Justice Holdings sues Raleigh business for failure to pay debt

By Kyla Asbury | May 10, 2019

BECKLEY — A company owned by Gov. Jim Justice has filed a lawsuit against a Raleigh County business it claims owes more than $12,000 for goods and services provided.

The lawsuit filed by Justice Holdings names Emrad LLC and Jeffery Horton as defendants.

Justice Holdings claims it provided goods, funds or services to Emrad and the defendant failed to pay for those goods, funds or services in the amount of $12,862.50, according to a complaint filed April 11 in Raleigh Circuit Court.

Justice Holdings claims Emrad and Horton agreed to pay for the goods, funds or services and failed to do so, despite attempts to get them to.

"To date, the defendants, Emrad LLC and Jeffery Horton, have not repaid the goods, funds or services provided, despite agreeing to do so," the complaint states.

Justice Holdings is seeking a judgment in the amount of $12,862.50 with pre- and post-judgment interest. The plaintiff is represented by Clinton W. Smith.

The case was assigned to Circuit Judge Darl W. Poling.

Justice Holdings is one of many companies owned by Gov. Jim Justice.

In April, Justice Holdings was named in a subpoena seeking contracts, communications, and financial records from the state related to The Greenbrier resort and its annual PGA golf tournament.

That subpoena was addressed to the West Virginia Department of Commerce and asked the department to hand over all records it has involving The Greenbrier, The Greenbrier Classic, A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier and Old White Charities.

Earlier this month, a federal lawsuit was filed against 23 coal companies owned by Justice for failure to pay safety violation penalties in the amount of $4.7 million.

Justice's companies have also been sued several times over the years for failure to pay debts and taxes. In 2016, when Justice was running for governor, National Public Radio reported he owed $15 million in taxes and fines.

Raleigh Circuit Court Case number: 19-C-158

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