West Virginia Judiciary

Opinions of the Supreme Court of Appeals - Spring 2004 Term

Spring 2004 Term Opinion List

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January 2004 Term of Court Opinions
Date Filed Case No. Case Name
06/18/04 31701 State of West Virginia ex rel. Blaney v. Reed, Judge
06/28/04 31692 Genesis, Inc. v. Tax Commissioner of the State of WV
06/29/04 31689 Swanson v.  Board of Education of the County of Putnam
05/07/04 31684 SER Wells v. Matish, Judge
07/21/04 31684.Dis SER Wells v. Matish, Judge (Dissenting opinion by McGraw, J.)
05/27/04 31676 SER Richey v. Hill, Jr., et al.
05/27/04 31676.Dis SER Richey v. Hill, Jr., et al. (Dissenting opinion by Albright, J.)
07/06/04 31676.Con SER Richey v. Hill, Jr., et al. (Concurring opinion by Maynard, C. J.)
06/23/04 31674 Tammi Ray v. Jimmie Ray
06/30/04 31674.Con Tammi Ray v. Jimmie Ray (Concurring opinion by Albright, J.)
06/23/04 31673 Gulas v. Infocision Management Corp.
07/08/04 31673.Con Gulas v. Infocision Management Corp. (Concurring opinion by Starcher, J.)
06/24/04 31672 Durig v. Bd. of Education of the County of Wetzel
07/21/04 31672.Con Durig v. Bd. of Education of the County of Wetzel (Concurring opinion by McGraw, J.)
07/02/04 31670 Duke v. Richards
07/01/04 31668 Michelle Gore v. Brian Keith Gore
06/25/04 31666 Vansickle v. Kohout
07/08/04 31666.Dis Mark Vansickle v. Edward R. Kohout (Dissenting opinion by Starcher, J.)
06/29/04 31661 State of WV ex rel. Caton v. Sanders, Judge
07/14/04 31661.Con State of WV ex rel. Caton v. Sanders, Judge (Concurring opinion by Starcher, J.)
03/16/04 31660 SER Krivchenia, M.D. v. Karl, Judge
07/1/04 31646 Moss, III v. Trent, Warden
07/02/04 31645 Patti A. Smith v. WV Human Rights Comm. and United Parcel 
07/02/04 31645.Con Patti A. Smith v. WV Human Rights Comm. and United Parcel  (Concurring in part, and dissenting, in part opinion by Maynard, C. J.)
07/08/04 31645.Con Patti A. Smith v. WV Human Rights Comm. and United Parcel  (Concurring opinion by Albright, J.)
06/17/04 31644 Criminalist V Terry G. Montgomery v. WV State Police
06/16/04 31642 Maupin, Jr. v. Sidiropolis, et al.
06/30/04 31642.Dis Maupin, Jr. v. Sidiropolis, et al. (Dissenting opinion by McGraw, J.)
06/28/04 31641 Freeman v. Fayette County Board of Education
06/30/04 31637 Moore, Jr. v. CNA Insurance Company
06/30/04 31637.Con Moore, Jr. v. CNA Insurance Company (Concurring in part, and dissenting, in part opinion by Maynard, C. J.)
06/23/04 31629 Farley v. Worley, Mayor
06/25/04 31629.Con Farley v. Worley, Mayor (Concurring opinion by Starcher, J.)
07/06/04 31628 Anderson v. Kunduru, M.D.
06/24/04 31627 Griffith & Coe v. Farmers & Merchants Bank and Trust
06/17/04 31626 Crow, et al. v. Wayne County Board of Education
06/25/04 31626.Dis Crow, et al. v. Wayne County Board of Education (Dissenting opinion by Starcher, J.)
06/25/04 31625 Bd. of Trustees of the Firemen's Pension v. Davis
07/01/04 31624 Fair Oaks Homeowners  v. Country Club Investment, et al.
06/29/04 31620 Thorne v. Comer
06/29/04 31615 Keesee v. General Refuse Service, Inc.
06/23/04 31614 Kiser v. Caudill, M.D.
06/30/04 31614.Dis Kiser v. Caudill, M.D. (Dissenting opinion by McGraw, J.)
07/08/04 31614.Con Kiser v. Caudill, M.D. (Concurring opinion by Starcher, J.)
06/16/04 31610 State of West Virginia v. Myers
06/25/04 31610.Dis State of West Virginia v. Myers (Dissenting opinion by Starcher, J.)
