Found on page 3 of this morning's Intelligencer:
W.Va. Attorney General, Wells Fargo Reach $8M Settlement in Dispute
The article tells us that Attorney General Patrick Morrisey won a settlement with Wells Fargo Bank over banking practices:
CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today announced an $8 million settlement with Wells Fargo to resolve a dispute that involved certain marketing practices of its predecessor, Acordia.
The settlement requires Wells Fargo to pay $8 million to the Office of Attorney General on the state’s behalf.
The next paragraph quotes Morrisey that the settlement was just another example of his office's "commitment to protect citizens from questionable marketing practices." The rest of the article explains the lawsuit.
I googled the Morissey quotes and found that the "article" was a word-for-word press release out of the Attorney General's office. (Nothing unusual there -- Wheeling "newspapers" do that all the time for their favorites.) This blog watches Attorney General Morissey's actions quite closely and I didn't remember any Morissey lawsuits against Wells Fargo. Additionally, it struck me that this would not be a very quick settlement for this type of case and so I decided to see what the Associated Press had to say about this story. As opposed to the AG's press release, here's how the AP covered the story: (Emphasis is mine.)
Wells Fargo will pay $8 million to West Virginia as part of a settlement of a decade-long dispute involving marketing practices.
Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced Monday that Wells Fargo will pay the money to the Office of the Attorney General on the state's behalf.
The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the lawsuit was filed in 2005 by former Attorney General Darrell McGraw's office. It accused Acordia of West Virginia . . . .
(Note -- Morissey's self-serving quotes are not part of the AP report.)
So, Morissey claims credit for something his predecessor initiated in 2005. Our local "newspaper" follows suit and gets the best of both worlds: Ogden favorite Patrick Morissey gets credit for something he didn't do and WV Supreme Court candidate Darrell McGraw gets none at all.
Note -- I didn't link the printed page 3 article to the online edition of the Intelligencer because the online edition used the AP article instead. (Somebody messed up although I doubt the online version gets many hits.)