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Widow says healthcare providers failed to diagnose husband’s bladder cancer

Charleston, W.Va., Apr. 7, 2022 (article by Chris Dickerson, WV Record) – The widow of a Kanawha County man has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a healthcare facility, a doctor, and a certified physician’s assistant for failing to diagnose his bladder cancer… 

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Man says incorrect cancer diagnosis led to healthy kidney being removed

Huntington, W.Va., Mar. 10, 2022 (article by Chris Dickerson, WV Record) – An Ohio man says doctors erroneously diagnosed him with cancer, leading to the removal of a healthy kidney. James M. Brister of Proctorville filed his complaint March 10 in federal court against Cabell Huntington Hospital, St. Mary’s HIMG and… 

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Charleston, W.Va., Feb. 18, 2022 (article by Chris Dickerson, WV Record) – A well-known Charleston restaurateur has sued CAMC and a doctor following complications from a medical procedure. Joseph Leonoro filed his complaint February 15 in Kanawha Circuit Court against Charleston Area Medical… 

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Cabell Huntington Hospital

Charleston, W.Va., Feb. 16, 2022 (article by Chris Dickerson, WV Record) – The sister of an inmate says improper medical care led to her brother’s death while he was serving time at the Northern Regional Jail. Toni McCort, as personal representative of the estate of Derek R. Graham, filed her complaint… 

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Cabell Huntington Hospital

Huntington, W.Va., Feb. 10, 2022 (article by Chris Dickerson, WV Record) –
A Cabell County man says a botched surgical procedure left him with a
permanent kidney injury. Timothy McCarty filed his complaint February 7 in
Cabell Circuit Court against Dr. Amjad Alwaal and the Marshall University
Board… 

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Cabell Huntington Hospital

Charleston, W.Va. (Feb. 9, 2022) – Melissa Luce, managing partner of the plaintiff's law firm Calwell Luce diTrapano PLLC, has been a long-standing Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America, which recently elevated her to Senior Fellow status. LCA is a trial lawyer honorary… 

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Woodrow Wilson assistant coach Gene Nabors makes his way to his team's bench prior to the start of the Lady Flying Eagles' home game against Hurricane February 13, 2020 with his arm in a cast and sling following the incident at Greenbrier East earlier that week.Register-Herald File Photo

Beckley, W.Va., Feb. 8, 2022 (article by Josephine E. Moore, The Register-Herald) – A Beckley basketball coach has filed a complaint against two West Virginia State Police troopers alleging they used excessive force and unlawfully detained him following a scuffle at a high school sporting event in Greenbrier… 

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Basketball coach says State Troopers guarding governor shoved him, broke his arm at gamel

Beckley, W.Va., Feb. 2, 2022 (article by Chris Dickerson for WV Record) – A high school girls basketball coach says he was injured when two West Virginia State Troopers providing protection for Gov. Jim Justice when he was shoved during an altercation at a game. Gene Nabors filed his complaint…… 

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Woman sues state Division of Corrections for sister's death while in jail

Charleston, W.Va., Jan. 26, 2022 (article by Chris Dickerson for WV Record) – The mother of a southern West Virginia man blames a lack of proper medical care while he was in jail for his death. Wanda Perdue, as administratrix of the estate of Charles Perry, filed her complaint January 25 in Kanawha Circuit Court against PrimeCare…… 

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Woman sues state Division of Corrections for sister's death while in jail

Charleston, W.Va., Jan. 21, 2022 (article by Chris Dickerson for WV Record) – A Cabell County man blames St. Mary’s Medical Center and physicians for improper treatment that led to the death of his wife. Gregory D. Williamson, as administrator of the estate of Rebecca L. Williamson, filed his complaint…… 

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Woman sues state Division of Corrections for sister's death while in jail

Charleston, W.Va., Jan. 4, 2022 (article by Kyla Asbury for WV Record) – A woman is suing the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation alleging her sister died in its care. Catherine Mae Moore was arrested July 16, 2019, and taken to United Hospital…… 

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Affidavit in teen CPS kidnapping and rape case backs up many allegations

