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Chambers USA Recognizes Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso as “Top Ranked”

The 2020 edition of Chambers USA recognizes Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso as “Top Ranked” for General Commercial Litigation. “The team is known for a deep bench serving national and multinational companies from the manufacturing, healthcare and automotive sectors with noted strength in product liability, medical malpractice and nursing home defense,” noted Chambers. In addition to the […]

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17 Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso is pleased to announce that 17 of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the 2020 list of West Virginia Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. No more than 5 percent of a state’s lawyers are named to the Super Lawyers list with just 2.5 percent of a state’s lawyers named to the […]

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New Sections in West Virginia Code Relating to Telehealth

Alert by David Givens West Virginia House Bill 4003 passed on March 7, 2020, adding new sections to the West Virginia Code relating to telehealth. These sections require health insurance coverage for certain telehealth services provided after July 1, 2020, and direct health care boards to promulgate additional rules to regulate telehealth practice. Sections 5-16-7B […]

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Temporary and Emergency Changes to Medicare’s Payment of Virtual Services 

Alert by David Givens The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is expanding access to telehealth services on a temporary and emergency basis retroactive to March 1, 2020. Telehealth, or Telemedicine, refers to the exchange of medical information from one site to another through electronic communication to improve a patient’s health. During the COVID-19 […]

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Temporary Changes to the Business Loan Program and Paycheck Protection Program

By Michelle Schaller Small businesses have been adversely affected since the COVID-19 outbreak, notably due to forced government closings and lack of economic stimulation during this time. Following President Trump’s Emergency Declaration on March 13, 2020, many small businesses shut their doors in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. Since then, the Trump […]

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West Virginia Allows Beer and Wine Home Deliveries During COVID-19 Outbreak

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice issued an executive order late yesterday, April 2, 2020, that permits limited home delivery of sealed beer and wine for the duration of the COVID-19 state of emergency. This approval, which has long been sought by the craft beverage community, applies differently to the different licenses issued by the ABCA. […]

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HOW TO GET A SMALL BUSINESS LOAN UNDER THE PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM – LENDERS TO BEGIN PROCESSING APRIL 3, 2020

The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. The Paycheck Protection Program will […]

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The W.Va. Board of Medicine and W.Va. Board of Osteopathic Medicine Develop Procedures for Emergency Temporary Permits 

Alert By Shereen Compton McDaniel To streamline the process for out-of-state or retired practitioners to provide vital health care services in West Virginia during the COVID-19 pandemic, both the West Virginia Board of Medicine and West Virginia Board of Osteopathic Medicine have established procedures for emergency temporary permits. West Virginia Board of Medicine  The following […]

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West Virginia Board of Medicine Extends Deadline for License Renewals to September 30, 2020

Alert By Shereen Compton McDaniel On March 30, 2020, the West Virginia Board of Medicine announced that it is extending the deadline for licensure renewals to September 30, 2020, due to the COVID-19 crisis. This extension applies to any license, permit, registration or authorization, which is scheduled to expire between now and June 30, 2020. […]

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Insurance Law Update on Coronavirus: Business Interruption Coverage

  By Erica Baumgras Whether insurance companies will have to pay business interruption coverage claims due to the coronavirus pandemic will be significantly impacted by what is happening on two different fronts: legislative and judicial. We are continuing to monitor both.  We previously reported on a bill in the New Jersey General Assembly that would retroactively expand […]

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Changes to the Bankruptcy Code Under the CARES Act

On Friday, March 27, 2020, Congress passed, and the President signed the $2.2 Trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This Act makes noteworthy and immediate changes to the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, which are outlined below.   Chapter 11: The maximum debt limit for a business to qualify as […]

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Employers Required to Post Families First Coronavirus Response Act Notice by April 1

At the end of last week, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a model Notice that must be posted by covered employers regarding the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which was signed into law by President Trump on March 18, 2020. This model Notice briefly explains, in part, the qualifying events for which […]

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Moonlighting While On FMLA Leave: How Employers Can Protect Themselves

On Wednesday, March 26, 2020, President Donald Trump signed an emergency bill to expand the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) as part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This bill takes effect on April 1, 2020, and is set to expire on December 31, 2020. However, as the FMLA is expanded, employers may […]

