrongful...

Robert Rector vs. Kimberly Kay Ross, et al. (Separate)
Date: June 10, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1037
Rector v. Ross (Signed Opinion)  
Date: June 10, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1037

Justia Opinion Summary: In this petition challenging two circuit court rulings the Supreme Court affirmed the ruling dismissing Petitioner's writ of prohibition and reversed the monetary sanction the circuit court imposed on Petitioner's attorn...

In re R.G. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: June 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0509
In re Grandparent Visitation of L.M. (Signed Opinion)  
Date: June 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0037

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the circuit court affirming the order of the family court, which crafted a reunification plan with the goal of allowing grandparent of visitation to Respondents, the paternal grand...

Klein vs. McCullough (Separate)
Date: June 7, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0888
In re R.H. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: June 7, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0950
In re O.S., A.S. and D.S. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: June 7, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0988
In re B.C., D.O. and R.H. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: June 7, 2021
Docket Number: 21-0014
Klein v. McCullough (Signed Opinion)  
Date: June 4, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0888

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the circuit court concluding that the right of first refusal in a deed conveying land from the grantor to the grantee but containing a clause granting the grantee to give a "strang...

State of West Virginia vs. David M. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: June 3, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0804
Miller vs. Sallaz, Superintendent (Memorandum Decision)
Date: June 3, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1148
In re E.R., Z.D., and L.R. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: June 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0433
In re L.D. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: June 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0780
In re A.M. and K.M. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: June 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0821
In re A.M.-1, K.M., and E.L. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: June 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0822
In re A.J.-1 and A.J.-2 (Memorandum Decision)
Date: June 3, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-0824, 20-0918
In re T.M., T.C.-1, T.C.-2, and W.C. III (Memorandum Decision)
Date: June 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0829
In re C.L.-1 and L.L. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: June 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0881
In re M.M., W.M., T.M., and J.T. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: June 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0902
In re A.M.-1, M.M., and J.T. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: June 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0909
In re K.L., T.C.-1, T.C.-2, and B.C. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: June 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0912
In re Z.M. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: June 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0916
In re K.T. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: June 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0924
In re N.W. and A.W. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: June 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0942
In re W.B. III (Memorandum Decision)
Date: June 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0949
In re D.C. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: June 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0953
In re S.T., L.T., E.E., and M.E. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: June 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0956
In re I.B. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: June 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0957
In re G.H. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: June 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0985
In re D.A., J.R.-1, D.R., and J.A. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: June 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0986
In re J.H.-1 and J.H.-2 (Memorandum Decision)
Date: June 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0991
In re Z.H. and D.H. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: June 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0998
In re N.R., A.R.-1, and A.W. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: June 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1033
In re R.W. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: June 3, 2021
Docket Number: 21-0016
In re C.W. and N.S. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: June 3, 2021
Docket Number: 21-0052
In re R.R. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: June 3, 2021
Docket Number: 21-0054
In re S.L. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: June 3, 2021
Docket Number: 21-0069
In re C.C. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: June 3, 2021
Docket Number: 21-0071
State ex rel. Porter v. Honorable Paul Farrell (Signed Opinion)  
Date: June 3, 2021
Docket Number: 21-0090

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied a writ of prohibition sought by Petitioner requesting the Supreme Court to issue a writ of prohibition to prevent the Honorable Paul Farrell, Judge of the Circuit Court of Cabell County, from enf...

In re M.G.-1, E.H., and B.G. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: June 3, 2021
Docket Number: 21-0106
State v. Jako (Signed Opinion)  
Date: June 2, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1102

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court convicting and sentencing Defendant for first-degree robbery, holding that Defendant's assignments of error did not merit relief. Defendant and his girlfriend...

State of West Virginia vs. Jako (Separate)
Date: June 2, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1102
Corey D. v. Michelle H. (Signed Opinion)  
Date: June 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0020

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the decision of the circuit court affirming the family court's determination that Respondent was the legal father of Child, holding that the circuit court erred in upholding the family court's p...

In re A.P. (Signed Opinion)  
Date: June 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0201

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the circuit court's termination of Mother's parental rights to her infant child, who died during the pendency of these abuse and neglect proceedings, holding that W. Va. Code 49-4-604(c)(6) doe...

In re A.P. (Separate)
Date: June 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0201
W. Va. Department of Health & Human Resources v. Denise (Signed Opinion)  
Date: June 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0487

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court refusing to compel arbitration in this case alleging violations of the West Virginia Human Rights Act, W. Va. Code 5-11-1 to -20, holding that the West Virgini...