06/25/04 31610.Dis State of West Virginia v. Myers (Dissenting opinion by Albright, J.)
06/29/04 31609 In Re: Gordon G., III, and Nicholas G.
07/14/04 31609.Dis In Re: Gordon G., III, and Nicholas G. (Dissenting opinion by Starcher, J.)
05/28/04 31608 In Re: Tiffany P., Robby P., Alexandria F., & Cheyenne F.
06/25/04 31608.Con In Re: Tiffany P., Robby P., Alexandria F., & Cheyenne F. (Concurring opinion by Starcher, J.)
06/17/04 31601 State of West Virginia v. Steven H.
07/01/04 31599 Wampler Foods v. Workers' Compensation Division, etc.
08/24/04 31599.Con Wampler Foods v. Workers' Compensation Division, etc. (Concurring opinion by Davis, J., joined by Maynard, C. J.)
06/17/04 31596 Brum, et al. v. Board of Education of Wood County
06/28/04 31595 State of West Virginia v. Tidwell, IV
07/02/04 31594 Bruce v. Steele, et al.
06/02/04 31593 Bd. of Trustees of Firemen's Pension v. City of Fairmont
06/30/04 31592 Horace Mann Insurance Co. v. Adkins
06/30/04 31592.Dis Horace Mann Insurance Co. v. Adkins (Dissenting opinion by Maynard, C. J.)
06/24/04 31591 Alley v. Charleston Area Medical Center
06/28/04 31588 State of West Virginia v. Maisey
05/27/04 31587 State of West Virginia v. Larry M.
05/27/04 31586 Akers v. Cabell Huntington Hospital
07/02/04 31586.Dis Akers v. Cabell Huntington Hospital (Dissenting opinion by Maynard, C. J.)
07/08/04 31586.Con Akers v. Cabell Huntington Hospital (Concurring opinion by Starcher, J.)
06/30/04 31585 State of West Virginia v. Jason H.
06/30/04 31585.Dis State of West Virginia v. Jason H. (Dissenting opinion by Davis, J.)
02/27/04 31580 SER Stanley v. Sine, Cir. Clerk of Berkley Co.
02/27/04 31579 SER Westfield Insurance v. Madden, Judge
06/30/04 31579.Dis SER Westfield Insurance v. Madden, Judge (Dissenting opinion by McGraw, J.)
07/01/04 31577 Shaffer, M.D. v. Ft. Henry Surgical Associates, et al.
05/28/04 31576 Hoover v. WV Board of Medicine
06/25/04 31576.Con Hoover v. WV Board of Medicine (Concurring opinion by Starcher, J.)
06/17/04 31575 State of West Virginia v. Keaton
06/18/04 31575.Con State of West Virginia v. Keaton (Concurring opinion by Davis, J.)
05/06/04 31574 Shafer v. Kings Tire Service, et al.
06/18/04 31573 Ellison v. Doe, et al.
06/24/04 31572 Poling v. Bd. of Education of the County of Tucker
06/15/04 31571 Raleigh Mine & Industrial v. Vieweg, Commissioner, etc.
05/13/04 31569 State of West Virginia v. Williams
06/02/04 31567 Farley v. Farley
06/17/04 31566 State of West Virginia v. Rogers
04/16/04 31563 In Re: Charity H., Courtney H. and Victoria H.
07/06/04 31563.Dis In Re: Charity H., Courtney H. and Victoria H. (Dissenting opinion by Davis, J.)
06/30/04 31554 Miralles, III v. Snoderly, et al.
06/18/04 31553 Jones v. Aburahma, M.D., et al.
07/21/04 31553.Dis Jones v. Aburahma, M.D., et al.
03/15/04 31551 Marfork Coal Co. v. Callaghan
06/30/04 31551.Con Marfork Coal Co. v. Callaghan (Concurring opinion by McGraw, J.)
07/06/04 31551.Dis Marfork Coal Co. v. Callaghan (Dissenting opinion by Maynard, C. J.)
07/14/04 31551.Con Marfork Coal Co. v. Callaghan (Concurring opinion by Starcher, J.)
02/20/04 31550 Wright v. Myers, III, etc.
2/20/04 31550.Dis Wright v. Myers, III, etc. (Dissenting opinion by Davis, J.)
05/07/04 31550.Con Wright v. Myers, III, etc. (Concurring opinion by Starcher, J.)
