Unger said the Legislature needs to craft a fix of its own in the coming days.
Unger has a times been a lightening rod.
Part of what torpedoed Unger's efforts last year was that one of the plans he backed put Republican incumbents Shelley Moore Capito and David McKinley into the same district, a non-starter even in this Democrat-controlled Legislature.
Unger said the map was drawn without regard for party or for incumbents and was done simply to make sure the populations in the three districts were as identical and "compact" as possible. The federal court agreed on both counts.
Critics said Unger was looking out for his own interests and have accused him of trying to configure a district from which he could run for U.S. House. But Unger has repeatedly denied that, as he did again this week.
Unger said Tuesday's ruling should send a message across the country that there should not be any population deviation between districts.
"It's about the people, not the politicians," Unger said.