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What is the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975 and Why it is Powerful for Consumers

Consumers are often victims of fraud or misrepresentation in the quality of consumer (personal, family or household) goods and in how they are intended to perform. To protect consumers, federal legislators passed the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act (Act) in 1975. Warranties are promises by sellers that the material or workmanship is defect free or meets a […]

The Duty To Mitigate Damages in Employment Cases–What Does It Mean?

In many civil cases, plaintiffs or claimants are required to mitigate or minimize their damages by undertaking reasonable efforts to do so. In employment cases, W.Va. Code §55-7E-1 through 3 (enacted in 2015) requires you in any employment action taken against a current or former employer to mitigate your wage losses regardless if your action […]

Coal Miners Discrimination / Retaliation Claims Under W.Va. Code 22A-1-22 et seq: Miners Reporting Safety Concerns

Mining is a hazardous occupation. Although companies in our state have instituted safety programs and gone beyond the extreme dangers and risks that once plagued the industry, there continue to be abuses. Safety is or should be the number one priority in the mining industry. Explosions, toxic fumes, methane and coal dust explosions, collisions, fires, […]

Truck Wreck or Car Wreck–Do I Even Need an Attorney?

Negotiating a settlement for an injury you received in a motor vehicle accident or car wreck seems easy enough on the surface. After all, someone ran a red light and t-boned your car, breaking some of your ribs and causing you severe neck and back pain. All you have to do is call the liable […]

5 Common Questions About Debt Collectors

As part of our law practice, we represent consumers against creditors for illegal or abusive conduct. The West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act along with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act prohibit abusive debt collection by creditors. The term “creditor” is a broad term that basically includes any person or entity to which you […]

Constitutional Carry: What West Virginia’s Need to Know

Earlier this year, much ado was made about House Bill 4145 in the West Virginia Legislature that would make it legal to carry a handgun, either openly or concealed, without a government permit. Supporters of the bill saw it as an exercise of their Second Amendment rights, while detractors saw the bill as dangerous step […]

Why hiring just “any firm” for your car accident isn’t smart!

If you’ve been involved in a serious car or auto accident with injuries, then you don’t need me or anyone else to tell you that you’ve got some serious decisions facing you. You know that the path to recovery is going to be long, painful, and expensive. You need to give careful thought to your choice […]

Pregnant in the workplace? It’s not an excuse for discrimination!

Are you currently pregnant, or thinking about taking steps to start a family of your own some time soon? Are you an employer who wants an analysis to make sure you are providing adequate options and flexibility for pregnant employees?  The Equal Opportunity Commission has guidelines in place that help to explain what steps employers […]