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INSURANCE LAW UPDATE ON COVID-19: WORKERS’ COMPENSATION INSURANCE

The coronavirus pandemic has already resulted in workers’ compensation claims, and more are expected. Whether those claims succeed depends on the individual circumstances and the state where the infection occurred. While compensability issues will play out case-by-case, workers’ compensation insurers in at least two states have decided that they will guarantee workers’ compensation benefits for […]

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Office for Civil Rights Issues Guidance on How Covered Entities May Disclose PHI About an Individual Infected/Exposed to COVID-19

As published by Bob Coffield on The Health Care Law Blog 3/26/20 On March 24, 2020, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), U.S Department of Health and Human Services issued the following guidance document related to the ongoing COVID crisis, COVID-19 and HIPAA: Disclosures to law enforcement, paramedics, other first responders and public health authorities. The OCR guidance […]

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Shielding Patients from Social Media: How Healthcare Facilities Can Protect Patient Privacy and Limit Liability

An article by attorney Morgan Villers titled “Shielding Patients from Social Media: How Healthcare Facilities Can Protect Patient Privacy and Limit Liability” was recently published in USLAW Magazine, an in-depth publication produced twice annually and designed to address legal and business issues facing commercial and corporate clients. The article examines the threat to patient privacy that […]

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Legislative Tort Reform and Other Regulatory Changes in Response to COVID-19

The federal government and some states are acting to impose tort reform to provide immunity from liability to certain persons and entities engaged in activities to support and promote medical countermeasures against COVID-19. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201). This law provides immunity from liability […]

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West Virginia COVID-19 Pandemic – Listing of Health Care and Legal Resources

As published by Amy McLaughlin and Bob Coffield on The Health Care Law Blog 3/25/20 It remains difficult to grasp and stay up to date on the fluid nature of the changing information relevant to our health care and business clients. The legal and regulatory landscape is in constant flux and a lot of questions are […]

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Financial Regulators Conditionally Encourage COVID-19 Loan Modifications

The Federal Reserve Board, FDIC, NCUA, OCC, CFPB and the State Banking Regulators issued an interagency statement dated March 22, 2020, that guides regulated financial institutions for loan modifications resulting from the COVID-19 virus pandemic. The statement encourages lenders to work with borrowers who may be unable to make their loan payments. The statement says: […]

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Emergency Ordinance Procedure: How Municipalities Can Pass Expedited Emergency Ordinances In Response To COVID-19

On March 23, 2020, Governor Jim Justice issued an executive “Stay-at-Home” home order, officially known as Executive Order 9-20, in an attempt to further combat the spread of COVID-19 within West Virginia. Municipalities may also wish to pass their ordinances to combat the spread among their citizens but could be dismayed at the ordinance procedure […]

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COVID-19 Emergency Response and Information by the Supreme Court of West Virginia, West Virginia State Bar and Other Legal Agencies

As published by Bob Coffield on The Health Care Law Blog 3/24/20 As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Supreme Court of West Virginia, the West Virginia State Bar and other state agencies have taken various actions and issued orders in response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Click to read the full post

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MUNICIPAL LAW: NAVIGATING THE WEST VIRGINIA OPEN GOVERNMENTAL MEETINGS ACT IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

On March 23, 2020, Governor Jim Justice issued an executive “Stay-at-Home” home order, officially known as Executive Order 9-20, in an attempt to further combat the spread of COVID-19 within West Virginia. However, municipal governments may be left asking themselves what impact this will have on their ability to hold meetings and make decisions to […]

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Insurance Law Update on COVID-19: Part III

CLICK HERE FOR PART I CLICK HERE FOR PART II By Erica Baumgras Today, March 23, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice issued Executive Order No. 9-20, relating to the closure of certain businesses and limiting the operation of non-essential businesses “because of the propensity of the COVID-19 virus to spread via personal interactions and because of […]

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SBA Implementing Automatic Deferment on Payments Through the End of 2020

Additional relief was announced on Monday, March 23, 2020, by the U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) for borrowers of home and business disaster loans currently in repayment. To assist borrowers who are repaying SBA loans from past disasters, the SBA is implementing a deferment on payments through the end of 2020.  The deferment is automatic, […]

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WV Bd. of Pharmacy Issues Emergency Rule Limiting Prescriptions for Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine; WV Board of Medicine Instructs Licensees to Comply

By Luke Schmitt On March 20, 2020, the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy proposed an emergency rule pursuant to its general rulemaking authority seeking to ensure that chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine – two drugs thought to be potentially helpful in the treatment of COVID-19 – are only dispensed to individuals currently in need of these drugs.  The […]

