Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

October 30, 2013

Why was lawsuit filed in rural W.Va.?

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

— — According to a recent news article in your paper on Oct. 19 and other news reports, three dozen lawsuits were recently filed in McDowell County against a large company based in New York City, and four of the plaintiffs were from various places in New York. The reason why the cases were filed in McDowell County, the news report says, is because the company does some business in McDowell County.

And some people say there is no lawsuit abuse in West Virginia. How is it convenient for New York residents to sue a New York company in McDowell County? Doesn’t the company do business in New York also?

Let’s read between the lines and think about what’s really going on; and let’s wonder why our West Virginia Legislature is dead set against reforming our legal system. And after that, let’s wonder why our state has the lowest percentage of people participating in the workforce in the entire country.

The cases were moved to a U.S. court in West Virginia, but bringing New York lawsuits to a rural West Virginia court sounds like someone was trying to buy a lawsuit lottery ticket.

Greg Thomas

executive director

West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse