Attorney General

Adobe Stock

West Virginia’s Attorney General filed two lawsuits against a pair of opioid-manufacturers in Boone County Circuit Court on Monday, alleging the internationally operating companies have illegally misrepresented their products and downplayed the risks associated with opioid painkillers.  

November 8, 1936: Darrell McGraw Born in Wyoming County

Nov 8, 2019
Darrell McGraw helped to expand the rights of injured workers to sue employers
Yahoo Images

Darrell McGraw was born in Wyoming County on November 8, 1936. After graduating from Pineville High School, he earned degrees from Berea Academy and West Virginia University, where he served as student body president. He also served a stint in the army.

Patrick Morrisey, W. Va. Attorney General
Janet Kunicki / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia's attorney general says his December lawsuit against the federal Drug Enforcement Administration will lead to fewer opioid prescriptions in the U.S.

West Virginia Attorney General's Office

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has organized another regional meeting with clergy in a faith-based initiative to involve more churches in dealing with drug abuse.

West Virginia Attorney General's Office, West Virginia Legislative Services

If you’ve turned on a local commercial TV or radio station in the past few weeks, then you probably already know that the race for Attorney General is pretty heated.

Republican-incumbent Patrick Morrisey is up for re-election this year after considering and ultimately passing on a bid for governor. Morrisey is taking on Democratic Delegate Doug Reynolds, a Huntington attorney who also owns media and construction companies.

Both have been on the attack in a race that some polls show is too close to call just two weeks away from Election Day.

Voters in 27 states will cast their ballots for state Supreme Court justices when they head to the polls in November. In West Virginia, voters made their choice for the high court in May, something new for the state this election cycle, but a study from the Brennan Center for Justice says there is something else that was noteworthy about what happened in that primary.  

Anne Li reports, researchers are looking to West Virginia to prove that outside money really can sway a race.

Pills, Drugs, Prescriptions, prescription drugs
RayNata / wikimedia

The West Virginia attorney general's office and Capitol Police are participating in a drug take-back event this weekend with dozens of other collections sites in the state.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday near the East Rotunda on the California Street side of the West Virginia Capitol.

state capitol
wikimedia / Wikimedia

West Virginia's race for governor pitting Democratic billionaire Jim Justice against Republican state Senate President Bill Cole has cost about $8.1 million so far.

Campaign finance disclosures show Justice has spent $3.5 million through late September. He has loaned his gubernatorial campaign $2.6 million.

Money, Cash
2bgr8 / Deviantart

West Virginia is projecting state and federal savings of $1.2 million over the next few years from the first six months operation of a new disability fraud unit.

According to the Attorney General's Office, the Charleston Cooperative Disability Investigations Unit is a partnership between the attorney general and the Social Security Administration. Similar units operate in 31 other states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

  Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has vetoed a bill dealing with competitive bidding for outside counsel to serve as assistant attorneys general.

In his veto message Wednesday, the Democrat wrote that the bill appears to cede state office and agency decision-making to the attorney general.

Tomblin expressed support for the bill's intention to establish competitive bidding and qualification requirements for hiring private legal counsel to represent state agencies as plaintiffs.

Mark Hunt
http://markahunt.net/

Former West Virginia Delegate Mark Hunt is running for Congress instead of attorney general.

Hunt filed candidacy papers with the secretary of state Monday. In a news release, Hunt says the decision was not an easy one.

Flickr / davidwilson1949

Former West Virginia Delegate Mark Hunt is joining the 2016 race for attorney general.

Hunt announced his candidacy on Wednesday on his website.

Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Bills that were hotly debated in the House are expected to receive just as much attention in the Senate as members of the Legislature near their final week of the session.

One of those includes a bill allowing commercial solid waste authorities to dispose of solid waste and drill cuttings from the Marcellus shale industry.