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Federal Passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act & Impact on West Virginia Businesses

Flaherty is here for you in the face of unprecedented actions taken to combat COVID-19. Please reach out to Chris Brumley at 304.347.4254 or cbrumley@flahertylegal.com if you have questions or concerns about how these new requirements may impact your business or employees. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act was signed into law by President Trump […]

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Insurance Law Update on COVID-19: Part II

CLICK HERE FOR PART I By Erica Baumgras  Flaherty will continue to follow developments at both the national and state level, whether in the legislative, administrative, or judicial arena.  Please reach out if you have any questions about how these developments may impact you, your business, or your employees.  On March 22, a bipartisan group […]

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Resources for West Virginia Businesses in Response to COVID-19 are Coming

Updated 3.23.2020 As part of Washington’s efforts to minimize the economic disruption of COVID-19 to the nation’s 30 million small businesses, the United States Small Business Administration (“SBA”) is offering companies low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital through its Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL). Small businesses in each of the fifty (50) states are […]

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COVID-19 EMPLOYMENT ISSUES 

This is only a small breakdown of the guidelines and recommendations from various sources in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have questions or concerns regarding any of these areas, Flaherty stands ready to assist you. For more information, please contact Scott Evans 304.347.4214 wsevans@flahertylegal.com or Michael Secret 304.225.3055 msecret@flahertylegal.com. As COVID-19 continues to spread and we as a country […]

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West Virginia Board of Medicine Responding to Address COVID-19 Crisis

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and in anticipation of the challenges to come, the West Virginia Board of Medicine (the “Board”) this week has taken specific measures to prepare and to assist healthcare providers during this unprecedented time. First, the Board has announced that it recognizes the need to facilitate the influx of available […]

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Legislative Responses and Legal Challenges to Viral Exclusions for Business Interruption Loss Coverages

By Luke Schmitt All eyes are on New Jersey Legislature, which is currently discussing and reviewing a bill that could force coverage under business interruption insurance for coronavirus related losses even in the presence of a “virus” related exclusion. After the SARS outbreak in 2003, which saw devastating effects, insurance companies made serious changes to […]

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COVID-19: GOVERNMENTAL REACTION, REGULATORY CHANGES, AND YOUR HEALTH CARE PRACTICE

As COVID-19 continues to spread and we as a country continue to react, laws and regulations will be rapidly changing.  We at Flaherty stand ready to help assist you and your efforts to respond to this public health crisis.  If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us for […]

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COVID-19: Flaherty Operations Update

Like all of you, our firm is monitoring the developments surrounding the coronavirus and evaluating how we can best serve and protect our employees, their families and our clients. With that in mind, starting today we are transitioning to remote work and staggered work schedules to minimize social contact. Rest assured that we stand ready […]

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Caleb Knight Reviews Legislative Changes at Craft 2: A Farm to Bottle Summit

Caleb Knight recently presented as part of a legislative update panel at Craft 2: A Farm to Bottle Summit at the Mountain Health Arena in Huntington, WV. This event was a follow up to the popular inaugural event held last April. As a speaker on the panel, Caleb reviewed recent legislative changes affecting the growing […]

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Flaherty Welcomes New Associate

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso is pleased to announce that associate Michelle K. Schaller has joined the firm’s Morgantown office. Michelle is a graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law. She joined Flaherty after a judicial clerkship for the Honorable Michael J. Aloi, U.S. Magistrate Judge. Michelle has experience in federal and state courts in West […]

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James Runyon selected for 2020 Class of Leadership West Virginia

Congratulations to James Runyon on his acceptance to the 2020 Class of Leadership West Virginia! Those selected must have demonstrated skills and experience in civic activities, public affairs and in their professional careers. Leadership West Virginia, affiliated with the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, works to develop and motivate a cross-section of leaders who can […]

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Alonzo Washington and John McCartney to Present “Evolution of Expert Witnesses: From Retention to Presentation at Trial”

Alonzo Washington and John McCartney will be co-presenting “Evolution of Expert Witnesses: From Retention to Presentation at Trial” at the 2020 Litigation Seminar for West Virginia University College of Law. During this presentation, Washington and McCartney will discuss communications with current and/or prospective expert witnesses, retention of experts, transmittal of materials to experts, formulation of opinions and the presentation […]

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Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso Announces Newest Member

