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Tort Reform: Complex Claims for Simple Cases

The recent case of Ebola in Texas could lead to tort claims after an early misdiagnosis left a number of people exposed to the virus. Unfortunately, if any claims of negligence are brought forward, ...
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Is Tort Reform Worth It?

There has been a recent political push to reform tort laws in West Virginia. While the concept of limiting fraudulent claims is admirable, it is best to consider how such reforms may affect the ...
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Bankruptcy Judge Rejects Objection & Approves New Lawsuit Filing

Our attorneys at Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC currently represent over 100 businesses that are involved in litigation for the Elk River chemical spill that occurred in January. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge ...
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Anniversary of the Social Security Act of 1935

On August 14, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act and became the first United States president to advocate federal assistance for retirees and the unemployed. The act ...
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Mining Deaths on the Rise, Says Mine Safety and Health Report

On Monday July 28, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration released its mid-year summary of fatal accidents in the mining industry. According to the report, ...
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West Virginia Authorities Continue to Enforce Distracted Driving Laws

Over the past several years, safety advocates, lawmakers, and law enforcement across the nation have been working to reduce the number of preventable traffic accidents caused by distracted driving. In ...
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Lawsuits Filed Over Power Morcellator Cancer Risks

According to the American Association for Justice (AAJ), as many as two dozen product liability lawsuits have been filed against manufacturers of laparoscopic power morcellators – medical ...
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Mani Ellis & Layne Represents Resident of Dunbar Center Nursing Home

The West Virginia nursing home abuse attorneys at Mani Ellis & Layne are currently representing a client who received horrendous care while a resident at Dunbar Center – a nursing home and ...
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PSC to Investigate West Virginia American Water Co. Over Handling of Water Contamination

Residents of the Kanawha Valley and surrounding areas have issued multiple complaints over West Virginia American Water Company's handling of the recent MCHM leak. In response, the West Virginia ...
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Fatal Roof Collapse at Boone County Coal Mine Leaves Two Workers Dead

Officials from the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training (WVOMHS&T) have reported a fatal incident that occurred Monday night at a Boone County coal mine. The incident ...
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Woman Killed In Fatal Crash Was Posting to Facebook, Investigators Say

In late April, a woman driving southbound on Business 85 in High Point was killed after her vehicle crossed the median and collided head-on into a truck. According to investigators, it is believed ...
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Attorney Bernie Layne Comments on Lawsuit Reform on Talkline Radio

Attorney Bernie Layne – Partner of Mani Ellis & Layne – recently appeared on Talkline Radio to comment on the issue of lawsuit reform. The program centered on a group that is pushing ...
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Motorcycle Safety: Share the Road & Protect Yourself

Riding a motorcycle or ATV has become a popular from of transportation and recreation. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most risky things a person can do. Because riders have little protecting ...
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Freedom Industries' Bankruptcy Case Moves Forward

Shortly after the West Virginia chemical spill on January 9, Freedom Industries filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, a move that sparked numerous questions and concerns from the many West Virginians who ...
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Chemical Spill Costs Surpass $3 Million for State

The Freedom Industries chemical spill has come at a heavy price for West Virginias, both financially and emotionally. For state officials, these costs now have a price tag – more than $3 ...
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Some Doctors Continue to Question Safety of Tap Water

It's no new knowledge that West Virginians are unsure about the safety of tap water, but with many doctors stepping forward to express their concerns, the question of whether or not the water is ...
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State Officials to Test Water in West Virginia Homes

West Virginians continue to have concerns about the water supply, especially amid conflicting statements from safety and health officials and several recent school closures. Updates about the severity ...
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New Spill Sends More Than 100,000 Gallons of Coal Slurry into Kanawha Creek

Between 2:30 am and 5:30 am early Tuesday morning – February 11 – more than 100,000 gallons of coal slurry leaked from a Patriot Coal processing facility. The spill – which safety ...
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Employer in Fatal Cellphone Towers Collapse Sanctioned for Fatal Accident in 2009

On February 1 st, three victims – including two workers and one responding firefighter – were killed when two communications towers collapsed in Clarksburg. Two other workers also suffered ...
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West Virginians Still Skeptical After Federal Health Officials Say Water is Safe to Drink

Many West Virginians are still hesitant about using the water. In the month that has passed since the leak was discovered, reports of new chemicals and updated information about the spill have created ...
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American Water Tries to Rebuild Public Trust, Gives Credits to Local Businesses & Residents

For good reason, West Virginians are still skeptical about using tap water. In fact, many residents, restaurants, and businesses are still relying on bottled water. Well aware of this skepticism, West ...
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Influx of West Virginian's Water Bottles Creates Need for More Recycling Centers

It has been nearly a month since the chemical leak was discovered at Freedom Industries. During that time, residents and businesses throughout the state were forced to use bottled water for nearly all ...
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Cellphone Towers Collapse in Clarksburg, Three Killed

Local law enforcement officers have identified three victims who were killed when two communications towers collapsed in Clarksburg on Saturday. The victims included two workers and a responding ...
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Restaurant Owners Hesitant About Using Tap, Rely on Bottled Water

With recent news about the presence of formaldehyde in the water supply, West Virginians have yet another reason to be concerned. This is in addition to the 10,000 gallons of chemicals that leaked ...
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New Developments Reveal West Virginia Chemical Leak Worse Than Initially Reported

In the span of roughly a week, several new developments have come to light regarding the chemical leak that emanated from the Freedom Industries facility on Thursday, January 9. Many of these ...
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