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John Manchin drops lawsuit against two brothers

Times West Virginian photos Rock, Joe and John Manchin
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Rock, Joe and John Manchin

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Dr. John Manchin II has filed to drop a $1.7 million lawsuit against his brothers, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin and businessman Rock Manchin.

Around 2:30 p.m. Monday, Dr. Manchin, who was listed as the plaintiff on the suit, and his counsel filed a stipulation of voluntary dismissal in the Marion County Circuit Clerk’s Office.

Dr. Manchin filed the suit in July 2014 and was suing his brothers for what the suit claims is breach of contract, civil conspiracy, constructive fraud, a violation of a partnership and failure to repay the money Dr. Manchin says he invested to help the family business avoid bankruptcy.

Dr. Manchin claimed he gave $1.7 million to his brothers’ creditors in the late 1980s so their carpet business could avoid bankruptcy.

Dr. Manchin, a doctor of osteopathic medicine and owner of two medical clinics in Marion County, claimed that not only have his brothers refused to pay him the $1.7 million they owed him, but that the two dissolved their partnership without his knowledge and that Dr. Manchin was misled to believe he would receive payments from a coal gob disposal project in which the Manchins didn’t even have a legal interest.

Attorney Mike Benninger, who is representing Dr. Manchin, on Monday said he was not permitted to comment…


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