A judge ordered companies tied to The Greenbrier resort, which is owned by Gov. Jim Justice, to pay out nearly $1.5 million last month in two lawsuits settled in federal court.
Special Event Service and Rental, a Tennessee corporation, alleged in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia in December that The Greenbrier Hotel Corp. borrowed equipment that was damaged on the day of the deadly June 2016 floods that ravaged West Virginia.
In a consent judgment filed in the same court, the resort and Old White Charities, the nonprofit that puts on The Greenbrier Classic PGA golf tournament every summer, must pay $622,980.90, along with more than $44,000 in interest and counting — which is more than $85 per day.
A consent judgement is a form of settlement agreed to by both parties.
The 2016 tournament was canceled because of the flood.
In a similar case, Select Event Group Inc., a Maryland company, said it is owed nearly $754,000 for services and equipment provided to Old White Charities in July 2016. The company filed its lawsuit in early January.
Via another consent judgment, the judge ordered Old White Charities to pay the $754,000, along with legal fees, interest up to the judgment date and continuing interest of about $103 per day, for a total of $820,000 and counting.
The order for the Select Event Group was entered March 12. The order for Special Event Service and Rental was entered March 14. It also prohibits SESR from taking any “post judgment remedies” until Aug. 21, 2018.