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Norwegian Oil Company Sues Marshall County Over Taxes

Marshall County

A Norwegian oil company is suing Marshall County after it says it was denied a refund of almost $350,000 after overpaying for property taxes.

The Intelligencer reports that Statoil has filed a lawsuit in circuit court against Marshall County Assessor Chris Kessler and West Virginia State Tax Commissioner Mark Matkovich.

The company says the overpayments were the result of a clerical error.

Kessler says that although a clerical error may have been initially responsible for the overpayment, the company’s failure to double-check and catch the error in a timely manner amounts to negligence.

Hearing dates for the trial have not been set.

Statoil says it has also been denied refund requests by Ohio County and Wetzel County, but the company hasn’t filed lawsuits in those cases.