More Investors Suing Over West Virginia Mine Disaster

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – (AP) More institutional investors in Massey Energy Co. are suing the company's board of directors over the recent underground disaster that killed 29 coal miners. The New Jersey Building Laborers Pension Fund blames failures by Chairman Don Blankenship and other board members...

W.Va. Treasurer's Daughter Sues Marshall BOG, Prof

HUNTINGTON W.Va. - (AP) Marshall University's Board of Governors and a professor are being sued by the daughter of West Virginia Treasurer John Perdue. Emily Perdue's lawsuit claims her right to privacy was violated by the unauthorized release of personal information and a transcript of her grades...

Federal Judge Dismisses States' Gun Lawsuit

HELENA, Mont. - (AP) A federal judge in Missoula has dismissed a lawsuit by gun rights advocates and states seeking freedom from federal gun laws, a move that the advocates promised to appeal. The decision Wednesday from U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy was expected since his magistrate a month ago...

Aracoma Survivors Settle Lawsuits With Massey Energy

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - (AP) Nine miners who survived a deadly fire at a Massey Energy coal mine four years ago have settled their lawsuits against the company. The Charleston Gazette reported Monday that the settlements were reached last week ahead of a trial. . . . Full version available to lexis.com subscribers...

For Hundreds, Lawsuit Over Coal Slurry Unresolved

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - (AP) Eighteen months ago, Christina Doyle packed up her two kids for an eight-hour journey to a West Virginia courthouse, hoping for some resolution to a lawsuit o ver water pollution she believes caused her daughter's learning disabilities and slow growth. This weekend, the 32...

Judge OKs $70M DuPont Waste Pile Settlement In West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - (AP) Chemical maker DuPont Co. will pay $70 million and fund long-term medical monitoring for residents of a West Virginia town who sued over pollution from a zinc smelter and its 100-foot-tall pile of waste. A state judge approved the settlement Tuesday that ends years of court battles...

Judge: Bayer Can't Produce Toxic Chemical In West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - (AP) A federal judge on Thursday temporarily barred Bayer CropScience from using a West Virginia plant to produce the same toxic chemical that killed thousands in India in 1984. U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin issued the temporary restraining at the request of residents, some...

Lobbying Group Weighs In On W.Va. Chemical Lawsuit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - (AP) A national lobbying group for the chemical industry wants a federal judge in West Virginia to tread lightly in a lawsuit over a deadly chemical stored at a Bayer CropScience plant, arguing his rulings could have nationwide implications. In a friend-of-the-court brief filed Monday...

Feds: Stall Document Release In Massey Mine Blast Lawsuit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - (AP) Federal prosecutors want to block Massey Energy Co. shareholders from reviewing documents gathered during civil and criminal investigations into last April's deadly explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia. Shareholders are suing Virginia-based Massey, its...

Decades-Old Toxic Gas Threat Lifts From West Virginia Town

INSTITUTE, W.Va. - (AP) For the first time in 26 years, Barbara Oden can let go of the image that has haunted her poisonous gas leaking from a Union Carbide tank and killing thousands of people in Bhopal, India, in the world's deadliest industrial disaster. On Friday, she and other residents of....

Massey Wins Lawsuit Over Coal Dust At West Virginia School

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - (AP) Jurors have rejected claims that a Massey Energy coal-loading silo built near a southern West Virginia elementary school exposed hundreds of children to possible health problems, a decision the energy giant said Friday was an important victory. The class-action lawsuit, which...