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W.Va. court sets 7 percent rate for judgments

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Supreme Court has set an interest rate of 7 percent on monetary judgments and decrees for 2013.

A 2007 law requires the court's administrative office to determine the interest rate. The law says the rate will be 3 percentage points above the secondary discount rate in effect as of Jan. 2 at the Federal Reserve Bank in Richmond, but it can't be less than 7 percent or more than 11 percent.

The Fed rate on Wednesday was 1.25 percent, so the additional 3 percent would have produced a rate less than the statutory minimum. Consequently, the court imposed the 7 percent minimum.


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