Attorney General Patrick Morrisey

Internet Fraud
9:51 pm
Sun February 15, 2015

Malware Attack Seizes Business Owner's Files

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Imagine you go to pull your social security card or driver's license out of your wallet, and instead find a note demanding money for its return. The digital version of that scenario played out in one business owner's computer.

Ryan Whittington owns and operates Club K-9, a dog-boarding facility in South Charleston. He was blind-sided by the Cryptolocker virus, which is a type of malicious software broadly known as ransomware.

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The Legislature Today
6:31 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Attorney General Suggests Term Limits for Constitutional Officers

At the legislature today, Republican leaders are one step closer to realizing their tort reform goals this session as the Senate passes a bill imposing comparative fault. The amended bill heads back to the House for its approval. And on tourism day at the legislature, we'll meet the new Tourism Commissioner and find out her priorities to grow the number of visitors to the state. These stories and more coming up on The Legislature Today.

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Chemical Spill
10:10 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

AG Report Says Chemical Company Knew of Defects

W.Va. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.
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A West Virginia attorney general report says the company behind last January's chemical spill knew of its facility's defects for years.

The report released Thursday by Attorney General Patrick Morrisey office's says in 2010, one manager's report even said "a potential catastrophic failure" could occur without drainage improvements.

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10:29 am
Wed December 31, 2014

W.Va. Law Enforcement Get Money for Drug Disposal Boxes

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Three West Virginia law enforcement departments getting money to buy boxes for residents to safely get rid of unused prescriptions.

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Consumer Protection
10:35 am
Wed November 26, 2014

W.Va. Stores Agrees to Pay Fine in Water Crisis Price-Gouging Case

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A Putnam County store operator has agreed to pay a $5,000 fine to the state to settle a price-gouging complaint after the January water crisis.

Under the terms of the agreement released Tuesday by Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, Mid Valley Mart LLC says it will comply with state consumer protection laws. In exchange, a Putnam County Circuit Court complaint will be dismissed.

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West Virginia Morning
8:13 am
Wed October 1, 2014

The State of Working W. Va.; Attorney General Before Supreme Court

On West Virginia Morning, a report about a study that explores the health benefits of lower carbon emissions and we’ll learn more about a new report released yesterday about economic recovery in the state and the transition from coal to natural gas. 

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Legal Power
6:13 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Court Decision Could Allow AG to Aid in Criminal Cases

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Tuesday's docket before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals included a lawsuit filed by state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey against the state's Office of Lawyer Disciplinary Counsel. The decision in that case could potentially give more power to the Constitutional office.

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9:39 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Attorney General Warns of IRS Scam

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Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is reminding citizens to be on guard against a phone scam in which a caller pretends to work for the Internal Revenue Service and threatens residents if they don’t pay a certain sum using a pre-paid debit card or money order.

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1:38 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Sept. 30 High Court Hearing on AG Prosecutor Aid

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Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office will argue in front of the West Virginia Supreme Court for the ability to assist county prosecutors who request help with criminal cases.

A hearing is set for Sept. 30.

In a June petition, Morrisey asked the court to prohibit enforcement of a legal opinion by two state entities saying his office's lawyers can't serve as assistant prosecutors.

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Energy & Environment
7:46 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Morrisey Joins Other Attorneys General to Urge Quicker Ruling on EPA Emissions Lawsuit


  Twelve state attorneys general are urging an appeals court to decide quickly on a lawsuit over the legality of proposed carbon emission standards.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway announced the motion Wednesday at a news conference in Ashland, Kentucky.

Wednesday's filing in U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia asks for a quicker timeline on a lawsuit saying the federal standards should be thrown out.

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11:33 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Gazette Sues W.Va. Attorney General to Release Records

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The Charleston Gazette is suing West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey over the release of state records.

The Gazette reports that it filed the lawsuit Thursday in Kanawha County Circuit Court. The newspaper is seeking records related to the attorney general's office's ongoing case against a drug company that Morrisey's wife lobbies for in Washington, D.C.

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Chemical Spill
3:33 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

West Virginia Seeks $1.8 Million from Freedom Industries

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  The state of West Virginia is seeking $1.8 million from the bankrupt company that spilled chemicals into the state's largest water supply.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey filed the claim in bankruptcy court in Charleston.

The claim against Freedom Industries covers multiple agencies' spill response efforts, including personnel costs, clean water supplies, research and testing.

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Same Sex Marriage
3:57 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Attorney General Asks Judge to Delay W.Va. Gay Marriage Ruling

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Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has asked a judge to postpone ruling on a federal lawsuit challenging West Virginia's same-sex marriage ban until the U.S. Supreme Court reviews a ruling in a similar case in Virginia.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, struck down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban on Monday.

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9:08 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

W.Va. Attorney General Sues Obama Over Health Care Law Fixes

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  West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is suing President Barack Obama's administration over allegations of hand-picking which laws to follow.

The Republican's lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.

The filing by Solicitor General Elbert Lin targets an Obama administrative fix to let some people temporarily keep unqualified plans under the Affordable Care Act.

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Settlement Reached
2:49 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

W.Va.'s Attorney General Announces a $950k Settlement with 3 Financial Groups

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West Virginia's attorney general has reached a $950,000 settlement with three companies over allegations of antitrust law violations.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced the deal Monday. GE Funding Capital Market Services, Trinity Plus Funding Co., and Trinity Funding Co. were among 22 financial companies sued in 2009 by previous Attorney General Darrell McGraw.

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11:51 am
Mon July 7, 2014

West Virginia Recognizes Nebraska Concealed Carry Permits

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  Citizens from 31 other states can now carry concealed handguns in West Virginia as the state adds to its reciprocity list. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced the addition of a reciprocity agreement with Nebraska today. The state becomes the seventh added since July of last year. Under the agreement, each state will honor a valid concealed carry permit issued by the other. Morrisey says Nebraska already recognized concealed handgun licenses issued by West Virginia.

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Counterfeit Money
5:14 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

W.Va. Attorney General Warns Consumers About Fake Currency

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  West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is warning residents about a flood of counterfeit $10 bills.

Morrisey says a Charleston bank recently alerted his office to a large number of bogus bills being passed at stores in the area. He says the bills all have the serial number IL 31448733B.

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1:36 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

W.Va. Attorney General Asks High Court About Helping Prosecutors

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Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is asking the West Virginia Supreme Court if his office can help county prosecutors with their criminal cases.

In a petition Monday, Morrisey asked the court to prohibit enforcement of a legal opinion by two state entities stating his office's lawyers can't serve as assistant prosecutors.

The state Office of Disciplinary Counsel and Lawyer Disciplinary Board, both respondents in the petition, have said the attorney general has no statutory or constitutional authority to assist county prosecutors in criminal cases.

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Public Health
4:26 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

GlaxoSmithKline, W.Va. Settle Lawsuit

Attorney General Patrick Morrissey announced the settlement Thursday.
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GlaxoSmithKline LLC has agreed to pay West Virginia $22 million to settle a lawsuit alleging it illegally marketed three diabetic drugs.

 The drug maker didn't admit any liability in the settlement.
 West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrissey announced the settlement on Thursday. He says it's one of the largest pharmaceutical settlements in the state's history.

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Energy & Environment
6:02 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Morrisey: Federal Regulators Have No Authority for Emissions Rule

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  West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says federal regulators don't have authority to implement a wide-reaching scale-back on carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.

The Republican made the assertion in a Friday letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy.

Since coal plants are covered elsewhere in the Clean Air Act, Morrisey says EPA can't further regulate them.

Morrisey says EPA relies on a technical error made when Congress amended the act in 1990.

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