U.S. District Judge Irene Berger

Gov. Justice takes the oath of office as his son James C. Justice III (center) looks on.
Office of the West Virginia Governor

Federal prosecutors have agreed to drop a motion seeking to hold West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and his son, Jay Justice, personally accountable for a $1.23 million civil penalty levied against one of the family’s coal businesses, Justice Energy Company, Inc.

In an order filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, attorneys for Justice Energy proposed that another Justice company, Bluestone Resources, Inc., will pay the fine.

 

In exchange, federal prosecutors agreed to withdraw a motion seeking a court ruling that the Justices be held personally responsible for the civil contempt fine levied on Justice Energy because the company is, in effect “a shell corporation with no real independent and separate corporate existence.

 

Office of the WV Governor, via Flickr

A federal judge today ruled that a coal company controlled by Gov. Jim Justice’s family must turn over financial information and make its employees available for questioning.

Jim Justice
Scott Halleran / Getty Images

A coal company owned by billionaire businessman Jim Justice faces $1.23 million in fines for contempt of court after a judge said the company didn't pay debts and repeatedly didn't show up for court hearings.

U.S. District Judge Irene Berger in Beckley ordered the fines Friday against Justice Energy Co.