West Virginia Radio suing Hunt for unpaid advertising

By Lawrence Smith | Feb 6, 2009


CHARLESTON - In addition to legal malpractice, Mark Hunt is defending himself against allegations he welshed on paying for advertising on Charleston radio stations.

Along with a suit filed by Wendy England he committed legal malpractice in handling her 2004 personal injury claim against the federal government, Hunt has been named as a defendant in a breach of contract suit filed by Morgantown-based West Virginia Radio Corporation.

In its complaint and suit filed Jan. 27 in Kanawha Circuit Court, with the assistance of David M. Thomas and Katie L. Hoffman in Dinsmore and Shohl's Morgantown office, West Virginia Radio alleges Hunt has failed to make good on over $5,000 he owes to them for radio spots they produced and aired.

According to court records, Hunt purchased advertising from West Virginia Radio on credit. In a memorandum of intent he signed with West Virginia Radio, Hunt acknowledged he owed $7,561.99 and agreed to pay for his advertising in monthly installments of $500.

However, records show Hunt has only made four payments. At the time of the suit was filed, West Virginia Radio alleged Hunt "failed to repay the indebtedness owed to the Plaintiff pursuant to the memorandum of understanding and continues to owe the Plaintiff the sum of $5,561.99."

In addition to a judgment in the amount owed, West Virginia Radio is asking it be awarded costs and expenses.

When asked to comment on the suit, Hunt said he has every intention of making good on his commitment. However, he said he was unsatisfied with the placement of the ads as less than 30 percent of his were aired during the drive period.

"We didn't get what we purchased," Hunt said. "We paid a couple thousand toward the bill, and we'll pay a couple more. But, we believe there needs to be some common ground."

According to Hunt, he contacted the station airing the ads and he was led to believe the problem was being resolved. However, as the lawsuit proves, he said "People have different opinions on the way things work out."

The case has been assigned to Judge Jennifer Bailey Walker.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number 09-C-140

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