Charleston, W.Va., Jan. 6, 2022 (article by Chris Dickerson for WV Record) – A civil lawsuit filed by a teenager claiming a state Child Protective Services worker kidnapped her, raped her and forced her to use illegal drugs has been amended to include an affidavit from another CPS worker corroborating…… 

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A sheriff’s deputy shot and killed him. Now, the county is paying the man’s family $700,000

Roane Co., W.Va., Dec. 20, 2021 (article by Douglas Soule for Mountain State Spotlight) – The family of one of the men killed by Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike King has reached a settlement in one of the lawsuits over his death. The Roane County Commission agreed…… 

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Settlement in wrongful death case raises more questions

Charleston, W.Va., Dec. 20, 2021 (article by Chris Lawrence for WV Metro News) – The Roane County Commission will pay $700,000 in damages to the estate of a Roane County man shot dead by a county deputy. A federal judge recently signed off…… 

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Estate settles fatal shooting case by Roane sheriff's deputy for $700K

Charleston, W.Va., Dec. 17, 2021 (article by Chris Dickerson for The West Virginia Record) – A federal lawsuit regarding the fatal shooting of a Roane County man by a deputy sheriff has been settled. The estate of Timothy Rhodes settled with the Roane County Commission…… 

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Seasoned Litigator Joins Calwell Luce diTrapano

Charleston, W.Va., Dec. 16, 2021 – Calwell Luce diTrapano PLLC has announced that seasoned litigator Amanda J. Davis has joined its law practice in Charleston. “Amanda has earned a reputation of excellence and passion for the law, which makes her a perfect fit…… 

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Four lawsuits blame feds, drug companies for babies being born addicted to opioids

Charleston, W.Va., Nov. 29, 2021 (article by Kyla Asbury for The West Virginia Record) – Four lawsuits have been filed against the federal government and several pharmaceutical companies alleging they are at fault for children born addicted to opioids. Johnson & Johnson, Janssen…… 

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Estate of autistic man blames 911, local hospital and EMS for not properly responding to call

MIDDLEBOURNE, W.Va., Nov. 24, 2021 (article by Chris Dickerson for The West Virginia Record) – The estate of an autistic man blames Tyler County 911 as well as the local hospital and ambulance service for failing to properly respond to his medical needs and for his eventual death…… 

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Charleston, W.Va., Nov. 6, 2021 (article by Joe Severino for Charleston Gazette-Mail) – Less than 15 minutes after he guided a spray-painted jet-black motorcycle off Corridor G and onto Trace Fork Road, Billy Means would never walk again…… 

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Huntington, W.Va., Nov. 5, 2021 (article by Chris Dickerson for The West Virginia Record) – A Huntington man who was struggling with opioid addiction claims five city police officers maliciously assaulted and battered him, breaking his neck and leaving him paralyzed for life…… 

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Photo of stephoscope in hospital

Charleston, W.Va., Sept. 28, 2021 (article by Kyla Asbury for The West Virginia Record) – A couple is suing a surgeon and a nurse for injuries from surgery. Dr. Josiah Kenneth Lilly III and Tamara Minnix were named as defendants in the suit. John Stone was diagnosed with… 

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FCI Tallahassee

Tallahassee, Fla., Aug. 26, 2021 (article by Chris Dickerson for The West Virginia Record) – Another federal prison inmate says she was sexually and physically assaulted and abused by an officer who since has been indicted for similar actions…… 

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Roane County CourthouseWorkers pick asparagus at Del Bosque Farms Inc. in Firebaugh, Calif., on April 6, 2015. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

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Four California families on Monday sued Corteva, Inc., Dow Chemical, pesticide applicators, farms, and a winery, alleging that the use of chlorpyrifos caused birth defects, developmental issues, and other ill health effects in their children. The cases, filed in superior courts in four…… 

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Roane County Courthouse

Roane County, W.Va., July 1, 2021 (article by Douglas Soule for Mountain State Spotlight) – On the last day of his life, Timmy Rhodes drove his blue Dodge pickup truck to his childhood home in Roane County. His fiancée, Tammy Nichols, sat beside him. They were going, she later said, to pick up mail and other items. But around 4:45 p.m., a neighbor dialed 911 with a complaint. Rhodes was spinning gravel beneath his tires and… 

