BECKLEY – A flood restoration company is suing West Virginia Gov.-elect Jim Justice’s businesses for unpaid bills after cleanup crews restored parts of the Greenbrier following the floods in June.
Greenbrier Hotel Corporation; James C. Justice Companies Inc.; Justice Family Group LLC; Premier Bank Inc.; Sarah C. Ellis; James H. Adkins; JPMorgan Chase Bank; Fayette County National Bank; Paul O. Clay Jr.; Denise A. Light; Pendleton Community Bank; and William Goodwin were all named as defendants in the suit.
Justice himself was not named as a defendant in the suit.
BMS CAT Inc., which is based in Fort Worth, Texas, filed the complaint on Dec. 8 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virignia.
BMS CAT claims that the defendants have withheld $771,268.38 that is owed for the restoration. The defendants have only paid $113,126 of what is owed.
In light of the substantial damage sustained during the flood, BMS CAT’s remediation and restoration work added value to the otherwise devastated property owned by the defendants, according to the suit.
West Virginia Public Broadcasting reported that the CEO of the resort's insurance company has said the costs would be covered under the Greenbrier's insurance plan and BMS CAT would be paid in the near future.
BMS CAT is seeking damages in the amount of $771,268.38 with pre- and post-judgment interest. It is represented by Charlotte A. Hoffman Norris and Robert H. Sweeney of Jenkins Fenstermaker PLLC.
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia case number: 5:16-cv-011955