Hupp v. Monahan (Signed Opinion)  
Date: June 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0532

Justia Opinion Summary: In this legal malpractice action, the Supreme Court affirmed the order of the circuit court effectively granting summary judgment to Defendants, holding that the circuit court did not err in concluding that the continuou...

State ex rel. Maynard v. Justice (Signed Opinion)  
Date: June 2, 2021
Docket Number: 21-0051

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied the writ of mandamus sought by Petitioner, Chair of the Wayne County Republican Executive Committee, compelling James C. Justice, II, Governor of West Virginia, to select Derrick Evans' replaceme...

Gable vs. Gable, et al. (Separate)
Date: June 1, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1077
Gable v. Gable (Signed Opinion)  
Date: June 1, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1077

Justia Opinion Summary: In this premises liability case, the Supreme Court reversed the order of the circuit court dismissing Plaintiff's complaint, holding that the circuit court plainly erred in making factual determinations based upon assert...

Martin, et al. vs. Lovelace, et al. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: May 28, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0745
Cullen vs. Coles (Memorandum Decision)
Date: May 20, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1019
Recycling Works, LLC v. Bradmor, LLC (Memorandum Decision)
Date: May 20, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1080
Roberts vs. Roberts (Memorandum Decision)
Date: May 20, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1133
White vs. Williams, Superintendent (Memorandum Decision)
Date: May 20, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1147
J.C. vs. J.M. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: May 20, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1168
State of West Virginia vs. Pike (Memorandum Decision)
Date: May 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0026
Hamilton vs. Logan Water Care, Inc. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: May 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0047
Colley vs. Hampden Coal, Inc. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: May 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0101
Skidmore vs. United Parcel Service, Inc. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: May 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0106
Billings vs. Sterling Jewelers, Inc. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: May 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0131
McKinney vs. Kingston Mining, Inc. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: May 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0137
Ambrozik vs. Stonebrook, Inc. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: May 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0271
Wade vs. Murray American Energy, Inc. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: May 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0273
Allison vs. City of Gary (Memorandum Decision)
Date: May 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0275
McDonald vs. Eagle Corporation (Memorandum Decision)
Date: May 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0278
Dornan v. Murray American Energy, Inc. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: May 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0289
Frazier, DMV Commissioner vs. Lilly (Memorandum Decision)
Date: May 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0365
Emil N. vs. Healy B.-N. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: May 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0396
Roger P. v. Pszczolkowski, Superintendent (Memorandum Decision)
Date: May 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0468
Brian M. vs. Ames, Superintendent (Memorandum Decision)
Date: May 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0522
Frazier, DMV Commissioner vs. Miller (Memorandum Decision)
Date: May 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0745
State ex rel. Hope Clinic, PLLC v. Judge McGraw (Signed Opinion)  
Date: May 17, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0410

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court granted a writ of prohibition seeking to vacate the circuit court's order denying Petitioners' motion to dismiss the underlying suit for lack of subject matter jurisdiction, holding that the circuit cou...

State v. Ward (Signed Opinion)  
Date: May 14, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1046

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the circuit court sentencing Petitioner to a determinate term of give years in the penitentiary for his felony conviction of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and an e...

In re Adoption of J.S. (Signed Opinion)  
Date: May 14, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0185

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the circuit court denying C.R.'s motion to modify a provision in final adoption orders prohibiting visitation between her adoptive children and R.R., her former husband, holding th...

State ex rel. W. Va. University Hospitals, Inc. v. Honorable Nelson (Signed Opinion)  
Date: May 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0906

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court granted a writ of prohibition directing the circuit court to transfer venue of this third-party medical negligence action from Tucker County to Monongalia County, holding that this cause of action arose...

Fredericks vs. Mongold, et al. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: May 7, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1106
Frazier, DMV Commissioner vs. Murphy (Memorandum Decision)
Date: May 6, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0092
Frazier, DMV Commissioner vs. Fazio (Memorandum Decision)
Date: May 6, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0102
Frazier, DMV Commissioner vs. Goodson (Memorandum Decision)
Date: May 6, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0236
State of West Virginia vs. Dale F. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 26, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0738
Musick vs. Pennington (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 26, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0880
State of West Virginia vs. Crockett (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 26, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1030
State of West Virginia vs. Griffith (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 26, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1039
State of West Virginia vs. Richard S. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0320
Keller vs. Murray American Energy, Inc. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 23, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0094
Greaser v. Hinkle (Signed Opinion)  
Date: April 23, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0407

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the rulings of the circuit court determining that the civil provisions of the West Virginia Wage Payment and Collection Act (WPCA), W. Va. Code 21-5-3, had not been recognized by the Supreme Co...

