The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

August 28, 2013

Mediation begins in Mountain State University student lawsuits

By Wendy Holdren
Register-Herald Reporter

— Approximately 345 lawsuits filed in circuit courts all across the state against Mountain State University are going through mediation this week.

Sherman Lambert, an attorney based in Sheperdstown, said that the West Virginia Supreme Court referred all state court actions against MSU to the mass litigation panel.

The mass litigation panel is comprised of Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge Jay M. Hoke, Barbour County Circuit Court Judge Alan D. Moats and McDowell County Circuit Court Judge Booker T. Stephens.

All of these cases stem from MSU’s loss of general accreditation, as well as the loss of special accreditations, like the nursing program.

Lambert said he is handling an additional 23 cases were filed in U.S. Northern District Court, and private mediation will be held Sept. 5-6 for those cases.

The West Virginia Supreme Court could not refer the cases filed in federal court to the mass litigation panel, Lambert said, and some of the charges include racketeering.

Lambert said he hopes to see these cases resolved through mediation.