W. Va.’s judge-advocate?

High on the list of upcoming showdowns between the Chamber of Commerce and organized trial lawyerdom is the race for control of the West Virginia Supreme Court, which is considered to tip pro-plaintiff at present by a slender margin. Incumbent Justice Warren McGraw drew particular ire from the state’s business community when he “authored a 1999 decision that allows people who claim exposure to toxic chemicals to win huge sums of money for a lifetime of medical testing — without ever having to prove that they are sick.” “In a fund-raising letter sent out this spring, Wheeling lawyer Bob Fitzsimmons wrote, ‘Justice Warren McGraw has consistently advocated for the injured persons of our state.'” (Toby Coleman, “McGraw ahead in race, poll says”, Charleston Daily Mail, Aug. 28)(via Brian Peterson, who also (Aug. 28) wonders about that “advocated”). Update May 13: McGraw holds off challenge.


  • Madison County unreeled

    As Evan Schaeffer reported Aug. 12 and Aug. 31, citing an Alton (Ill.) Telegraph account, a team led by documentary filmmaker Wayne Ewing is shooting a film about the intense controversy surrounding the courts of Madison County, Ill. (too many…

  • McGraw-Benjamin race in W.V.

    The other most hotly contested judicial race in the country, as far as organized litigation reformers are concerned, is that between incumbent Democrat Warren McGraw and Republican challenger Brent Benjamin for a seat on the West Virginia supreme court…