W. Va. Department of Health and Human Resources v. C.P. (Signed Opinion)  
Date: April 23, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0802

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the circuit court vacating the finding of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources of maltreatment by Respondent as to her son, holding that the circuit court cor...

Fraley vs. Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0158
K.F. vs. Pocahontas Memorial Hospital (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0272
Keller vs. Murray American Energy, Inc. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0608
State of West Virginia vs. Donnie R. Miller (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0916
Rocky H. Williams vs. Karen Pszczolkowski (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1010
Terrick Hogan vs. Donnie Ames (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0125
State of West Virginia vs. Amy Jo Malcomb (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0146
State of West Virginia vs. Daryl S. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0209
In re A.L., I.L. and Z.L. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0230
David W. vs. Donnie Ames (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0293
Wilkinson v. W. Va. State Office of the Governor (Signed Opinion)  
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0295

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit granting summary judgment for Defendants on all claims contained in Plaintiffs' second amended complaint seeking class certification, relief in mandamus, lost wages,...

Curtis J. vs. Laura J. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0359
Kevin C. vs. Donnie Ames (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0469
Joshua Stitley vs. Donnie Ames (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0476
In re L.M. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0583
In re A.S. and J.S.-1 (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0644
In re T.H.-1 and T.H.-2 (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0651
In re K.H. and B.S. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0700
In re I.H., O.H. and R.H. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0701
In re A.D. and L.D. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0727
In re M.H.-1 and P.H. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0737
In re I.H., O.H. and R.H. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0738
In re H.S., L.C., I.B., R.B. and J.B. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0768
In re A.B. and S.R. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0770
In re M.S. and B.S. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0772
In re L.H. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0773
In re B.K., Jr. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0774
In re A.R. and A.B. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0775
In re M.B., B.B. and B.F. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0777
In re E.M. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0778
In re C.R. and B.R.-1 (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0781
In re C.E. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0814
In re S.F., E.F. and A.F. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0817
In re B.W.-1 and J.W. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0819
In re D.B.-1 and D.B.-2 (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0820
In re T.T.-1, T.T.-2 and K.T. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0825
In re S.F., E.F. and A.F. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0826
In re D.R. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0828
In re A.W. and R.W. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0830
In re J.S.-1, K.S. and M.S. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0832
In re S.C., G.C. and A.C. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0833
In re H.P. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0834
In re B.B. and R.B. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0837
In re W.H., J.H., I.H. and C.H.-1 (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0872
In re J.H. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0873
In re I.H. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0874
In re D.W. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0875
In re K.S. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0876
In re T.L. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0911
In re C.H., E.H. and R.H. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0917
In re A.M.-1 (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0920
In re A.M. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0922
Coffield v. Robinson (Signed Opinion)  
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0033

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the final order of the circuit court in favor of Plaintiff in this case alleging that Defendant fraudulently and intentionally concealed for more than a decade the fact that Plaintiff was the f...

Birchfield v. Zen's Development, LLC (Signed Opinion)  
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0075

Justia Opinion Summary: In this dispute over a party wall agreement between adjoining property owners the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court granting summary judgment to all three defendants on Plaintiff's breach of the pa...

Triple 7 Commodities, Inc. v. High Country Mining, Inc. (Signed Opinion)  
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0155

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the circuit court appointing a special commissioner to execute a reformation deed consummating the parties' confidential settlement agreement and mutual release (the agreement) and...

Davari v. West Virginia University Board of Governors (Signed Opinion)  
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0311

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed in part and affirmed in part the order of the circuit court granting summary judgment in favor of the West Virginia University Board of Governors (WVU BOG) on Plaintiff's claims alleging that t...

State v. Snyder (Signed Opinion)  
Date: April 8, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0428

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's conviction and sentence for manufacturing a controlled substance, holding that the circuit court erred in denying Defendant's motion to suppress evidence that Defendant argued was t...

