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Chillicothe Street in downtown Portsmouth. (Aaron Payne | Ohio Valley ReSource)

City of Portsmouth files lawsuit alleging drinking water contamination by “forever chemicals”

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The city of Portsmouth is suing 3M, DuPont and many other companies alleging their products contaminated the city’s drinking water with toxic chemicals. The lawsuit, filed Monday in federal court, focuses in particular on a spray foam commonly used to suppress large fires involving highly flammable liquids. It’s known as aqueous… Read More

Ohio University's class gateway at College Green, photographed on May 2, 2019

Fired professor refiles lawsuit against Ohio University in federal court

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — A former Ohio University professor who was fired over sexual harassment claims has again filed a lawsuit against the university in federal court. Much of the lawsuit filed Friday by Yusuf Kalyango is identical to a lawsuit he filed against the university two years ago in the same court. In that… Read More

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Serah Bellar, who alleges a long history of sexual abuse by family, files a federal lawsuit against Athens County

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — A former Athens County women filed a lawsuit Monday in federal court related to a long history of sexual abuse she allegedly suffered in her family’s home. Serah Bellar alleges in her lawsuit that the defendants, which include her mother and father, all played a part in either promoting the sexual… Read More

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Marietta police sergeant files lawsuit alleging sexual harassment by former chief

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — A female police sergeant in Marietta has filed a federal lawsuit against the city alleging a long pattern of sexual harassment and gender discrimination by the former police chief. In her lawsuit, filed last week, Katherine Warden alleges she was routinely mocked and demeaned in front of her co-workers and was… Read More

Sanitation Company Agrees To Halt Operations That Polluted Vinton County Creek

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Faced with legal action by the state, a Vinton County company has agreed to clean up a creek it polluted and take steps to prevent future contamination. Ohio’s attorney general filed a lawsuit against A2Z Sanitation three weeks ago after state environmental regulators said the company was not taking sufficient action… Read More

Ohio Attorney General Sues Vinton County Company Over Creek Pollution

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio’s attorney general is suing a Vinton County sanitation company, accusing it of illegally dumping so much sewage and grease into a field that it polluted several miles of a nearby creek. The lawsuit, filed Friday, claims that A2Z Sanitation dumped twice as much waste into the field than is allowed… Read More

Ohio University's campus on March 10, 2020

Fired Professor Drops Lawsuit Against Ohio University

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — An Ohio University professor who recently lost his job over allegations of sexual harassment has dropped a federal lawsuit he filed against the university. A spokesperson for the university said there was no out-of-court settlement in the case. It simply was dropped. WOUB reached out to the attorney representing former journalism… Read More

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Athens County To Attack Opioid Companies In The Courtroom


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Athens County is jumping into the legal fight against opioid manufacturers and distributors. The county commissioners have retained a law firm in Columbus to file the federal lawsuit. The Athens County prosecutor’s office will serve as co-counsel.  The state of Ohio is also suing prescription drug makers, as are several other states counties, and municipalities across… Read More

Third Case Filed By Fired, Rehired, Then Fired Sheriff’s Deputy

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Another appeal has been filed with the State Personnel Board of Review concerning the second termination of a former Athens County sheriff’s office deputy. A case filed in late March by Shannon Sheridan is the third filed since his initial termination in June 2012. The case filed in 2012 dealt with the initial termination —… Read More

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Court Opts Not To Reinstate OU Student While Lawsuit Is Pending

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A federal court has denied a temporary restraining order that would have allowed an Ohio University student to attend class while his lawsuit is pending against OU. Sophomore Michael Marshall is suing the university in U.S. District Court, claiming he should not have been suspended for a semester because of text messages he sent to… Read More

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Unwanted Texter Wants Back Into OU

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A federal court should not order a suspended Ohio University student to be reinstated while his lawsuit against OU is pending, the university is arguing. The Messenger previously reported that Michael Marshall, a sophomore, has asked U.S. District Court for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to stop the university from enforcing a one-semester… Read More

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OU against reinstating student during lawsuit

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A federal court should not order a suspended Ohio University student to be reinstated while his lawsuit against OU is pending, the university is arguing. The Messenger previously reported that Michael Marshall, a sophomore, has asked U.S. District Court for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to stop the university from enforcing a one-semester… Read More

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OU Student Sues University Over Texting

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Ohio University is being sued in federal court by a student who claims he should not have been suspended for texts he sent to a female student. He disputes OU’s finding that the texts constituted sexual harassment. Student Michael Marshall filed the lawsuit Wednesday in U.S. District Court, naming the university, Ryan Lombardi and Diane… Read More