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso is pleased to announce that Megan Fulcher Bosak has been elected Member, effective January 1, 2020. Megan has been with our firm’s Charleston office since 2012. With proven results in everything from civil litigation in mass tort, asbestos, commercial/general litigation, and long-term care issues, Megan has demonstrated herself to be a sharp […]

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Bluefield Regional Medical Center Awarded Summary Judgment in Federal Court

Judge David A. Faber,  Senior United States District Judge of the Southern District of West Virginia, recently granted Bluefield Regional Medical Center’s (“BRMC”) Motion for Summary Judgment in a medical professional liability case, dismissing plaintiff’s (remaining) claim against BRMC with prejudice. Judge Faber agreed with BRMC’s argument that the plaintiff did not make a prima […]

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WVSCA Grants Writ of Prohibition and Enforces Forum-Selection Clause

The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia (WVSCA) recently granted a Writ of Prohibition and directed the Circuit Court of Kanawha County to dismiss a Complaint based upon an enforceable forum-selection clause. In its Memorandum Decision, the WVSCA affirmed its prior holding in Caperton v. A.T. Massey Coal, 690 S.E.2d 322 (W. Va. 2009) […]

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Michael T. Bumgarner named President-Elect of the Association of Legal Administrators

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso is pleased to announce that firm Chief Executive Officer Michael T. Bumgarner, CPA, CLM, CGMA has been named President-Elect of the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) Board of Directors. Mike is one of only 475 Certified Legal Managers (CLM) worldwide and was the first CLM in West Virginia.  He has been a […]

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Summary Judgement in Doctor’s Favor Affirmed by Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia

The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia (WVSCA) recently affirmed an order of the Circuit Court of Raleigh County, granting the defendant physician summary judgment and finding that the physician’s duty to the patient terminated when the patient left the hospital against medical advice. In its Opinion, the WVSCA concluded “that when a patient […]

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Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso Ranked Among U.S News and World Report “Best Law Firms”

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso is pleased to announce that the firm received first-tier rankings in 15 practice areas across two metropolitan areas, Charleston and Morgantown, West Virginia, in the latest edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2020 “Best Law Firms” Rankings. Rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer […]

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Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso Welcomes New Associate

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso is pleased to announce that associate Meghan M. Capps has joined the firm’s Complex Tort and Product Liability Group. Meghan earned her law degree in 2019 from Wake Forest School of Law. While at law school, she interned with both the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Federal Public Defender’s Office.

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Alonzo Washington Appointed as Vice-Chair to FDCC Sections

Alonzo Washington was recently appointed by The Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) to serve as Vice-Chair of both the Products Liability Section and Trial Tactics, Practice and Procedures Section for the 2019-2020 year commencing October 1, 2019. The FDCC is composed of recognized leaders in the legal community who have achieved professional distinction […]

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Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso Joins Ford Motor Company’s Legal Alliance for Women in a Global Day of Service

Joining volunteers around the world, Flaherty attorneys took part in the Second Annual Global Day of Service on September 26th, a worldwide initiative spearheaded by Ford Motor Company’s Legal Alliance for Women (LAW), the company’s professional organization focused on women in the legal practice. Flaherty is among more than 70 law firms around the world partnering […]

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Mike Bonasso on Panel Addressing Data Privacy Laws at FDCC Corporate Counsel Symposium

Panel: Keep On Top of Ever-Changing Data Privacy Laws By Dan Clark, as published on www.law.com September 24, 2019 In-house counsel should make compliance with laws like the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation and the California Consumer Privacy Act a top priority, a panel at the 2019 Corporate Counsel Symposium in Philadelphia said Tuesday. Full […]

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Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso Attorneys Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© 2020

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC is proud to announce that 21 of the firm’s attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Additionally, four Flaherty attorneys were named as Best Lawyers® 2020 Lawyers of the Year. Only one lawyer in each area of practice is honored as “Lawyer […]

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Flaherty Welcomes New Associate

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso is pleased to announce that associate William J. Aubel has joined the firm’s Charleston office. Before deciding to attend The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, Bill Aubel worked for several years in sales and business development. After feeling as though he had reached a professional ceiling, he decided […]

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Tom Flaherty Appointed to WVU Alumni Association Board of Directors

The West Virginia University Alumni Association Board of Directors has appointed Gregory Darby, Darren Feeley, Thomas Flaherty, James “Rocky” Gianola and Tracy Schoenadel to serve six-year terms on the board. Click here to read full release at WVU Today