State of West Virginia vs. Jeffrey A. Snyder (Separate)
Date: April 8, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0428
State of West Virginia vs. Kevin Travis Costello (Separate)
Date: April 2, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0326
State v. Costello (Signed Opinion)  
Date: April 2, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0326

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court convicting Defendant of one count of driving under the influence causing serious bodily injury and sentencing him to life in prison, with mercy, holding that t...

In re G.S. (Signed Opinion)  
Date: April 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0247

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the circuit court denying Petitioners' motion to intervene in an abuse and neglect matter, holding that Petitioners had a right to a timely evidentiary hearing to determine their s...

Horizon Ventures of West Virginia, Inc. v. Bituminous Power Partners, L.P. (Signed Opinion)  
Date: April 1, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0171

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the circuit court granting summary judgment in favor of American Bituminous Power Partners (AMBIT) and dismissing the breach of contract action brought by Horizon Ventures of West...

Omega Thomas vs. Davis (Memorandum Decision)
Date: March 26, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0349
West Virginia State Police, Department of Military Affairs v. J.H. (Signed Opinion)  
Date: March 26, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0741

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the circuit court denying Petitioner's motion to dismiss the first amended complaint filed by Respondent, a minor, by and through his parent and next friend, for failure to state a...

Jarrell vs. The City of Nitro, West Virginia (Separate)
Date: March 26, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0907
Jarrell vs. The City of Nitro, West Virginia (Signed Opinion)  
Date: March 26, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0907

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the circuit court's judgment reversing and vacating an order of the Nitro Police Department Civil Service Commission concluding that Petitioner was improperly terminated from his employment as...

Webster County Board of Education vs. Davis, et al. (Separate)
Date: March 26, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1028
Webster County Board of Education v. Davis (Signed Opinion)  
Date: March 26, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1028

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the circuit court calculating seniority for purposes of a reduction in force among school service personnel who were originally hired by a county board of education as an aide and...

Amanda B. v. Hakeem M. (Signed Opinion)  
Date: March 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0335

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the circuit court reversing the family court's determination that Mother's child support obligation was $0, holding that the circuit court did not err. At the time of the parti...

State ex rel. J. William St. Clair v. Honorable Gregory L. Howard (Signed Opinion)  
Date: March 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0442

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied Husband's petition for writ of prohibition challenging the circuit court's ruling on a motion to vacate and its authority to transfer the case to family court, holding that the court's decision t...

Debord vs. Frazier, DMV Commissioner (Memorandum Decision)
Date: March 23, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0351
State of West Virginia vs. Ward (Memorandum Decision)
Date: March 23, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0359
State of West Virginia vs. Lemons (Memorandum Decision)
Date: March 23, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1024
State of West Virginia vs. Kennedy (Memorandum Decision)
Date: March 23, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1075
In re Estate of Herndon (Memorandum Decision)
Date: March 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0005
Frazier, DMV Commissioner vs. Bowman (Memorandum Decision)
Date: March 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0034
Frazier, DMV Commissioner v. Agin (Memorandum Decision)
Date: March 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0038
State of West Virginia vs. Young (Memorandum Decision)
Date: March 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0050
State of West Virginia vs. Thomas (Memorandum Decision)
Date: March 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0055
State of West Virginia vs. Rock (Memorandum Decision)
Date: March 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0056
Frazier, DMV Commissioner vs. Fowler (Memorandum Decision)
Date: March 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0076
Clutter vs. Sharp, et al. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: March 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0355
State ex rel. Grant County Commission v. Honorable Lynn A. Nelson (Signed Opinion)  
Date: March 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0600

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court granted a writ of prohibition and reversed the order of the circuit court denying the motion filed by the Grant County Commission to dismiss Plaintiff's complaint, holding that the Commission was not a...

In re E.H. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: March 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0646
Titus Rice vs. Arch Coal, Inc. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1175
Casey Colley vs. Hampden Coal, LLC (Memorandum Decision)
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0027
Avalotis Corporation vs. Joseph Harper (Memorandum Decision)
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0124
Keith M. Molineaux vs. Donnie Ames (Memorandum Decision)
Date: March 16, 2021
Docket Number: 18-0898
James L. Maynard vs. Russell Maston (Memorandum Decision)
Date: March 16, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0889
State of West Virginia vs. Jennifer Barnhart (Memorandum Decision)
Date: March 16, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1017
Richard S. Bennett vs. Donnie Ames (Memorandum Decision)
Date: March 16, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1152
W. Va. Department of Environmental Protection v. Dotson (Signed Opinion)  
Date: March 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0063

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the circuit court denying the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) motion for summary judgment on qualified immunity grounds, holding that the DEP was entit...

