MORGANTOWN -- Attorney General Patrick Morrisey suffered a setback Oct. 12 in his case against Copper Beech Townhome Communities, which operates a Morgantown student housing complex.

Morrisey filed the suit in September 2015 in Kanawha County Circuit Court, alleging State College, Pa.-based Copper Beech has charged a variety of excessive and illegal fees to tenants, in violation of the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act (CCPA).

In March 2016, the circuit court denied a motion to dismiss the suit. Copper Beech then submitted a certified question to the state Supreme Court for its consideration: “Does the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act apply to the relationship between a landlord and tenant under a lease for residential property?”

In its 23-page answer issued Thursday, the court said no.