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Caleb Knight Appointed to the AHLA Young Professionals Council

Caleb Knight was selected by the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) to serve a third term on its Young Professionals Council. AHLA is the nation’s largest educational organization devoted to legal issues in the healthcare field. The Young Professionals Council is the governing body that provides insights and direction to the American Health Lawyers Association’s Board […]

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Bob Coffield and Amy McLaughlin to Provide HIPAA Update and Discuss Changes to the Opioid Reduction Act

Bob Coffield and Amy McLaughlin will provide an update on HIPAA as it relates to health information, as well as changes from SB273 during the 2018 session that introduced the Opioid Reduction Act. They are presenting at the 2019 Spring Conference of the West Virginia Society for Healthcare Risk Management and West Virginia Association of […]

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Is Your Bank Ready for a Visit from Jesse James and the Gang?

By W. Scott Evans and James W. Lane Jr., as published in West Virginia Banker Magazine, Spring 2019 West Virginia folklore has it that Jesse James and his band of outlaws robbed the Bank of Huntington on September 6, 1875. According to the Huntington Advertiser, the amount taken from the bank was between $19,000 and […]

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Caleb Knight to Serve on Charleston Area Alliance Economic Development Committee

Caleb Knight recently joined the Charleston Area Alliance Economic Development Committee. “I am very excited about this opportunity to serve the Charleston community as a member of the committee,” Knight said. “Charleston has a lot of untapped potential, especially from an economic opportunity perspective. I look forward to working with the committee to help Charleston […]

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Tom Flaherty shares ‘ten attributes for success’ during West Virginia University Institute of Technology Commencement address

Attorney Tom Flaherty had the honor of addressing 2019 graduates at West Virginia University Institute of Technology Commencement on May 4th. He acknowledged that each graduate had undergone a transformation as a result of their education and time at the University. “What happened to me at West Virginia University transformed my life and is the […]

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Mark Robinson and Justin Jack to Co-Present “How to Win (or Lose) Your Case before It’s Filed”

Mark Robinson and Justin Jack will be co-presenting “How to Win (or Lose) Your Case before It’s Filed” at the 2019 West Virginia Health Care Association Annual Convention. Long-term care managers will learn what they can do to help win or lose their case before residents leave the building. Topics include understanding issues in long-term care […]

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Justin Jack and Amy Malone to Co-Present “Medicaid Fraud Control Unit – Implications of SB 318”

Justin Jack and Amy Malone will be co-presenting “Medicaid Fraud Control Unit – Implications of SB 318” at the 2019 West Virginia Healthcare Financial Management Association Spring Conference. The Spring Conference is a multi-day event which brings healthcare professionals together to participate in one-of-a-kind education, networking and peer-to-peer discussions. The sessions will provide diverse topics […]

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Flaherty Welcomes New Associate

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso is pleased to announce that associate Jeffrey A. Foster has joined the firm’s Charleston office. Jeff Foster is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Jeff brings more than 15 years’ experience to the firm and focuses his practice on employment law. His experience extends to construction litigation, personal injury […]

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Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso Names New Managing Member

We are pleased to announce that the firm has named Tyler Dinsmore as Managing Member. Tyler will be assuming the responsibilities of Mike Bonasso who has served as the firm’s managing member since its inception. As part of a larger strategic planning initiative, Tyler was selected to serve as Assistant Managing Member in 2018, with the […]

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Chambers USA Recognizes Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso as “Top Ranked”

The 2019 edition of Chambers USA recognizes Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso as “Top Ranked” for General Commercial Litigation. “The team is known for a deep bench serving national and multinational companies from the manufacturing, healthcare and automotive sectors,” noted Chambers. Market commentators suggest to Chambers that “they can deal with any type of litigation, including complex […]

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Jason A. Proctor Joins PLAC Future Leaders

Jason Proctor was recently welcomed by PLAC as a member of their new Future Leaders group. With an undergraduate degree in industrial engineering, Jason brings a unique perspective on problem-solving. In practice since 2013, his main focus is Products Litigation – primarily the defense of automotive and medical device manufacturers. PLAC (formerly the Product Liability […]

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19 Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso is pleased to announce that 19 of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the 2019 list of West Virginia Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. No more than 5 percent of a state’s lawyers are named to the Super Lawyers list with just 2.5 percent of a state’s lawyers named to the […]

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Flaherty Welcomes New Associate

