West Virginia Governor Faces Lawsuit

Charleston, WV — Federal officials are taking about two dozen companies owned by Gov. Jim Justice to court over millions of dollars in unpaid safety violation penalties dating back years. The total amount sought is $4.7 million. The lawsuit was filed in the Western District of Virginia on behalf of the U.S. Secretary of Labor and the Mine Safety and Health Administration. Those are all companies owned by Governor Justice and his family. The suit mentions Justice, along with son Jay and daughter Jill, as operators of the companies. The court documents indicate each of the companies operated at least one mine with delinquent uncontested MSHA penalties. According to court documents, MSHA collectively issued at least 2,297 citations to the operations for violations of the Mine Health and Safety Act between May 3, 2014, and May 3, 2019.