Man wants court to order issuance of title for collectible car

By Robert Hadley | May 6, 2016

POINT PLEASANT – A Mason County man is suing the West Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles to compel the agency to issue a title for an antique car he purchased.

Ernest Rainey filed a lawsuit April 25 in Mason Circuit Court against the West Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.

According to the complaint, Rainey purchased a 1953 MG from Pat Keaton, widow of Robert Lee Keaton, on Feb. 12 for $2,300. Since Keaton did not provide a certificate of title, the suit says Rainey searched for it unsuccessfully, leaving the car ineligible to license or drive. As a result, Rainey is suing the DMV to obtain a valid title for the car, since it was not stolen and had been in the possession of the seller’s husband for 38 years.

Rainey seeks a declaratory judgment issuing him a valid title for the car. He is representing himself.

Judge David W. Nibert is assigned to the case.

Mason Circuit Court Case number 16-C-34

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