West Virginia governor's coal firm ordered to pay settlement

With Chief of Staff Mike Hall at his side, Gov. Jim Justice speaks during a news conference at the capitol building on the fourth day of statewide walkouts in Charleston, W.Va., Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. Striking teachers are to return to the classroom on Thursday, Justice said in announcing he is offering teachers and school service personnel a revised 5 percent pay raise in the first year to end their statewide walkout. (Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge has ordered a coal company owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s family to start making payments on a settlement.
The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Justice Low Seam Mining, Inc. was ordered Wednesday to pay roughly $478,000 to Virginia Drilling Co. in 10 days. An August 2017 complaint says the Justice company owned Virginia Drilling about $1.3 million for goods and services.
The companies reached a settlement agreement in September 2017 and again in May 2018, but Virginia Drilling says the Justice company never made the agreed upon payments.
Justice Low Seam Mining, Inc. is one of many coal companies owned by the Justice family. The state Secretary of State’s Office’s website says Justice’s son, James C. Justice III, is the director and president of this firm.
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Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, http://wvgazettemail.com.