05/07/04 31549 Ark Land Co. v. Harper, et al.
07/02/04 31549.Con Ark Land Co. v. Harper, et al. (Concurring in part, and dissenting, in part opinion by Maynard, C. J.)
05/19/04 31547&31548 Kessel, M.D., et al. v. Monongalia Co. General Hospital
06/22/04 31546 State of West Virginia v. Jones
06/30/04 31546.Con State of West Virginia v. Jones (Concurring opinion by Albright, J., joined by Starcher, J.)
05/13/04 31545 Sprout v. Bd. of Education of the County of Harrison
07/21/04 31545.Dis Sprout v. Bd. of Education of the County of Harrison (Dissenting opinion by McGraw, J.)
05/06/04 31544 Perito, II v. County of Brooke, etc.
04/16/04 31542 Benson v. AJR, Inc., etc.
07/08/04 31542.Con Benson v. AJR, Inc., etc . (Concurring opinion by Starcher, J.)
07/06/04 31542.Con Benson v. AJR, Inc., etc. (Concurring in part, and dissenting, in part opinion by Maynard, C. J.)
06/17/04 31539 Kocher v. Oxford Life Insurance Co.
07/02/04 31539.Dis Kocher v. Oxford Life Insurance Co. (Dissenting opinion by McGraw, J.)
07/01/04 31538 SER Abraham Linc Corp. v. Bedell, Judge
07/02/04 31538.Con SER Abraham Linc Corp. v. Bedell, Judge (Concurring opinion by Davis, J.)
07/02/04 31538.Dis SER Abraham Linc Corp. v. Bedell, Judge (Dissenting opinion by McGraw, J.)
07/15/04 31538.Con SER Abraham Linc Corp. v. Bedell, Judge (Concurring opinion by Starcher, J.)
06/18/04 31509 Markley v. Coleman, Warden
06/30/04 31509.Dis Markley v. Coleman, Warden (Dissenting opinion by Albright, J.)
06/30/04 31508 Frank P. Bush, Jr. & Assoc. v. Hammer
06/30/04 31508.Con Frank P. Bush, Jr. & Assoc. v. Hammer (Concurring opinion by Albright, J.)
06/30/04 31508.Con Frank P. Bush, Jr. & Assoc. v. Hammer (Concurring opinion by Davis, J.)
06/17/04 31506 WV DHHR Employees Federal Credit Union v. Tennant
06/18/04 31506.Con WV DHHR Employees Federal Credit Union v. Tennant (Concurring opinion by Davis, J.)
06/30/04 31506.Con WV DHHR Employees Federal Credit Union v. Tennant (Concurring, in part, and dissenting, in part opinion by Albright, J.)
03/15/04 31492 Barritt v. Painter, Warden
05/07/04 31427 State of West Virginia v. Jackson
06/25/04 31425 General Motors Corp. v. Smith
06/25/04 31425.Dis General Motors Corp. v. Smith (Dissenting opinion by Maynard, C. J.)
07/08/04 31425.Con General Motors Corp. v. Smith (Concurring opinion by Starcher, J.)
06/30/04 31423 Burless v. West Virginia University Hospitals
06/30/04 31423.Con Burless v. West Virginia University Hospitals (Concurring, in part, and dissenting, in part opinion by Maynard, C. J.)
03/08/04 31409 State of West Virginia v. Hutchinson
02/19/04 31407 Deskins v. S. W. Jack Drilling Co., etc.
07/21/04 31407.Dis Deskins v. S. W. Jack Drilling Co., etc. (Dissenting opinion by McGraw, J.)
02/03/04 31405 State of West Virginia v. Taylor
02/03/04 31405.Dis State of West Virginia v. Taylor (Dissenting opinion by Davis, J., joined by Maynard, C. J.)
03/24/04 31405.Con State of West Virginia v. Taylor (Concurring opinion by Albright, J.)
02/19/04 31404 Slivka v. Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital
02/19/04 31404.Con Slivka v. Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital (Concurring, in part, and dissenting, in part opinion by Maynard, C. J.)
03/29/04 31404.Con Slivka v. Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital (Concurring opinion by Starcher, J.)
05/07/04 31396 McCormick v. Walmart Stores
06/30/04 31396.Dis McCormick v. Walmart Stores (Dissenting opinion by Maynard, C. J.)
