3 Lawsuits Cost West Virginia Water Utility $2.5 Million

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Three lawsuits against West Virginia American Water Co. could cost the utility more than $2.5 million.

On Oct. 1, a Kanawha Circuit Court jury awarded a former 23-year employee $1.75 million. James A. Nagy accused the company of age discrimination following his March 2007 termination.

A former company president was awarded $107,802 following an Aug. 28 summary judgment in Boone County. Chris Jarrett alleged the company delayed paying him $35,934 under its long-term incentive plan. Jarrett retired in 2006, after 36 years.

West Virginia's largest water utility settled a billing dispute with Cabin Creek contractor Tralyn Inc. for $693,602.

The company said it was disappointed with Nagy's verdict and was considering its options regarding Jarrett's judgment.

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