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Parkersburg, W.Va., July 2, 2021 (article by Chris Dickerson for The West Virginia Record) – A circuit judge again has certified a case involving a 2017 Parkersburg warehouse fire as a class action. An attorney for the defendant, however, says the issue again will be appealed to the state Supreme Court… 

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Parkersburg, W.Va., July 2, 2021 (article by Chris Dickerson for The West Virginia Record) – A circuit judge again has certified a case involving a 2017 Parkersburg warehouse fire as a class action. An attorney for the defendant, however, says the issue again will be appealed to the state Supreme Court… 

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Attorney Melissa Luce (R) with Bar Foundation Board of Directors President Ellen Cappellanti (L) (photo courtesy WV Bar Foundation)

Charleston, W.Va., July 2, 2021 — Melissa Luce, managing partner of the plaintiff's law firm Calwell Luce diTrapano PLLC, was recently honored by the West Virginia Bar Foundation as a Fellow in its 2020 class of 15 lawyers and judges. Last year’s induction ceremony was postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic, and last week’s June 24 ceremony… 

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drawing of industrial plant

Charleston, W.Va., June 7, 2021 — Calwell Luce diTrapano PLLC announced that one of its lawyers, Benjamin Adams, has been selected for the sixth consecutive year to the 2021 West Virginia Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of… 

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drawing of industrial plant

It was a long battle against tremendous odds, but West Virginia attorney Stuart Calwell and his team never gave up on their fight for the town of Nitro, West Virginia, and its residents, eventually reaching a settlement that forced Monsanto Company to… 

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photo of Attorney Melissa Luce

Charleston, W.Va., June 1, 2021 — Calwell Luce diTrapano PLLC announced that its Managing Partner, Melissa Luce, has been once again selected by Super Lawyers to the West Virginia Super Lawyers list for 2021. No more than 5 percent of lawyers in West Virginia are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers. Candidates are selected annually on a state-by-state basis.

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Roane County Police Cars

Charleston, W.Va., Feb. 5, 2021 (article by Chris Dickerson for The West Virginia Record) — The estate of a Roane County man has filed a federal lawsuit after he was killed on his own property by a deputy sheriff… 

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Photo of Attorney Sydney Kaplan

Charleston, W.Va. Dec. 10, 2020 — Calwell Luce diTrapano PLLC announced that lawyer Sydney Q. Kaplan has joined the law firm as its Practice Manager. In addition to her management duties, Kaplan will also represent plaintiffs in general personal injury matters.… 

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Sign warning of dangerous pesticides in English and Spanish

Charleston, W.Va., September 16, 2020 — an Joaquin Valley family says company's toxic pesticide caused child's disabilities.… 

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Attorney Sean Shriver

Charleston, W.Va., May 12, 2020 — Calwell Luce diTrapano PLLC, renowned for its successful legal battles against corporate giants such as Monsanto, Dow Chemical, and American Water, continues expanding its practice by welcoming attorney Sean Shriver to the firm.… 

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Attorneys

Charleston, W.Va., May 12, 2020 — Calwell Luce diTrapano PLLC, renowned for its successful legal battles against corporate giants such as Monsanto, Dow Chemical, and American Water, announced that two of its attorneys have been selected to the 2020 West Virginia Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.… 

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West Virginia State Police Car

Charleston, W.Va., Apr. 17, 2020 (article by Chris Dickerson for The West Virginia Record) — A Kanawha County woman has filed a lawsuit against the State Police, several Kanawha County Sheriff’s deputies and… 

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Attorney Bradley Dunkle

Charleston, W.Va., Feb. 11, 2020 — Calwell Luce diTrapano PLLC, renowned for its successful legal battles against corporate giants such as Monsanto, Dow Chemical, and American Water.… 

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Attorneys

Charleston, W.Va. (orig. release date Jan. 30, 2019) – Further expanding the footprint of The Calwell Practice, LC, founder and distinguished lawyer Stuart Calwell announced that his firm… 

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