06/30/04 31394 Coleman v. Painter, Warden
05/27/04 31393 Thompson v. Town of Alderson, et al.
05/18/04 31392 SER Allstate Insurance v. Madden, Judge
06/10/04 31392.Dis SER Allstate Insurance v. Madden, Judge (Dissenting opinion by Albright, J.)
07/06/04 31392.Con SER Allstate Insurance v. Madden, Judge (Concurring opinion by Maynard, C. J.)
07/21/04 31392.Dis SER Allstate Insurance v. Madden, Judge (Concurring opinion by McGraw, J.)
03/15/04 31375 Kidd v. Mull, II, et al. 
02/19/04 31374 Sloan v. Dept. of Health and Human Resources
06/25/04 31374.Dis Sloan v. Dept. of Health and Human Resources (Dissenting opinion by Maynard, C. J.)
07/14/04 31374.Con Sloan v. Dept. of Health and Human Resources (Concurring opinion by Starcher, J.)
06/30/04 31373 Strahin v. Cleavenger, etc.
06/30/04 31373.Dis Strahin v. Cleavenger, etc. (Dissenting opinion by Maynard, C. J.)
07/02/04 31373.Con Strahin v. Cleavenger, etc. (Concurring opinion by Starcher, J.)
07/02/04 31372 Jackson v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance
07/02/04 31372.Con Jackson v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance (Concurring opinion by McGraw, J.)
07/02/04 31372.Con Jackson v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance (Concurring, in part, and dissenting, in part opinion by Maynard, C. J.)
07/02/04 31372.Con Jackson v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance (Concurring opinion by Davis, J.)
02/02/04 31350 State of West Virginia v. Brown, a.k.a. Williams
02/19/04 31344 & 45 Burrows v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance, et al.
06/24/04 31328 Williams v. WV Bd. of Examiners for Registered Nurses
03/02/04 31326 State of West Virginia v. Arbaugh, Jr.
03/02/04 31326.Dis State of West Virginia v. Arbaugh, Jr. (Dissenting opinion by Davis, J., joined by Maynard, C. J.)
03/05/04 31326.Con State of West Virginia v. Arbaugh, Jr. (Concurring opinion by Albright, J., joined by Starcher, J. and McGraw, J.)
03/31/04 31326.Con State of West Virginia v. Arbaugh, Jr. (Concurring, in part, and dissenting, in part, opinion by Starcher, J.)
04/07/04 31326.Dis State of West Virginia v. Arbaugh, Jr. (Dissenting opinion by Maynard, C. J.)
06/25/04 31317 Rose v. St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Co.
06/25/04 31317.Con Rose v. St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Co. (Concurring opinion by Davis, J.)
06/24/04 31274 Neiswonger v. Hennessey, and Morgantown City Police
07/14/04 31274.Con Neiswonger v. Hennessey, and Morgantown City Police
03/15/04 31270 Martino v. Barnett, et al.
03/02/04 31269 Sanson v. Brandywine Homes, Inc.
05/27/04 31243 Triad Energy Corp. v. Renner, et al.
05/21/04 31230 WV Fire & Casualty Co. v. Stanley
07/08/04 31230.Con WV Fire & Casualty Co. v. Stanley (Concurring opinion by Starcher, J.)
06/25/04 31226 Barefield v. DPIC Companies, Inc.
06/25/04 31226.Con Barefield v. DPIC Companies, Inc. (Concurring opinion by Davis, J.)
06/29/04 31226.Con Barefield v. DPIC Companies, Inc. (Concurring, in part, and dissenting, in part, opinion by Maynard, C. J.)
07/09/04 31226.Con Barefield v. DPIC Companies, Inc. (Concurring opinion by Albright, J.)
06/24/04 31190 SER McGraw, Jr. v. National Fuels Corp.
06/30/04 31190.Dis SER McGraw, Jr. v. National Fuels Corp. (Dissenting opinion by Albright, J.)
05/06/04 31157 In Re: Tobacco Litigation (Medical Monitoring Cases)
07/02/04 31157.Dis In Re: Tobacco Litigation (Medical Monitoring Cases) (Dissenting opinion by Maynard, C. J.)
06/29/04 31122 Green v. Charleston Area Medical Center, etc. 
03/15/04 31056 White v. Haines, Warden
06/30/04 31056.Con White v. Haines, Warden (Concurring opinion by McGraw, J.)