06 January 2010

Lawsuit Targets W.Va. Child Support Agency

What could end up as a class-action lawsuit alleges that "families across West Virginia are routinely denied child support payments because of lax state oversight," The Associated Press and others report.

The Kanawha Circuit Court case targets the state Bureau for Child Support Enforcement along with its parent, the Department of Health and Human Resources, along with agency contractor Policy Studies Inc.

Filed by Charleston lawyer and former state legislator Rusty Webb, the lawsuit alleges "the agency routinely fails to renew child support judgments, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars of support payments to be lost with no chance of collection," AP reports.

The Charleston Daily Mail and MetroNews also have articles on the lawsuit.

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