Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
639 S.E.2d 720 (W. Va. 2006)
Edson Arneault (plaintiff) filed a petition for divorce from Margaret Beth Arneault (defendant) after 33 years of marriage and the birth of two children. During the marriage, Margaret Beth had been a homemaker and had raised the children. As the children grew older, Margaret Beth returned to work on a part-time basis as a teacher and then later started her own full-time business as a counselor, providing college-placement and career-counseling services to high-school students in Michigan. Edson was the chairman, president, and chief executive officer of MTR Gaming Group, Inc. (MTR), which owned and controlled Mountaineer Park, Inc., and operated video-lottery terminals in West Virginia. Prior to the Arneaults’ separation, Edson returned from West Virginia to Michigan most weekends. At trial, the evidence showed that Edson had been primarily responsible for the growth and financial success of MTR. In return for his good work, Edson received a lucrative salary as well as over 3,000,000 shares of MTR stock. The trial court found that, because Edson had contributed significantly to the marital estate, an equal distribution of the marital estate would not be appropriate. Instead, the trial court awarded Edson 65 percent and Margaret Beth 35 percent of the marital estate. Margaret Beth appealed. The appellate court affirmed. The Supreme Court of West Virginia granted certiorari to review.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Davis, C.J.)
Concurrence (Benjamin, J.)
Dissent (Starcher, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.
Here's why 220,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 14,100 briefs, keyed to 189 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.