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso is pleased to announce that associate Evan S. Aldridge has joined the firm’s Charleston office. Evan Aldridge is a graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law where he was a Bloom Scholar. In practice since 2018, Evan primarily represents clients in business matters, construction law, deliberate intent matters and business […]

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Caleb Knight to speak as part of April 8th Legislative Updates Panel at Craft Beverages: A Farm to Bottle Summit

Caleb Knight will be speaking as part of a legislative updates panel next week at Craft Beverages: A Farm to Bottle Summit in South Charleston. The summit will bring together a variety of business interests to support the emerging craft beverage economy in West Virginia. The event will look at how these products can engage […]

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Latest USLAW Magazine features in-depth articles on some of the most pressing issues facing legal and business leaders today

USLAW NETWORK has published the spring 2019 edition of USLAW Magazine. This publication features in-depth articles on some of the most pressing issues facing legal and business leaders today. Topics covered in the current issue include the rise in P3 projects, opportunity zones, tech updates for construction sites, insurance considerations with autonomous vehicles, U.S. immigration […]

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Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso seeks to build off trust & reputation to grow

As published by The State Journal 3/25/19 Since its inception, the Charleston-based law firm Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC has built a solid reputation among clients and the legal community alike to establish itself throughout West Virginia, and it seeks to expand even further. Click to read the full article

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Erica Baumgras to Co-Present “Insurance Coverage in the #metoo Age”

Erica Baumgras will be co-presenting “Insurance Coverage in the #metoo Age” at the Spring 2019 USLAW NETWORK Client Conference. This premier legal conference brings together legal decision-makers and USLAW NETWORK member attorneys for topnotch education in the areas of Construction Law, Insurance Law, Retail and Hospitality Law, Transportation and Logistics, and Data Privacy and Security.  […]

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Bob Coffield to Co-Present “Information Security Best Practices”

Bob Coffield will be co-presenting “Information Security Best Practices” at the Spring 2019 USLAW NETWORK Client Conference. This premier legal conference brings together legal decision-makers and USLAW NETWORK member attorneys for topnotch education in the areas of Construction Law, Insurance Law, Retail and Hospitality Law, Transportation and Logistics, and Data Privacy and Security.  Each track […]

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Flaherty Welcomes Two New Associates

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso is pleased to welcome two new associates to our Clarksburg and Morgantown offices. Stanley A. Heflin III recently joined our Clarksburg office. Before making the decision to attend West Virginia University College of Law, Stan worked as a project manager for his family’s construction company. He credits that experience for allowing him […]

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Facing a New Year – Maybe I Need a Practice Development Plan

By Michael Bonasso, as published in The DTCWV Defender, Winter Edition 2019, Volume IV When the new year comes, we often make a string of resolutions, many of which become dust within days or weeks. But let me suggest a different new year’s approach to lawyers wanting to improve their practices and their career satisfaction […]

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All Things in Their Proper Place: An Update on Evolving Venue and Forum Issues under the WV MPLA

By Kace M. Legg, as published in The DTCWV Defender, Winter Edition 2019, Volume IV Recent Amendments to the West Virginia Medical Professional Liability Act, codi­fied at WV § 55-7B-1 et seq. (MPLA), began in 2015 by broadening the de­finitions of a “health care provider,” “health care facility,” and “health care, which in turn widened […]

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The Viability of Third-Party Claims Under West Virginia Code Sections 55-7-13a-d

By Jordan V. Palmer, as published in The DTCWV Defender, Winter Edition 2019, Volume IV “Can this Third-Party Complaint survive under West Virginia’s modi­fied comparative fault statutes?” As of 2015, this is a vital question every West Virginia attorney should be asking upon receipt of, or before ­ ling, a third-party complaint. For most common […]

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Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso joins West Virginia Craft Brewers Guild

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso recently joined the West Virginia Craft Brewers Guild (WVCBG) as an associate member. The WVCBG was founded to be an advocate for the state’s community of brewers, and is comprised of member breweries and related organizations, as well as craft beer enthusiasts, from around the State of West Virginia. “Joining the WVCBG […]

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West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Upholds Ruling in Case Against Bank Defendants

On November 16, 2018, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals upheld a ruling that Freedom Bancshares, Inc. and Freedom Bank, Inc. were entitled to summary judgment.  The plaintiff had sought to recover from the bank defendants for injuries he received from a head-on collision involving one of the bank defendants’ board members who was […]

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Defense Verdict Affirmed in Case Against Bluefield Hospital