Zachary Knotts vs. Keith White and John Doe (Memorandum Decision)
Date: March 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0079
In re J.G.-N and A.N.-1 (Memorandum Decision)
Date: March 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0382
Roy Wisotzkey vs. Donnie Ames (Memorandum Decision)
Date: March 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0494
In re D.P. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: March 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0499
Jack W. vs. Donnie Ames (Memorandum Decision)
Date: March 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0540
In re R.S. (Signed Opinion)  
Date: March 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0565

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the circuit court that the child R.S. be permanently placed with his siblings in the K family's home, holding that the circuit court erred by failing to conduct a best interest of...

In re K.B.-1 and K.B.-2 (Memorandum Decision)
Date: March 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0574
In re Z.S. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: March 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0581
In re J.B.-1 (Memorandum Decision)
Date: March 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0584
In re L.G. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: March 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0586
In re S.G. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: March 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0590
State ex rel. DeChristopher v. Gaujot (Signed Opinion)  
Date: March 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0601

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court granted a writ of prohibition sought by the prosecuting attorney of Monongalia County to prohibit the circuit court from enforcing its order suppressing Cesar Felix's statement to Morgantown police and...

In re K.M. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: March 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0630
In re J.H. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: March 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0642
In re L.N., N.N., B.N. and S.N. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: March 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0645
In re A.W. III and A.B.-1 (Memorandum Decision)
Date: March 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0648
In re S.C., M.C. III, D.C. and J.C. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: March 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0650
In re P.H.-1, L.H. Jr. and P.H.-2 (Memorandum Decision)
Date: March 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0657
In re L.B. and I.B. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: March 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0696
In re A.H. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: March 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0699
In re P.H. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: March 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0728
In re D.R.-1, D.R.-2, J.R. and C.K. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: March 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0729
In re K.B.-R. and L.R. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: March 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0734
In re L.C., A.C., A.W.-1 and A.W.-2 (Memorandum Decision)
Date: March 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0739
In re A.W. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: March 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0740
In re W.M. and P.M. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: March 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0836
Harlow vs. Eastern Electric, LLC (Signed Opinion)  
Date: March 15, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0643

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court denying the motions filed by both sides for reasonable attorney fees and expenses after a settlement left each side convicted that the other side had behaved i...

Smith v. Van Meter (Signed Opinion)  
Date: March 15, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0679

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the circuit court dismissing Petitioner's complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief seeking to prohibit Respondents from enforcing any policy restricting the use of device...

Scherich v. Wheeling Creek Watershed Protection & Flood Prevention Commission (Signed Opinion)  
Date: March 15, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1065

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the circuit court dismissing the underlying eminent domain action, holding that the sua sponte dismissal of this action without notice and an opportunity to be heard required rever...

State v. Conner (Signed Opinion)  
Date: March 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0234

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court answered certified questions of law by holding that W. Va. Code 60A-4-416(b), which criminalizes the failure of any person who, while engaged in the illegal use of a controlled substance with another, k...

David C. v. Tammy S. (Signed Opinion)  
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0786

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the circuit court that denied Petitioner's appeal of an order of the family court modifying an infant guardianship order to prohibit Petitioner from having any contact with his chi...

Aaron W. v. Honorable Robert M. Montgomery (Signed Opinion)  
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0126

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the circuit court denying Aaron W.'s requested writ of prohibition seeking to prevent Robert M. Montgomery, Judge of the Family Court of Kanawha County, from holding a hearing or o...

Phillip D. Tice vs. John S. Veach (Memorandum Decision)
Date: March 3, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1117
Baker v. Chemours Co. FC, LLC (Signed Opinion)  
Date: February 25, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0906

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court dismissing Plaintiff's complaint claiming failure to accommodate, gender discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation, holding that the circuit co...

Smith v. Chestnut Ridge Storage, LLC (Signed Opinion)  
Date: February 24, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1076

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the circuit court denying Petitioners' motion for summary judgment, holding that Petitioners were immune from Respondent's lawsuit pursuant to the litigation privilege and the Noer...

In re B.W. (Signed Opinion)  
Date: February 22, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0715

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the order of the circuit court modifying the disposition of this case to terminate Petitioners' parental rights under W. Va. Code Ann. 49-4-604(c)(6), holding that the circuit court erred in mod...

