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W.Va. Gov. Justice’s companies backtrack on where they do business

By Steven Allen Adams, Parkersburg News and Sentinel

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Several companies owned by Gov. Jim Justice pushed back on assertions by federal officials that they’re headquartered in Virginia, but in court filings in a separate case Friday these companies filed an amended complaint claiming they listed the wrong state as their business headquarters.

Eight companies and Jay Justice, the governor’s son and controller of the mining companies owned by the governor, Friday filed an amended complaint against the U.S. Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement.

The case, originally filed May 17 nearly 10 days after the Mine Safety and Health Administration and the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia filed a complaint against 23 Justice-owned companies, seeks to force the Office of Surface Mining to live up to an agreement to settle fines, penalties and reclamation fees against 12 Justice-owned companies.

According to the amended complaint filed Friday by Justice’s attorney Aaron Houchens, Jay Justice and four of the Justice-owned companies listed in the complaint claim that “through an inadvertent oversight” the place of business for the entities was listed as Roanoke, Va., instead of Daniels in Raleigh County in West Virginia. …

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