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals affirmed a defense verdict in a case against Bluefield Hospital.  Sam Fox, Mitchell B. Tuggle, and Jason L. Holliday represented Bluefield Hospital.  Post-trial, the plaintiff asked the Circuit Court of Mercer County to overturn the jury verdict, claiming that two of the jurors did not disclose that they […]

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Hospital Granted Summary Judgment on Appeal

The West Virginia Supreme Court awarded summary judgment in favor of Summersville Regional Medical Center (SRMC) on November 16, 2018. Kurt Entsminger and Ray Harrell defended SRMC in an employment action in which the plaintiff alleged she was terminated as a result of alleged medical complications from her pregnancy. The Circuit Court of Kanawha County […]

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Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso Ranked Among U.S News and World Report “Best Law Firms”

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso is pleased to announce that the firm received first-tier rankings in 16 practice areas across two metropolitan areas, Charleston and Morgantown, West Virginia, in the latest edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2019 “Best Law Firms” Rankings. Rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client […]

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Flaherty Welcomes New Associate

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso is pleased to announce that associate Morgan E. Villers has joined the firm’s Charleston office. Morgan is a 2018 graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law where she served on Volumes 119 and 120 of the West Virginia Law Review. She earned her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, in international studies and political […]

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Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso Joins Ford Motor Company’s Legal Alliance for Women in a Global Day of Service

Joining volunteers around the world, Flaherty attorneys took part today in the inaugural Global Day of Service, a worldwide initiative spearheaded by Ford Motor Company’s Legal Alliance for Women (LAW), the company’s professional organization focused of women in the legal practice. Flaherty and Jones Law Group are bringing the Global Day of Service to Charleston. […]

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Risk Assessment in Estate Planning – Are you at risk of having conflict amongst your loved ones?

By Richard R. Marsh, as published in USLAW Magazine 9/5/2018 Families today come in all shapes and sizes. There are blended families with stepparents and stepchildren. There are elderly parents who need constant care. Children may live close by or across the country. People may never marry, staying single or simply cohabitating. These types of families […]

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Court Rules CBS Opioid Broadcast Did Not Defame

The United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia granted summary judgment in favor of the defendants, CBS Broadcasting, CBS News, reporter Jim Axelrod, anchor Scott Pelley, and producer Ashley Velie, in a lawsuit alleging defamation and false light invasion of privacy arising out of CBS News’ Peabody Award-winning series on the […]

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Child Placing Agency Awarded Summary Judgment

A federal judge in the Southern District of West Virginia granted summary judgment in favor of a child placing agency in a case arising out of the death of an infant who had been removed from her parents’ custody and placed into foster care.  The court agreed with the placing agency that the foster parents […]

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Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso Attorneys Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© 2019

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC is proud to announce that 22 of the firm’s attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Additionally, three Flaherty attorneys were named as Best Lawyers® 2019 Lawyers of the Year. Only one lawyer in each area of practice is honored as “Lawyer […]

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Caleb Knight to Serve Second Year on AHLA Young Professionals Council

Caleb Knight was selected by the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) to serve a second term on its Young Professionals Council. AHLA is the nation’s largest educational organization devoted to legal issues in the healthcare field. The Young Professionals Council is the governing body that provides insights and direction to the American Health Lawyers Association’s […]

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Defense Verdict Obtained in Wood County

Ted Martin and Ryan Brown successfully defended a pain management physician in the Circuit Court of Wood County, West Virginia.  The plaintiff alleged that our client failed to obtain informed consent and negligently performed an occipital nerve block. Plaintiff claimed that the medication used caused a neurological injury that resulted in her becoming disabled.  On June 11, […]

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Counsel to Mohegan Energy Trustees in $100 Million Strategic Partnership with Orion Energy Partners

Chris Brumley and Jim Lane acted as legal counsel to Mohegan Energy Trustees, LLC in the acquisition of a low vol metallurgical coal operation and related equipment in West Virginia from Met Resources, LLC. Mohegan, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Cornerstone Minerals, LLC (“Cornerstone”), announced the acquisition on May 16, 2018. Following the acquisition, Mohegan is […]

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Amy L. McLaughlin Receives Dean Francis Conte Award for Comment in University of Dayton Law Review

Amy McLaughlin’s comment titled “A Label That Requires No Label” was published in a recent issue of the University of Dayton Law Review. Her comment addresses the current GMO labeling law and received the Dean Francis Conte Award for best research and writing. Click here to read comment

