BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) _ A lawsuit says two of billionaire Jim Justice’s affiliated companies owe $2 million from a 2013 coal deal.
In a complaint Tuesday in Beckley federal court, Pennsylvania resident Thomas K. Lampert sued Tams Management, Inc. in Beckley and Southern Coal Corporation, a Delaware company doing business in Roanoke, Virginia.
The lawsuit says the companies didn’t pay $2 million from a March 2013 agreement for equity and membership interests in Newgate Development of Beckley, LLC.
The complaint says Lampert’s trust never received $4 per ton for the first 500,000 tons of coal mined, which the companies agreed to pay.
It seeks $2 million, damages, attorneys’ fees, interest and any other court-ordered relief.
Southern Coal declined immediate comment.
Justice has begun a 2016 Democratic bid for West Virginia governor.