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Justice’s Billion Dollar Lawsuit Transferred To Virginia Court

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The case will now be handled in a Virginia court.
Perry Bennett/WV Legislative Photography

A federal judge has ruled to move a civil court case involving Gov. Jim Justice from West Virginia to Virginia. 

A network of Justice’s businesses filed the suit against his longtime banker, Carter Bank & Trust, saying the bank engaged in unfair banking practices. 

Justice is suing Carter for about $1 billion. 

The bank asked the court to move the case out of the Mountain State’s federal courthouse in Beckley, contending the majority of the business had been done in Virginia, and that is where the majority of the stakeholders reside. 

Judge Frank Volk ultimately agreed, and the case has been moved to the Western District of Virginia’s federal court in Roanoke. 

This will also move the case out of the state where Justice is the sitting governor and a candidate for a U.S. Senate seat.