Murray American Energy, Inc. vs. Thomas Bandy (Memorandum Decision)
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0039
Kenneth Violet vs. Centre Foundry & Machine (Memorandum Decision)
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0156
Ricky Conaway vs. Murray American Energy, Inc. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0372
Martez Griffin vs. Charles Williams (Memorandum Decision)
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0688
Alliance Coal,LLC vs. Richard Heath (Memorandum Decision)
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0859
State of West Virginia vs. Shannon Brooke Mills (Memorandum Decision)
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0960
Murray American Energy, Inc. vs. Rex Ashley (Memorandum Decision)
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0982
Amanda V. Black vs. Same Old Place, Inc. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0983
Sallie Murphy vs. Ken Groves (Memorandum Decision)
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1031
Joseph Asturi vs. Murray American Energy, Inc. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1068
Ronald W. Puckett vs. Mechel Bluestone, Inc. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1085
David Scott vs. Welded Construction, LP (Memorandum Decision)
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1164
Carl S. Lyons vs. Kings Tire Service, Inc. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1165
Everett Frazier vs. Tanya Stone (Memorandum Decision)
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0008
Everett Frazier vs. Misty Workman (Memorandum Decision)
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0035
State of West Virginia vs. Wayne J. Dubuque (Memorandum Decision)
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0173
State of West Virginia vs. Alvin D. Gilbert (Memorandum Decision)
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0174
Everett Frazier vs. Sandra B. Shaffer (Memorandum Decision)
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0314
Everett Frazier vs. Cheryl L. Yoder (Memorandum Decision)
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0336
Lawyer Disciplinary Board vs. Anthony J. Zappin (Memorandum Decision)
Date: February 16, 2021
Docket Number: 18-0250
Toby E. Bell et al. vs. Lee Perkins et al. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: February 16, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0019
Rickie Greenfield, Jr. vs. Donnie Ames (Memorandum Decision)
Date: February 2, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0806
State of West Virginia vs. Jamie Lee Miller (Memorandum Decision)
Date: February 2, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0956
State of West Virginia vs. Evan Lee Hersman (Memorandum Decision)
Date: February 2, 2021
Docket Number: 19-0959
Antonio Collins vs. Charles Williams (Memorandum Decision)
Date: February 2, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1027
State of West Virginia vs. Joshua Ray Lell (Memorandum Decision)
Date: February 2, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1038
Benjamin Harrison vs. Shawn Straughn (Memorandum Decision)
Date: February 2, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1071
In re S.H. and E.H. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: February 2, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1170
S.U. vs. C.J. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: February 2, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1181
In re Guardianship of N.P. and B.P. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: February 2, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1187
Jason M. Payne vs. Russell Matson (Memorandum Decision)
Date: February 2, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1197
Stacy J. vs. Christapher H. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: February 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0074
Trina L. Janura vs. John J. Janura, Jr. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: February 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0159
Kimberly M. vs. D.L., Elizabeth L. and Bryan L. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: February 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0181
In re Z.G. and J.G. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: February 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0186
In re L.T. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: February 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0423
In re B.M. and B.L. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: February 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0430
In re K.B. and N.U. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: February 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0438
In re S.H., C.H. and D.H. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: February 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0562
In re C.M. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: February 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0567
In re L.V. and A.V. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: February 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0568
In re K.P. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: February 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0575
In re B.Y., M.Y., L.R., I.R. and S.R. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: February 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0643
In re S.H. and L.W. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: February 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0649
State of West Virginia vs. Jerome Aldridge, Jr. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: January 20, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1012
Greenbrier Valley Med Center vs. Lisa Forren (Memorandum Decision)
Date: January 20, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1066
Frederick W. vs. Mary F. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: January 20, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1083
State of West Virginia vs. Asaveon Coleman (Memorandum Decision)
Date: January 20, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1087
Amanda S. Young vs. Country Road 3057, Inc. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: January 20, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1166
Ronald L. Steele vs. Steele Trucking, Inc. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: January 20, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1167
Everett Frazier vs. Justin Levin (Memorandum Decision)
Date: January 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0091
Everett Frtazier vs. Garland Harless (Memorandum Decision)
Date: January 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0127
State of West Virginia vs. William A. Cox, II. (Memorandum Decision)
Date: January 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0227
Everett Frazier vs. Delilah Smith (Memorandum Decision)
Date: January 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-0337
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