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Michael T. Bumgarner to Serve Second Year on ALA Board of Directors

At its Annual Conference & Expo in National Harbor, Maryland last week, the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) inducted its Board of Directors for 2018-19. Flaherty is pleased to announce that Michael T. Bumgarner, CPA, CLM, CGMA, Chief Executive Officer, will once again serve as an At-Large Director. Mike, who is one of only 400 Certified […]

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Chambers USA Recognizes Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso as “Top Ranked”

The 2018 edition of Chambers USA recognizes Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso as “Top Ranked” for General Commercial Litigation. “The team is known for a deep bench serving national and multinational companies from the manufacturing, healthcare and automotive sectors,” noted Chambers. In addition to the firm ranking, the following Flaherty attorneys were individually recognized by Chambers USA as […]

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22 Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC is pleased to announce that 22 of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the 2018 list of West Virginia Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. No more than 5 percent of a state’s lawyers are named to the Super Lawyers list with just 2.5 percent of a state’s lawyers named to […]

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Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso Welcomes Attorneys Richard R. Marsh and Margaret Droppleman Wassick

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso is pleased to welcome new attorneys in our Clarksburg and Morgantown offices. Richard R. Marsh has joined our Clarksburg office. A graduate of West Virginia University College of Law, Richard has been practicing for nearly 10 years. His primary focus is in the areas of trust and estate planning, administration and litigation; […]

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Mitchell B. Tuggle and Jason A. Proctor Author Article for USLAW Magazine

Mitch Tuggle and Jason Proctor’s article titled “Hybrid Witnesses: Proper Disclosure of the In-House Expert Witness” was recently published in USLAW Magazine, an in-depth publication produced twice annually and designed to address legal and business issues facing commercial and corporate clients. The article examines the issues that determine whether a party can properly be classified as […]

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Michele Grinberg Appointed to West Virginia Supreme Court Task Force for Lawyer Well-Being

Original article by Lacie Pierson, as published in the Charleston Gazette-Mail 3/22/18 The West Virginia Supreme Court has established a task force to address mental health and substance abuse problems among people working in the legal profession. Click here for article

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Aircraft Engine Manufacturer Granted Motion to Dismiss

The United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia issued an opinion on March 13, 2018, granting an aircraft engine manufacturer’s motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction. Robert C. James and Mitchell B. Tuggle were counsel for the aircraft engine manufacturer. Disclaimer: Case summaries, reports of past results and individual lawyer biographies […]

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Robert L. Coffield and Bradley J. Schmalzer to Present at West Virginia Orthopaedic Society Meeting April 13, 2018

Bob Coffield and Brad Schmalzer will present Navigating the Medical Legal Landscape in West Virginia: A discussion and update on the laws impacting physician practices at the West Virginia Orthopaedic Society Meeting on April 13th at Stonewall Resort. Topics will include, an update on patient data breach investigations, a summary overview of the federal physician self-referral law (Stark Law), […]

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Caleb P. Knight to Present at West Virginia Urban Ag Conference May 11, 2018

Caleb P. Knight will present Growing a Small Business at the West Virginia Urban Ag Conference on Friday, May 11th at Camp Virgil Tate. Caleb will discuss picking a business type and getting started, including who to call and how to get help, as well as other legal considerations, such as obtaining business licenses, hiring/firing employees, obtaining financing, […]

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Tom Flaherty Honored by Ronald McDonald House Charities

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern West Virginia honored Tom Flaherty as part of their annual McGala fundraiser on Saturday, February 10 at Charleston’s Embassy Suites. A longtime supporter, Tom was honored for his 30+ years of service to RMHC of Southern West Virginia. Watch the tribute video

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Defense Verdict Obtained in Ohio County

Steve Brooks and Jason Wade successfully defended a general surgeon in the Circuit Court of Ohio County, West Virginia.  The plaintiffs alleged that our client, who successfully completed a colorectal anastomosis revision, failed to appreciate the patient was susceptible to pressure ulcers.  Plaintiffs claimed our client should have entered a postoperative order instructing the patient be gotten out […]

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Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso Announces New Management Structure

We are pleased to announce that Michael T. Bumgarner, CPA, CLM, CGMA has been named Chief Executive Officer and attorney J. Tyler Dinsmore has been named Assistant Managing Member, effective as of January 1. Law firm leadership is evolving rapidly toward a management model more closely resembling that of its clients with a law firm […]

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