UPDATE 9/26/14 @ 8:20 p.m.
FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by one of his brothers against him and another sibling.
The West Virginia Democrat and his brother, Roch Manchin, filed a response Friday in Marion County Circuit Court to the lawsuit of Dr. John Manchin II.
The lawsuit accused Joe and Roch Manchin of failing to repay a $1.7 million loan intended to keep the family's carpet business afloat.
The response says the loan is a fabrication and there's no evidence that John Manchin provided capital or funding to any family business.
The response says the lawsuit is "nothing but the latest effort of a bitter sibling" who is in "dire financial condition."
John Manchin's attorney, J. Michael Benninger of Morgantown, didn't immediately return a telephone message Friday.
Dr. John Manchin II filed the lawsuit in Marion County against the senator and Roch (rock) Manchin.
The lawsuit says Joe and Roch Manchin received a loan of more than $1.7 million from John Manchin in the late 1980s to help the financially struggling business with the promise of repayment. No payments have been made.
The lawsuit says the brothers' general partnership was dissolved without John Manchin's knowledge, with funds and assets transferred to a partnership controlled by Joe Manchin and his son, Joseph Manchin IV.
Jonathan Kott, a spokesman for the senator, declined comment Friday. Roch Manchin didn't immediately return a telephone message.