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Published: Sat, January 8, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



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New law office in Warren

WARREN -- Davis & amp; Young Co. LPA, based in Cleveland, has opened a new office at 155 S. Park Ave. Atty. William Meola will merge his existing practice with Davis & amp; Young and head the Warren office. Meola has more than 20 years of litigation experience, primarily in Trumbull, Mahoning, Ashtabula and Columbiana counties. Meola's practice areas include civil and insurance defense litigation. The firm has additional offices in Akron and Youngstown. Founded in 1922, Davis & amp; Young has an emphasis in litigation and appellate work, representing the insurance industry, corporate and business clients, private institutions and individuals.

Named to the board

LISBON -- Atty. Shawna Erb, a member of the law firm Harrington, Hoppe & amp; Mitchell, has been named to the board of directors of Salem Chamber of Commerce. Erb is also a member of the Salem Community Hospital board of trustees and Salem Kiwanis. Erb concentrates her practice in business transactions, corporate law, general business law, real estate law, commercial and employment law. She has been with the law firm and its predecessors since 1996.

REGION

Benefit to be restored

CLEVELAND -- Retirees who lost health care benefits in four steel company bankruptcies will have a prescription drug benefit restored March 1. The benefit will be available to United Steelworkers of America-covered retirees who were hourly workers at Pennsylvania's Bethlehem Steel, LTV Steel, Acme Metals and Georgetown Steel. When formed nearly three years ago through the acquisition of much of LTV Corp.'s assets, International Steel Group Inc. promised the Steelworkers that it would help about 35,000 LTV retirees and their surviving spouses whose benefits were dropped. About 1,600 retirees and spouses of Acme Steel, 48,000 of Bethlehem Steel and about 200 of Georgetown Steel -- companies ISG bought out of bankruptcy -- also will be eligible for the benefit. The union's collective bargaining agreement with ISG established a trust fund, the ISG Voluntary Employees' Beneficiary Association, to restore some coverage. The plans for the prescription benefit became public in December, but the date for its start was revealed Friday.

Federal ruling sought

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. -- Subsidiaries of Allegheny Energy Inc., in a move to block a potential multistate lawsuit over alleged clean air violations, have asked a federal judge to rule their coal-fired power plants in West Virginia and Pennsylvania comply with the U.S. Clean Air Act. Monongahela Power Co. and Allegheny Energy Supply Co. are seeking a declaratory judgment against the attorneys general of Connecticut, New Jersey and New York. The three states allege air emissions from seven power plants in West Virginia and Pennsylvania contribute to acid rain and smog in their states. Last May, the three states notified Allegheny Energy they intended to file a lawsuit because modifications at the seven plants did not include improvements that would bring air emissions into compliance with federal standards. At the time, New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer said an EPA investigation found the utility made major improvements without installing air pollution controls as required by law. Hundreds of thousands of tons more pollution are emitted annually as a result, he said. The states have yet to file their lawsuit, and have been involved in talks with Allegheny Energy over the five plants in West Virginia and two in Pennsylvania. The West Virginia facilities are the Albright plant in Preston County, the Fort Martin plant in Monongalia County, the Harrison plant in Harrison County and the Pleasants and Willow Island plants in Pleasants County. The Pennsylvania facilities are in Masontown and Adrian.

Vindicator staff/wire reports




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