Bank seeks to move civil case to federal court

By Robert Hadley | Apr 27, 2016

CHARLESTON – A bank has filed a petition to remove a civil case in which it is a defendant from Wood Circuit Court to federal court.

CHARLESTON – A bank has filed a petition to remove a civil case in which it is a defendant from Wood Circuit Court to federal court.

The Huntington National Bank filed the action April 18 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, Charleston Division.


According to the original complaint, Robert Litton, agent and attorney-in-fact for Helen Genevieve Litton, sued The Huntington National Bank over allegations that Kimberley Ann Tribble, Helen Litton’s then-power of attorney, took out a $100,000 line of unauthorized credit against Litton’s real estate holdings. The suit, filed March 16, claims that Tribble misappropriated the funds for personal use.

Robert Litton’s suit seeks termination of the line of credit, release of a lien on Helen Litton’s house, and compensation for financial and emotion damages, plus litigation costs.

The Huntington National Bank alleges that the case falls under federal jurisdiction because the amount in controversy exceeds $75,000 and a diversity of citizenship exists, with the bank headquartered in Ohio, rather than West Virginia.

The Huntington Bank is represented by attorneys Jill Cranston Rice and Alex M. Greenberg of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP in Morgantown. Robert Litton is represented by Parkersburg attorney George J. Cosenza.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia Case number 2:16-cv-03706

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